China 1992 5 oz Gold Panda

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1992 5 oz Gold Panda 500 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 issue, 1992.

The Temple of Heaven was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) between 1406 and 1420 AD under orders from Emperor Yongle who ordered the construction of the Forbidden City.  From 1420 to 1911 prayers and sacrifices were offered up to Heaven by the emperor at the winter solstice, praying that Heaven would grant them a good harvest.

This is the 500 yuan, 5 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 is one of only two gold coins in the series that depicts two pandas - all others gold coins in the series only show one.  The top edge of the reverse side bears an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “.999 Au 5oz”.  The denomination, 500 yuan, is inscribed on the left side of the reverse.  The image shows two pandas - an adult and a cub.  They are sitting on a rock overlooking a waterfall surrounded by foliage, peering over the edge.

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