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One Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Chinese Panda Bullion Coins (Best Value)


Buy a One Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Chinese Panda Bullion Coins (Best Value)

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Collectable gold one ounce Panda bullion coins from China offered at a low margin over the live gold price. These gold Pandas have a unique design every year and for this reason are popular with investors and coin collectors alike. In 1982 The People's Republic of China became the third country after South Africa and Canada to issue troy ounce gold bullion coins and they have been issued every year since. Chosen at random for our current stock, each coin contains exactly one troy ounce of pure gold, struck in 0.999 fineness. The Pandas are renowned for their attractive designs and sharp features, but please note the displayed coin image is representative and may not match the date/grade you will receive. The range of dates you could receive are from 1982 to 2015, with coins from 2016 onwards not included in this range because they're issued in metric weights. Each Chinese Panda measures 32.00 millimetres in diameter and has a face value of 500 Yuan / 500元. Issues from before 2001 have a face value of 100 Yuan / 100元, with both types being legal tender in mainland China. Every Panda bullion coin in our inventory is rigorously checked by our experts to ensure their authenticity, and we'll carefully and discretely package your coin for safe delivery. They may have some slight marks or blemishes on them, which is perfectly normal and won't affect the value of your investment. If you're looking for a particular year then please get in touch with us as we may have what you want. Our price includes free, fully insured delivery to all UK addresses, and we ship internationally as well.
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Collectable Gold 1oz Panda coins from China in pre-owned condition. Offered at low premiums over the live gold price.


Each obverse shows Beijing's famous Temple of Heaven, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The year date and '中华人民共和国' (People's Republic of China) complete the legend. 


The reverse will show a variation of a design of Chinese Panda(s), depending on the year issued. The denomination, metal fineness and size make up the legend.


31.13 grams of 0.999 fine gold. Diameter: 32.00 millimetres. Face value: 100 Yuan / 100元 (1982-2000) / 500 Yuan / 500元 (2001-2015).


Issued loose in bullion condition. May show slight signs of wear, which is perfectly normal for mass-produced coins and won't affect their precious metal value. 

Buy Gold Pandas

Although gold Pandas command slightly higher premiums than Krugerrands and Britannias, it hasn't deterred both collectors and investors from acquiring them. Each annual issue features a unique obverse which enhances their appeal compared to other bullion coins.

All these pre-owned Pandas are carefully inspected and tested to ensure they meet the required standard for bullion coins. Being from our best value range, they may have signs of slight wear and tear, but we guarantee they will contain exactly one troy ounce of pure gold.

Gold Pandas are popular with collectors and the earlier dates can be difficult to obtain. If you're looking for a particular date we recommend you get in touch with us so we can check our stock. It's not uncommon for pre-2000 Gold 1oz Pandas to have some slight blemishes; unfortunately we cannot pick out individual dates or grades in our best value range.

What Gold Pandas Are There?

Gold Pandas made their bow on the bullion coin market in 1982, with China becoming the third nation to issue troy ounce gold bullion coins. 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins were initially released, with a 1/20oz edition following in 1983. Their release sparked a frenzy, which peaked in the late 1980s and the popularity of the range has endured today. Silver, platinum and palladium editions are also available in a range of sizes.

Each 1oz Panda is struck 0.999 fine gold, which sharp observers will spot is one '9' less than post-1982 Gold Maples and post-2012 British Britannias. They weigh 31.13 grams and measure 32.00 millimetres in diameter. The Panda's face value depends on the year of issue as they were denominated in 2001. See the tables below for a list of the full specifications:

Ounce Gold Pandas Specifications 1982-2016

Size Face Value (1982-2000) Face Value (2001-2015) Total Weight Diameter
1oz ¥100 ¥500 31.13g 32.00mm
1/2oz ¥50 ¥200 15.56g 27.00mm
1/4oz ¥25 ¥100 7.78g 22.00mm
1/10oz ¥10 ¥50 3.12g 18.00mm
1/20oz ¥5 ¥20 1.56g 14.00mm

Metric Gold Pandas 2016 Onwards

Size Face Value Actual Gold Weight Diameter
30g ¥500 0.9645oz 32.00mm
15g ¥200 0.4823oz 27.00mm
8g ¥100 0.2572oz 22.00mm
3g ¥50 0.0965oz 18.00mm
1g ¥20 0.0322oz 10.00mm

Advantages Of Buying Gold Pandas

Of all the bullion coins you can buy, the Chinese gold Panda makes a great addition to any gold stack, coin collection or investment portfolio. A number of reasons to acquire these popular coins are:

  • Popularity - Unique designs every year enhance their collectability
  • Cost - Gold Pandas are priced close to the live gold price
  • Liquid asset - Pandas are prized by coin collectors and are easily sold on
  • Authenticity - The 1oz gold Panda is legal currency in China
  • Physical asset - A one ounce gold Panda coin is a physical, tangible asset. You can touch it, hold it and store it wherever you like
  • VAT free - These qualify as investment gold under HMRC rules, which makes them exempt from VAT

What Is The Chinese Mint? 

The mintage of coinage in the People's Republic of China is under the ultimate authority of the People's Bank of China. In terms of Chinese precious metal coinage, the China Gold Coin Incorporation (CGCI) is the state-owned company responsible for the designing, production and distribution of them. It's an official subsidiary of the People's Bank of China and they issue precious metal coins on their behalf. Without doubt their most famous product is the Panda, available in a range of metals, sizes and finishes.

Several mints across mainland China are tasked with minting Panda coins, with the most well-known being Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Shenzhen. In contrast to branch mints in America and the former British Empire, Chinese mints do not place mintmarks on their coins. Numismatists have examined minor variations on the coins issued by certain mints in China which can determine their origin.  

Domestically, CGCI is responsible for the distribution of gold and silver Panda coins. For the international market, the company is represented by a number of subsidiaries.

Why are Pandas Metric?

Precious metals are primarily traded in troy ounces in the Anglosphere, with the LBMA providing its daily price fixes measured per troy ounce. In addition, most modern bullion coins around the world are issued in troy ounces as standard. However, most retail bullion bars are issued in metric weights and when dealing with scrap gold and silver the quotes are nearly always based on a rate per gram.

In 2016, the People's Bank of China announced the Panda bullion coin range would be changed from being officially weighed in troy ounces to being weighed in grams. From the Chinese perspective they had been marketing Pandas domestically in grams since the previous year, and decided to take the step to market them in grams worldwide. It's a superficial difference to the coins, as the metric denominations of the post-2015 coins are all suspiciously close to the previous troy ounce units. Bullion coins issued by rival mints across the world still overwhelmingly use troy ounces to measure their coins, with the one ounce size being the most popular. 

Interestingly, the metric pandas could be interpreted as a 'shrinkflation' ploy, as the weights were rounded down for four out of the five main coins. But no profiteering from this change was realised as bullion panda coins are generally sold at a percentage premium above the live precious metal price. 

Sell Gold Pandas

Chinese Pandas are in high demand, especially earlier dates and we offer very competitive rates for your gold and silver Panda coins. If you're interested in selling Panda coins then check out our Sell Your Coins page on our website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us by telephone or email or you can even visit our showroom in Royal Wootton Bassett in person. No appointment necessary. 


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