Bimetallic and Platinum Coins
Panda coins issued by China in 1982 launched gold and silver
coin series that are among the most popular with collectors
and bullion buyers around the world. To celebrate the 20th anniversary
of Panda coins, the People's Republic of China has issued two
proof legal tender commemoratives. Both coins have small mintages,
and only a small percentage are available in the United States.
Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Panda Coins
yuan Panda coin contains a full kilogram (2.7 troy pounds)
of pure .999 fine silver with two golden inserts of the 1982
and 2002 gold Panda coins. This is truly a "Giant"
Panda, measuring nearly
4 inches in diameter. The mintage is limited to only 6,000
proofs. Pictured on the other side is one of China's most
famous ancient structures - the Hall of Prayer for Abundant
Harvests in the Temple of Heaven.
troy oz. pure .9995 fine platinum Jubilee Panda has a face
value of 100 yuan; the diameter is 18 mm. Only 20,000 proofs
have been issued. These are the first platinum Panda coins
issued in nearly a decade. This is the first "Double
Panda," since pandas are pictured on both sides -- the
original 1982 and current 2002 designs.
Kilo and tenth oz. platinum Jubilee Pandas are available
for $650 and $149 respectively, on a first come - first served
basis, from distributor Pandaamerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd.,
Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503. Credit card orders can be placed
by calling 800-4-PANDAS or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery is expected in May.
by Mel Wacks