This is a set of five coins, produced in 1992, each of which shows the same image of a panda on the reverse face and the same image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests on the obverse face. The coins were originally released in a box with a red velvet interior. Each of the coins is 99.9% pure gold and is proof in quality. On the reverse face of each coin, one can see a ‘P’ mark which signifies the proof quality of the coin. In all, 2000 of each size of coin were produced in 1992.
The first coin in the series measures 32 millimeters in diameter, weighs one ounce and bears the face value of 100 yuan. The second coin in the series measures 27 millimeters in diameter, weighs 1/2 ounce and shows the denomination of 50 yuan. The third coin is 22 millimeters in diameter, weighs 1/4 ounce, and bears the face value of 25 yuan. The fourth coin in the set measures 18 millimeters in diameter, weighs 1/10 of an ounce and shows the denomination of 10 yuan. The fifth and final coin measures 14 millimeters in diameter, weighs 1/20 ounce and bears the denomination of 5 yuan.
On the obverse face of the coin, one can see one of the main buildings of the Temple of Heaven located in Beijing. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is one of the architectural treasures of China. It is made entirely of wood, not including one metal nail. It is set on top of three giant slabs of marble. Its iconic steps are carved into the marble. This structure played an important part in the yearly ritual in which emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties took part. During the winter solstice, the emperor would come to this building to pray for a strong harvest. A strong harvest would solidify the emperor’s bond with heaven. Above the Hall of Prayer, one can see, “The People’s Republic of China” printed in Chinese characters. Below it is the the year of release, 1992.
At the top edge of the reverse face are the specifications of each coin. Each set of specifications reads, “.999 Au,” followed by the weight of the coin (1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz.). Below the specifications is inscribed the face value of the coin: 100 yuan, 50 yuan, 25 yuan, 10 yuan and 5 yuan, respectively. The portrait of the panda that appears on the reverse face shows a large panda perched precariously on a tree branch. The panda, the national animal of China, is endangered, though protected by the Chinese government.