The Panda coins of 10 yuans are the most popular silver bullion coins from China. They are ideal for collection or for investment. Panda silver coins have been minted since 1983 by the China Gold Coin Corporation, with one or several designs every year.
The specifications of the 10-yuan Panda coins varied over the years, with the fineness varying from .900 to .999, the weight varying from 27 grams to 31.1 grams (1 troy ounce) and the diameter varying from 38.6 to 40 millimeters.
- From 1983 to 1985: 27 grams – 38.6 mm – .900 silver
- In 1987: 31.1 grams (1 oz) – 40 mm – .925 silver
- From 1989 to 2015: 31.1 grams (1 oz) – 40 mm – .999 silver
- From 2015 to date: 30 grams – 40 mm – .999 silver
The Panda silver coins depict the Temple of Heaven on the obverse. Above the temple, the legend in Chinese characters “中华人民共和国” translates into “People’s Republic of China”. Below the temple is the year of issuance of the coin. The Temple of Heaven is one of the main monuments of Beijing, the capital of China, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It was built from 1406 to 1420 by the emperor Yongle of the Ming dynasty.
The reverse shows one or several pandas, in different attitudes and with different designs every year. The denomination (10 yuans), the weight and the silver content are also indicated. The panda design is emblematic of the coin series and a symbol of China.
Some years, special editions of the Panda coins are issued in addition to the regular edition to commemorate an anniversary. The commemorative editions bear a similar design, with just an additional legend in Chinese on the obverse and sometimes in English on the reverse.
Thanks to their high silver content and their appealing design, the silver panda coins make an ideal coin for gift, collection or investment.