I've always wondered about one design decision on the modern Chinese Pandas to be very odd; the decision to depict 'The Temple of Heaven' on the obverse. Most coin designs put symbols of national authority, or portrait of a head of state (past or present), on the obverse. Why put a Taoist *temple*, historically only accessible to the monarchy (overthrown with great difficulty), on the obverse of a coin minted by under the authority of a 'socialist' state which is officially atheist? Why didn't they put the official emblem of the Chinese government on the obverse? How about a portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong or Deng Xiaoping? My working theory is the coin was designed to be marketed internationally, and when the first design was engraved in 1980s they didn't want customer backlash over the inclusion of a symbol of a socialist state especially in the U.S market. So my question to you is, would you still collect Pandas if the obverse was either: based on the national emblem of the People's Republic a portrait of Chairman Mao, or Deng Xiaoping Personally, I'd like to see the Chinese government take a more assertive stance on national identity on the pandas. Coins are more than economic objects; they are advertisements of national prestige and power. There is also a second alternative that rids of the Temple of Heaven associated with primitive superstition and decadent imperial rule. The Great Wall of China: uniquely Chinese, instantly recognizable, would look great engraved on a coin.