Silver Panda Proof Coins

Collectors Edition Proof Coins

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1991 2 oz Silver Panda - Piedfort

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As distributed by the China Mint

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1983, 1984, 1985 Silver Panda Proof Collection

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Order Ref: 83-85SPP

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1989 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 89SPP

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1987 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 87SPP

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1990 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 90SPP

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1992 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 92SPP

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1991 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 91SPP

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1994 1 oz Silver Panda Proof

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Order Ref: 94SPP

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1996 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 96SPP

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1995 1 oz Silver Panda Proof in original packaging

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Order Ref: 95SPP

About Silver Panda Proof Coins


Proof pandas coins are usually more valuable than their brilliant uncirculated cousins simply because they are proof coins and as such, generally have better eye appeal with their almost 3-D like appearance due to their proof condition.

Some of the silver proof panda coins have the same design as the brilliant uncirculated coins from the same year for example years 1989 to 1992. The easily visible difference aside from the mirror-like, reflective qualities and clearer depiction on the proof coins is marked by a letter “P” inside of a circle on the reverse side of the coin (panda side). The exceptions are years 1995 and 1996 where the designs of the coins are completely different from the regular issue 1 oz silver pandas, the letter “P” is not too be seen.

The first release for the silver panda coin was in 1983, one year after the four 1982 gold pandas appeared on the scene for the first time. The first three silver panda coins, years 1983, 1984 and 1985 are each proof in quality and weigh 27 grams each. The weight was changed to one troy ounce in 1987 after skipping 1986 with no coin of this type. There was a 1986 5 Yuan silver panda coin but this is not a proof.

The 1 oz proof silver panda series were designed to be the collectors edition of the silver panda coin series and were minted annually from 1989 to 1996. The mintage varies from 25000 for the 1989 coin to 8000 for the 1996. The most coveted is the 1983 inaugural year coin that has the highest value of the group.

There is also the somewhat unique and certainly eye-catching family of colored silver panda coins - all proof in finish. This includes the 1997 and 1998 1oz and ½ oz and the 1999 1 oz colored silver panda coins. Apart from the beautiful colors used, these five coins are unusual in as much as they were struck by the Swiss Mint rather than any of the Chinese Mints, the Chinese Mints did not have the technology to do colored coins at the time.