Americans love Silver Pandas. Now, to honour over four decades of Chinese giant pandas at the National Zoo, the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution are releasing these first-ever special issue Panda Silver Proofs. Struck in five ounces of 999 pure proof silver, each Smithsonian Panda Silver Proof features the National Zoo's current Panda pair: Mei Xiang and Tian Tian.
The obverse of each depicts the Great Wall of China alongside the iconic Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, D.D. with the words "Smithsonian Institute 2014" engraved around it.
The reverse features a depiction of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at the National Zoo in their habitat with a bamboo background and the words "Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at National Zoo 5 oz Ag 999" engraved around it.
Each proof silver round is graded Proof-69 (PF69) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and comes encased in an NGC Numismatic holder in a beauty box with a serialized certificate of authenticity.