Panda America is proud to announce the release of the second series commemorating China’s famous Peking Opera, featuring colorful and distinctive masks on 2011-dated silver and gold proof coins, struck at the Shenzhen Guobuo Mint. Each of the two silver coins weighs 1 troy oz. of pure silver (50,000 issued), and the gold coin contains ¼ troy oz. of pure gold (30,000 issued). Coins come in official presentation boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.
The Peking Opera is considered a national treasure, with a history of over 200 years. It is considered the most significant of all opera production companies in China, and plays a large role in Chinese culture. Colorful masks, inspired from ancient ceremonies and religious symbols, are created by the actors—with the colors representing the character's personality and fate. And while modern generations are interested in pop stars and western culture, the Peking Opera still resonates throughout Chinese culture, with its importance emphasized through schools and education institutions in a coordinated effort to preserve the traditional art for future generations.