Panda America is happy to announce the release of Series II coins commemorating the Shanghai 2010 World Expo from the People's Bank of China. The Shanghai 2010 World Expo will run from May 1 to October 31 of this year. Two gold and two silver proof quality legal tender coins are being issued. Each 10 yuan silver coin contains 1 oz. of pure (.999 fine) silver and has a maximum mintage of 20,000 sets. One coin features paper cuts of three people on the left, and symbols of digital technology on the right. Paper was invented during the Han Dynasty, and paper cutting is an art form that has existed for thousands of years in China. The second silver coin pictures flying doves and blooming flowers.
The 150 yuan gold coin is 23mm, containing 1/3 oz. of pure (.999 fine) gold; it has a maximum authorized mintage of 50,000. The large 2000 yuan gold coin is 60mm, containing 5 oz. of pure gold, with a maximum mintage of just 1,000 pieces. Both gold coins depict the main structure of the China Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. "The Crown of the East" has a distinctive roof, made of traditional dougong or brackets, which date back more than 2,000 years to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-467 BC). The dougong style features wooden brackets fixed layer upon layer between the top of a column and a crossbeam. This unique structural component of interlocking wooden brackets is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture.