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




2017 NGC PF69 80mm Shanghai Mint Gold Coin 15th Anniv Panda Medal Brass Antique
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1983 China 1 20 oz Gold Panda coin Key
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2000 China 1 10 oz Gold Panda 10 Yuan coin
2000 China 1 10 oz Gold Panda 10 Yuan coin
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1990 China 1 10 oz Gold Panda coin
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2015 30 Grams ECLIPSE OF THE SUN Panda Coin WITH Ruthenium24k Rose Gold Gilded
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24 KT CHINESE PANDA BEAR COIN SET IN 14 KT SOLID YELLOW GOLD COIN RING
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2017 35th Anni of Gold Panda Coin issuance Copper Medal 90mm
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1991 China 1 4 oz Gold Panda Coin Small Date 25 Yuan NGC MS69 999 Pure Gold
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NGC MS69 2017 15Th Anni Shanghai Gold Coin INC Brass Panda Medal
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Kung Fu Panda 3 Po Cartoon Movie Colored Gold Plated Commemorative Coin Token
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2012 30th Anni of Chinese Panda Gold Coin Brass Medal 90mm with COA and BOX
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2013 1 20 oz Gold China Panda 20 Yuan Coin Sealed Great Gift
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