The Chinese Panda was first produced by the official mint of the People's Republic of China, in 1982. The one ounce coin has a face value of 500 Yuan and is minted in 24 carat gold. The obverse shows the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, with various designs of Pandas on the reverse. The reverse designs are changed every year with different portraits of panda with the exception of 2002, which shares the same design as 2001. This prompted an outcry from collectors and the mint reverted to their original policy of changing the design.
Various years are available and the individual coins are delivered in vacuum packed plastic directly from the manufacturer.