China – Gold Panda


The Chinese Gold Panda

The Chinese Gold Panda is a series of 24 carat gold bullion coins that have been minted since 1982 by the People’s Republic of China. Each year depicts a (usually different) image of a Panda. The coin is available in a number of sizes and is 99.9% gold.

China is the World’s biggest producer of gold coins. The Gold Pandas started in 1982 and consisted of 1 troy ounce, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz with 1/20th oz being added in 1983. The denomination is 500 yuan, 200, 100, 50 and 20. In some years 5 oz and 12 oz coins were issued.

From 2016 the coin became metric and the equivalent to the 1oz (500 yuan) coin became a 30g coin (0.9645 troy ounce). The series became 30g, 15g, 8g, 3g, 1g.

Pandas are also minted in Silver (with the same design as the gold series) and in Palladium and Platinum.

The coins were minted at Shanghai Mint (1982-2004), Shenyang Mint (1985-1999, 2003-2004) and Shenzhen Guobao Mint (1999-2002, 2005 on) but do not usually carry mintmarks, although minor variations (like the size of the date and temple style) do allow experienced handlers to determine the originating mint. The coins are authorised by the People’s Bank of China.

The obverse shows the The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) in Beijing. There has been variations of the layout but the Temple of Heaven is always used.

The legend is "Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo" (in Chinese lettering) which means "People’s Republic of China". At the bottom of the temple is the date and may also include a commemorative theme mark.

The reverse is always that of the eponymous giant Panda, a national symbol of China. The design is usually different but the same image was used in 2001 and 2002. Some designs have frosting. The reverse states the denomination and gold purity.

Gold Pandas are legal tender in China. Between 1982 and 2000 the 1 ounce coin was denominated as 100 yuan (other coins pro-rata), after that the 1 ounce became 500 yuan.

Image credit: M J Hughes Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation.
Remember 1982 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister is Margaret Thatcher (Conservative). US President is Ronald Reagan. The year of the Falklands War. Unemployment over 3 million. Twenty pence coin first issued into circulation.
General Description: Gold Coins
This category is gold coins from around the World. Gold is a good investment and time and time again it has shown its durability even in difficult times. If you are buying gold coins as an investment, check which coins will give you the best tax advantages.
Which Mint: China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation
China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPMC) is a state-owned corporation which carries out the minting of all renminbi coins and printing of renminbi banknotes for the People's Republic of China. The renminbi is official currency of China and slightly different from the Yuan.

CBPMC uses a network of printing and engraving and minting facilities around the country to produce banknotes and coins for subsequent distribution. Mints are located in Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, and Nanjing.

The state-owned company, headquartered in Beijing’s Xicheng District is the world's largest money printer by volume.
Country of Origin: China
The People's Republic of China is a country in East Asia and is the world's most populous country.
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2021 gold Panda coin 3g 50 Yn  mint sealed condition
2021 gold Panda coin 3g 50 Yn mint sealed condition
£ 190.00
2003 China 100 Yuan Gold Panda Coin Proof in Capsule 0.999 / 7.8g
2003 China 100 Yuan Gold Panda Coin Proof in Capsule 0.999 / 7.8g
£ 495.00
2016 Gold Panda Coin 8g (Sovereign Like)
2016 Gold Panda Coin 8g (Sovereign Like)
£ 580.00
China 1997 gold panda coin - 5 yuan  rare small date
China 1997 gold panda coin - 5 yuan  rare small date
£ 120.00
1982 GOLD CHINA PANDA 1/10 OZ COIN FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE GEM MINT STATE COIN
1982 GOLD CHINA PANDA 1/10 OZ COIN FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE GEM MINT STATE COIN
£ 386.49
14ct Yellow Gold Pendant (585) - 1/10 Oz Gold Panda Coin - Not Scrap Display Box
14ct Yellow Gold Pendant (585) - 1/10 Oz Gold Panda Coin - Not Scrap Display Box
£ 97.00
2001 China Gold Panda 1/10 oz. 50 Yuan. NGC MS 68.
2001 China Gold Panda 1/10 oz. 50 Yuan. NGC MS 68.
£ 317.29
2022 China 10 Yuan - 1g Gold Panda 40th Anniversary - NGC MS70
2022 China 10 Yuan - 1g Gold Panda 40th Anniversary - NGC MS70
£ 116.35

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