25 Yuans Coins

25 Yuans Coins

25 yuans is a collectible coin, issued since 1982 by the Chinese government. It’s no secret that over the past few years, the interest in Chinese numismatics has increased substantially, especially from foreign investors. It is not so surprising considering the growing population and economy of the country. There is strong interest for both older coins, which have recently caused agitation at auctions, and modern items, like the famous “Panda” series. There are other coins of this face value with a beautiful design, as well as interesting references to the history of civilization, which has many thousands of years. All Chinese gold coins in our catalog.

25 yuan coins from the Panda series

Years of minting: 1982-2000

Metal: gold

Weight: 7.78 g

Diameter: 21.95 mm

Thickness: 1.53 mm

Chinese 25 yuans, included in the series of Golden Panda coins , were produced as a part of the Panda series from 1982 to 2000. Since 2001, the face value of a coin of the same weight and diameter has been changed to 100 yuan. It is worth noting that the coins of this face value were not issued in the “Silver Panda” series.

Obverse: “Temple of Heaven” with the inscription “Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo” above it, which means “People’s Republic of China”; year of minting. If the current issue is an anniversary one, then the designers put a message about it under the year of minting.

Reverse: various images of pandas that change every year, except for 2001 and 2002, when the coins with the same design were issued.

  • 1982 Sitting panda eats bamboo.
  • 1983 Panda walks in the bamboo grove.
  • 1984 Lying panda eats bamboo.
  • 1985 Panda swinging on bamboo.
  • 1986 Panda walks in the bamboo grove.
  • 1987 Pond in the bamboo grove, where the panda drinks water.
  • 1988 Sitting panda holds bamboo in its paws.
  • 1989 Lying panda eats bamboo.
  • 1990 Panda is sitting on a rock, not far from a bamboo thicket.
  • 1991 Sitting panda eats bamboo.
  • 1992 Panda sits on a tree branch.
  • 1993 Panda sits on a rock looking at bamboo.
  • 1994 Sitting panda eats bamboo.
  • 1995 Panda holds bamboo in its paws.
  • 1996 Panda climbs a tree.
  • 1997 Panda sits on a tree branch
  • 1998 Panda reclining on a rock.
  • 1999 Panda sits on the rock and looks down.
  • 2000 Sitting panda holds bamboo in its paws.

All 25 Yuan Chinese gold coins in our catalog.

Panda series

25 yuan coins from the Unicorn series

Years of minting: 1994-1997.

Metal: gold/dual metal (gold+silver)/ platinum.

Weight: 7.83 g

On the obverse and on the reverse of the coins there are images of unicorns either resting or preparing for battle. Also on the obverse, there is always a name of the series in Chinese and English and the year of minting.

Unicorn series

25 yuan coins from the Football World Cup series

Year of minting: 1982.

Metal: silver.

Diameter: 34 mm

Weight: 19.44 g

The coins were dedicated to the World Cup in 1982. They were issued once, with a 40,000 Proof copies circulation. In total, two variants of coins with a face value of 25 yuan were issued. The football players are depicted on the obverse of both of them, as well as the inscription “Espana 82”. There is the coat of arms of the People’s Republic of China on the reverse.

World Cup in 1982

25 yuan coins from the Inventions and Discoveries series

Year of minting: 1993.

Metal: gold

Weight: 7.09 g

Within this series, only one coin with a face value of 25 yuan was issued, called “Philosophy of Yin and Yang.” On the obverse of the coin, Chinese citizens hold boards with the image of yin and yang, the most important stage of the original cosmogenesis in the philosophy of ancient China. The reverse depicts a fragment of the Great Wall of China with a tower and loopholes. The year of minting is at the bottom.

Philosophy of Yin and Yang

25 yuan coins from the Live nature series

Year of minting: 1993.

Metal: gold

Weight: 7.09 g

Within this series, only one coin with a face value of 25 yuan was issued, called “Two peacocks”. They are depicted in the center of the obverse of the coin. At the top, there is an indication of the face value, and at the bottom – weight and fineness of the metal of the coin. On the reverse, you can see the traditional decoration of Chinese coins – the Temple of Heaven, under which the year of minting is engraved.

Live nature series

Cost of the coins

Today the 25 yuan coins are issued by the Chinese Mint only as part of a regular minting, so the copies of the series above have investment-collectible value and are presented only in limited quantities on large trading platforms. The price of rare Chinese coins from gold and silver ranges from 600 to 3,000 US dollars, depending on the series and place of sale.

History of modern Chinese coins

Despite the fact that China is considered one of the oldest countries in the world, minting of collectible coins began in the country only in 1979, when the government of the country adopted a program for the production of commemorative coins from precious metals, which continues to this day. The proposal of the Government of the Philippines to declare 1979 the international year of the child was an impulse to start. Several countries decided to issue commemorative gold coins dedicated to this event, eventually, China joined them.

Since that moment, China has launched the issue of numerous varieties of coins from silver, gold, platinum, and palladium. Modern Chinese gold and silver coins differ significantly in size and weight, ranging from fractions of a troy ounce (1/2, 1/4 and so on) to a kilogram. There is even a coin of about 10 kilograms. All 10 Kilograms Chinese gold coins in our catalog.

There was a restriction on the possession of precious metals for many years in China, so the local mint cooperated only with foreign distributors who successfully sold coins to European and American collectors and investors. Since this restriction was partially canceled, many coins returned back to China, being bought out by the local collectors.

Interesting facts

  • The unicorn, a character of Greek mythology, was a symbol of the short-lived Chinese coin series of the 1990s. Surprisingly, the series, which lasted only from 1994 to 1997, brought a number of true rarities. The circulation of the series has always been small, only a few hundred for several years, but the design of the coins has received really enthusiastic reviews. Today, the coins of the “Unicorn” series are sold at a from 800 to 2,000 US dollars.
  • The Panda series, introduced in 1982, immediately became very popular among collectors of China and neighboring countries. However, over the past few years, the interest of the numismatists of North America and Europe has increased significantly. The price of coins of the series also increased several times, demonstrating a steady growth from year to year. There is something interesting about the series: it is believed that even if you collect “pandas” all your life, you still cannot be sure that you have collected them all to one, because even the coins of the same year of issue can have insignificant distinctions in design.
  • Back in 2010, Chinese coins held insignificant positions in the world’s coin catalog. Many of them were valued so low that they were sold for pure weight. Today, the situation has changed dramatically. Collectors are surprised to find out that the positions of Chinese collectible coins have grown significantly, and prices for individual items have risen to an incredible level. That is why many investment consultants advise considering Chinese coins as an investment.
  • The current coin issue program, run by China Gold Coin, includes a series of “Panda”, “Zodiac”, “Inventions and Discoveries”, “Discoveries of the Bronze Age” and “Olympic commemorative”. Out of 2,000 varieties, only two hundred of them have a circulation of more than 1,000 copies, and only one coin of a kilogram was issued in a circulation of 15,000 copies. In addition to the traditional gold “Panda”, there is a similar silver one, with the same design and circulation. All 1949-2017 Chinese gold coins in our catalog.
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