Gold Panda Coin Design
Unlike a majority of other bullion coins which use identical images on both their obverse and reverse each year, the Panda uses a brand new image every minting year on its obverse. With an ever-changing design many collectors seek to acquire coins from every minting for their collection. The reverse side of the coin uses the same image each year; that of the Temple of Heaven which is a popular historical landmark located in Beijing.
It is worth noting that for two consecutive years from 2001-2002, the mint released the same exact design but many collectors complained about it so they changed back the following year (2003). Other than this, coins from different years are truly unique and add to the allure of the Gold Panda Coins.
On the obverse of each coin is the Panda etching, which differs from year to year. On this side, there will be either a single panda, or a group of pandas at the center, often with bamboo in the background. It is worth noting that prior to 2015 all coins also contained their weight, purity and metal type however the mint decided to remove this from the coins in 2015.
No matter which particular design is featured on the obverse, there are also markings for the face value of the coin which are as follows:
- 1oz – 500 Yuan
- 1/2oz – 200 Yuan
- 1/4oz – 100 Yuan
- 1/10oz – 50 Yuan
- 1/20oz – 20 Yuan
Unlike the obverse which changes with each new minting year, the reverse side always features a portrait of the Temple of Heaven located in Beijing. This image is featured at the center of the design with a raised border that contains the Chinese characters for “People’s Republic of China” along the top. Stamped along the bottom is the minting year of the coin.
Chinese Gold Panda Coin Pricing
The Chinese Gold Panda is a coin which is in somewhat limited supply, however in recent years the Chinese Mints have stepped up production to meet high demand. When the coins were first introduced they were only minted in very limited numbers, often under 30,000 while in 2011 for example the mint produced over 500,000. The price you pay for a Chinese Gold Panda will ultimately come down to it’s condition, minting year and mintage numbers.
If you are buying a new BU bullion coin, you can expect to pay around $60-$90 above the current price of gold. However, if you are looking at a coin from a low mintage year that is certified for example, you will likely pay much more due to collector demand. However if you are not a collector, then the Panda can be a good option because of its global desirability and relatively low markup above spot.
Buying Gold Pandas Online
Whether you are looking for numismatic varieties of the Gold Panda or a lower cost bullion version, you can find them easily online. Many dealers offer current year coins as well as backdates in a variety of conditions from varied to Brilliant Uncirculated while others offer strictly numismatic coins certified by the NGC and PCGS. If you are buying new bullion coins, we recommend dealers like APMEX, Provident Metals, JM Bullion, SD Bullion or BGASC who all offer fair prices and low shipping costs.