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Purchasing Chinese Silver Pandas

The Chinese Silver Panda is a silver bullion coin produced, since 1983, by the various mints of the People’s Republic of China. Like their stable mates, the Chinese Gold Pandas, these silver coins feature no mint mark to distinguish at what actual mint each Silver Panda was manufactured. Each Silver Panda bullion coin shares the same annual design as the Gold Pandas, most notably featuring a portrait of one or more pandas in their natural environment. The panda-themed design is changed every year. The obverse, however, continues the same design every year. Silver Pandas are legal tender in China and have the full backing of the Chinese government for the .999 silver fineness, weight, and authenticity of each coin.

Design

Obverse:  Mint Year, as well as a depiction of the Temple of Heaven with Chinese characters meaning 'People's Republic of China.' Commemorative coins also have their theme marked here.

Reverse:  Different portraits of one or more pandas. Mirrors design used on the Chinese Gold Panda. The panda design changes every single year (although the identical design was used in 2001 and 2002).

Investing in Silver Pandas

Though produced as silver bullion coins, the ever-changing design and gorgeous artwork gives Silver Panda bullion coins tremendous numismatic and collector value. All the Silver Pandas produced since 1989 are .999 fine silver, with the earlier versions being mostly proof pieces minted in .900 silver. Pieces are produced in weights ranging from 0.5 troy ounces up to 1 kilogram, though the 1 ounce Silver Panda is by far the most common. Chinese Silver Pandas are popular among investors who buy silver bullion coins online, as their beauty, quality, and guaranteed silver content make them valuable additions to any bullion portfolio. Current spot silver prices have been low, prompting many investors to buy Silver Pandas in bulk, anticipating strong growth in silver prices over the next few years.

History of the Chinese Silver Panda

In the 1980's, China, like many other countries, began producing official government bullion in various precious metals. Debuting shortly after the Gold Panda, the Chinese Silver Panda has been produced in ever-increasing quantities for the world silver bullion market. Initially, Silver Pandas were manufactured as silver proof coins, intended for collectors, but after several years the majority of production switched to the more-common bulk uncirculated silver coins, intended for buyers who invest in silver bullion.

Production was near 100,000 coins a year until 2001, when production exploded -- reaching half a million units. Always sought-after due to the eye-catching design and high quality, the growing demand for Silver Pandas by investors who buy silver bullion prompted this large production increase. Special proof, gold-plated, and commemorative issues have been produced, though these special Silver Pandas are very rare and are more of interest to collectors.

Buy Silver Pandas Online

Today, the Chinese Silver Panda, like its golden sister, is one of the most recognizable and famous silver bullion coins available. Despite their popularity, investors usually have little trouble acquiring the standard, bulk uncirculated bullion-issue, because of the huge increase in production -- 8 million 1 Ounce Silver Pandas were made in 2012 alone. To meet the global demand of investors to buy silver bullion, production levels will likely remain high, allowing the Chinese Silver Panda to remain one of the most popular silver bullion coins on the market. CBMint is the best place to buy Silver Pandas online -- if you have any questions about buying Silver Panda coins online from CBMint, do not hesitate to Contact Us, or call CBMint toll-free at 1-866-300-0504.

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