Chinese Gold Panda
Chinese Gold Panda Overview
The Chinese Gold Panda is a series of gold bullion coins featuring China's symbolic animal introduced in 1982 and at one time was minted in seven different sizes, second only to the eight sizes of the Australian Nugget. From 1982–2000, the face values of the 1/20- through 1-oz. Gold Pandas were 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 Yuan, respectively. Today, the denominations are 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz.
With an annual design change, with the exception of the 2001 issues due to a temporary freeze on the design but it resumed in 2003. The Gold Chinese Panda has long been a favorite of coin collectors and jewelry designers the world over.
Chinese Gold Panda Design
The obverse depicts Beijing's Temple of Heaven with the Chinese inscription, Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo (People's Republic of China), on the top and the year of issue on the bottom. The reverse features different images of pandas every year, with the exception of 2001 and 2002, which depict the same illustration.