Gold Coin Information
The Chinese Gold Panda was first issued in 1982. The coins contain 99.9% gold and are available in five different sizes, each with a different denomination. The sizes include 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz coins. From 1982 to 2000, the denominations were 100, 50, 25, 10, and 5 Yuan, respectively. From 2001 to present the denominations are 500, 200, 100, 50, and 20 Yuan, respectively.
The reverse of each coin features the image of a panda or pandas. Each year since the coins have been released, a different reverse image has been used, providing some interesting variety to a complete collection. The obverse design of the coin has been the same each year since issue, featuring the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
For some years two different mint marks are available. The mint mark “S” is used for the Shanghai Mint and “Y” is used for the Shenyang Mint. During the course of the series, special proof coins and limited edition commemorative issues have been offered. Briefly, enormous 5 ounce and 12 ounce Gold Pandas were also offered.
Some of the standard bullion Gold Pandas were struck with low mintages or have limited availability on the secondary market and command high premiums. Some early years are also commonly encountered with minor problems, which make high grade specimens rare. Both the quality and the intricacy of the designs have improved greatly over the years.
Historically, the Chinese Gold Panda is significant because it was initially sold for a higher premium above the price of gold than other gold bullion coins of its time. This created the idea of a premium collectible gold bullion coin and possibly paved the way for others. New Gold Panda bullion coin releases are now sold for premiums in line with other world mints.
Weight: 31.103 grams
Diameter: 32.05 mm
Thickness: 2.70 mm
Composition: 99.9% gold
Gold Content: 1 ounce