The Chinese Silver Panda is minted by the China's Shenzhen-Guobao Mint and issued by the People's Republic of China. The Chinese Silver Panda has been minted every year since 1983. Since the beginning of production, the Chinese Silver Panda has experienced success in the precious metal industry. Collectors and investors are attracted to these silver bullion coins because of their silver content, detailed designs, and scarcity. Chinese Silver Pandas have some of the lowest mintage numbers compared to other silver bullion; even common date Silver Pandas have a lower quantity compared to other common date coins in the market. 1 oz. Chinese Silver Pandas and 1 oz. common date Chinese Silver Pandas are an affordable and practical way to diversify any precious medal portfolio.
Chinese Silver Panda Design
The Chinese Silver Panda series is quite popular because of its design. This silver coin series celebrates one of China's most beloved creatures, the Panda Bear. The artistry and high quality of these coins is recognized worldwide. The reverse design of the Silver Panda changes yearly; commonly, the design will feature a portrait of a Panda Bear in is natural habitat in the Southwestern forests of China. Sometimes the panda is sitting, eating, playing, or relaxing. Cubs even show up in some years. The 2001 and 2002 Chinese Silver Panda coins are the only two mintage years of the series with the same reverse design.
Along with an image of the iconic Panda Bear the reverse side, all Chinese Silver Panda coins minted prior to 2016 have been inscribed with the coin’s weight and purity. Note, from 2016 on, all of China's Shenzhen-Guobao Mint bullion coins will be weighed in accordance with the metric system, and will no longer feature the purity and weight on the coin’s reverse. However, each coin will still contain .999 pure silver and the proper denomination in silver weight.
The obverse side of the Chinese Silver Panda coins features a depiction of the gorgeous and ancient Chinese Temple of Heaven, along with the inscription of the Chinese characters for "People's Republic of China." The obverse side is also inscribed with the year of mintage. The depiction of the Chinese Temple of Heaven image on the obverse side has also changed minimally over the years, four times more specifically, with 1983 through 1991 sharing the first depiction. 1992 through 1999 shared the second depiction; the year 2000 is the only year that features the third depiction; and finally, the fourth depiction was introduced in 2001 and is still used presently.
2016 1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda
The 2016 1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda continues the popular theme featuring the design of a single Panda Bear sitting down while enjoying some bamboo leaves on its reverse. The 2016 Chinese Silver Panda bullion coin is the first coin of the series to not feature inscriptions regarding the weight and purity. The 2016 1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda weighs 31.1 grams, and contains 1 troy ounce of .999 pure silver. The 2016 1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda shares the obverse design of the Silver Panda Series, featuring the depiction of the Chinese Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda bullion coins have a diameter of 40 mm and are 2.98 mm thick. It weighs 32.22 grams, and contains 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver, with a face value of 10 Yuan.
Chinese Silver Panda
Chinese Silver Pandas were first introduced to the precious metal market in 1983, and only Proof quality Silver Pandas were produced in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1987. The yearly mintage number for Proof Silver Pandas for the years 1983, 1984, and 1985 was only 10,000. There were no 1 oz. Chinese Silver Pandas minted in 1986 and in 1988; however, 1/2 oz. Chinese Silver Pandas were collected instead during those years. 1 oz. Chinese Silver Panda production resumed in 1987 and 1989, with a total of 31,000 minted in 1987 and a total of total of 250,00 uncirculated Chinese Silver Pandas and 25,000 proof Silver Pandas minted in 1989.
The mintage numbers have fluctuated throughout the production history of Chinese Silver Pandas. There has been a significant spike in production in recent years, with a total of 8,000,000 yearly uncirculated Chinese Silver Pandas being minted in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This high mintage year creates a surplus of Chinese Silver Pandas reaching common date status. Other years of high production include 2010, with a total of 1,500,000 uncirculated Chinese Silver Pandas, and 2011, with a total of 6,000,000 uncirculated Chinese Silver Pandas.
Investing in Common Date Coins
Coin collecting is no longer just for coin collectors, as savvy investors continue to turn to coin collecting as a way to diversify their investment portfolios. Tracking a coin’s value over time is easy, as their value fluctuates far less than commodities or stocks. Common date coins may not be as flashy as proof or commemorative coins; however, they are an excellent and reliable investment opportunity.
There are various features that make common date coins a strong investment. Common date coins have a significantly lower mark up, and therefore, carry a lower premium. Common date coins also have a larger market, which makes them highly liquid and easy to trade or barter with. Even though common date coins are easy to obtain, there is a finite supply, as they will not be minted again.
Chinese Silver Pandas make it easy for new investors to purchase a few coins. They may also be purchased in bigger bulk for those more experienced investors, or for those that have larger budgets. Chinese Silver Pandas have a consistent appreciation. The silver market fluctuates; the price of silver tends to appreciate steadily over the years, even though there are dips in the market. This consistent long term growth helps make silver a safe and popular investment tool. #ChineseGoldPandas