New York Mint Aligns with the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution to Release World’s First 2014 Smithsonian Panda Proofs

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To honor four decades of Chinese pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution® are releasing first-ever Panda Proofs available exclusively through New York Mint.

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New York Mint®, the world’s leading source and direct marketer of high-value collectible coins, is releasing in conjunction with the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s first Silver and Gold Smithsonian Panda Proofs. Lovable giant pandas first captured America’s heart over 40 years ago when they arrived in the U.S. from China and debuted at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The excitement continued this summer when Mei Xiang gave birth to a female panda cub, and the pair has captivated millions. In celebration of four decades of giant pandas at the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution and the China Mint are releasing first-ever Panda Proofs. This is the first time the award-winning China Mint has struck special issue Panda Proofs in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.

The 2014 Smithsonian Panda Proofs are available in 99.9% pure silver and 99.9% fine gold in varying sizes/weights from a one tenth ounce set to five ounce proofs. The reverse of the Panda Proofs features images of the National Zoo’s adult giant panda pair, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. The obverse depicts the Great Wall of China and the Smithsonian Castle with varying images displayed on the proofs. The Panda Proofs have been individually certified and graded by Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC), one of the world’s leading independent third party grading services. Each stunning Smithsonian Panda Proof is accompanied by individually numbered mint certificates of authenticity and presented in an official mint display box.

New York Mint and the China Mint have been working together for over 25 years, and New York Mint has been and continues to be a top seller of China Mint coins. In addition, New York Mint has been a long-standing licensee of the Smithsonian Institution and has worked on many historic programs together over the years.

“It is an absolute pleasure to bring together the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution for this monumental program to recognize these beloved giant pandas and celebrate them through these limited edition Panda Proofs,” said Bill Gale, President of New York Mint. "We are honored to collaborate with the China Mint and the Smithsonian Institution to offer and provide our customers with the opportunity to add these Panda Proofs to their collections.”

A portion of the sales of these proofs will support the Smithsonian. In addition, New York Mint is donating a set to the Smithsonian Institution so museum-goers can enjoy these world’s first Smithsonian authorized panda proofs for years to come.

About New York Mint®

Since 1984, New York Mint, LLC has been a private distributor of coin and currency issues and privately issued licensed collectibles. New York Mint provides collectors with one-stop access to some of the finest quality, rarest and most sought-after coins from worldwide government mints, shipwrecks, ancient hoards, and exotic locales. The treasures secured by New York Mint span historic eras from ancient times, through the American Civil War, and up to the most contemporary milestones and events. New York Mint partners with the Smithsonian Institution®, government mints and monetary authorities, distributors and wholesale dealers worldwide. Recently, they were U.S. distributors for the London 2012 Olympic Games Coin Program. For additional information, visit or call 800 642 9160.

About Smithsonian Institution®

The Smithsonian Institution was established with funds from James Smithson (1765-1829), a British scientist who left his estate to the United States under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. An act of Congress signed by President James K. Polk on August 10, 1846 established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, 9 research facilities, and the world renowned National Zoological Park.

Source: New York Mint

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