Chinese Panda Gold Bullion Coin

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General Coin Information

First minted in 1982, the Chinese Panda Gold Bullion Coin was greeted with great interest among collectors. This interest peaked in 1987 after which lower mint figures resulted in limited availability.

Each year (with the exception of 2002), a new design is featured on the reverse of the Panda coin. The annual changes have helped their popularity and have kept demand steady. Additionally, this also allows the Panda coins to generally receive a slightly higher premium than others sought after more for their intrinsic values.

The coin is available in five sizes: 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce , 1/10 ounce and 1/20 ounce -- the last beginning in 1983. The face value of the coins have changed through the years. From their launch to 2000, they were denominated in 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 Yuan. Since, the symbolic values have changed to 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 Yuan.

Minting techniques have improved over the years, and the famous colors of the panda (black and white) now appear more realistic than ever. They accomplish this by faking the eye with reflections. Mirror-like finishes reflect more light, giving a golden white hue, while duller finishes absorb more of the light, presenting a darker appearance.

Differing finishes have been available through the years,with collector proof, brilliant uncirculated and limited editions also minted. There were even 5 and 12 ounce versions minted for some years. Depending on when minted, the coins may bear a "S" mintmark for the Shanghai Mint or the "Y" mintmark for the Shenyang Mint. Not all years have a mintmark.

Also very popular is the Chinese Panda Silver Bullion Coin.

Obverse Design

The obverse design shows the Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the year.

Reverse Design

The 2011 Panda Bullion coin reverse shows an image of an adult panda and one of its cubs. Also shown is the face value of the coin, the size, the periodic symbol for gold "Au", and ".999" for the purity.

Chinese Panda Gold Bullion Coin Specifications


Mint: China Mint
Mintmark:
Finish/Condition:
Metal Content: .999 Gold
Weight: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz , 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz
Diameter: 32.05 mm, 27.00 mm, 21.95 mm, 17.95 mm, 13.92 mm
Edge: Reeded
Thickness: 2.7 mm, 1.85 mm, 1.53 mm, 1.05 mm, 1.05 mm, 0.83 mm
Issue Date: 1982-present
Face Value: 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 Yuan

Chinese Panda Gold Auctions




1990 China Panda G5Y 1 20 Oz Gold Coin Small Date NGC MS 69 Coin
1990 China Panda G5Y 1 20 Oz Gold Coin Small Date NGC MS 69 Coin
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1987 China Panda 1 20 Oz Gold Medal Coin Sino Japanese Friendship NGC PF69UC
1987 China Panda 1 20 Oz Gold Medal Coin Sino Japanese Friendship NGC PF69UC
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Rare 1989 Gold China 1 4 Oz Panda New York Expo Coin NGC PF 70 UC RARE Medal
Rare 1989 Gold China 1 4 Oz Panda New York Expo Coin NGC PF 70 UC RARE Medal
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1987 China 1 Oz Gold Panda Sino American New Orleans Coin Medal NGC PF 69 UC
1987 China 1 Oz Gold Panda Sino American New Orleans Coin Medal NGC PF 69 UC
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2017 100 Yuan China Gold Panda Coin 8 Grams 999 Gold PCGS MS69 First Strike
2017 100 Yuan China Gold Panda Coin 8 Grams 999 Gold PCGS MS69 First Strike
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2017 10 Yuan China Gold Panda 1 Gram 999 Gold Coin PCGS MS69 First Strike
2017 10 Yuan China Gold Panda 1 Gram 999 Gold Coin PCGS MS69 First Strike
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2017 200 Yuan China Gold Panda Coin 15 Grams 999 Gold PCGS MS70 First Strike
2017 200 Yuan China Gold Panda Coin 15 Grams 999 Gold PCGS MS70 First Strike
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1989 Fine Gold 1 20 oz Chinese Panda Coin with 14k Removable Frame
1989 Fine Gold 1 20 oz Chinese Panda Coin with 14k Removable Frame
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Nice 1983 1 10th oz 999 Gold Panda 14K 1 4CTW Diamond Coin Ring Sz 105 B576
Nice 1983 1 10th oz 999 Gold Panda 14K 1 4CTW Diamond Coin Ring Sz 105 B576
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2007 PANDA GOLD COIN 50Y 1 10 Oz CHINA PCGS 50Yn 50 Y 50 Yuan MS70
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2010 PANDA GOLD COIN 50Y 1 10 Oz CHINA PCGS 50Yn 50 Y 50 Yuan MS70
2010 PANDA GOLD COIN 50Y 1 10 Oz CHINA PCGS 50Yn 50 Y 50 Yuan MS70
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1988 China Panda 5 Yuan 1 20 Oz Gold Coin Opened Original Packaging MS UNC BU
1988 China Panda 5 Yuan 1 20 Oz Gold Coin Opened Original Packaging MS UNC BU
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