What explanation is there when a coin exists but shouldn’t?
By most records, the Proof 1985 Chinese Panda brass 1-yuan coin was
not going to be made, because of lackluster sales of brass Panda coins
in 1983 and 1984.
However, an estimated 50 to 100 examples were made, and one of these
highlights Champion Hong Kong Auctions' March 29 sale in Macau.
Some time in 1985, the Shanghai Mint was negotiating with a Canadian
company, according to Champion, negotiations which concluded with a
signed contract in May 1985. To mark the event, the Shanghai Mint
re-used a reverse die for the 1984 brass Panda and made a new obverse
die to create a 1985 brass Panda.
A small number of these were made for presentation to dignitaries.
These were sealed in a green cardboard package, which has led many of
them to become oxidized and “grow” black spots. Consequently, few are
in the condition of the example offered in the March 29 auction.
The “coin offered here is in better preservation than” an example
sold in a 2012 China Spring auction for $46,000 U.S., according to Champion.
This example is estimated to realize $10,000 to $20,000.
There are 796 lots in the auction on March 29. To learn more about
the sale, visit the firm’s website.