Such is the variety of coins issued by the People’s Bank of China, that when it comes to investing or collecting, there is something for everyone, regardless of taste or budget.
For investors with a lot of funds available, it is recommended that you focus your attention on the large-scale gold Panda coins – i.e. those of 5 oz and above; and the older classic rarities – such as the many gold coins dating from the 80s and 90s which have original mintages of less than 2000 pieces, or the large silver coins from the same period with mintages of less than 4000.
For collectors with slightly less to spend, it’s a good idea to look at the earlier small-scale gold coins of ½ oz or less; or the large-scale 5 oz and 12 oz silver coins. For the vast majority of people though, a suitable investment would be the small-scale silver coins of less than 2 oz; or the brilliant uncirculated (BU) gold and silver Pandas issued in the 80s and 90s.
Looking at the coins that have been recently issued, it’s a good idea to focus on the gold and silver pieces that have relatively low mintages when compared to coins from years gone by with the same specifications. For example, the ¼ oz gold Sino-French Diplomacy 50th Anniversary coin; the ½ oz and 5 oz silver coins from the Nanjing Youth Olympics series; and the 1 kg silver UNESCO West Lake of Hangzhou coin. Aside from the mintage figures, it would also be wise to consider investing in coins featuring subject matter that is eye-catching or particularly attractive. Good examples of such designs would be: the great Buddhist sites at Mt Wutai, Mt Potala, and Mt Emei; the UNESCO heritage sites of the Yellow Mountains or Hangzhou’s West Lake; Chinese ancient bronze artefacts; or face masks and costumes of the Beijing Opera. All these are stunning depictions and would appeal to the aesthetic tendencies of many numismatists.