Chinese Gold Panda
The Gold Panda is a sought-after collector’s piece (most traded is the 1 oz. or 30 gm.). Having been minted since 1982, the design of the obverse on the coin has differed each year, with one exception in 2002. The reverse of the Gold Panda is the same each year, depicting the Temple of Heaven in Peking.
The same cannot be said for the silver editions though. This coin is minted in a variety of sizes, due to its desirability, including 1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, 1/10 ounce, and 1/20 ounce.
Its original denominations were 100 Yuan, 50 Yuan, 25 Yuan, 10 Yuan, and 5 Yuan changing to 500, 200, 100, 50, and 20 Yuan in 2001 and again in 2016 to 30 Gram, 15 Gram, 8 Gram, 3 Gram, and 1 Gram to better fit China’s use of the Metric system. The physical shapes of the coins were altered minimally in the change to Metric system. The Panda was minted with the intention of being a gold bullion investment option. A few editions over the years have been minted and graded or minted in irregular sizes for the series.