The Chinese Gold Panda coin is one of the longest running sovereign gold coin programs in the world today. First introduced in 1982, it is preceded in the marketplace only by the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin. The 2016 production year for the Chinese Gold Panda brings about a few changes beyond the normal alterations in the coin’s design each year. Today, the 2016 3 Gram Chinese Gold Panda Coin is available from JM Bullion.
- Maximum mintage set at 600,000 coins by the Chinese Mint!
- Ships in original mint sealed plastic.
- Contains 3 Grams (.09645 ozt) of .999 pure gold.
- Bears a face value of ¥50 (Yuan) backed by the Chinese government.
- Features the all-new 2016 Giant Panda design.
Chinese Gold Panda coins were first introduced in 1982, and regular investors and collectors are accustomed to change in this coin’s appearance. The Chinese Mint was one of the first to adopt a new design each year on the obverse face of its popular gold and silver bullion coins. There is something else different about the 2016 Chinese Panda collection.
Originally introduced in gold with weights measured in ounces, the Chinese Panda coins will now be marked with weights measured in grams instead of ounces. Once available in 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz, 5 oz, and 12 oz weights, the Chinese Gold Pandas are now available in 2016 as 1, 3, 8, 15, and 30 Gram weights.
The obverse face of the coin features the latest image of the Giant Panda. Although the dragon is the official emblem of the People’s Republic of China, the Giant Panda is considered an unofficial symbol and is easily recognized around the globe as an iconic native species of mainland China.
On the reverse you’ll find the image of the Temple of Heaven, featured on this face of the coin without alterations since the first coins were struck in 1982. Chinese characters along the top read “People’s Republic of China” when translated into English, and the year of issue is featured below.
The Chinese Mint is controlled by the Chinese government and overseen by the People’s Bank of China, which controls the production of paper banknotes, as well as circulation and commemorative currency.
Please direct all of your questions to a JM Bullion associate at 800-276-6508, or contact us online using our live chat or email features.