China 1995 1 oz Gold Panda

100 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 1995 1 oz Gold Panda 100 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin pictured above is one of thirty-three 1995 panda coins.  Of the thirty-three coins issued in this year, seventeen are gold, ten are silver, two are platinum, and four are bi-metallic.  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 and striking set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, below which is the year of production, 1995.

The Temple of Heaven was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) between 1406 and 1420 AD under orders from Emperor Yongle who ordered the construction of the Forbidden City.  From 1420 to 1911 prayers and sacrifices were offered up to Heaven by the emperor at the winter solstice, praying that Heaven would grant them a good harvest.

This is the 100 yuan, 1 oz gold coin of the series produced in 1995.  It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 17,412.  Two versions of the 1 oz gold coin were produced in 1995, one with a small date beneath the image on the obverse, the other with a large date beneath the obverse image.  The small date variety was struck at the Shenyang mint, while the large date variety was struck in Shanghai.  The mintage represents the number of both varieties produced.

The reverse of the coin shows a picture of a single panda from the torso up, standing holding a bamboo stem in both paws.  The panda grasps hold of the stem like a flagpole.  The denomination is inscribed to the left of the image.  Around the top right edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “Au 1 oz .999”.

In general BU gold panda coins sell for a little over the gold spot price.  However the gold panda coins struck in 1995 are particularly rare and will sell at a much higher price, mainly due to the low mintages of the 1995 BU gold panda coins in comparison to the other years of production.

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