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One of the highlights of this year’s American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money held in Philadelphia from August 14 to 18 was the release of the 2018 silver and gold Panda medals created to mark this major coin event.
These medals are struck from .999 fine silver and gold with a proof finish. They were sold at the ANA show by ModernCoinMart (MCM) which is the sole distributor of these pieces that are the only show medals officially recognized and licensed by the ANA.
Limited mintages of these beautiful medals were released at the show at table 411. Additional Show Pandas were then certified and graded by Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) in Philadelphia at the show and are now available for purchase from ModernCoinMart (MCM)!
This year’s Show Panda program includes a 1 oz. gold version with a mintage of 188 pieces plus a 50-gram (1.608 oz) gold version with a mintage of just 50 pieces. In addition, there is a 1 oz silver medal with 1,888 units struck, and a 50-gram silver with a limit of 888 pieces. The number “8” is considered to be lucky in Chinese and Asian culture.
The ANA is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado that is dedicated to educating and encouraging the study and collection of coins, paper money, medals, and related items. With 25,000 members and a history that dates to 1891, the ANA is the world’s largest numismatic association and plays a key role in the numismatic community.
One of the ANA’s most important programs is the major coin conventions it has hosted annually since 1891 and twice a year since 1978 at different locations around the country, including the flagship summer show, which draws the biggest crowds and has the most events. This year there will be over $1 billion of rare coins on display at the show, including an example of the famous 1913 Liberty nickel that is worth $3 million.
After several years of hosting the summer show in Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago, this year the 127th World’s Fair of Money returned to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, which has not only a rich history as the first capitol of the United States but is also a city that has played an essential role in American numismatics beginning in 1792, when the first U.S. Mint was established there.
Whether you are a dedicated fan and collector of the popular Chinese Panda coins and medals or went to the show and want a unique collectible to remember your time at the ANA show in Philly, these gorgeous proof silver and gold commemorative medals are must-haves.
You can find MCM’s inventory of Show Panda medals by CLICKING HERE.
Beginning just a couple years after the first gold and silver Panda coins were issued in 1982 and 1983 respectively, in 1985 China selected the ANA convention held in Baltimore as the first foreign coin show to be honored with a special Chinese commemorative medal struck in silver with a proof finish.
The 1985 Baltimore medal, which had an issue price of $20 and a mintage of 500 examples, today sells for $1,000 because of its status as the first issue of its kind and because it had a mistake – the Great Wall of China was spelled backwards in English.
Since then “Show Pandas” that combine elements of the Panda coin with characteristics of the particular show and the city where it was held have become highly-sought collectibles all over the world and typically sell out of their limited mintages quickly.
This year’s ANA Show Pandas, which are the 8th releases designed for an American ANA convention, were struck at the Chinese Mint in Shanghai.
The obverse of the 2018 ANA Panda medal features a design inspired by the Panda design that appeared on the regular silver Panda issued in 2000, the first year that the ANA World’s Fair of Money would have been held in Philadelphia in the new millennium. Unlike on the 2000 silver Panda, the sitting Panda is not holding a bamboo shoot as he was on the coin, and the Great Wall of China has been added in the background
This sitting Panda is shown holding the ANA logo that shows a lamp on top of a book, symbolizing the quest for knowledge. Inscriptions are included for “2018” plus the weight and purity in English and Chinese.
The reverse of the new issue depicts the reverse of the Benjamin Franklin half dollars that were issued from 1948 through 1963, which shows the iconic Liberty Bell, a major Philadelphia landmark. In the background is another famous Philly landmark, Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted in the 18th century.
In addition, the reverse has inscriptions for “ANA WORLD’S FAIR OF MONEY 2018” in English and Chinese.