China 1987 1 oz Silver Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1987 1 oz Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twenty 1987 panda coins.  Of the twenty issued in this year, one coin is platinum, seventeen are gold, and two are silver.  The reverse of the coins in this series show different images of 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, below which is the year of production, 1987.

The Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing  (1644-1912) dynasties would go at the winter solstice to worship Heaven and pray for a good harvest.  This was of particular significance for them since it was believed that Heaven gave the Emperor his mandate to rule, and a poor harvest might indicate to the people that the Emperor had lost this mandate, thereby weakening his rule in the eyes of the populace.

This is the 10 yuan, 1 oz silver coin of the series issued in 1987.  It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 31,000.  The reverse of the coin shows a picture of a panda.  A solitary panda is depicted climbing in a tree and holding a bamboo shoot.  It hugs the trunk as it climbs.  The denomination is inscribed to the right of the image.

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