1988 5 Coin Gold Panda Proof Set

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Pictured is a set of five 99.9% pure, gold coins, each featuring a panda on the reverse face. These coins were authorized for release by the China Mint in 1988. The coins each have a different weight, diameter and face value. All coins feature the same panda picture on the reverse face, and the same architectural wonder of China on the obverse face. The coins are all proof in quality, each bearing a ‘P’ mark on the reverse face, woven into the peaceful natural scene. In total, 8,000 of each of these coins were released, meaning that 8,000 total sets were released. The largest coin of the set is 32 millimeters in diameter, weighs one ounce, and shows the denomination of 100 yuan. The second coin in the set, weight one half of an ounce, is 27 millimeters in diameter and bears the face value of 50 yuan. The third coin weighs a quarter of an ounce, has a 22 millimeter diameter and has the face value of 25 yuan. The fourth coin is 18 millimeters in diameter, weighs a tenth of an ounce, and bears the denomination of 10 yuan. The final and smallest coin of the set, weighs one twentieth of an ounce, is 14 millimeters in diameter, and has the face value of 5 yuan. The coins were produced for release in the set pictured above, and were marketed in boxes featuring a red velvet interior. The obverse of each of these coins shows one of the main buildings of the Temple of Heaven, a site on the outskirts of Beijing. Above the building imprint are the Chinese characters that translate to “The People’s Republic of China.” Below the building, one can see the year the coin was issued, 1988. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the building featured. This structure was completed during the early Ming Dynasty (1420), and it served the emperors of China until the collapse of dynastic rule in 1911. In this building, emperors would come to pray for a plentiful harvest. The building itself is constructed entirely of wood, with not a metal nail included. The Hall of Prayer rests on top of three giant slabs of marble, into which its iconic steps were carved. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests contains many beautiful paintings on the walls of its interior, and is viewed as an architectural and artistic treasure of the world. On the reverse face of the coins, one can see an image of a panda. The panda is an important animal in China, and was appointed as the national animal. The panda shown here is clutching a spring of bamboo, which comprises 99% of the wild panda’s diet. Bamboo is also a symbol of home and peace in China. On the bottom edge of the reverse face, one can read the denomination of the coin: 100 yuan, 50 yuan, 25 yuan, 10 yuan and 5 yuan, respectively. Above the panda, one can see the specifications of the coin, “contains pure gold, .999 Au.” The weights are included in these specifications: 1OZ, 1/2OZ, 1/4OZ, 1/10OZ and 1/20OZ.

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