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First released in 1982, China's legal-tender Gold and Silver Panda series have grown into two of the most collected and hotly anticipated annual issues in the world. Renowned for their one-year-only designs, the China Pandas belong in every collection—especially when you can take home full sets with their mints of origin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the world’s leading third-party grading services!
However, the trade war going on between the United States and China, with more and more tariffs being placed on goods traveling between the two nations, is expected to drastically impact the number of coins available for collectors in the United States.
Last year, less than 0.2% of the annual silver mintage was certified as coming from Shenzhen, Shanghai or Shenyang. There’s no telling how few will receive the same coveted designations in 2020. But as word continues to spread that collectors can now secure a full three-coin, mint-identified set of freshly struck 2020 Silver Pandas, you’d better believe that we expect the same level of demand as last year, even if tariffs result in one of the lowest U.S. allotments in history.
But why do mints of origin matter? The answer goes back to ancient times…
The Secret Revealed
Dating back to the very first coins struck in the ancient world, minters have used special marks on the coins they produce to identify where the coin was struck. Today, these marks not only give us the coin’s place of origin, but also where it may have been since then and exactly how rare that particular coin is when compared to coins of the same date and type from other mints of origin. Two coins of the same date and grade, but with different mint marks, can see their values differ by hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the collector market.
In the world of China Pandas, however, 1987 was the sole year that Panda coins featured mint marks. Both before and since, collectors purchasing their coins from overseas could only guess at where their coins were struck. But in 2019, we found a solution—and to our knowledge, we’re the only ones that have figured it out!
Now you have the chance to own coins certified by NGC as coming from a distinct mint—Shenzhen, Shanghai or Shenyang. Shenzhen is essentially the equivalent of our Philadelphia Mint—China's "Mother Mint," striking the bulk of their coins. But the other two of those mints are far smaller, and strike coins to satisfy domestic rather than international demand. Though Shanghai and Shenyang Mints are secretive about their mintages, it's believed that only 40% of the 2020 mintages will be struck at both mints combined.
One-Year-Only Designs Struck in 99.9% Gold and Silver
One of the most enticing elements of the Gold and Silver Pandas is their one-year-only designs. For 2020, artist Song Lina has created an adorable scene of a young panda cub leaning back as it enjoys a leafy snack.
Another important element is that each coin comes struck in 99.9% fineness in either gold or silver and bears a legal-tender value. That value, along with the coin's weight and fineness, come backed by the authority of the Chinese government.
Mint-Identified Sets Certified Flawless and First Day of Issue (FDI) and First Releases®
When collectors seek out the latest issues of a popular series, they often look for the highest quality, freshest, most crisp coins possible. One of the ways they do that is by seeking out coins graded by NGC as flawless Mint State-70 (MS70) condition, certified as either First Day of Issue (FDI), meaning they were secured from the mint on the very first day of release, or First Releases, meaning they were secured by NGC for grading within 30 days of the mintage's release.
Each coin in these Mint-Identified Sets comes certified by NGC as FDI or First Releases.
Exclusive Mint Designation Labels Hand-Signed by Song Lina
When NGC certifies a coin's grade and designation, that coin is then sealed in a protective display holder to preserve its condition. Each exclusive label designates the coin's mint of origin—Shenzhen (G), Shanghai (S) or Shenyang (Y). In addition, each label will come hand-signed by Song Lina, creator of this year's one-year-only design.
The 2020 Gold and Silver Pandas identified from each of the three mints come in only a limited number of set configurations. The only way to ensure you get mint identified Panda Coins from all the China Mints is to purchase the 15-Coin Mint-Identified Signature Edition Prestige Set. If you would like a collection from a specific China Mint the 5-Coin Mint-Identified Signature Edition Prestige Sets are available as FDI from the Shenzhen Mint or First Releases® from the Shanghai Mint or the Shenyang Mint.
2020 Gold Panda 15-Coin Mint-Identified Signature Edition Prestige Set
2020 Gold Panda 5-Coin Mint-Identified Signature Edition Prestige Set
2020 30-Gram Silver Panda Signature Edition 3-Mint Set
2020 30-Gram Silver Panda Mint Signature Edition
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