I don’t believe I have ever seen a single fake Panda date cause as much harm as the latest counterfeit versions of the 2000 silver mirror Panda. A genuine mirror coin is quite rare and valuable, probably worth north of $500. As a result buyers are always on the alert for a coin that may have been overlooked. That has been the undoing of hundreds of collectors and dealers alike because there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of fake mirror coins for every real one. It is imperative that any prospective buyer know the differences between the fakes and the real McCoys.
The year 2000 Mirror variety is, in all likelihood, the rarest gold Panda variety. Its estimated population is less than 750. The 500 Yuan, 1 oz. gold being offered here is a truly outstanding example of this rarity – no rubs, no abrasions, no scratches or red spots. The only flaw I can find is the faintest of toning that requires a loupe for me to see. I think the new owner of this coin will be very, very pleased by its quality.