The coin pictured above is one of twenty-three 1993 panda coins. Of the twenty-three issued in this year, one coin is bi-metallic, two are platinum, thirteen are gold, six are 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 extensive set of stairs leading up to it, below which is the year of production, 1993.
The Temple of Heaven was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) between 1406 and 1420 AD under orders from Emperor Yongle who also ordered the construction of the Forbidden City. From 1420 to 1911 prayers and sacrifices were offered up to Heaven by the emperor at the winter solstice, praying that Heaven would grant them a good harvest.
This is the 10 yuan, 1 oz silver coin of the series issued in 1993. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and has a mintage of 20,000. The reverse of the coin shows an image of two pandas – a mother and a cub. The pair sit facing each other under the shade of a tree canopy on the bank of a river. The cub holds a bamboo shoot while the mother sits with her front paws resting between her hind legs. The denomination is inscribed above and to the right of the picture. Below the denomination and to the right of the image of the reverse face is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “Ag 1 oz .999”.