China 1994 5 oz Gold Panda

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1994 5 oz Gold Panda 500 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twenty-one 1994 panda coins.  Of the twenty-one issued in this year, eleven are gold, six are silver, two are platinum, and two are 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 and extensive set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.  Below this is the year of issue, 1994.

The Temple of Heaven was constructed towards to beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1420 AD.  The part of the temple complex in the image is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests where the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) emperors would go to pray to Heaven for a good harvest.  A good harvest kept the people happy as they were not only fed, but they also believed this showed Heaven continued to approve of the Emperor's rule.

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 top right corner of the reverse side bears an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “500 yuan, Au 5oz, .9999”.  The image on the reverse face shows two pandas by a river.  One climbs a tree on the left bank while the other sits on the right bank by a bamboo plant eating a stem.

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