Modern silver coins from China are very popular with collectors of world coins.
The most widely collected of these coins are the China Silver Pandas, which contain 1 troy oz. of .999 fine silver, and which combine a reverse design that is the same each year with a new obverse design with each issue. The obverse design almost every year depicts one or more Pandas, while the reverse side with the iconic Temple of Heaven in Beijing continues to be used on each coin. Bullion coins with changing designs are very popular with numismatic collectors and with those bullion buyers who are also interested in coins. Over the years the silver Panda has assumed a very prominent place in the world silver bullion market and these coins are collected by an increasing number of people both around the world and increasingly also within China.
The China Silver Panda coin has been issued since 1982 and carries a denomination of 10 Yuan. Its mintage has continued to grow over the years as the demand for these coins has exploded. During the 1980s and 1990s the coins were not as widely collected as they are today, and those issues have the lowest mintages and bring the highest premiums. Since then the mintage has been increased several times to meet the growing demand for these coins, and today 8 million coins are released each year. One of the main reasons for the mintage increase is that the domestic Chinese market for bullion has grown in recent years due to rising income and wealth within China as well as the government's efforts to encourage investment in precious metals.
China Silver Pandas will remain widely sought after by coin collectors and silver bullion investors in the coming years, especially given their strong past record of price appreciation. While the early, extremely low mintage issues often sell for hundreds of dollars today, even recent issues with much higher mintages sell out quickly and within a short period of time, they also command premiums that considerably exceed their silver content. For this reason as well as the popularity of Pandas, these coins will remain in high demand whether in certified examples, or in their original government-issued capsules.
In addition to the Silver Pandas, the Chinese Mint also issues many other silver coins. Some of the most popular of these coins are: silver medals issued to honor the birth of new Pandas; silver Lunar coins; and other silver commemoratives.
Special silver Panda medals have been struck in recent years to mark the birth of new Pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, DC such as Bao Bao. These medals are issued in different sizes and have limited mintages.
The Chinese Mint also issues special medals for major coin shows such as those in Singapore and the U.S.
China issues a wide variety of Lunar coins each year, which are especially popular with Asian collectors and people from Asia who are celebrating the Chinese New Year. These coins come in all kinds of shapes such as the popular fan and rectangle-shaped coins and are sometimes colorized.
Chinese silver commemoratives are another popular type of Chinese silver coin. These coins have been issued to mark events such as China's landing of a lunar probe on the moon and friendship between France and China. These coins are typically issued in very limited mintages.
The Chinese Mint issues all kinds of interesting and beautiful Chinese silver coins in addition to the well-known and very popular Silver Pandas. These coins include various commemorative issues that mark important Chinese events and achievements; Chinese Lunar year coins issued on a 12-year cycle that depicts a different animal each year; medals to mark the birth of new Pandas or important coin shows; and many others.