Moon Festival Pandas
Introduced in 2015, Moon Festival Pandas are a special, GovMint.com exclusive release from the China Mint. Celebrating the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, this series represents a time of the year where people all across China gather together with family to give thanks, eat food, and pray for fortune, while looking forward towards the rest of the year. This time also brings about the striking of a very special Silver Panda, one that is designed with unique flare each year. For example, the 2017 Moon Festival 1 oz Chinese Silver Panda had a holographic pool of water, reminiscent of the reflection of a full moon on a lake. The 2018 Moon Festival 1 oz. Chinese silver panda coin utilized a piece of white jade as an immaculate, reflective moon, and in 2019, the series is evoking the Blood Moon, by embeding a peice of red jade onto the face of the coin. The Moon Festival Panda series offer a unique, elegant twist on the standard Panda design, and has been generally well-received by collectors.
An incredible addition to the Panda family of silver coins was the product of a partnership between the Chinese Mint and the Smithsonian National Zoo located in the United States. In celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Smithsonian receiving their first Giant Panda’s from the Chinese government, specially themed coins were issued. Struck in .999 fine silver, these Smithsonian Silver Panda coins celebrate not only the anniversary of the first pandas to the Smithsonian, but also to the birth of two giant pandas, Bei Bei and Bao Bao. These two furry little pandas were received by a massive celebration as the Giant Panda population is incredible low and mating can be notoriously difficult. Not only do these coins celebrate momentous occasions, but their mintages are extremely low in comparison to the rest of the series.