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China Releases 2013 Pandas
Denominations and mintages:
1kg Gold, 10000 Yuan, mintage 500
5 oz Gold, 2000 Yuan, mintage 5,000
1 oz Gold, 500 Yuan, mintage 600,000
1/2 Gold, 200 Yuan, mintage 600,000
1/4 Gold, 100 Yuan, mintage 600,000
1/10 Gold, 50 Yuan, mintage 800,000
1/20 Gold, 20 Yuan, mintage 800,000
1kg Silver, 300 Yuan, mintage 20,000
5 oz Silver, 50 Yuan, mintage 50,000
1 oz Silver, 10 Yuan, mintage 8,000,000
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2013 China Year of the Snake Coins Released
2013 China Year of the Snake Coin Mintage:
10 Kg 100,000 Yuan gold ..............18
1 Kg 10,000 Yuan gold ................118
5 oz. 2,000 Yuan gold color.......3,000
5 oz. 2,000 Yuan gold rect........2,000
1 Kg 300 Yuan silver.................3,800
1/2 oz. 200 Yuan gold..............8,000
1/3 oz. 150 Yuan gold fan.......30,000
5 oz. 50 Yuan silver................20,000
1/10 oz. 50 Yuan gold color...220,000
1/10 oz. 50 Yuan gold ..........120,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver plum.........60,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver fan............80,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver round.......200,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver color........220,000.......
China Mint Increases 2011 Pandas Mintages
The China Mint has announced new, larger mintages for 2011 Pandas. Here are the revised mintage numbers:
1 oz 10 Yuan silver....6,000,000
1 Kg 10,000 Yuan gold .......300
5 oz. 2,000 Yuan gold.......2,000
1 oz. 500 Yuan gold.......500,000
1/2 oz. 200 Yuan gold....200,000
1/4 oz. 200 Yuan gold....200,000
1/10 oz. 200 Yuan gold..600,000
1/20 oz. 50 Yuan gold....600,000
2011 Silver Panda Varieties Found
Silver Panda varieties have a long history that starts in 1990, with Large and Small Date versions, and continues through 2010 with its date varieties. Partly because several of the varieties from the 90’s have been found to be scarce or rare – and now sell for significant premiums above their more common peers – many numismatists take interest in Panda varieties. Pandacollector.com has identified a pair of distinct 2011 Panda varieties.
The photos show the differences in eye and ear shapes on the Panda cub and the differences in nose details on the adult. These differences are easily visible to the eye and are significant enough that I expect the varieties to be officially recognized. So far they are being called Large Eye and Small Eye. Examples have been submitted to NGC for grading and variety designation.
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2011 Small and Large Date Silver Pandas
World Coin News begins Panda column by Peter Anthony
Beginning in its May issue, World Coin News will feature a column on Panda coin collecting written by Peter Anthony. The column's focus will be to introduce readers to the joys and profits of Chinese Panda coins. World Coin News is published by Krause Publications. Peter Anthony is the host of Pandacollector.com and author of the Gold and Silver Panda Coin Buyer's Guide and the monthly Panda Pricepedia price guide.
I had a fabulous time yesterday (March 3, 2011) - I taught a college anthropology class about Chinese coins (mainly Pandas and Lunars) and how they are intertwined with China's history, culture and economy. The regular professor said it was the best guest lecture of the year. The students were really attentive and responded to stories like the one about how the Temple of Heaven is connected to the Winter Solstice. They asked me questions like how long have mints made collector coins and are there any coins to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China, plus dozens more. Afterward the professor told me that one student who hadn't spoken aloud in class the entire semester had asked 4 questions. The future of coin collecting is bright — especially when it includes Pandas!
Items of Interest
Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs
Researchers have discovered a powerful antibody in panda blood that could serve as the next frontier in the fight against increasingly prevalent superbugs. Read more
(BBC Dec 5, 2010) As many collectors of Panda coins know, the adorable bruins who grace our favorite coins are an endangered species. Few Pandas still roam wild in the hills of China. This story reports that Chinese scientists have made major progress in creating a new generation of Pandas.
"...we visited a Bank of China branch. There were 77 teller windows. In the central foyer was a display case with gold and silver coins for sale, as if they were pens or tote bags..."(Before Its News)
"The potential for gold buying in this nation of 1.4 billion people... is tremendous..." (Gold Forecaster)