Chinese Silver Panda 
Bullion Coin

(1oz & 30gram)

1989 - Present





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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Silver Panda
History

Large & Small
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Different Facades





Reverse Inscriptions - Weight & Purity


Reverse Inscriptions
1989 - 2015

Reverse Inscriptions
2016





Design / Photos / Coin Information


Design & Photos
1989 to 2014

Design & Photos
2015

Design & Photos
2016 to Present






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Mintage Figures


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History of the
Chinese Silver Panda




In 1983, one year after the Chinese started to mint the Gold Panda Bullion coins, the Chinese introduced the Silver Panda coin.

panda bear

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.




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1989 was the first year that the Chinese minted a bullion version of the Chinese Silver Panda. 

1989 silver panda obv

Large & Small Dated
Silver Pandas

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.

large and small dated silver pandas

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 Different Facades of the
Chinese Silver Panda
Bullion Coin




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.

1989-1991 silver panda obv1989-1991
Obverse of the
Chinese Silver Panda

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."

temple of heaven

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.

1992 -1999 silver panda obv1992-1999
Obverse of the
Chinese Silver Panda
2000 silver panda obv2000
Obverse of the
Chinese Silver Panda
















The present version of the Chinese Silver Panda's obverse side has been used since 2001.

2001 thru present silver panda2001 to Present
Obverse of the
Chinese Silver Panda

The Silver Panda incorporated the use of incused lettering, giving the symbols and numbers, of the outer field, a sunken-in or stamped look.




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Reverse Inscriptions
Weight & Purity
1989 to 2015
& 2016




1989 - 2015

silver panda revOld Inscriptions of the Silver Panda's reverse side

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)

2015 1oz silver pandaReverse Side of the 2015
1 oz Chinese Silver Panda

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.








Reverse Inscriptions
Weight & Purity
2016




2016

2016 chinese silver panda rev2016 - 30gram
Chinese Silver Panda

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."

Source: CHNGC - Analysis Edition Panda gold and silver commemorative coins 2016 outlook

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.






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Design & Photos of the
1989 to 2014
1oz. Chinese Silver Panda





Obverse

silver panda obv

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.








Reverse

2009 silver panda rev

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.






1989 - 2014
1 oz. Silver Panda
Coin Information:

Introduction:....1989

IRA Approved:...Yes

Grade:..............Uncirculated

Face Value:......10 Yuan

Silver Content...1 troy oz.

Total Weight:....31.10 grams

Purity:..............99.90% / .999

Diameter:.........40mm

Thickness:........2.7mm

Edge:...............Reeded










2015 Chinese Silver Panda




As mentioned above, in 2015, the Chinese Government removed the weight inscription from the reverse side of the bullion coin. 


2015 1oz Chinese silver panda obverseObverse side of the
2015 Chinese silver panda
2015 1oz Chinese silver panda reverseReverse side of the
2015 Chinese silver panda

















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.














Design & Photos of the
2016 to Present
30g Chinese Silver Panda





Obverse

The only change made to the obverse side of the 30gram Chinese Silver Panda is the 'Year of Issue.'

silver chinese panda obv

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.









Reverse

silver chinese panda obv

The reverse side of the 30 gram Chinese Silver Panda bullion coin shows a Giant Chinese Panda holding a branch of bamboo.

Inscribed along the top of the bullion coin is the coin's weight of "30g" (30gram), content "Ag" (silver), and purity of ".999".

The face value of the 30 gram silver bullion coin of "10 Yuan" which is located under the panda.








2016 - Present
30 gram Silver Panda
Coin Information:

Silver Content:.......30g (.9645 troy oz)

Introduction:....2016

IRA Approved:...Yes

Grade:..............Uncirculated

Face Value:......10 Yuan

Purity:..............99.90% / .999

Diameter:.........40mm

Thickness:........2.98mm

Edge:...............Reeded













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1 oz. & 30 gram
Chinese Silver Panda
Bullion Coins and Mintage Figures:




Year      Mintage


1989 chinese silver panda













1989....250,000




1990 chinese silver panda













1990....200,000




1991 chinese silver panda













1991....100,000




1992 chinese silver panda













1992....100,000




1993 chinese silver panda













1993....120,000




1994 chinese silver panda













1994....100,000




1995 chinese silver panda













1995....168,000




1996 chinese silver panda













1996....100,000




1997 chinese silver panda













1997....600,000




1998 chinese silver panda













1998....250,000




1999 chinese silver panda













1999....unknown




2000 chinese silver panda













2000....unknown




2001 chinese silver panda













2001....500,000




2002 chinese silver panda













2002....500,000




2003 chinese silver panda













2003....600,000




2004 chinese silver panda













2004....600,000




2005 chinese silver panda












2005....600,000




2006 chinese silver panda













2006....600,000




2007 chinese silver panda













2007....600,000




2008 chinese silver panda













2008....600,000




2009 chinese silver panda













2009....600,000




2010 chinese silver panda













2010....1,500,000




2011 chinese silver panda













2011....6,000,000




2012 chinese silver panda













2012....8,000,000




2013 chinese silver panda













2013....8,000,000




2014 chinese silver panda













2014....8,000,000




2015 chinese silver panda













2015....8,000,000




2016 silver chinese panda













2016....8,000,000




2017 silver chinese panda













2017....10,000,000




2018 silver chinese panda













2018....10,000,000




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