Chinese Silver Panda
Stunning Chinese Silver Pandas CoinsIt is difficult to ignore the captivation a panda is able to provide. The same is true about the innovative designs of the Chinese Silver Pandas which are on the silver bullion market today. Investors, collectors, and even those who have never considered collecting precious metal coins in the past all find the striking image of this coin to be an attractive value. These silver coins are easily the most popular and celebrated series produced by the Shenzhen-Guobao Mint.
Why is the panda such a beloved animal and a national treasure in China? For starters, the colorization of the animal represents the yin and yang of the universe. They are thought to represent the harmony the world needs today and the Chinese Silver Pandas are often used to bring harmony to a coin collection or investment portfolio.
In nature, the panda is classified as an endangered animal. In the world of silver coins, it can sometimes be difficult to get your hands on authentic Chinese Silver Pandas. That's why bringing this iconic coin into your collection with its purity and design home can be such a tempting proposition.
Please note: the 2016 Chinese Silver Pandas are changing to metric sizing. This means the 1 ounce Silver Panda is now labeled as 30g. The 2015 issued coins in this series do not have weight or purity included with their design.
The History of the Shenzhen-Guobao Mint
The first version of the Chinese Silver Panda was minted in 1983 after the successful introduction of gold coins in a similar style. The initial coins were only available in a 1 ounce weight and contained a .900 purity with a proof finish. These coins did not receive a consistent mintage until 1989, when six standard weights were produced. From 1983-1989, some years did not see any coins created. In other years, the purity would be .925 instead of .900. Therefore it is important to note what year the silver coin was created when purchasing Chinese Silver Pandas.
It is also important to know whether the Shenzhen-Guobao Mint or the Shenyang Mint has created the Silver Pandas that you are purchasing. It is a disservice to simply tell investors and collectors that a “Chinese Mint” produced these stunning silver coins. There are distinctive differences between these two mints that can be noted on several designs.
One of the best examples of this is with the 2010 Chinese Silver Pandas that were produced. The fonts are typically a bit thicker with the Shenzhen-Guobao Mint, with the design itself given more of a softer look compared to the Shenyang Mint. Both are considered to be official coins.
The Design of the Chinese Silver Panda
Each Chinese Silver Panda features 1 troy ounce of .999 silver. The coin itself is named after the design which is featured on the reverse of the coin, although the design changes from year to year. The panda is a prominent feature of the design, but each year shows the panda involved in a different activity. Each coin is stamped with its face value on the reverse of the coin as well, but this appears in different locations as the design changes. Many look to include at least one coin from each new year into their collection.
The obverse of the coin features the Temple of Heaven and the country's official name. The artistry that is featured in each design makes it no surprise as to why so many collectors and investors look to the Chinese Silver Panda as a top priority for their collection.
The 1 ounce size of the Chinese Silver Panda is the most popular to collect, but some sizes and variations have limited mintage. In 2012, for example, the 5 ounce Silver Panda was given a limited mintage of 50,000. For the 30th Anniversary design of this coin, only 30,000 were issued.
Only Purchase Chinese Silver Pandas From Authentic Bullion Dealers
If you're shopping online for a Chinese Silver Panda, you'll find many stories which talk about how an auction site or an unknown dealer sold a collector or an investor a counterfeit coin. It is important to always purchase a highly collectible coin such as this from reputable organizations to ensure you're receiving the quality product you deserve.
The panda is one of the most rare wild animals in the world today, but it is also one of the most known and loved animals, which is just one reason why the Chinese Silver Panda is such a sought after coin. Celebrate the harmony this beautiful animal represents with our wide selection of authentic silver coins from this series by finding the right item to add to your collection today.