China 1992 12 oz Gold Panda
1000 Yuan Proof Coin
About the China 1992 12 oz Gold Panda 1000 Yuan Proof Coin
The coin pictured above is one of twenty 1992 panda coins. Of the twenty issued in this year, fourteen are gold, five are silver, and one is bi-metallic. The obverse of the coins in the series bear the inscription: “The People's Republic of China” and an image of the Temple of Heaven below, with its iconic set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Below this is the year of production, 1992.
The Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties would go at the winter solstice to worship Heaven and pray for a good harvest. This was of particular significance for them since it was believed that Heaven gave the Emperor his mandate to rule, and a poor harvest might indicate to the people that the Emperor had lost this mandate, thereby weakening his rule in the eyes of the populace.
This is the 1000 yuan, 12 oz gold coin of the series. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 99. The reverse of the coin depicts three pandas. In the centre at the top of the reverse side there is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “1000 yuan, .999, Au 12oz.” The image shows a tranquil scene of three pandas on a river bank. One stands high up on the bank next to a bamboo plant while another climbs on rocks next to the river. The other panda, a cub, drinks from the river in the foreground.