1987 1 oz Platinum Panda

100 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1987 1 oz Platinum Panda 100 Yuan Proof Coin

This coin is one of 20 struck in 1987 as part of the world-famous Panda series.  It is the 1 oz platinum piece of the series, and is also part of the four-coin 100 yuan platinum Panda set, 1987 to 1990. It possesses a face value of 100 yuan.  This high-quality piece is a proof coin containing 99.95% platinum and measures 32mm in diameter.  It has a mintage of 2,000 pieces.

Having been struck at both the Shanghai and Shenyang mints, there are two versions of this highly attractive coin, distinguished by two different mint marks: one bearing an 'S' mark showing the coin was produced at the Shanghai mint; the other showing the 'Y' mint mark, indicating the coin was struck in Shenyang.

The obverse face bears an image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of the Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan, located to the Southeast of central Beijing.  It was built over a period of 14 years between 1406 and 1420 under the Yongle Emperor (reigned 1402-1424) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  It was the site of ceremonial sacrifices made by the Emperor himself to Heaven in order to ensure a good harvest for the coming year, thereby ensuring the loyalty of the populace.  Above the image is the inscription in Chinese characters, “The People's Republic of China”.  Below the image is the year of issue, 1987.

The reverse face bears the image of a solitary adult panda drinking from a river.  This iconic animal is shown standing on the riverbank surrounded by bamboo shoots.  Below the image is the face value and the corresponding mint mark.  Above and to the left of the image are the details of metallic properties of the coin.


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