The coin pictured is one of eight 1984 panda coins. Of the eight issued in this year, six are gold, one is silver, and one is copper. With the exception of the copper coin, the obverse of the coins in the series bear the inscription: “The People’s Republic of China” and an image of the Temple of Heaven with its striking and iconic set of stairs leading up to it. Below this is the year of issue, 1984.
The Temple of Heaven was constructed towards to beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1420 AD. The part of the temple complex in the image is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests where the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) emperors would go to pray to Heaven for a good harvest. A good harvest kept the people happy as they were not only fed, but they also believed this showed Heaven continued to approve of the Emperor’s rule.
This is the 1000 yuan, 12 oz gold coin of the series. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 250. The reverse of the coin depicts a single panda. The left side of the reverse bears an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “ Purity .999, contains 12 ounces of pure gold, 12oz Au.” The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed at the bottom of the reverse side, above which is the image of a panda clutching a bamboo shoot beneath the shade of a collection of bamboo plants.
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