Chinese Gold Panda

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Gold Panda (People's Republic of China)
Edge: Reeded
Composition: 99.9% fine gold (Au)
Years of minting: 1982–present
Design: Temple of Heaven
Design Date: 1982
Design: Different illustrations of giant pandas.
Design Date: Yearly

The Chinese Gold Panda (simplified Chinese: 熊猫金币; traditional Chinese: 熊貓金幣; pinyin: xióng māo jīn bì) is a series of gold bullion coins issued by the People's Republic of China. The Official Mint of the People's Republic of China introduced the panda gold bullion coins in 1982. The panda design changes every year (with a single exception) and the Gold Panda coins come in different sizes and denominations, ranging from 1/20 troy oz. to 1 troy oz. (and larger ones as well).

There is also a Silver Panda series issued with the same designs as the Gold Panda coins.


China issued its first gold coins picturing a panda design in 1982, in sizes of 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 troy oz. of 99.9 fine gold. Beginning in 1983 another size was added - 1/20 oz. Larger panda coins were issued in some years, weighing 5 and 12 oz. These popular coins are issued in prooflike brilliant uncirculated quality with a different design each year. A freeze of the design was announced with the 2001 issues—and thus the 2002 pandas were identical to 2001. But collectors spoke up in behalf of annual changes, and China reverted to their original policy. There are several mints that produce these coins, including but not limited to: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Shenzhen. Unlike coins made by U.S. mints that carry mintmarks to distinguish their origin, Chinese mints usually do not employ mintmarks. In certain years there are minor variations—in the size of the date, style of the temple, etc.—in the coin design that allow the originating mint to be determined.


Obverse: Depiction of the Temple of Heaven in the center with Chinese characters on top saying "Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo" meaning People's Republic of China and the bottom the year of issue. If the issue is a commemorative issue, the theme will be marked here also.

Reverse: Different portraits of panda that changes every year (except for 2001 and 2002, which share the same design).

The official distributor for the Gold and Silver Panda coins in China is the China Gold Coin Corporation (CGCC); in the United States, Panda America has been an official distributor since 1982.


The Gold Pandas are legal tender in the People's Republic of China, and are currently issued in face value denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 yuan;[1] from 1982 through 2000 they were issued in denominations of 100, 50, 25, and 10 yuan with the 5 yuan added in 1983. These correspond with 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 and 1/20 troy ounces of gold, respectively. An exception is 1991, when 1 gram Gold Pandas were minted, issued in the denomination of 3 yuan.

Face value Nominal gold weight Fine weight Total weight Diameter Thickness
500 yuan 1 troy ounce 31.103 g 32.05 mm 2.70 mm
200 yuan 1/2 troy ounce 15.5515 g 27.00 mm 1.85 mm
100 yuan 1/4 troy ounce 7.7758 g 21.95 mm 1.53 mm
50 yuan 1/10 troy ounce 3.1103 g 17.95 mm 1.05 mm
20 yuan 1/20 troy ounce 1.5552 g 13.92 mm 0.83 mm

The 2016 Panda gold coin[edit]

2016 begins a new era for Panda coins. The old weight system of troy ounces will be replaced by the metric system of grams, the standard system of weights used in the People’s Republic of China. For the first time the full range of Mint State gold and silver Panda coins will be issued in metric weights. This change may affect bullion buyers, who calculate their holdings in ounces, more than coin collectors who collect by denomination.[2]

Characteristics of the new metric coin[edit]

Face value Nominal gold weight Fine weight Total weight Diameter Thickness
500 yuan 0.9645 troy ounce 30 g 32 mm 2.70 mm
200 yuan 0.4823 troy ounce 15 g 27 mm 1.85 mm
100 yuan 0.2572 troy ounce 8 g 22 mm 1.53 mm
50 yuan 0.0965 troy ounce 3 g 18 mm 1.05 mm
20 yuan 0.0322 troy ounce 1 g 10 mm 0.83 mm


External links[edit]

  • Website of the China Gold Coin Corporation, official distributor of the Chinese panda coins in China.