The year 2020 marked the beginning of a new Chinese lunar cycle. This beginning was celebrated at the largest of the three biggest annual festivals held in China—the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. Dating back to ancient times and held over a 15-day period, this celebration marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and is a time for families and friends to come together for several nights of reunions, food, gifts and celebration.
Along with this new lunar cycle came a brand-new series of Ultra High Relief proofs struck in China commemorating the Chinese New Year celebration. Named the New Year Celebration Panda, the release was a smash success, completely selling out in just two days!
In 2021, the New Year Celebration Panda is back, sporting a brand-new one-year-only reverse and all new weights for you to collect! But only if you act fast…
The China New Year Celebration Panda Proof
Just like last year’s inaugural release, the 2021 China New Year Celebration Panda Proof displays three powerful images: a Panda, a Chinese Dragon Dancer and the Chinese character “Fu.” These familiar elements come together in an all-new, one-year-only design. The obverse displays the Great Wall of China.
One of the most common words or characters to be displayed during Chinese New Year, Fu means “good luck” or “blessings,” and can often be found on traditional Chinese New Year red gift envelopes, posters, calendars and other items associated with the Spring Festival. Who knows what luck it might bring to your collection?
Ultra High Relief Proof Condition
For a series this popular, standard relief simply wouldn’t cut it. That’s why these Silver and Gold China New Year Celebration Pandas have been struck in double-sided Ultra High Relief Proof condition! Each design presents beautifully frosted devices that sit incredibly high over mirrored fields for an outstanding level of contrast. To help accentuate that contrast, the one-year-only reverse features a concave (bowl-shaped) surface.
A First-Ever Struck in 99.9% Gold or Silver
For the first time ever, you can now secure New Year Celebration Panda Ultra High Relief Proofs in tradition Troy ounce weights and sizes. Options include one ounce of gold, 12 ounces of gold, two ounces of silver and 12 ounces of silver. All sizes and weights come struck in 99.9% pure gold or silver.
Due to the incredible success of this program and last year’s sell-out, this is the first time ever that two mints have collaborated to create these coins. Gold proofs come struck by the Shenzhen Guobao Mint, and silver proofs come struck by the New Century Mint. Each mint leveraged their expertise and minting technology to bring this series to life!
A limited number of sets are also available—and as a special bonus, these sets come with a Chinese Lunar Year of the Ox “luck and prosperity” note printed at the Shanghai Mint, tucked in an authentic Red Chinese gift envelope.
Certified as Flawless and First Day of Issue by NGC
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is one of the most trusted and well-respected third-party grading services in the world. A limited number of each 2021 China New Year Celebration Panda Proof are available certified by NGC as both flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70 UC) condition and First day of Issue (FDI). This coveted designation indicates that the coins were secured for grading within 24 hours of the mintage’s release.
Bring Luck Into the New Year with Limited Mintages
In Chinese culture, the number “8” is considered very lucky. For example, parents will seek out “lucky” paper currency with multiple 8’s in their serial numbers as gifts for Chinese New Year. The more 8’s, the greater the luck!
Keeping this important cultural idea in mind, this exclusive release comes with special limited mintages, each incorporating the number “8”—1,888 for the two-ounce silver proofs, 588 for the 12-ounce silver proofs, 188 for the one-ounce gold proofs and 18 for the 12-ounce gold proofs. Even fewer are available certified by NGC as perfect PF70 UC and FDI.
Don’t wait for this exclusive, limited release to sell out again. Remember, last year’s sold out in just two days—so hurry and secure yours now!
2021 China 12-Ounce Gold New Year Celebration Panda Proof
2021 China One-Ounce Gold New Year Celebration Panda Proof
2021 China 12-Ounce Silver New Year Celebration Panda Proof
2021 China Two-Ounce Silver New Year Celebration Panda Proof
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