China 1985 27 gram Silver Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1985 27 gram Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of seven 1985 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, with the exception of the copper coin, is an image of the Temple of Heaven, below which is the year of issue, 1985.

The Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 AD and situated in southern Beijing, was the place where the Qing (1644-1912) and Ming (1368-1644) emperors would go to make offerings to Heaven for a good harvest.  The importance of these sacrifices could not be underestimated as China's wealth and political stability depended on good harvests.  A poor harvest would not only cause starvation and an economic crisis, but might indicate that the Emperor, whose rule was mandated by Heaven, had fallen out of favour with Heaven, and had therefore lost his legitimacy to rule.

This is the 10 yuan, 27g silver coin of the series issued in 1985.  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 image shows a mother and her cub to the left of a bamboo tree.  The mother walks on all fours while the cub sits riding on her back.

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