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Large Size Gold Panda Coin With a Minuscule Mintage

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Author: Chris Chatigny / Wednesday, August 02, 2017 / Categories: World Coin of the Week

The Panda Series of modern Chinese coins has seen over three decades of numismatic success, and this August in their Hong Kong Auction, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer multiple fantastic coins from this Series. One example is a rare low mintage twelve-ounce gold issue from 1992, serial #76 from a mintage of just 99 pieces. The obverse design features an idyllic scene of three pandas idling by a stream, with foliage and bamboo stalks surrounding the bears. The denomination and metallic content appear in the upper field: “1000 Yuan / .999 Au 12 oz”. The reverse design includes the upper Chinese inscription stating: “People’s Republic of China,” and below the design the date of issue, 1992. Between these legends is a detailed and magnificent view of the Temple of Heaven. Inside is the “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests” which is aptly named, as the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors would enter this building at the winter solstice to beseech the gods for a bountiful harvest. This large Panda is sure to draw considerable attention as it crosses the auction block in Hong Kong.

While we are no longer accepting consignments for our August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction, we are accepting consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. In addition, we are currently taking consignments of world and ancient coins and world paper money for our October 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction and the January 2018 New York International Auction. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.