For a bullion coin, the Chinese Silver Panda bullion coin has had a lot of changes since its first year of production, in 1989.
In addition to the expected annual change of the reverse side's panda design, the obverse side has also changed; some changes have been slight, others not so much, but all are enough for them to be shown in-depth on this page.
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In 1983, one year after the Chinese started to mint the Gold Panda Bullion coins, the Chinese introduced the Silver Panda coin.
The silver coin was minted in proof quality with polished fields; the coin contained .900 silver and weighed only 27grams.
The 1983, 1984 and 1985 Silver Pandas had a maximum mintage of 10,000; there were no Silver Pandas minted in 1986.
In 1987, the Chinese brought back the Silver Panda, but this time, it was made of Sterling Silver and is known as the "Sterling Panda."
This was the first Chinese Silver Panda to weighed one troy ounce but it contained sterling silver which has a purity of .925.
1987 was the only year the Sterling Panda was minted and it too was only produced in the proof version.
1989 was the first year that the Chinese minted a bullion version of the Chinese Silver Panda.
Iin 1990, the Chinese began to mint the Silver Panda bullion coins at two separate mints, this action caused slight variations to the date of the bullion coin, also known as its 'Year of Issue.'
The photo below shows you the slight differences between the coins produced by the two mints.
The small, thin numbers on the left, minted by the Shenyang Mint, are slightly different from the larger and thicker numbers, on the right, which were minted by the Shanghai Mint.
The different sized, dated bullion coins ended in 2001.
The 1989 obverse design of the Silver Panda has the same elements as the current Silver Panda bullion coins, however, the 'field' of the bullion coin has changed several times.
The obverse side of the Silver Panda bullion coin displays the 'Temple of Heaven' in the center of the coin, under the temple is the date or the year of issue and above it are the Chinese Symbols for "Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo" meaning "People's Republic of China."
The Temple of Heaven was constructed in the early 15th century, during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also known for building the Forbidden City in Beijing.
To learn more about the Temple of Heaven, click here.
The first design (1982-1991), had the same design on the obverse side of the proof version of the silver panda coin.
The proof versions of the silver panda were minted in smaller numbers than those of the bullion version.
The Silver Pandas produced from 1992 to 1999 added an outer raised border ring-line to the obverse side; this style lasted until 2000.
Then in 2000, the Chinese 'frosted' the ring around the perimeter of the bullion coin and raised the Chinese Symbols and date.
The present version of the Chinese Silver Panda's obverse side has been used since 2001.
The Silver Panda incorporated the use of incused lettering, giving the symbols and numbers, of the outer field, a sunken-in or stamped look.
Since the Chinese Government started producing the Silver Panda Bullion coin, in 1989, they had always inscribed on the coin's reverse side its weight in troy ounces - '1oz', metal content - 'Ag,' and purity - '.999.'
In 2015, the reverse inscriptions on the gold and silver panda bullion coins were changed, so much so that the content, weight and purity of the coin were completely removed. (See photo)
The removal of the inscribed information about the coin put many bullion dealers and bullion investors on edge because it made it easier for counterfeiters to reproduce the coin.
Of all the bullion coins produced in the world, the Gold and Silver Chinese panda bullion coins are the most counterfeited.
The removal of the inscriptions made it easier for counterfeiters to reproduce the coin and many in the precious metals industry expressed concern and hope that the inscriptions would return.
Click here, to learn more about how to spot a counterfeit Silver or Gold panda bullion coin.
In late 2014, it was rumored that in 2015 the Chinese were going to change the coins weight from ounces to grams and that the removal of the coin's inscriptions was in preparation for this change.
The coin's weight did not change in 2015, but it was believed that the Chinese would make the change in 2016.
As expected, in 2016, the Chinese Gold Coin Corporation changed the weight of the all their bullion coins from troy ounces to grams.
The 1 ozt. Silver Panda bullion coin was changed to the '30gram' Silver Panda.
A troy ounce is equal to 31.10 grams and as you will read in the short excerpt, below, the convergence from ounces to grams makes it easier for those who commonly use the metric system to purchase and or trade the bullion coins.
The following excerpt, taken from a CHNGC article, is about the change from troy ounces to grams...(a translator is needed if you click the "a CHNGC article" link)
"This version of Panda coins weighing unit all from "ounce" to "G", can be described as a very bold attempt, after all, "ounces" is the common international gold unit of measurement for broader, better integration the global market, "g" changes to foreign investment Jicang's recognition of the fact there are unknown risks"
"But for Chinese people, especially for the non-specialist collection of Chinese people, the order "g" instead of "ounce" is undoubtedly applaud favor."
"Ounce" in the eyes of the Chinese people is a very obscure word, such as 1/3 oz, 1/10 oz 1/20 ounce gold coin actually has multiple, if the value of the market price of gold and silver to calculate what is How much, these people seem very vague, even if the final figure out the relationship between ounces and grams, must have been some complex conversion and calculations in order to obtain results."
It is often said that the Chinese Gold Coin Corporation, the Chinese Government entity that produces all of the country's bullion coins, likes to fulfill the requests of its customers, the weight change for the Panda Bullion Coins is an example of this fulfillment.
Displayed in the center of the obverse side on the 1 oz. silver bullion coin is the Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, China.
The Chinese characters inscribed across the top of the coin says; "Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo" meaning "People's Republic of China"
The year the of issue is displayed across the bottom of the silver bullion coins.
The reverse features a different portrait of a single or multiple Chinese pandas, every year.
The 2009 version of the coin displays one panda sitting, the other eating bamboo.
The coin's face value of 10 Yuan is displayed above the pandas.
Silver Panda bullion coins minted from 1989 to 2014, have inscribed on the coin, its weight of '1oz', content 'Ag', and purity of '.999'.
The edge of the 1oz. silver bullion coin is Reeded.
Face Value:......10 Yuan
Silver Content...1 troy oz.
Total Weight:....31.10 grams
Purity:..............99.90% / .999
As mentioned above, in 2015, the Chinese Government removed the weight inscription from the reverse side of the bullion coin.
Although the inscription of the coin's size and weight were removed, in 2015, the bullion coin was minted in the same weight and size as the 2014 silver panda bullion coin.
The only change made to the obverse side of the 30gram Chinese Silver Panda is the 'Year of Issue.'
Displayed in the center of the silver bullion coin is the Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, China.
Across the top of the bullion coin are these Chinese characters "中 華 人 民 共 和 國" they translate into the "People's Republic of China."
The year of issue is inscribed along the bottom of the silver bullion coin.
The edge of the bullion coin is Reeded.
The reverse side of the 30 gram Chinese Silver Panda bullion coin shows a Giant Chinese Panda climbing or holding on to a large branch.
The face value of the 30 gram silver bullion coin of "10 Yuan" which is located under the panda.
Inscribed along the bottom of the bullion coin is the coin's weight of "30g" (30gram) , content "Ag" (silver) and purity of ".999".
Silver Content:.......30g (.9645 troy oz)
Face Value:......10 Yuan
Purity:..............99.90% / .999
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