Chinese Gold Panda Design
The obverse of the Chinese Gold Panda coin depicts the famous Chinese Temple of Heaven at the center of the coin. There is an inscription on top that translates to “People’s Republic of China.” The date of the rare coin is marked at the bottom.
The reverse of the gold coins offer annual variations of the beloved and rare Giant Panda depicted in a different form every year. The only exception was 2001 and 2002, which, for unknown reasons, have the same design.
Chinese Gold Panda Specifications
The gold coins are minted primarily at the Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Shenzen national mints. However, the Gold Pandas do not contain mint marks that would differentiate from which mint they came from.
The Gold Pandas are legal tender in the People’s Republic of China, and are currently issued in face value denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 yuan. These correspond with 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 and 1/20 troy ounces of gold, respectively.
In 2016, the gold Pandas face values replaced by the metric system of grams, the standard system of weights used in the People’s Republic of China. They now weight 30, 15, 8, 3, and 1 gram respectively.