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Gold Pandas

The Chinese Gold Panda series features low mintages and unique designs, which add to their increasing value over time. The Gold Panda series has worldwide popularity and are among the only bullion coins to change designs each year.

Investor Advantages:

  • Annually changing designs featuring an iconic animal, produced consistently since 1982.
  • In 2016, the Gold Panda series changed weight values from ounces to grams to match the metric system used most often in trading. All Gold Panda coins still contain .999 fine Gold.
  • The 2016 Gold Panda had a mintage of 600,000 coins, while the 1 oz Gold Eagle had a mintage of 817,500 coins that same year.

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Gold Pandas obverse

Investing with Gold Pandas

Each Gold Panda Chinese coin features an iconic Chinese symbol — the panda — on the reverse and an illustration of Beijing's Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven on the obverse. The words "People's Republic of China" appear in Chinese above the Hall of Prayer, with the year written numerically below. The weight and fineness are written on the panda side (with the exception of the 2015 Gold Panda). If you are looking for quality Gold, you cannot do better than Gold Pandas. They are an excellent example of Gold bullion, featuring high-quality craftsmanship and annual design changes.

Collectors love the Gold Pandas, but so do investors. If you are investing in Gold bullion, do not pass over the Pandas. They appreciate over time, so they are an excellent choice for young investors and are easily stored for safekeeping. As long as Gold has been desired around the world, the Precious Metal has never fully lost its value and has in fact grown immensely over the years. Your collection of Gold coins could likewise prove more valuable in the near future than it is today. You can sometimes sell your coins at a much higher premium, thereby protecting your wealth and putting away money for the future.

Whether you are beefing up your Precious Metals investment portfolio or collecting beautiful coins for your own amusement, do not disregard Gold Pandas. They are an excellent choice of Gold bullion because of their annual design changes and beautiful craftsmanship.

The Gold Pandas enjoy enormous popularity across the globe because of their unique designs and their ability to appreciate. In 2016, the People's Bank of China decided to switch to the metric system, so the coins are labeled as 30 gram Gold coins instead of 1 oz Gold bullion. This does not change their value, but since this was the first year of the change, the 2016 Gold Pandas could prove more valuable than other iterations.


Premium Appreciation Over Time

This Premium Appreciation Over Time matrix gives you a better idea of how the Gold Pandas are trending with approximate value increases.* The percentage of change is an indicator of increased value over time.

All premiums are dollars over the spot price.


The additional cost of a coin or bullion item, over and above the spot or metal price of the Precious Metal contained in the coin. The premium includes the costs of fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry an additional premium representing numismatic value, which is based on scarcity, quality, demand and intangible factors.

Coin Premium Appreciation

Over time (usually at least 3-5 years after release), the premium of a particular coin may increase due to limited availability or other factors such as demand and quality of the coin.

Introductory Premium

APMEX’s initial premium above the spot or melt price at the time of a coin’s release.

Current Premium

The premium or additional cost of a bullion coin above and beyond the metal value of the Precious Metal it contains.

Buy Back Premium

The premium above spot or metal price that APMEX is currently paying to buy back a given item. These premiums are subject to change based on market conditions, inventory position, and quantity to be bought back.


Refers to the number of coins struck by a mint per release of a particular coin. This will vary by mint, year, design and size.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.

Grading and Warranties

Our company uses the numerical Mint State (MS) grading system, which rates uncirculated coins from MS-60 to MS-70.

Typically, the higher the grade, the better the quality of the coin and in turn, the higher the value. The grade assigned to a coin reflects its strike, luster, marks, scratches and overall eye appeal. Grading is a subjective art and depends on the opinion of the person grading the coin or currency. Thus, grading can and does vary from numismatic coin firm to numismatic coin firm, from grading service to grading service, and from expert to expert. A difference of one grade (e.g., MS-64 to MS-65) can result in a significant change in the valuation of a numismatic coin or currency. Grades and descriptions of numismatic coins and currency are opinions, not statements of fact or guarantees, and are based on standards and interpretations in place at the time of grading.

When you acquire a coin or currency from APMEX that is independently graded by a third-party grading service such as Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), APMEX relies entirely on the expertise/determination of the grading service. In addition, we rely upon definitions provided by these independent grading services, including definitions of such terms as PCGS' "First Strike®" which refers to coins packaged and delivered by the U.S. Mint in the thirty (30)-day period following the initial sales date of a new product. We do not re-grade or independently evaluate the product's grade in its sealed holder. APMEX reserves the right to deliver independently graded coins that have been graded by an independent grading service of APMEX's choice such as PCGS or NGC. APMEX guarantees that the numismatic coins and Precious Metals it sells are genuine. APMEX expressly disclaims any other warranties with respect to coins or Precious Metals, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. See our User Agreement for a full disclaimer of warranties.

Premium Appreciation

You should know that different market factors may influence the price of a specific Precious Metal or the associated premium. For example, the price of a numismatic coin may be affected by such factors as grade, scarcity and marketplace demand, while the price of a bullion coin is closely tied to the spot price for the metal content of the coin as well as year-specific mintages. Past performance and growth projections for one type of Precious Metal may not apply to other types of Precious Metals that APMEX may offer.

Holding Period

Our experience suggests coins of specific quality or scarcity that have demonstrated historical premium appreciation tend to do so at least 3 to 5 years after the coin was produced. Market conditions and other factors will always impact the future value for coins, and therefore premium appreciation should never be considered to be guaranteed.

Our Prices

Our prices are set internally based upon our analysis of a variety of factors and are not necessarily tied to the prices quoted by any other organization. Prices are subject to change based on market conditions.
  APMEX acts as a dealer and generally owns the Precious Metals it buys and sells.


All investments involve risk and Precious Metals are no exception. The Precious Metals market is speculative, unregulated and volatile, and prices for these items may rise or fall over time.

APMEX generally classifies coins as bullion, semi-numismatic and numismatic. Some coins may fall within more than one category, depending on their specific grade or condition. Other dealers and organizations may define these terms or classify these coins differently.

Precious Metals generally have a premium above their melt value. Premiums may increase or decrease based upon current market conditions such as supply and demand. Changes in premiums may affect a Precious Metal’s pricing beyond changes in spot prices.

Precious Metals can go down as well as up in value. These items may not be suitable for everyone. APMEX does not determine the suitability of any specific person to purchase Precious Metals. You should consult with your independent financial advisor regarding whether such an investment is right for you. You should not acquire any products from APMEX if you are not competent or qualified to make your own financial decisions. You should obtain a thorough understanding of the Precious Metals products before you acquire these products as a collector or investor.

The investment value of Precious Metals depends in large part on the price you pay. If you are acquiring any of APMEX's products as an investment, you should evaluate its current market value, potential for appreciation and liquidity, and consult independent sources regarding these factors. APMEX does not guarantee that any client will be able to sell Precious Metals at the original purchase price or a higher price in the future.

APMEX is not responsible for any changes in tax laws or other statutes which may affect any profit or salability of your coins or currency.


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What People Are Saying

Everyone can associate with Giant Pandas, great detail and the design changes yearly. Looking forward to buy previous year coins.
Rifleman from North Carolina
This is a very beautiful gold coin. The artwork is stunning. A very well-made coin. Its price is a little higher than gold bars. But its potential to appreciate in value over the long run is much better than gold bars. Plus, APMEX's service is unbeatable.
Anonymous from Virginia

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