Design for 2003 Panda Coins
of China's Panda coins owes a lot to the annual design changes
since they were introduced in 1982. So it was somewhat surprising
when 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 has
responded by reversing their policy, and announcing new designs
for the 2003 Pandas.
is another dramatic change that is not quite so apparent on
the new silver and gold Pandas. They have diagonally reeded
in stark contrast to the usual vertical striations.
new Panda is shown facing, surrounded by its favorite food
- bamboo. The reverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing,
built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); it is the largest architectural
complex extant in China.
Brilliant Uncirculated 1 oz. pure silver Panda is priced at
$17.95. The pure gold Panda coins are available in standard
sizes of 1/20 oz. at $40, 1/10 oz. at $55, 1/4 oz. at $120,
1/2 oz. at $225, and price on request for the 1 oz. coin.
Orders are being accepted by official distributor PandaAmerica,
3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503; phone
(800) 472-6327. Add $5 per order for shipping.
by Mel Wacks
Here to Shop for 2003 Panda Coins