30 Years of Commemoratives
By Kerry Rodgers
Thirty years ago
the People's Republic of China issued its first
precious metal legal tender commemoratives.
These marked the 30th anniversary of the
founding of the People's Republic of China.
The 30th anniversary of that coin issue is now
being remembered by its own commemorative legal
tender coins: one .999 fine silver 10-yuan coin
and one .999 fine gold 100-yuan coin. These were
released on June 30 by the People's Bank of
The common reverse of both coins shows a pair of
pandas, the common obverse of the Temple of
Heaven in Beijing. Both design themes have
become signatures for PRC bullion issues over
the past 25 years.
The 10 yuan weighs in at 1 ounce, is 40 mm in
diameter and has a mintage of 300,000. The
quarter-ounce 100 yuan is 22 mm across with a
mintage of 10,000.
Both coins have been minted by Shenzhen Guobao
Mint and are being distributed solely by China
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