Chinese Panda 1/2 oz Gold Coin History
Brought to us by the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Panda 1/2 oz gold coin is one of the most beautiful coins on the market. The Chinese Gold Panda bullion coins are among the most popular gold coins on the market. Issued by the People's Republic of China since 1982, the Chinese Gold Pandas are .999 fine gold. Several Chinese mints produce the Chinese Gold Panda bullion coins, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Shenyang. The obverse design of the1/2 oz Gold Panda coin depicts the image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Unlike many gold bullion coins, the reverse design of the Chinese Gold Panda changes each year. Though varying each year, the reverse nevertheless always depicts the rare yet well-known animal inhabiting China: the panda. Loved worldwide for its distinctive coloring, natural and unstrained appearance, meek temperament, and innocence, the panda celebrated on this coin gives the Gold Panda bullion coin series an endearing touch.
It is composed of .5 troy ounce of .999 fine gold with a legal tender face value of 200 Yuan. The 1/2 ounce gold panda coin measures 27 mm in diameter and 1.85 mm in thickness.
Chinese Gold Panda 1/2 oz Coin Specifications:
- Brilliant Uncirculated
- Mint Shanghai
- Mint Started 1982
- Face Value 200 Yuan
- Purity 0.999
- Gold content .5 troy oz.
- Thickness 1.85 mm
- Diameter 27 mm
- Obverse: Showcases the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvest in the Temple of Heaven encircled with the phrase People’s Republic of China” along with the year issued.
- Reverse: Features the great gold panda leaning over eating bamboo in field of bamboo.
Chinese Gold Panda coins were first introduced by the government in China in 1982 in 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz weights. After just one year, a 1/20 oz coin was added to the program. Today, the standard program consists of 5 and 12 oz coins, as well.