1 oz. Chinese Gold Panda
The Chinese Gold Panda bullion coin is a favorite among collectors worldwide. Part of the reason for this is the unique design from year-to-year. Chinese Pandas were first introduced in 1982 in 1 oz., ½ oz., ¼ oz. and 1/10 oz. versions, and then in 1983 the 1/20 oz. was added to the series. In later years some 5 oz. and 12 oz. variations were minted.
All versions have been minted in proof-like finishes that have a brilliant uncirculated quality. In 2001 China announced that they would no longer vary the design every year and thus the 2002 version was identical to 2001. This upset collectors all over the world who spoke up and prompted the Chinese Mint to again vary the designs beginning in 2003.
Design and Specifications
The front or obverse of the coin depicts the image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings in Beijing that were constructed from 1406 to 1420 and were visited by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties yearly. The front also depicts the year of mintage and a Chinese inscription that translates to “The People’s Republic of China.”
Unlike most bullion gold coins the reverse of the coin changes every year and always features the image of a panda bear along with gold content and purity of the gold.
The task of designing and minting the Chinese Panda gold coins is assigned to the Shenzhen Guobao, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang Mints. The 1 oz. version has a face value of $500 Yuan and is 32mm in diameter.
As a result of their beautifully detailed design the demand for the Chinese panda gold coins has grown over the years. So much so that many people have even created jewelry pieces from the varying sizes on the market today.
The Chinese Panda coin has been the pioneer of modern issue gold coin collecting.