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Chinese Gold Panda
8 gram & (1/4 oz.)
Bullion Coin

1982 - Present



In 1982, the People's Republic of China introduced the Chinese Gold Panda bullion coins, they minted the coins in proof quality which gave them a mirror-like finish.

The Chinese Gold Panda bullion coin has had some changes since its first year of production.




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History of the
Chinese Gold Panda
Bullion Coin



The Chinese Gold Panda bullion coin is a series of gold bullion coins introduced, in 1982, by the People's Republic of China.

panda bear

The Gold Panda bullion coins were introduced in the following sizes:

The coins are produced with a purity of .999 gold.  (ozt. = troy ounce)

In 1983, the 1/20th oz. Chinese Gold bullion coin was added to the series.

The gold panda bullion coins are issued in Proof-like quality with a different panda design each year.

In 2001, the Chinese government decided to stop changing the design every year and thus the 2001 and 2002 Gold Pandas are identical. (see photos in mintage section below)

However, after opposition to the change was voiced by bullion investors and collectors, China quickly changed their policy in 2003 and reverted back to their original policy of a new panda image every year.





Changes to
Chinese Panda Bullion Coins
1982 thru 2015
& 2016



1982 thru 2015

gold chinese pandaOld Design & Weight of the 1/4 oz. Gold Panda's reverse side

Since the Chinese Government started producing the Gold Panda Bullion coin they had always inscribed, on the reverse side, the coin's weight in troy ounces - 1/4oz., metal content - Au, and purity - .999.

In 2015, the reverse design of the gold and silver panda bullion coins were changed, so much so that the content, weight and purity of the coin was removed completely.   (See photo)


2015 - Chinese Gold Panda - REV - 1oz.Reverse of the 2015 1 oz Chinese Gold Panda without the weight, content and purity inscribed on it

The removal of the inscribed weight and purity on the coin put many bullion dealers and investors on edge because it made it easier for counterfeiters to reproduce the 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 soon.

2016

2016 - 3gram Gold Chinese Panda Reverse2016
3 gram Gold Chinese Panda bullion coin

As expected, in 2016, the Chinese Gold Coin Corporation changed the weight of the all their bullion coins from troy ounces to grams.

The 1/10 oz. Gold Panda bullion coin was changed to the '3gram' Gold Panda. 

One tenth of a troy ounce is equal to 7.77 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 buy 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 will be 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 customers, the weight change for the Panda Bullion Coins is an example of this.




Design & Photos of the
1/4 oz. Chinese Gold Panda
1982 to 2014



Obverse

gold panda obv

Featured in the center of the obverse side of the 1/4 oz. Gold Panda bullion coin is the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Across the top of the bullion coin are these Chinese characters "中 華 人 民 共 和 國" they translate into "People's Republic of China."

Located at the bottom of the quarter ounce gold bullion coin is the "Year of Issue."

The edge on the gold coin is Reeded.








1/4 oz. gold panda

Reverse

The reverse side of the Gold bullion coin shows a new image of the Giant Chinese Panda, every year.

The face value of the 1/4th oz. gold bullion coin of "100 Yuan" is located above the panda.

On the pre-2015 1/4 oz. Chinese Gold Panda bullion coins, the coin's weight, content (Au) and purity (.999) were inscribed along the bottom of the coin.


1982 - 2015
Gold Panda 1/4 oz.
Coin Information:


Introduction:.......1982

IRA Approved:......Yes

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

Face Value:.........100 Yuan

Gold Content:......1/4 Troy oz.

Total Weight:.......7.77 grams

Purity:............99.90% / .9990

Karat:.............22 karat

Diameter:.......22mm

Thickness:......1.53mm

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

End of this Design:..2015

Note:

Although, in 2015, the inscription of the coin's size and weight were removed, the bullion coin was minted in the same weight and size as the 2014 gold panda bullion coin.





Design & Photos
of the

8 gram Chinese Gold Panda
2016 to Present



Obverse

The Chinese characters located at the top of the coin reads "People's Republic of China."

2024 8gram Chinese Gold Panda Obverse

Displayed in the center of the gold bullion coin is the Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests of the Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, China.

The year of issue is inscribed along the bottom of the gold bullion coin.

The edge of the bullion coin is Reeded.

Obverse Coin Photo Provided by the People's Bank of China








Reverse

2024 8gram Chinese Gold Panda reverse

The 2024, 8-gram Chinese Gold Panda bullion coin's reverse side depicts a mother panda and her cub.

Inscribed along the top of the bullion coin is its weight of "8g" (8gram) , content "Au" (gold) and purity of ".999."

The face value of the 8 gram gold bullion coin of "100 Yuan."

Reverse Coin Photo Provided by the People's Bank of China




2016 to Present
Gold Panda 8-gram
Coin Information:



Gold Content:.......8 grams (.2572 troy oz)

Introduction:.......2016

IRA Approved:......Yes

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

Face Value:.........100 Yuan

Purity:............99.90% / .9990

Karat:.............22 karat

Diameter:.......22mm

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




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1/4 oz. & 8 gram
Chinese Gold Panda Bullion Coin

Mintage Figures




Year    Mintage


1982....42,243


1983....43,827


1984....35,970


1985....89,044


1986....42,229


1987....97,358


1988....142,634


1989....221,688


1990....31,148


1991....54,548


1992....75,537


1993....80,006


1994....20,388


1995....13,710


1996....17,589


1997....21,909


1998....13,009


1999....18,013


2000....24,811


2001....85,010


2002....19,205


2003....28,000


2004....41,000


2005....40,000


2006....28,500


2007....60,000


2008....60,000


2009....60,000


2010....120,000


2011....200,000


2012....600,000


2013....600,000


2014....600,000


2015....600,000


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2016....600,000


2017....600,000


2018....600,000


2019....600,000


2020....600,000


2021....600,000


2022....250,000


2023....200,000


2024....200,000




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