China 1995 1 oz Silver Panda
10 Yuan Proof Coin
About the China 1995 1 oz Silver Panda 10 Yuan Proof Coin
The coin pictured above is one of thirty-three 1995 panda coins. Of the thirty-three issued in this year, four coins are bi-metallic, two are platinum, seventeen are gold, and ten 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 extensive and expansive set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, below which is the year of issue, 1995.
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 not only did the wealth of China depend on good agricultural output, but it was also 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. So the political stability of the country depended on a good harvest as well.
This is the 10 yuan, 1 oz silver coin of the series issued in 1995. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 10,000. The reverse of the coin shows an image of a panda standing on a bank at a bend in a river. The panda crouches on all fours to the left of a bamboo tree, staring into the water. The denomination is inscribed below the picture. Around the top edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “1 oz Ag .999”.