Last year we said the Panda bullion range was fast approaching its fortieth anniversary. Well now it’s here, and the Bank of China has combined the event with the nation hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The series kicked off in 1982 and has seen several style iterations over the decades. In 2019, the BoC embarked on a ten-coin program to chart the life cycle of a Giant Panda, and this is the fourth so far.
Depicting a pair of young Pandas playing in the snow, it’s a subtle, but clear nod to the Winter Olympics, with the neat little ’40’ privy mark hammering the message home. These have always been clean and on point coins and this one is no exception to that. An unusual twist from the usual imagery, but why not… The obverse is the usual Temple of Heaven one that has been a staple of Chinese coins for decades.
The big news this year is the return of the platinum Panda, back for the first time since 2005, and in much larger form than that 3.1 gram effort. Two bullion versions are added, a 30 gram one, and a tiny 10 mm diameter 1 gram coin. There are no changes to the base design and mintages are pretty small in comparison to the gold and silver. Worth it for the novelty factor, perhaps, especially in one gram form.
As for the gold and silver, apart from some mintage reductions in the sub-30 gram variants, it’s business as usual in both the bullion and proof ranges. The coins are available to order from today at all the usual places.