China 1985 50 yuan KM-117

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3215
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3218 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $646. The catalog description[1] noted, "China. 50 Yuan, 1985. Temple of heaven. Reverse: Panda hanging from bamboo branch. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated." The fifty yuan was used for the half ounce gold panda starting in 1983, with a different reverse for each year. The one ounce panda (KM 118) was one hundred yuan.

Recorded mintage: 62,675.

Specification: 15.55 g, .999 fine gold, Weight 0.4995 ounce.

Catalog reference: KM-117 (formerly KM Y83).


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  • Anthony, Peter, Gold & Silver Panda Coin Buyers Guide, 3rd Ed., Los Angeles, 2017.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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