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Updated 11/16/2023

Chinese Silver Panda 
Bullion Coin

30-gram & (1 oz.)

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.  

One of those changes is the annual re-design of its reverse side, the obverse side has also changed; some changes have been small, while others have been more noticeable, but, all of them are explained in-depth on this page.  

Below, you will find this page's 'Navigation Section,' click the links to find what you want to know about this coin or you can just scroll through  the page.  




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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.





Chinese Silver Panda
Bullion Coin



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



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 changed in 2016.





Reverse Inscriptions
Weight & Purity
2016 to Present



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 oz. 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.





1oz. Chinese Silver Panda
Design
1989 to 2014




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.






30g Chinese Silver Panda
Design
2016 thru Today



Obverse

Displayed in the center of the silver bullion coin is the Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, China.

2024 30gram Chinese Silver Panda OBV-UNIV

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.

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








Reverse

2024 30gram Chinese Silver Panda Rev

The reverse side of the 2024 30 gram Chinese Silver Panda bullion coin depicts a mother panda with her cub.

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."

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






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






2024 30gram Chinese Silver Panda obverse
2024 30gram Chinese Silver Panda reverse

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



Year      Mintage


1989 chinese silver panda

1989....255,000







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







silver panda

2019....10,000,000







silver panda

2020....10,000,000







silver panda

2021....10,000,000







silver panda

2022....10,000,000







2023 30gram Silver Panda REV1

2023....10,000,000





2024 30gram Chinese Silver Panda Rev

2024....10,000,000




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