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Silver Chinese coins are issued by the People’s Bank of China. The PRC not only regulates the financial industry of China, but it also controls monetary policy in the People’s Republic of China. The People’s Bank of China holds more assets than any other private institution in the world and is second only to the U.S. Federal Reserve in central bank assets. Everything about the PRC is first-rate, including its silver coins. Unlike most collectibles, such coins are eligible for precious metals IRAs.
Most of the coins minted by the bank draw upon either China’s 3,000-year history or its large bio system of wildlife. All coins are marked with the “People’s Republic of China” stamp. Silver Pandas are the most common coin, which I’ll discuss in-depth below. The Lunar Calendar, the Chinese New Year, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics are themes which have been covered in series of the past. When collectors start to research the Chinese coins, though, the vast bulk of the products you’ll find are Chinese pandas. Since 1983, they have been a staple among the silver Chinese coins.
Chinese Silver Olympic Coins – Though the Panda Series are the most common option for collectors and investors, other themes are offered. Several Olympic coin series were minted leading up to 2008. For instance, a colorized set depicting children playing games was released. Coins in this set include kite flying, goat jumping, hoop rolling, and shuttlecock. The People’s Bank of China has commemorated previous Olympic Games. One example of these previous depictions would be the “1990 China 10 Yuan Silver Olympic Proof Coin.” Those interested might want to research two Olympic gold coins, too, which are beautifully engraved depictions of equestrian events and archery.
2008 China 1 oz. Silver Beijing Olympics Courtyard – The Beijing Olympics coins were produced to commemorate Beijing’s hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics. A series of coins were produced to commemorate traditional Chinese culture. On the obverse of this coin, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games emblem is pictured. The emblem is a stylized runner inside ornate Chinese script. The reverse shows a traditional Chinese courtyard. The courtyard is a common residence throughout China, but is most famously tied to Beijing itself. These residences are called siheyuan or “Chinese quadrangles”. In ancient times, the siheyuan was occupied by a single extended family (living in the buildings surrounding it). Today, such residences still exist, though they often lack modern amenities. The Courtyard coins are rated PF-70 by the NGC.
2008 China 1 oz. Silver Beijing Olympics Beihai Park – The Beihai Park is a representation of the most famous Chinese garden in Beijing. It is an imperial garden and was traditionally the property of the imperial family. Since 1925, Beihai Park has been open to the public. Beihai means “Northern Sea”. The park is connected to the central and southern “seas” of vegetation (parks). All three are located inside the Zhongnanhai, which act as the traditional residence of China’s national leaders. Like the Courtyard, the Beihai Park coin is rated PF-70 by the NGC. Other coins in this collection include “Big Bowl Tea”, Civilian Residence, Opera Art, and the Great Wall.
1993 China Silver 15th World Cup Football – Chinese silver coins have been minted to celebrate the World Cup football (soccer) tournament, which is played every four years in one of the great soccer nations. A coin commemorating the 15th World Cup tournament, held in 1994 in the United States, was produced in 1993. Though China failed to make the tournament, the PBC chose to honor the event with its own .999 fine silver coin. The World Cup coin is rated PF-69 by the NGC.
1932 China Republic Silver Dollar “Birds Over Junk” – Collectors also can collect older coins from previous eras of Chinese history. These are going to be rarer and more expensive, because many of the coins were melted down after the Communist Party took control in 1950. One example is the “Birds Over Junk” coin minted by the Chinese republic in 1932. A junk is a Chinese sailing vessel, so this coin depicts birds flying over a ship at sea. This coin sells for $5,000 on EBay, so these older coins can be quite expensive. People can collect coins in the Qing Dynasty and Ming Dynasty, or even further back in history.
Chinese Silver Lunar Coins – The Lunar Coin Series is a staple of Chinese coin collecting. The Lunar Calendar is the 12-year cycle which is associated with 12 different fictional and real life animals. Every year in a twelve year cycle is associated with a different animal, while each animal is assigned certain traits. If a person is born in a Year of the Dragon, all the people in that year are supposed to exhibit traits of that animal. The system works much like the Greek Zodiac, which is why many people refer to the Lunar calendar as the Chinese Zodiac.
For the last number of years, the People’s Bank of China has released two different coins each year. One is the Lunar Proof series and the other is the colorized Silver Coin series. An example of the one proof series is the “2015 China 1 kilo Silver Year of the Goat Proof”, which was a favorite choice of investors this year. The other is the 2015 China 5 oz. Silver Goat Colorized coin, which contains a more ornate depiction of the goat (or sheep). Both come with a certificate of authenticity. Each is similar to the Lunar Series released by the Perth Mint for many years, though these coins are engraved by designers steeped in Chinese culture, so they represent more traditional depictions of the animals in question.
Chinese Silver Pandas – The People’s Bank of China has produced so many silver panda coins that I’ve written a special page dedicated to that subject. Collectors can find panda coins minted every year from 1983 until 2016. The reverse side of the coin features one or more pandas in various poses. For instance, the 2016 coin has a bear climbing the limb of a tree. The 2015 coin has a panda eating a bamboo shoot. On the obverse of each coin, the Hall of Prayer for “Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven” is pictured. The Hall of Prayer is one of the most famous landmarks in the city of Beijing. Collecting China’s many panda coins is its own task, so you can read more about that subject on its own page.