The low mintages and attractive design of this set of pandas should be very appealing to Chinese coin collectors.
|2012 Singapore Show Pandas||Mintage|
|1 oz Silver Panda||10,000|
|5 oz Silver Panda||2,500|
|1/2 oz Gold Panda||2,500|
|5 oz Gold Panda||99|
The production of the generic "standard issue" pandas has grown dramatically in recent years to meet staggering demand. The 2012 1oz Silver pandas will reach an incredible 8,000,000 and the 1/2oz gold 600,000. The generic 5oz silver: 50,000 and the generic 5oz Gold: 5,000. Compared to the standard issue 2012 Pandas, the Singapore show numbers are minuscule! These are on par with 1990's Panda proofs and show medals.
Adding even more potential to these Pandas, collectors have begun to identify unique varieties of each of the Singapore coins. The 5 oz Silver has 3 known varieties, generated as a result of a broken die during minting. The one ounce and the gold are also likely to have sub-types not yet identified. Varieties are good because each type will have a very low mintage, making each a potential rarity.
Demand for these coins at the Signapore show was strong, and the 5oz Gold is now reportedly sold out at the distributor. Current sales of the other coins continues to be brisk.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire some very special low mintage pandas. Once the the modest quantities are sold out, prices are likely to rise.