The Gold Panda coins are one of the only bullion coins with an annually changing design. In 2016, this series changed to match the metric system. The 1 oz Gold Panda was replaced with this 30 gram Gold Panda, still containing .999 fine Gold.
The Gold Pandas were first minted in 1982 in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz coins. In 1983, they introduced the 1/20 oz sized coins. Some years also include 5 oz and 12 oz Gold coins. In 2016, The People’s Republic of China began minting Gold Pandas in the metric system sizes to better suit the international appeal of the coins. Each year, the design of the panda changes making them highly collectible. The only year they did not change design was 2002, which used the same design as 2001. Collectors spoke up about this halt in the design changes, and the annual design changes resumed in 2003.
- Contains 30 grams of .999 fine Gold.
- Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
- Obverse: Depicts the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing encircled by “People’s Republic of China”.
- Reverse: Features an adorable scene of a mother panda holding her cub as they look at each other with sweet embrace.
- Guaranteed by the People’s Bank of China.
The People’s Republic of China issues and guarantees the quality of each Gold Panda coin. Gold Panda coins are minted from several mints each year. Those mints include but are not limited to Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Shenyang. Unlike the U.S. Mint, these Chinese Mints do not incorporate mintmarks to distinguish the difference between each mint every year. Some years such as 1987 do feature a “Y” mintmark or “S” mintmark. The mints are also known for having minor differences in the design of the coin such as font size, small date, large date and designs of the temple in certain year’s mintages. With the annual change in design, and unique mint variations, the price of Gold Pandas has appreciated over time making them highly sought after by collectors and investors.
To add to their collectibility, the People’s Republic of China issues specialty designed Gold Panda coins for coin expositions. These designs usually feature similar panda designs with extra scrollwork or other design enhancing features along with the expositions name and variations in the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests designs. These coins tend to be an exclusive purchase at the event, but can sometimes be found to purchase by the public.
The Beauty of the Panda Gold Coin
Building new popularity and gaining more collectors each year for more than three decades, the 30 gram Panda Gold coin is now highly desired across all continents. First released in 1982, this bullion coin is made from .999 fine Gold, adding true investment value to an already breathtaking coin. The design on the obverse of each Gold Panda coin is only used for one year, with new, exclusive artwork introduced annually. While the artwork typically represents a beguiling giant panda surrounded by bamboo shoots, new scenes are constructed each year. Some are more playful, while others show the elegant beauty these bears are known for. Early in this series, the designs were simple and sometimes childlike, but recent artwork captures more natural detailing and refinement.
Chinese Gold Coins as an Investment
The obverse features the same design each year, showing the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in the Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing. Each Gold Panda coin contains 30 grams of Gold bullion, which is slightly less than a troy ounce. This characteristic is unusual in the coin world since no other bullion coin is weighted using the metric system. In addition to the melt value of the Gold, each 2019 Panda coin has a legal tender value of 500 Chinese Yuan.