Many coin dealers and bullion dealers have started accepting orders for the Chinese 2013 Gold Panda and 2013 Silver Panda bullion coins. This series features a design which changes annually, adding to its popularity with both bullion investors and coin collectors.
The common obverse design features the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (The Temple of Heaven), the title of the People’s Republic of China in Chinese characters, and the “2013” date. The newly designed reverse features three pandas drinking at a stream with bamboo stalks in the background. The inscriptions indicate the denomination, bullion weight and fineness. This is the first time that three pandas have appeared on the coin design.
Ten different options are available for the 2013 Pandas. This includes seven gold options with weights ranging from 1/20 troy ounce to 1 kilo and three silver options with weights ranging from 1 troy ounce to 1 kilo. Both the gold and silver coins are struck to .999 fineness.
Maximum mintage levels are established for each option. These levels established match those of the prior year.
2013 Chinese Gold Panda Coins
- 20 Yuan: 1/20 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 800,000.
- 50 Yuan: 1/10 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 800,000.
- 100 Yuan: 1/4 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 600,000.
- 200 Yuan: 1/2 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 600,000.
- 500 Yuan: 1 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 600,000.
- 2000 Yuan: Proof quality 5 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 5,000.
- 10000 Yuan: Proof quality 1 kg with maximum mintage of 500.
2013 Chinese Silver Panda Coins
- 10 Yuan: 1 troy ounce with maximum mintage of 8,000,000.
- 50 Yuan: Proof quality 5 troy ounces with maximum mintage of 50,000.
- 300 Yuan: Proof quality 1kg with maximum mintage of 20,000.
The most widely collected option is the 1 ounce silver coin, which has a maximum mintage of 8,000,000 for this year. In recent years, the maximum mintage for this option have increased dramatically. From 2003 to 2010, a mintage of 600,000 pieces was established for this option. In 2011, a mintage of 3,000,000 was initially announced, but this was later raised to 6,000,000. For 2012 and 2013, the mintage has been announced as 8,000,000.