2017 China 30 gram Gold Panda BU (Sealed)
Gold Panda coins are one of the only bullion coins to feature a yearly changing design. In 2016, this series changed to match the metric system. The 1 oz Gold Panda will be replaced with this 30 gram Gold Panda, still containing .999 fine Gold.
- Contains 30 grams of .999 fine Gold.
- Individual coins come in original mint-sealed plastic. Multiples of 10 typically come in mint-sealed sheets.
- Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
- Obverse: Depicts the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing encircled by "People's Republic of China" in Chinese closed off by the year of issue, 2017.
- Reverse: Features a single panda with a branch of bamboo.
- Guaranteed by the People's Bank of China.
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The Gold Pandas were first minted in 1982 in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz coins. In 1983, they introduced the 1/20 oz sized coins. Some years also include 5 oz and 12 oz Gold coins. In 2016, The People’s Republic of China began minting Gold Pandas in the metric system sizes to better suit the international appeal of the coins. Each year, the design of the panda changes making them highly collectible. The only year they did not change design was 2002, which used the same design as 2001. Collectors spoke up about this halt in the design changes, and the annual design changes resumed in 2003.
The People’s Republic of China issues and guarantees the quality of each Gold Panda coin. Gold Panda coins are minted from several mints each year. Those mints include but are not limited to Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Shenyang. Unlike the U.S. Mint, these Chinese Mints do not incorporate mintmarks to distinguish the difference between each mint every year. Some years such as 1987 do feature a “Y” mintmark or “S” mintmark. The mints are also known for having minor differences in the design of the coin such as font size, small date, large date and designs of the temple in certain year’s mintages. With the annual change in design, and unique mint variations, the price of Gold Pandas has appreciated over time making them highly sought after by collectors and investors.
To add to their collectibility, the People’s Republic of China issues specialty designed Gold Panda coins for coin expositions. These designs usually feature similar panda designs with extra scrollwork or other design enhancing features along with the expositions name and variations in the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests designs. These coins tend to be an exclusive purchase at the event, but can sometimes be found to purchase by the public.
In 2016, to better appeal to international investors and collectors, the sizes of the coins were changed from troy ounces to grams. Although not exact conversions, the new sizes are the closest metric equivalent to ounces. These sizes now include: 1 gram, 3 grams, 8 grams, 15 grams, 30 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams and 150 grams.
The Chinese Gold Panda is among the few bullion coins to change its design annually, with one exception. In 2001, a freeze of the design was announced, so coins produced in 2001 and 2002 had identical designs. However, after customer protest, China reverted back to its original policy and in 2003 the coin had a new design. The reverse of the coin always features at least one panda, usually in its natural habitat. Since its issuance, the obverse of the coin has featured the iconic Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
The Temple of Heaven was constructed from 1406 to 1420 by the Yongle Emperor who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Sun, the Temple of Earth and the Temple of Moon. The Temple of Heaven was built so the emperor could pray to the heavens for a bountiful harvest. The symbolism within the temple is as beautiful as the building itself. The entire temple is surrounded by two walls that divide it in half. The northern half is circular in shape, representing Heaven, while the southern half is rectangular, representing Earth. The Hall of Prayer has four inner, twelve middle and twelve outer pillars that represent the four seasons, twelve months and twelve traditional Chinese hours respectively. There are four main supportive, dragon-shaped pillars that each represent a different season and twelve internal pillars that symbolize the lunar months. The dark blue roof tiles represent Heaven and the Seven-Star Stone Group represents the seven peaks of Taishan Mountain, a place the classical Chinese dedicated to worshipping the heavens. In 1998, the Temple of Heaven was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was praised as “a masterpiece of architecture… [that] had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East for many centuries.”