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Each year collectors around the world eagerly await the two most iconic coins released by the China Mint, the Gold and Silver Panda. Comparable to the United States’ American Eagle, Canada’s Maple Leaf, and South Africa’s Krugerrand series, among many others, the Chinese Panda series is known for its consistent obverse design and annually changing reverse design that features the cuddly Chinese native Giant Panda bear.
The obverse of the Chinese Panda has largely remained the same each issue and features an image if the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests which is located in Beijing. On the other hand, the reverse design changes each year, offering a brand-new and unique perspective of the majestic bear.
The 2020 Panda reverse was designed by Northern Chinese Native Song Lina. It depicts a cuddly Panda Cub grasping a shoot of bamboo and munching down. The detail is incredible and you can almost feel how soft the Panda cub's fur is. This is another wonderful addition to the Chinese Panda Bear coin series.
The first Gold Panda issued by the People’s Republic of China was released in 1982 and was struck from .999 fine gold. Initially the coin was issued as a 1 oz., ½ oz.,1/4 oz., and 1/10 oz. coin, however both larger and smaller denominations have been released over the course of the series. The first Silver Panda followed the very next year in 1983 and boasted a proof finish. The silver bullion uncirculated variety would become a mainstay of the Mint in 1989 and has remained as such ever since.
The Panda design featured on the reverse of the coin changes every year, except for a few exceptions, allowing multiple variations of the unique mammal to be featured in collections around the world. The obverse has traditionally featured a portrait of the Temple of Heaven.
The biggest change to the series occurred in 2016 when the series transitioned from imperial units (troy ounces) to metric units (grams).
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