The coin pictured above is one of seven 1985 panda coins. Of the seven issued in this year, five 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 iconic set of stairs leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, below which is the year of issue, 1985.
The Temple of Heaven was finished in the 18th year of the reign of the Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At the time of the winter solstice, prayers and sacrifices were offered to Heaven by the Ming and Qing emperors in the hope of a good harvest. A good harvest would show Heaven’s continuing support for the Emperor’s reign and would strengthen his rule.
This is the 100 yuan, 1 oz gold coin of the series issued in 1985. It is a brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 55,539. The reverse of the coin shows an image of a single panda hanging by its front paws from a bending bamboo branch, its feet dangling below. The denomination is inscribed above and to the left of the image. Around the bottom 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”.