It's not surprising that the Chinese Gold Panda coin has become one of the most popular bullion coins in the world. This yearly coin is minted by the People's Republic of China and was first introduced to the public in 1982. Every year, the design on the Gold Panda changes which gives investors and collectors some excitement. With the exception of 2001 and 2002, the designs have been different on this beautiful coin year after year.
In 1982, the first of these rare beauties was introduced to the public in various sizes. Created with .999 fine gold, Pandas were issued in one, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 troy ounce sizes. In 1983, an additional 1/20 ounce coin was added to the lineup. In other years, 5 ounce and 12 ounce coins have been minted. This has given collectors many different sizes to choose from throughout the years.
The official mint of this gold coin is the People's Republic of China, but it is also minted in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shenyang and Shanghai. Unlike United States coins that are minted in different cities, these Chinese coins have no mint marks. In various years, different styles and sizes were used to distinguish the difference in the coins.
On the obverse side of the Gold Panda coin is an image of the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is located in central Beijing and was constructed in the early 1400s. The reverse side of the Gold Panda Coin has different illustrations of pandas for its image every year.
These gold coins have face values ranging from 500 Yuan to 25 Yuan for the one troy ounce to 1/20 troy ounce coins.