Chinese Mint products from the People’s Republic of China grow in popularity with each passing year. Although it is not known for producing a great variety of coins on an annual basis, its primary commemorative coin collection is one of the most famous in the world. The Chinese Silver Panda coin is a sovereign product with a history that matches those of more well-known coins like the Canadian Maple Leaf and American Eagle. Investors and collectors eagerly anticipate the latest edition of the silver bullion Panda coins with each new design.
Following the successful introduction of the Chinese Gold Panda, the Chinese Mint opted to design and unveil a Chinese Silver Panda coin as well. The silver version of the coin was introduced in 1983 as a proof version with .900 pure silver. Only available at this time in a 1 oz weight, the Chinese Silver Panda was only struck in this limited mintage until 1985. No Chinese Silver Panda coins were produced in 1986.
In 1987, the Chinese Silver Panda coin program returned with two of the fractional weights available in the gold program (½ oz and ¼ oz), and now featured .925 pure silver compared to the previous .900. In an odd move, the Chinese Mint did not mint the silver pandas in a 1 oz weight in 1988, but they quickly returned to the lineup in 1989.
Since 1989, the Chinese Silver Panda has been struck in proof and bullion versions in a total of six different weights: 1 kilogram, 12 oz, 5 oz, 1 oz, ½ oz, and ¼ oz. Like the gold program, the Chinese Silver Panda coins feature face values based upon their weights and silver content. The face values start at ¥300 for the 1 Kilogram coin, and work their way down as follows:
For the first time in the history of the Chinese Panda coin series, the Chinese Mint made a significant change to the coins. From their introduction through 2015, the coins were struck with the industry standard Troy ounces used to measure the gold and silver content of the coins. In an effort to further establish a unique identity for its bullion coins, and bring them in line with the nation’s use of the Metric system, the Chinese Mint will now strike the Panda Coins with metal content and weight measurements in Grams.
The diversity of the silver and gold coins remains largely untouched by this transition in 2016, with silver and gold coins now available in the following weights:
The Chinese Panda coin program is similar to other sovereign coin programs in some respects, and different in others. While the United States Mint is one of the few to use different designs on its silver and gold bullion coins, the Chinese Mint follows the lead of the Royal Canadian Mint and Royal Mint of the United Kingdom in using the same design on both the Chinese Gold Panda and Chinese Silver Panda.
However, while each of those mints uses the same design year in and year out on its sovereign bullion coins, the Chinese Mint was the first to introduce a sovereign coin with brand-new images on the obverse each year. All Chinese Panda coins share the same obverse motif each year, but the specific design changes from one year to the next. Only once, 2001 and 2002, has the design been different.
On the obverse side of every Chinese Panda coin you’ll find the common motif for the series, that of a panda in its native habitat. For example, on the obverse of the 2017 30 Gram Chinese Silver Panda is the newest panda design from the Chinese Mint, which depicts a large panda sitting on its hind quarters as it eats some bamboo shoots. The typical engravings and design features included again this year feature the bamboo wall in the background, and the face value of the coin in Yuan.
The reverse side of the coins has featured the same image since the coins were introduced in 1982. Beijing’s Temple of Heaven is featured on the obverse every year, along with the Chinese characters that bear the name of the complex. Literally translated as the Altar of Heaven, the building is actually part of a complex of religious structures that imperial leaders used to visit to pray for a good harvest across the nation.
From time to time, there are Silver Panda coins released with unique finishes. These include the issue of gilded, colorized, Day-and-Night two-coin sets, and special World Money Fair versions of the Silver Panda coin from the Chinese Mint.
The gilded coin includes the application of 24-karat gold is selective used on the coin to highlight a particular facet of the coin’s design, in this case that is the panda design that is all new on the 2017 30 Gram Chinese Silver Panda.
On the obverse of the 2017 30 Gram Colorized Chinese Silver Panda is the newest panda design from the Chinese Mint. Typical engravings and design features included again this year include a bamboo wall in the background, and the face value of the coin in Yuan. This depiction of the panda has special colorization added that includes the natural black-and-white tones of the panda’s fur, greens in the bamboo leaves, and brown in the bamboo wall behind the panda.
