The first gold panda coins were released in 1982, including 99.9% fine gold in 4 different sizes. After initial popularity, a smaller version (1/20 oz) was added to allow more people to invest in the coin.
After seeing high popularity in the late 1980’s, the gold panda coin saw a major resurgence in total production starting in 2011.
As mentioned previously, the Gold Panda coin includes a new design on the reverse side of the coin each year. The one exception is in 2002, when the design was the same as the previous year. Following protests from investors who appreciated the unique designs, the Chinese Mint returned to adding new designs each year. As each year has a different design, coin collectors are often looking for specific years of the gold panda coin for sale. While we won’t have regular inventory of each year, we can help track down any specific design for you.
A few other changes have been included throughout the years, including 5 text changes and a minor design change on the obverse side in 1992.
Chinese Gold Coins
Through 1978, China had not issued any metal coins for investment. Since then, the country has become one of the leading manufacturers of gold bullion and precious metal coins.
While the Chinese Gold Panda is the most well known of its gold coins, the first issued coins were released 3 years prior. These Chinese gold coins marked the 30th Anniversary of the founding of modern China.
The gold panda, as with all Chinese coins, is released with the main intent of promoting Chinese culture worldwide.