Chinese Gold Panda
2018 Chinese Gold Panda
In 1982 the People's Republic of China issued a series of gold bullion coins, one of which is the Panda, both in Gold and Silver bullion coins. The Mint of the People's Republic of China introduced the gold bullion Panda design in multiple sizes and denominations. The design is modified each year with a single exception and the sizes and denominations range from 1/20 troy oz to 1 Troy oz.
Looking Back at the Chinese Gold Panda
Originally in 1982 when the Panda design was created, it came in 99.9 fine gold and the sizes are as follow for 1982. 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz. In 1983, one more size was added to the series, 1/20 oz and shortly after that, larger sizes were issued for 5 oz and 12 oz respectively. In 2001, there was a hold implemented on the designs of the Panda which cause the '01' and '02' designs to be the same. This caused a collector backlash from Panda collectors across the world who favored the annual changes in designs. Thus, in 2003, the Mint of the People's Republic of China decided to go back to its old ways of redesigning the gold Panda on an annual basis.
2018 1 oz (30g) Chinese Gold Panda
2018 1/2 oz (15g) Chinese Gold Panda
2018 1/4 oz (8g) Chinese Gold Panda
2018 1/10 oz (3g) Chinese Gold Panda
In the United States, a coin's Mint carries a mintmarks to tell them apart and to better determine the coin's origin. In China, there are no mintmakrs on mints that help distinguish them. Instead, they employ various minor changes in the design such as the size of the date and small variations in the temple design that help determine the origin of the mint.