About Proof Gold Panda Coins and Sets
Between the years of 1986 to 1994, the China Mint released five-coin sets of panda coins, all proof in quality and 99.9% in fineness. The sets released from the years of 1986 to 1992 feature only gold coins, while the sets released in 1993 and 1994 feature four gold coins and one bimetallic coin each. The bimetallic coins possess an interior of gold and an outer rim of fine silver. Many of the coins in these sets bear a ‘P’ mark on the reverse face of the coin, denoting the proof quality.
Each coin in the set released for that year bears the same image of a panda on the reverse face. These images, however, are unique to each year and do not reoccur in other years. In each set, there is a 1 oz, 32 mm coin; a 1/2 oz, 27 mm coin; a 1/4 oz, 22 mm coin; a 1/10 oz, 18 mm coin and a 1/20 oz, 14 mm coin. The coins bear the face values of 100 yuan, 50 yuan, 25 yuan, 10 yuan and 5 yuan, respectively. Every coin in these sets of gold panda coins bears the image of the Hall or Prayer for Good Harvests, located at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, on the obverse face.
Other Chinese gold proof panda coins include three one ounce coins produced in 1991, 1995 and 1996. The 1991 coin was released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the panda coin series, while the 1995 and 1996 one ounce gold panda coins are among the rarest of the proof gold panda coin series. All of the one ounce coins bear an image of a solitary panda each different from the designs on the brilliant uncirculated coins released in the same year. Each does have a silver counterpart with the same scene. In the year of 1991, the silver panda coin that corresponds to the 10th anniversary gold panda coin weighs two ounces. The corresponding silver panda coins released in 1995 and 1996 each weigh one ounce, the same as the gold.
All of the panda coins mentioned above, both those in the five piece sets and the individual one ounce coins, were released inside display boxes. Inside each box was a certificate guaranteeing quality and authenticity. The coins were originally distributed inside a capsule which in turn was sealed inside a plastic wrapper to protect the precious contents of the interior.