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Chinese Panda Silver Bullion Coin

Issued by the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Pandas have been one of the most collected silver bullion coins. It changes its design every year and comes in different sizes, from 0.5 troy oz to 1 kilogram with different denomination reflecting the weight.

China issued its first silver coins picturing an adorable Panda design in 1983. These were 38.6 mm., 27 gm. of 900 fine silver, Proof quality. These same specifications were used in 1984 and 1985. No silver Panda coins were issued in 1986. The 1987 silver Pandas were 40 mm., 1 troy oz. of 925 fine silver, Proof quality. No silver Panda coins were issued in 1988. From 1989-1997 silver Pandas were issued in both Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated with the specifications: 40 mm., 1 troy oz. of 999 fine silver. Beginning in 1998, only Brilliant Uncirculated silver Pandas were issued. There are several mints that produce these coins, including but not limited to: Shenzhen, Shanghai and Shenyang. Sometimes the different mints can be distinguished from the size of the year on the obverse side of the coins.

Obverse: Depiction of the Temple of Heaven in the center with Chinese characters on top saying "Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo" meaning People's Republic of China and the bottom the year of issue. Reverse: Different portraits of panda that changes every year (except for 2001 and 2002, which used the same design).

There are varieties on the types of coins issued, the most common being uncirculated and proof versions. On some years of issue, the bank also issue commemorative coins with privy marks or different combination of gold plating on either the obverse or reverse of the coin. There are no set rules on how many commemoratives can be issued in a year. The official distributor is China Gold Coin Corporation.

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