Operated by the People’s Bank of China, the China Mint has emerged as one of the most popular sources of gold and silver coins anywhere in the world. With twenty-two offices in addition to its technical center spread around the country, it produces coins issued by the People’s Republic of China . The mint has been in operation for more than half a century. It's products feature anti-counterfeiting features with which collectors should familiarize themselves before buying from the secondary market. The mint is known for producing coins that are at the forefront of numismatic developments, often incorporating new elements that other mints have yet to offer.
The China Mint brings together the latest minting techniques and stunning artistry with one of the world’s oldest and richest civilizations. Each new issue, bullion or collectible, attracts both new and seasoned collectors, and the Moon Festival Panda series in particular has hobbyists anxiously anticipating what new and exciting elements may be introduced. Be sure to look through our coins from the China Mint for new additions to a growing tradition and some of the latest and greatest design elements in the world of numismatics.
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The release of each new issue is highly anticipated among collectors throughout the world because the designs change every year. Only once in the series has a reverse design been repeated. Each new issue provides a unique look at the large and lovable creature that has come to become closely associated with one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The obverse design always features one of the issuing nation’s most famous landmarks, the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in Beijing’s Temple of Heaven.
In 2016, these two bullion series made history with a change from imperial units to metric ones. For their first four years – and possibly more – they have been the only bullion coins to be issued in metric units, giving them an extra element of uniqueness and appeal for collectors. Even after this transition, some of the mint’s other coins have remained in imperial units
Other popular coins from the mint include their lunar coins . While several countries throughout the world offer lunar series, the China Mint issues present their own unique designs, which feature varying combinations of realistic and artistic interpretations of various lunar animals celebrating the Chinese New Year. The mint also has the distinction of offering wide variety within its lunar issues. In addition to 30 g round proofs, it also offers colorized, fan-shaped, flower-shaped, and rectangular proofs. The colorized coins feature vibrant, artistic designs, while the others offer a realistic rendering of the creature celebrated in the particular year in the foreground against a backdrop of an artistic version.
The 2017-Z Moon Panda issue of the coin struck new ground of its own. For the first time, the China Mint introduced a holographic effect into the series. A large panda’s head is lowered into the water, where he has just taken a drink. The holographic effect makes the water shimmer in the moonlight. While some collectors were unsure of whether the effect would work on a coin, those who have picked one up have been mesmerized by its beauty.