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The Price of Silver Pandas Over Time

Why Investing in Collectible Coins Can Be Profitable

Available in Silver and Gold, the Chinese Panda coin series is one of very few in the world that changes designs every year, making it a popular collection and investment coin.

A smart investment exists when the Panda coin value rises above current Gold and Silver prices. Both Gold and Silver Panda coins sell above the current Gold and Silver prices. Their distinct designs are “a real plus to most collectors” (Modern Coin Wholesale), so they consistently sell above Silver and Gold prices.

Numismatists, or coin collectors, agree that Silver Panda coins in particular have an impressive price track record. “Even coins from the past couple years sell for a substantial premium over Silver content,” numismatic journalist Louis Golino wrote (Coinweek.com). As shown in the chart below sampling the price of Silver Pandas over time, the Silver Chinese Panda coins sell markedly above the spot price of Silver.




Several factors contribute to the Silver Panda’s collectibility and premium over spot price, including:
  1. Yearly changing designs, presenting immediate collectible appeal
  2. Limited mintage for each issue, creating rarity
  3. Multiple mints are sometimes responsible for one coin issue, resulting in coin variations

When choosing coins for beauty, rarity and profit, it doesn’t get much better than the Silver Panda.


How the Gold Panda and Silver Panda differ

Both the Golden Panda and the Silver Panda coins depict a panda on the reverse side with an image of the Taoist Temple of Heaven on the obverse. They both contain .999 fine Gold or .999 fine Silver and carry a face value backed by the Chinese government. The difference between Silver and Gold prices might be why the Silver Pandas are so popular. Silver Pandas have a lower barrier to entry for investing, with a very likely return!


The many designs of Silver Pandas available at APMEX

All Silver Panda coins are guaranteed by the People’s Bank of China and contain .999 fine Silver. With exception of 2001 and 2002, all coins are unique in design. In 2016, Gold and Silver Pandas started to be produced in metric system sizes to better suit the international appeal of the coins. These gram sizes replaced the troy ounce sizes of previous dates. While not an exact conversion, the new gram sizes provide the closest metric equivalent to the similarly sized ounce counterparts:

  • 1 oz replaced by 30 grams
  • 1/2 oz replaced by 15 grams
  • 1/4 oz replaced by 8 grams
  • 1/10 oz replaced by 3 grams
  • 1/20 oz replaced by 1 gram

Year Image Product Description
1989

First coin of the Silver Panda bullion program. Features a unique abstract grid pattern and a panda eating bamboo. Mintage of 255,000.

1990

Coin displays curious panda atop a rock with large date. Mintage of 69,000 (large date).

1991

Panda munching by the water. Mintage of 100,000 (large date).

1992

Panda climbing a tree. Reverse depiction of temple changes this year. Mintage of 100,000 (large date).

1993

Large date coin minted at the Shanghai Mint. Mintage of 13,000 (large date).

1994

Panda grazing comfortably. Mintage of 60,000 (large date).

1995

Panda lounging in a tree. Mintage of 168,000.

1996

Panda and cub with bamboo. Mintage of 22,100 (small date).

1997

Panda in the trees. Sealed in original plastic. Mintage of 50,000 (small date).

1998

Grazing and gazing panda. Mintage of 100,000 (small date).

1999

Panda perched on a rocky outcrop. Reverse depiction of temple changes this year. Mintage of 32,450 (small date).

2000

Playful panda on a textured coin. Reverse depiction of temple changes. Mintage of 40,000 (frosted).

2001

Panda moving through the branches. Reverse depiction of temple changes again. Mintage of 500,000.

2002

Featured the same design as 2001. Mintage of 500,000.

2003

New design featured after consumer protest. Panda in bamboo field. Mintage of 600,000.

2004

Two kissing pandas. Minted by Shanghai Mint. Mintage of 600,000.

2005

Panda and cub eating together. Mintage of 600,000.

2006

Pandas playing against wall of bamboo. Mintage of 600,000.

2007

Panda and cub beneath bamboo. Minted by Shanghai Mint. Mintage of 600,000.

2008

Panda and cub playing. Mintage of 600,000.

2009

Two seated pandas eating bamboo. Mintage of 600,000.

2010

Pandas resting together. Mintage of 1,500,000.

2011

Tender moment between panda and cub. Mintage of 600,000.

2012

Mother panda cares for cub. Mintage of 800,000.

2013

Three pandas drink from a stream. Mintage of 800,000.

2014

Panda plays on a tree branch. Mintage of 8,000,000.

2015

Playful panda munches on bamboo. Weight and purity not listed on this issue. Mintage of 8,000,000.

2016

Happy panda relaxes on branch. New weight of 30 grams is surely a collectible. Mintage of 8,000,000.

2017

Seated panda holding a bamboo twig.




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