China 1982 1 oz Gold Panda

Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 1982 1 oz Gold Panda Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin pictured above is one of four 1982 panda coins.  1982 was the first year in which panda coins were issued.  All four coins issued in this year are gold and bear no denomination. They have weights of 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz.  The reverse of the coins in this series are identical and all show the same image of a panda.  The obverse of the coins all bear the inscription: “The People's Republic of China”.  Below this inscription on all coins in the group is an image of the Temple of Heaven with its extensive and iconic set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, below which is the year of issue, 1982.

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  The Emperor visited the Temple of Heaven every year at the time of the winter solstice to pray to both Heaven and Earth for a good harvest.  This was very important and significant for the feudal Chinese as it was believed that a mandate from Heaven legitimised the rule of the Emperor, and so a good harvest would show Heaven still supported the Emperor, thereby strengthening his rule.

This is the 1 oz gold coin of the series issued in 1982.  It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 13,532.  The reverse of the coin shows an image of a solitary panda sitting holding a bamboo stem.  To the right of the image is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “Purity 99.9%, contains 1 oz pure gold”.

In the following year, 1983, five coins were produced from 1 oz to 1/20 oz sizes. Click here for more on the gold panda coin from 1983.
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