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




1991 China Munich Expo Panda Gold Proof 1 2oz Coin Medal PCGS PR69 DCAM
1991 China Munich Expo Panda Gold Proof 1 2oz Coin Medal PCGS PR69 DCAM
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2000 China Panda 5 Five Yuan Gold 1 20oz Coin PCGS MS70 POP 2
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2000 China Panda 5 Five Yuan Gold 1 20oz Coin PCGS MS68 Mirror
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1998 SD China Small Date Panda 5 Five Yuan Gold 1 20oz Coin PCGS MS69
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1998 LD China Large Date Panda 5 Five Yuan Gold 1 20oz Coin PCGS MS69
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2000 China Panda 10 Ten Yuan Gold 1 10oz Coin PCGS MS69 Mirror
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NGC PF70 China 2012 30th Issuance of China Gold Panda Coin 3 Yuan 1 4oz COA
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10 Lighthouse Round 32mm Inner Diameter Coin Capsules 1oz Gold Panda Holders
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NGC PF70 China 2012 30th Issuance of China Gold Panda Coin 3 Yuan 1 4oz COA UC
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China 2012 CGCI 30th Anniversary Issuance Chinese Panda Gold Coin Brass Medal
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1998 SD China Small Date Panda 5 Yuan Gold 1 20oz Coin PCGS MS69
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1984 China 10Y Yuan Gold Panda Coin ANACS MS 66 DCAM
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