It’s the final day of the International Hong Kong Coin Convention, and as always it has been a fantastic event.
As a vital part of the Asian calendar, the Convention offers a unique opportunity for dealers and traders in the East to show off their wares, as well as make some new contacts and catch up with old friends in the trade.
The Convention has been running now for more than 30 years, and has always been enthusiastically attended by dealers from all over the world, from as far afield as the US, Vietnam and India. Throughout its long and illustrious history, the show has gone through various iterations, and for the last twenty years has been run and operated by Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Ltd.
The Hong Kong Coin Convention has been running now for more than 30 years, and is one of the best attended in the world.
Baldwin’s has a long and proud association with Ma Tak Wo, and our jointly-held Hong Kong Coin Auction remains one of the highlights of the 3-day event. The association is based on friendships that go back to the 1980’s – friendships that have lasted through good times and bad.
Which is why, in January of 2016, we were deeply concerned to hear that Ma Tak Wo had become ill.
It has been a difficult time for the family, especially when it was revealed that Ma’s illness meant he would miss the show for the first time in decades.
He has, however, been kept fully aware of how the show is proceeding on a daily basis, and the good news is that he is well on the road to recovery.
The Baldwin’s team here in Hong Kong have visited Ma at his hospital room a number of times over the past few days, and have been delighted by both the standard of care he is receiving, and with the remarkable progress that Ma has made in his recovery.
The Baldwin's team visited Ma in his hospital room and were delighted with the remarkable speed of his recovery.
Ma will be released from hospital over the next few days, and will continue his recuperation in his home.
Even better news for all involved is that Ma will soon be back on his feet and is very much looking forward to attending the next event in August - so to all those who have missed his rather unique haggling techniques and his inimitable voice bellowing across the Crystal Ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Kowloon: rest assured – his absence is only temporary!