COLLECTABLES specialists Stanley Gibbons have opened a new office in Hong Kong in a bid to stake a claim in the Asian market for coins, military medals, stamps and historical documents.

Stanley Gibbons (Asia) Ltd aim to focus on the growing market in Asia for collectables as trophy assets and investment vehicles.

To track the changes in a fast-growing market Stanley Gibbons launched a China Rarities Index early this year, recording average annual growth at 44% between November 2006 and April 2011.