China 1996 1 oz Silver Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1996 1 oz Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twenty-seven 1996 panda coins.  Of the twenty-seven issued in this year, four coins are bi-metallic, two are platinum, sixteen are gold, and five 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 with its iconic set of stairs leading up to it, below which is the year of production, 1996.

The Temple of Heaven was constructed towards the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1420 AD.  The part of the temple complex in the image is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests where the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) emperors would go to pray to Heaven for a good harvest.  A good harvest kept the people happy as they were not only fed, but they also believed this showed Heaven continued to approve of the Emperor's rule.

This is the 10 yuan, 1 oz silver coin of the series issued in 1996.  It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 8,000.  The reverse of the coin shows an image of a panda sitting by a rock eating a bamboo shoot which it is holding in its right paw.  The panda sits to the right of a bamboo tree.  The denomination is inscribed above and to the left of the image.  Around the top right edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “1 oz Ag .999”.

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