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2015 Pandas

2015 Panda coins

Denominations and mintages:

1kg Gold, 10000 Yuan, mintage 500
5 oz Gold, 2000 Yuan, mintage 5,000
1 oz Gold, 500 Yuan, mintage 1,000,000
1/2 Gold, 200 Yuan, mintage 600,000
1/4 Gold, 100 Yuan, mintage 600,000
1/10 Gold, 50 Yuan, mintage 800,000
1/20 Gold, 20 Yuan, mintage 800,000

1kg Silver, 300 Yuan, mintage 20,000
5 oz Silver, 50 Yuan, mintage 50,000
1 oz Silver, 10 Yuan, mintage 8,000,000

The Panda Cubs of Chengdu

Panda cub in a tree

Black and white and happy all over, two baby Giant Pandas roll and tumble across the leaf-strewn playground. Awww! A crowd presses up against the enclosure railing. Less than 50 feet (15 meters) away one cub climbs on top of its companion. Over they go! Then the pair bumps up against a small, flat-topped pile of rocks. No matter, they scramble up the obstacle and continue their game.

Panda cubs playing at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Cell phones and cameras blaze away as another Giant Panda cub skootches up a tree. He (or she, who can tell?) finds a branch to rest on and is then marooned, unable to continue up, unsure of how to get down. The little bear gives the onlookers a forlorn look that elicits another round of ooohs and aaahs.

These playful cubs are around 5 months-old. They may even be siblings, something that would never occur in the wild. Pandas can give birth to more than one baby, but the mother can only care for one. At birth Giant Pandas weigh only around 100 grams, or 4 oz. The hairless, blind infants cannot even move on their own and rely on Mom for everything.

Young Panda Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding If two are born, the mother will choose the more robust infant and abandon the other. At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in south-central China, however, those extra babies are placed in incubators. The tiny pink Panda bears get names and are skillfully nursed along by the staff. (Continued - more photos and story)

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2015 China Year of the Sheep Coins Released

2013 Year of the Snake Lunar coin

2015 China Year of the Sheep Coin Mintage:

10 Kg 100,000 Yuan gold ..............18
2 Kg 20,000 Yuan gold..................100
1 Kg 10,000 Yuan gold ................118
5 oz. 2,000 Yuan gold color.......3,000
5 oz. 2,000 Yuan gold rect........2,000
1 Kg 300 Yuan silver...............10,000
1/2 oz. 200 Yuan gold plum......8,000
1/3 oz. 150 Yuan gold fan.......30,000
5 oz. 50 Yuan silver rect.........20,000
1/10 oz. 50 Yuan gold color...220,000
1/10 oz. 50 Yuan gold ..........120,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver plum.........60,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver fan............80,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver round.......200,000
1 oz 10 Yuan silver color........220,000



Pandaology 101

Temple of Heaven in Beijing I taught a college anthropology class about Chinese coins (mainly Pandas and Lunars) and how they are intertwined with China's history, culture and economy. Talk about fun! The regular professor said it was the best guest lecture of the year. The students were really attentive and responded to stories like the one about how the Temple of Heaven is connected to the Winter Solstice. They asked me questions like how long have mints made collector coins and are there any coins to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China, plus dozens more. Afterward the professor told me that one student who hadn't spoken aloud in class the entire semester had asked 4 questions. The future of coin collecting is bright — especially when it includes Pandas!

Items of Interest

Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs

Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs
Researchers have discovered a powerful antibody in panda blood that could serve as the next frontier in the fight against increasingly prevalent superbugs. Read more

China Panda Virus Kills Two Pandas, Leaves Third in Critical Condition

(International Business Times January 16, 2015) "Another giant panda in China is fighting for its life as it battles a highly infectious virus that has already cliamed the lives of two others."

Summary: The Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is a relative of measles. It is reported to be the leading cause of infectious disease death in dogs. It also affects other mammals like Pandas for which there is no vaccine. It is spread through contaminated food, water and body fluuids. The fatality rate among Pandas is 80%.

Panda Breeding Centers in China like the Chengdu Panda Base have implemented emergency procedures to protect their wards. This includes increased disinfection of panda living areas and reduced contact with the public.