China 1995 1 oz Gold Panda Proof
100 Yuan Coin
About the China 1995 1 oz Gold Panda Proof 100 Yuan Coin
This coin is one of thirty-three panda coins that were minted by the People's Bank of China in 1995. This coin is the one ounce, 99.9% pure, gold coin, proof in quality. The coin bears the face value of 100 yuan and measures 32 millimeters in diameter. The proof quality of the coin gives the background a mirror-like quality and the embellishments a feathered appearance. In all, 2000 pieces of this design were authorized for release in 1995. It is estimated that only 555 of these coins were minted.
On the reverse face of this coin, one can see a panda, posed at the edge of a stream. In the background are shrubs and bamboo. Bamboo makes up most of a panda's diet, even though they are technically carnivores. As pandas were often given as gifts to foreign rulers in dynastic China, the panda is still seen as a symbol of diplomacy and positive relationships with foreign countries. Below the panda, appearing in the midst of waves, is the denomination, 100 yuan. Above the panda's head, one can see the metallic properties of the coin, \"1oz Au .999.\"
One can see the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, with its iconic marble steps leading up to the purely wooden structure. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is part of the Temple of Heaven, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. This is because the structures there are not only historically important to China, but highly influential as a form of architecture throughout the Far East. The triple-gabled and impressive Hall of Prayer is made entirely of wood and features colorful paintings in the interior. Above the Hall of Prayer, one can see \"The People's Republic of China\" in Chinese lettering; below it is 1996, the year of release.
On the obverse is a rendering of The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, one of the main structures at the Temple of Heaven. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests played an important part in the yearly ritual of prayer for a plentiful crop. The emperor would pray in the Hall of Prayer each winter solstice. The bounty of the crop would either confirm or deny his connection with heaven. On the top edge of the obverse face, one can see the Chinese characters that translate to \"The People's Republic of China.\" At the very bottom edge of the coin is the year of issue, 1995.