Called ‘Paladin Panda’, this is quite an unusual looking piece compared to the Chinese originals that inspired it. Instead of the sedate natural style, pride of place is taken by a part-gilded panda is Chinese period armour, holding a staff in one hand (paw?), and a long sword in the other. An armour plate, the part covering the panda’s barely used happy tackle, carries a depiction of the animal similar to that on the 1982 original, a neat nod to the subject of the commemoration. The background features the Great Wall of China, perhaps suggesting the character is defending his homeland.
The obverse is also inspired by the original. There’s a large depiction of the Temple of Heaven, something found on all Chinese numismatics, but given the high-end nature of Powercoin’s offering, the one here is vastly more impressive, exhibiting a lot of fine detail, and embellished with a pair of dragons in its vicinity. The Black Proof finish gives the coin an added touch of class.
In line with the Asian belief that 8 is a lucky number, it has a mintage of 888 pieces, and comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. Available to order now, it will ship in late December.