The coin pictured is one of twenty-three 1993 panda coins. Of the twenty-three issued in this year, thirteen are gold, six are silver, one is copper, two are platinum, and one is bi-metallic. 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 below, with its striking and iconic set of stairs leading up to it. Below this is the year of issue, 1993.
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 99. The reverse of the coin depicts three pandas. In the top right of the reverse side there is an inscription pertaining to the specifications of the coin. It reads: “1000 yuan, .999, Au 12oz.” The image shows a family scene of three pandas under a tree. One sits on a rock at the base of the trunk watching a cub and its mother below. The mother sits and plays with her cub. The cub stands on its hind legs and wrestles with its mother as they touch paws.
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