The coin pictured above is one of eight 1984 panda coins. Of the eight issued in this year, six are gold, one is silver, and one is copper. 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, with the exception of the copper coin, is an image of the Temple of Heaven with its broad and extensive set of stairs leading up to it, below which is the year of production, 1984.
Prayers and sacrifices were made by the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasty emperors at the Temple of Heaven during the winter solstice. The Temple of Heaven was completed in 1420 AD and prayers and sacrifices were made there in the hope of a good harvest until they were banned by the government of the Republic of China in 1911.
This is the 100 yuan, 1 oz gold coin of the series issued in 1984. It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 25,183. The reverse of the coin shows an image of a panda sat leaning backwards holding a forked bamboo stem. The denomination is inscribed to the right of the image. Around the top edge of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “Contains 1 oz pure gold purity .999 1 oz Au”.