China 1990 1 oz Gold Panda

100 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 1990 1 oz Gold Panda 100 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twenty-six 1990 panda coins.  Of the twenty-six coins issued in this year, sixteen are gold, five are silver, one is bi-metallic, and four are platinum.  The reverse of the coins in this series show different images of pandas.  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 iconic set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, below which is the year of issue, 1990.

The Temple of Heaven was constructed towards the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1420 AD.  The part of the temple complex in the image is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests where the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) emperors would go to pray to Heaven for a good harvest.  A good harvest kept the people happy as they were not only fed, but they also believed this showed Heaven continued to approve of the Emperor's rule.

This is the 100 yuan, 1 oz gold coin of the series issued in 1990.  It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 53,898.  There were two versions of this coin minted in 1990.  One version features a large date on the obverse beneath the image of the Temple of Heaven and was minted in Shanghai.  The other features a small date on the obverse beneath the image and was minted in Shenyang.

The reverse of the coin shows an image of a solitary panda standing on a rocky outcrop to the right of a bamboo plant.  The panda looks back over its right shoulder.  The denomination is inscribed below and to the right of the image. Around the top edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “Contains 1 oz pure gold purity .999 1 oz Au”.

These coins were originally issued by the mint in sheets of ten coins in a five-by-two arrangement.  The sheets were then split into ten single coins to facilitate further distribution and sale, and as a result very few of these original sheets remain.

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