The Chinese Silver Panda is among the most desired silver bullion coins on the market, thus giving it semi-numismatic silver coin status.
The Chinese Gold Panda was the first Chinese minted bullion, and it was minted as a gold coin in 1982. The 1 oz Chinese Silver Panda was first minted in 1983. Among the first bullion coins issued by the state of China, the 1 oz Chinese Silver Pandas are surely a piece of history. The infamous panda bear design on the silver coin’s reverse side has changed each year save for 2001 and 2001. The 1 oz Chinese Silver Panda‘s obverse shows an outdoor scene of The Hall of Prayer at the Beijing Temple of Heaven.
The Silver Chinese Panda reverse design changes from year-to-year, and features a variety of action poses of the giant panda such as eating bamboo and climbing trees. These images of the giant panda’s charm are depicted with an artist’s clarity on these coins, making the Silver Panda among the most-collected semi-numismatic silver coin.
The Silver Panda coins have aged beyond the quarter century mark and the last 28 years have seen Chinese Gold Pandas, Chinese Platinum Pandas, and Chinese Palladium Pandas.
The Silver Panda has become the standard in precious metal coin series in modern day China. In 1983 the Gold Panda coin won the title of the World’s Best Gold Coin of the Year, the first international award for any Chinese modern commemorative coin.
The first Chinese Panda coins issued in 1983, 1984 and 1985 were minted solely as Silver proof coins, with a silver metal content of 27 grams of .900 fine silver and each with a diameter of 38.6 mm, mintages were only 10,000 for each of the three years. There were no Silver Pandas minted in 1986.
The 1987 Silver Panda was minted in proof quality from 1ozt. sterling (.925 fine) silver with a diameter of 40 mm. All modern Silver Pandas are composed of a full 1oz or 31 grams of .999 Silver. The coin is minted in both bullion and proof quality, each with a diameter of 39mm. In 1997, a colored Silver Panda was released by the China Mint, as well as in 1998 and 1999 each of three coins had a mintage of merely 100,000 coins and came with a case and certificate.
In 2010, 800,000 silver bullion Panda coins were released – the most released in one year by the China Mint. Silver proof panda coins are not released each year and do have low mintages as low as 8,000 to a mintage high of 31,000 coins.
Early Panda coins sell for astonishing premiums due to their rarity, but do buy from reputable dealers like Gold Silver Bitcoin for there are fakes in large numbers of reaching markets, especially on eBay, so only buy from a reputable source. Most counterfeit Silver Pandas are easily spotted as they do not have 10 Yuan denominations or the silver weight and purity on the coin.
Chinese Panda Series 1983-Present
2000-2013 Silver Panda
Panda’s released 2000-2012 Chinese Silver Panda coins.
1983-1999 Silver Panda
Panda’s released 1993-1999 Chinese Silver Panda coins.
Chinese Panda Mintage Figures
The Silver Panda bullion coin was first released in 1983, each year a different bear design is released for sale except for 2002. The Panda Can also come in a coloured proof finish for some years too. Below is a list of the varieties of Panda’s that are available and the mintage figures.
|2001 D Mark||250,000|
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