1997 1/10 oz Platinum Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1997 1/10 oz Platinum Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin shown above is one of 17 issued during 1997 for the ever popular Panda coin series.  It is the 1997 1/10 oz platinum Panda with a purity of 99.95% and a denomination of 10 yuan.  Its diameter measures 18mm and its mintage is just 2,500. 

Of all the platinum Panda coins, it is believed that the 1997 1/10 oz platinum Panda is the rarest and most elusive.  It is incredibly hard to come by.  Collectors who are looking to obtain the full 14-coin set of 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz platinum Panda coin types ever produced will find that acquiring this coin is extremely challenging.

The design featured on the obverse face is an image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests with the inscription: “The People's Republic of China” appearing above it.  Below the image is the year of production, 1997.  The hall, built in 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is three-tiered circular wooden building standing on a three-tiered marble stone base.  It is the principal building of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing and was the place where the rulers of imperial China would come to make sacrifices to Heaven during the first lunar month of the year in the hope of being blessed with a peaceful year and a good harvest.  The temple complex features exquisite examples of Chinese architecture, and the symbolic layout of the compound is representative of ancient Chinese beliefs about the cosmos.

Featured on the reverse face is a rendering of a panda bear sat on a branch around which are many tree blossoms.  The likeness of this iconic animal is finely captured in the design.  Below the rendering is the denomination, 10 yuan.  Around the top left edge of the coin face are details of the metallic properties of the coin.  It reads: “.9995 1/10 oz Pt”.

 

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