The Chinese Silver Panda is among the most desired silver bullion coins on the market, thus giving it semi-numismatic silver coin status.
The Chinese Gold Panda was the first Chinese minted bullion, and it was minted as a gold coin in 1982. The 1 oz Chinese Silver Panda was first minted in 1983. Among the first bullion coins issued by the state of China, the 1 oz Chinese Silver Pandas are surely a piece of history. The infamous panda bear design on the silver coin’s reverse side has changed each year save for 2001 and 2001. The 1 oz Chinese Silver Panda‘s obverse shows an outdoor scene of The Hall of Prayer at the Beijing Temple of Heaven.
The Silver Chinese Panda reverse design changes from year-to-year, and features a variety of action poses of the giant panda such as eating bamboo and climbing trees. These images of the giant panda’s charm are depicted with an artist’s clarity on these coins, making the Silver Panda among the most-collected semi-numismatic silver coin.
The Silver Panda coins have aged beyond the quarter century mark and the last 28 years have seen Chinese Gold Pandas, Chinese Platinum Pandas, and Chinese Palladium Pandas.
The Silver Panda has become the standard in precious metal coin series in modern day China. In 1983 the Gold Panda coin won the title of the World’s Best Gold Coin of the Year, the first international award for any Chinese modern commemorative coin.
The first Chinese Panda coins issued in 1983, 1984 and 1985 were minted solely as Silver proof coins, with a silver metal content of 27 grams of .900 fine silver and each with a diameter of 38.6 mm, mintages were only 10,000 for each of the three years. There were no Silver Pandas minted in 1986,