China 1983 27 gram Silver Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1983 27 gram Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of seven 1983 panda coins.  Of the seven issued in this year, one coin is copper, five are gold, and one is silver.  The reverse of the coins in this series show different images of pandas.  The five gold coins have the same panda image, while the silver and copper coins have different images.  The obverse of the coins all bear the inscription: “The People's Republic of China”.  Below this inscription on all coins in the group, except the copper one, is an image of the Temple of Heaven, below which is the year of mintage, 1983.

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 10 yuan, 27g silver coin of the series issued in 1983.  It is a proof coin of 90% purity and has a mintage of 10,000.  The reverse of the coin is the only one in the series that depicts two pandas - all others in the series only show one.  The two pandas are shown on top of a small mound, one sits in the foreground eating some bamboo, the other approaches from the background on all fours.

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