Chinese Gold Panda

The Chinese Gold Panda was first minted in 1982 and its original sizes were 1/10, ¼, ½, and 1 ounces. In the beginning the gold coins had a fineness of .999. In 1983 China added the 1/20th ounce version of the coin, that size is still around today. The Gold Pandas are minted in several different Chinese cities, but unlike US coins there is no imprint on the coin that tells you where it was produced. Some coins in some years have small differences and these minor differences give away where it was minted. The Chinese do not really give a reason as to why the city is not mentioned, but most people tend to easily overlook that.

Design and Details

The obverse side of the Gold Panda depicts the Chinese Temple of Heaven. Along with the image is an inscription in Chinese that reads, “People’s Republice of China.” At the bottom of the obverse side there is an inscription that shows the date in which the coin was issued. The reverse side of the coin boasts the image of a panda that is different every year except for the coins that were minted in 2001 and 2002, they share the same design. The image is changed every year in order to attract new collectors and investors.

The coin is offered in sizes of 1/20, 1/10, ¼, ½, and 1 ounces. The face values of the coin is 25, 50, 100, 200, and 500 Yuan. The diameter of the 1/20th ounce coin is 13.92mm and its thickness is .83mm. The 1/10th ounce coin has a thickness of 1.05mm and a diameter of 17.95mm. The quarter ounce version of the coin has a diameter of 21.95mm and a thickness of 1.53mm. The half ounce Gold Panda has a diameter of 27mm and a thickness of 1.85mm. Finally, the biggest Gold Panda is 1 ounce and a has a thickness of 2.70mm and a diameter of 32.05mm. All versions of the Gold Panda have a fineness of .999 which means they are made entirely of gold with no filler metals.

More About the Gold Panda

The Gold Panda, because of its purity, is yet another coin that requires much care. It is a soft coin and that means wear and tear shows up quite easily. It is a hot collectors item and also entertains use as an investment tool which means that its demand is high worldwide.

One thing to be careful about when purchasing Gold Pandas is the fact that there is a number of reports of counterfeits being found around the world. When purchasing online it is important that you be careful and be sure of what you are buying before you actually make a purchase. Counterfeit coins, in most cases are fairly easy to tell considering they are not even made of gold or may only be gold plated. A good way to immediately tell whether your coin is real or not is to take it directly to a coin dealer and have them take a close look at it.