The time has come!! The 3rd Lunar Panda design is almost complete. It will be the same designers for the panda and the lunar. In a few weeks, we will be sending a follow up email to show the renderings of the Rooster and the Panda on the wall. We've seen some of preliminary sketches, and are excited about what we've seen so far. We feel it is as good, if not better, than the first two in the series. As soon as we are given the okay to release the images, we will send them to you first. We are now taking pre-sale orders. We are fairly certain that the mintage for the silver proof will remain the same at 499. It is 2 oz of .999 silver. The pre-sale price is $182.00. The price will remain intact, as long as spot price stays under 18.00. As an example, if silver spot price went to $19.00 per oz, and you didn't pay the pre-sale price, the price will be increased to $185.00. The presale price will last until June 30th. After June 30th, the price will increase. If you buy thru eBay, the price will be approximately $210.00, and our price on www.chinesemedals.com will be less than eBay (TBD). We are asking for a 60% deposit, which comes to $110.00 per medal, in order to secure and take advantage of the lower price as compared to release price. Please note, you can order as many as you'd like (until supplies last). As many of you know, the Goat and Monkey have been very popular. And we are confident the series will continue to grow in popularity around the world. We've been told that the Rooster/Panda will be ready some time in Nov - just in time for the holidays. (subject to no delays in mint production). PM with any questions, or if you'd like to secure one these Rooster Panda Medals. We will donate $1 to WWF for every pieces of rooster panda sold. We will publish the donation proof in silverstacker.com and livebusinesschat.com. Below you will find a brief history around the Shenyang Mint and the Lunar Panda Series. Here is a brief paragraph found in the document. "Initially, the intention was commencing the series using the horse. However, due to the limitations of time in designing and planning, the quality of the medal would have been impacted. Also, the horse is ranked as number 7 of 12 Lunar, which 7 in mandarin means "fail" and "going" in Chinese culture, so all decided to delay and wait one year and commence the first medal on Goat year. In additional of the above reason, Goat is ranked number "8"of the 12 lunar which means lucky and prosperous. The kindness story of Goat is another reason for us to pick the goat as first year of the Lunar for this series." Your Chinese medals specialists, Bob and Andy History: INTRODUCTION OF SHENYANG MINT Shenyang Mint Ltd is the official mint in China appointed to produce China circulating coins, commemorative Gold and silver coins, medals and other precious metal products. Shenyang Mints is one of the oldest official mint of China established since 1896. It has more than one century history with advance coin minting technology and experiences which is recognized by world-wide coin minting industry. Shenyang Mint has a winning team of technical know-how staff and world-class designers, gold and silver coins and other precious metal products minting company which has government accredited quality control center and appointed coins research and development center of china. In additional, it has recognized as the research and training ground for coin research philosophy doctorate center by Lioning province since 2007. Shenyang mint have achieves countless awards and achievements in china and internationally in term of coin design, coins technology research, development and application and coin counterfeit technology breakthrough. World coins awards to Shenyang are: ""Chinese Lunar dog 2006 silver coin awards silver prize in World coin competition organizes by America World coin news magazine and Chronos Publishing House of America; ""5OZ" 5 oz Gold mount Ma Zi award as best world gold coin; ""Marco Polo silver coins award as International best historical coin theme. """"""600"are recorded in shanghai World Guinness record as the biggest gold coin, gold medal and silver medal respectively. LUNAR PANDA SERIES 2015 Shenyang Mints has jointly worked with private sponsors to commission a new "Panda Lunar" medal series. The first panda lunar year is "Yi Wei Year of the Goat " Why the medal sponsors commences the first lunar year from "GOAT" NOT other lunar year? Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig)are the 12 Chinese Lunar ZODIAC sequence. Initially, the intention to commence the first medal from horse due to the limitation of time in designing and planning which will affect the quality of the medal and horse is ranked as number 7 of 12 Lunar which 7 in mandarin means "fail" and "going"in Chinese culture so all decide to delay and wait for one year and commence the first medal on Goat year. In additional of the above reason, Goat is ranked number "8"of the 12 lunar which means lucky and prosperous. The kindness story of Goat is another reason for us to pick the goat as first year of the Lunar for this series. Grain is not in existence on the earth during the ancient prehistoric times. A Kind hearted Goat from heaven visit the earth and discover the starving human with pale face and thin body. He secretly return to the heaven and steal the grain to plant it on earth. The master of heaven Jade emperor is very angry and executed the goat and eaten his meat. The next years, the goat execution place has grown grass and little lamb. Jade emperor decides to select 12 animals as human 12 lunar zodiac as assigned as god. Human unanimously elected Goat as one of the Lunar Zodiac due to his kindness to them. Jade emperor still anger on the grain stolen case but no choice to fulfill the human demand. Daddy, mommy and kid are selected instead of one goat in the medal is to show the joyful of happy family too. Why panda? Panda is the endanger animal which is the national treasure of China and one of the oldest animal in biological science. China government recognizes Panda as a symbol of friendship with foreign countries in diplomatic occasions. Thus, panda is chosen. Why Great wall of China? The Great Wall of China is one of the ten wonders of the world. Great Wall start building from Spring and Autumn war Dynasty till Ming Dynasty which across two thousand years with total length of 21,196.18 km. World Heritage Committee comments that "The Great Wall of China" as the world's longest military installations with high value in the arts and culture and importance in the history and strategy. LUNAR GOAT PANDA Panda Goat is the first medal of the series which issued in 2015 with 3 versions 2 oz .999 silver, 2 oz .999 silver antique and 50 gram .999 gold with mintage of 299, 99 and 19 respectively.