Struck in 0.999 fine platinum, the 2024 platinum proof Pandas are available in two sizes - 30g and 3g. Both sizes are legal tender in China with face values of 1,000 Yuan and 100 Yuan respectively, as compared to the 30g and 3g 2024 gold Pandas, which have a face value of 500 Yuan and 50 Yuan respectively. Mintages are limited to 5,000 for the 30g platinum Panda and 30,000 for the 3g platinum Panda.
In addition, The People’s Bank of China has just launched a set of 12 precious metal commemorative coins for the Chinese Year of the Dragon 2024, including a 15g platinum coin. The set has been produced by Shenyang Mint, Shanghai Mint and Shenzhen Guobao Mint, with China Gold Coin Corporation serving as the general distributor.
The theme of the Chinese zodiac, representing 12 animal-related signs, is a culturally significant subject in China and has been depicted in various forms such as stamps, coins, and art. It is anticipated that the Chinese Year of the Dragon 2024 platinum coin will be the first in a new series; the last such series spanned the period between 1988 and 1999 during which a set of 12 one-ounce platinum Zodiac coins was produced, representing a different zodiac sign each year from the Year of the Dragon to the Year of the Rabbit.
Struck in 0.999 fine platinum, with a face value of 500 Yuan and a mintage limited to 10,000, the 15g platinum Chinese Year of the Dragon 2024 coin will be legal tender in China. The coin’s reverse carries a design of a traditional jade dragon in a paper-cut style, with a background of clouds symbolising good fortune. The jade dragon symbol dates back over 6,000 years and originates from China’s Red Mountain Culture, which played a significant role in the origin of Chinese civilisation and its early societal development.