The colorized versions of the coin also appear in a two-coin set known as the Day and Night Collection. In this unique coin collection you have the chance to purchase two of the 2017 30 Gram Chinese Silver Panda coins with beautiful colorization added to each coin. Day and Night sets are a common design element for the Somalian Silver Elephant Series, and now that concept has been applied to the Silver Panda.
The 2017 Chinese Silver Panda Day and Night Two-Coin Set includes the standard colorized version of the 2017 Panda Coin. It features brilliant hues with a brightness depicting the daytime hours, and is available in larger quantities as an individual coin as well as featuring in this two-coin set.
For the 2017 Chinese Silver Panda Night coin, you’ll only find it in this limited-edition set. The night coin has the same colorizations, with darker background hues signifying that the panda is enjoying a late-night snack under the light of the moon.
Since 1984, the Chinese Mint has struck and released low-mintage silver rounds commemorating the annual coin shows that take place around the world. These shows often attract thousands of numismatists, and serve not only as a place for coin lovers to gather and share collections, but for mints to debut some of the latest coin designs coming to market.
The 2016 World Money Fair took place, where it always does, in Berlin, Germany. To mark the occasion, the Chinese Mint produced a special silver round from its Chinese Silver Panda collection that featured different designs on both the obverse and reverse compared to those which normally appear.
On the reverse of each round is the image of two bears, one of them a panda, and set of three replicated coin dies. These dies and letter punches were created by German-based Otto Beh Company for the creation of Chinese coins between 1897 and 1898.
The obverse side of each 2016 1 oz World Money Fair Commemorative Panda Silver Round includes the image of the Berlin Cathedral. Honoring the host city of Berlin, the obverse design also includes the official logo of the World Money Fair. The 2016 edition of the money fair was the 45th, and hosted more than 330 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors.
While Chinese Silver Panda rounds are nothing new on the money fair circuit, this 8 Gram Silver Panda is certainly a change of pace. Designed by Shanghai Mint designer Yu Min, who also created the 2016 1 oz World Money Fair Commemorative Panda Silver Round, it features a celebration of Sino-German friendship.
The reverse of all 2017 8 Gram World Money Fair Commemorative Panda Silver Rounds includes the image of the German Parliament building, along with Berlin’s famous TV tower in the background and the official logo of the World Money Fair. There are also engravings in both English and Chinese.
On the obverse is the image of a Giant Panda, but unlike many of the silver bullion coins from the Chinese Mint, this particular design includes only the face and head of the panda. Engravings include “Sino-German Friendship” and “Berlin Special Exhibit,” along with those same engravings in Mandarin Chinese.
The history of minting in China is clouded by the political strife that divided the nation in years following World War II. While people of the modern-day People’s Republic of China lay claim to the nation’s thousands of years of history, when it comes to the government and the history of minting, the case is not as easy to decipher.
Following the end of a very long and brutal occupation by the Japanese, which ended with the US defeat of Japanese Imperial Forces in 1945, China’s ruling nationalist government had a difficult time regaining control of the nation. The nationalist government had fled to the island of Taiwan during the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and remained there throughout World War II.
In the interim, a communist government under Mao Tse Tung rose to power having stayed behind to lead revolutionary forces against the Japanese occupation. The government structure of the nationalist party, including the Central Bank of China and the Chinese Mint, eventually remained as part of the nationalist government that now occupies modern-day Taiwan, which itself exists as a nation separate of the People’s Republic of China.
The governmental structure of the Chinese Mint may have technically left the country for Taiwan with the nationalist government, but the physical structures that make up the modern Chinese Mint system have existed for over 100 years in some cases. Today’s Chinese Mint operates under the name China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation. There is no clear information on the founding of the modern mint, but there are clues as to its evolution over the course of the past 120 years.
A centralized Chinese Mint began in 1896 when the Qing Dynasty’s government established the Fengtian Machinery Bureau at the former Shenyang Mint, followed by the Duzhibu Printing Bureau at a former Beijing Banknote Printing Plant in 1908. China’s first communist leader, Mao Tse Tung, established the first official mint of modern-day China during the revolution with construction of the Shangjing Mint.
Over time, these facilities were merged to form the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation, which today is directly controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China and overseen by the People’s Bank of China. The minting facilities themselves are located at the Shenyang Mint (1896), the Shanghai Mint (1920), and the Nanjing Mint (1985).
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