China 1992 1 oz Silver Panda

10 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1992 1 oz Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twenty 1992 panda coins.  Of the twenty issued in this year, one coin is bi-metallic, fourteen are gold, and five are silver.  The reverse of the coins in this series show different images of pandas.  The obverse of the coins all bear the inscription: “The People's Republic of China”.  Below this inscription on all coins in the group is an image of the Temple of Heaven with its iconic set of stairs, below which is the year of issue, 1992.

The Temple of Heaven was finished in the 18th year of the reign of the Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  At the time of the winter solstice, prayers and sacrifices were offered to Heaven by the Ming and Qing emperors in the hope of a good harvest.  A good harvest would show Heaven's continuing support for the Emperor's reign and would strengthen his rule.

This is the 10 yuan, 1 oz silver coin of the series issued in 1992.  It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 20,000.  The reverse of the coin shows a picture of a panda.  The panda is depicted climbing a branch in a tree above some bamboo stems.  The panda looks back over its right shoulder as it reaches the end of the branch.  The denomination is inscribed above and to the right of the picture.  Around the top right edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin.  It reads: “.999 Ag 1 oz”.

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