This is one of the most important articles I have written in the last 2 years: 2017 fiat pandas lost $350 million market share - Where will that money go next? The ultra-short version is the announced 2017 panda mintages appear to have increased, but in reality, the amount of metal they're selling is actually decreased by $350 million. You can interpret that as a loss in sales, or as a loss in value that people get for their money when they buy 2017 fiat pandas. Either way, that $350 million is NOT going into the 2017 pandas. With the numismatic coins and precious metals markets sucking up more cash than they have in the previous year, it's clear that money is still in this market, and looking for something to buy. What will they buy? That's the question everyone needs to ponder before they make their investing plans. I have noticed increased sales of non-pandas and non-fiat pandas, and I am guessing that around 1% of that $350 million - at least - has already started chasing newly minted alternatives, and driving prices higher. The rest of the world is not aware of this yet, but that 1% is only the beginning, because 2017 isn't even here yet. When that $350 million gets dropped on the market, it's going to make a crater where the cheap, low mintage coins used to be. This will be the first time the modern Chinese coins (MCC) market has been driven by newly minted coins - but hey, there's a first time for everything, right? Besides, it makes perfect sense - that $350 million was supposed to be chasing 2017 pandas, so it makes perfect sense for it to be re-allocated to other recently minted coins.