China 2007 1 oz Gold Panda

500 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2007 1 oz Gold Panda 500 Yuan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin pictured above is one of ten 2007 panda coins.  Of the ten coins produced in this year, seven are gold, and three are silver.  The reverse of the coins in this series show images of the same 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 striking and recognisable set of stairs leading up to it, below which is the year of production, 2007.

Prayers and sacrifices were made by the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasty emperors at the Temple of Heaven during the winter solstice.  The Temple of Heaven was completed in 1420 AD and prayers and sacrifices were made there in the hope of a good harvest until they were banned by the government of the Republic of China in 1911.

This is the 500 yuan, 1 oz gold coin of the series produced in 2007.  It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 150,000.  The reverse of the coin shows an image of two pandas, an adult and a cub, sitting under a bamboo tree.  They sit side by side feeding on bamboo shoots.  The denomination is inscribed above and to the left of the image.  Around the bottom right edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “1 oz Au .999”.

Issued every year since 1982, these 1 oz BU gold panda coins together form a complete series comprised of one coin of the above specifications from every year.  Each year has a unique panda image on the reverse face, with the exception of the coins issued in 2001 and 2002 which have the same picture.  At the time it was planned that from 2001 the panda image would remain the same each year - an idea that was quickly dismissed.

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