About the Smithsonian Giant Panda Program and Bao Bao
One of the most recognizable creatures in the world, there are less than 2000 Giant Pandas and it is the only bear to be classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered. A ten year, $10 million loan agreement in 2000 between the USA and China brought the Pandas Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) and Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) to the Smithsonian National Zoo (the agreement was renewed in 2011 to continue for another five years). Since then breeding efforts have been in full swing. Pandas in captivity struggle to conceive naturally, which causes the zoo to use artificial methods. Giant Panda pregnancies last between four to six months and will show physical and biological signs of being pregnant even if they are not; these are called pseudopregnancies. Ultrasounds are used to try and detect the cub in the womb but are not reliable, so it is mostly a waiting game. In July of 2005 Mei Xiang gave birth to her first cub, Tai Shan translated "peaceful mountain.” In 2010, he left for his new home in China.
Seven years of trying for another cub went by until finally in August of 2013 another baby, this time a girl, was born! One hundred days after her birth in an elaborate ceremony she was given the name (which had won an online vote) Bao Bao translated "precious treasure.” Bao Bao has recently made the transition to living on her own and will be sent to China when she is four years old. Until then, she is one of the most popular displays at the Smithsonian Zoological Park and even has her own panda-cam. The 2 oz. Silver Proof high relief Bao Bao commemorative honors this historic birth and is a beautiful representation of the little panda.
The 2015 2 oz. Proof High Relief NGC Proof 69 Ultra Cameo Design and Grade
Commemorative are usually produced to celebrate significant historical events, sites, or figures. When they are high relief it means that the commemorative has a deep concave field due to highly raised designs which require extra pressure to strike. This 2015 China Panda 2 oz. silver commemorative was issued by China Great Wall Coins Investment Limited and minted by Shenzhen Guobao Mint. It is graded by NGC as a PF69. The grade 69 means it is has little to no flaws when examined under 5X magnification. Ultra Cameo is the highest measurement of contrast between the background and foreground.
The reverse design is of Bao Bao sitting, surrounded by bamboo. The detail of her color pattern has been masterfully done. Included are the inscriptions "BABY GIANT PANDA BAO BAO AT NATIONAL ZOO,” her name in Chinese, and the weight, material and fineness of the commemorative .
The obverse is of the Great Wall of China and the Smithsonian Castle. It has the words "Smithsonian Institute" in English and Chinese, along with the date of minting, "2015.”
Be a part of Bao Bao's historic and exciting birth by purchasing a 2015 Smithsonian Institution Official Panda Issue 2 oz. Proof High Relief China Panda Bao Bao Silver Commemorative NGC PF69 UC Proof 69 Ultra Cameo now!
|Year of Issue:||2015|
|Weight in Grams:||62.5 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||2 oz|