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Today’s Find is this gorgeous red and yellow silver bar commemorating the 2010 World Expo held in Shanghai. The original box and papers are not included. $60.00
The most intriguing thing about this silver bar? I bet few Americans even heard about this World Expo. Well, as you can read from this Wikipedia excerpt, the Chinese government invested billions of dollars into this event to highlight Shanghai as a modern 21st Century City and a successful tourist destination.
After winning the bid to host the Expo in 2002, Shanghai began a monumental task to reshape the city. More than $48 billion was spent for the preparation, more than the cost of cleaning up Beijing in the preparations for the Olympics in 2008. Shanghai began clearing 2.6 square kilometres along the Huangpu River; that involved moving 18,000 families and 270 factories, including the Jiang Nan Shipyard, which employs 10,000 workers. The area of the Expo 2010 covers 5.28 km2
Six new subway lines were opened between 2008 and 2010; four thousand brand new taxis were added in the month before Expo 2010 opened and the city’s buildings along the river were decorated with more energy-efficient LEDs.
Shanghai trained more than 1.7 million volunteers and adopted Olympic-level security measures, adding metal detectors to subway entrances and screening cars entering the city.
During the Shanghai World Expo, the site was crowded with national pavilions, sculpture gardens, shops, a sports arena and clam-shaped performing arts centre. The theme of the exposition was “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as the “next great world city”. The Expo emblem features the Chinese character 世 (‘world’, Chinese “shì”)
By the end of the expo, over 73 million people had visited – a record attendance – and 246 countries and international organizations had participated. On 16 October 2010, the expo set a single-day record of over 1.03 million visitors.
If you have any silver coins or bars to sell, especially ones that commemorate a special event, please let us know. Always buying.