Peter Anthony: The 1983 1/4 oz. gold 25 Yuan Panda is a more common coin than its ½ oz. brother and not nearly in the rarity class of some later members of the 1/4 oz. gold Panda series. Like the 1982 its design is the work of master artist Mr. Chen Jian. The family resemblance is clear with Mr. Chen’s reliance on simple lines. The 1983 25 Yuan, though, has never been worth as much as the 50 Yuan and almost certainly never will be. Its mintage is nearly twice that of the 50 Yuan and moreover there are fewer collectors of this denomination.
The coins often suffer from a bit of rub on the high points but the most common grade is MS-69. A MS-69 will bring a bit of a premium above the value of the gold content. A MS-70 is quite valuable. In lesser condition it is worth only modestly more than bullion.
The 1983 1/4 oz. gold Panda is part of three NGC Registry sets: “Gold 1/4 Ounce Panda, 1982-Date, Mint State," "Gold 1/4 Ounce Panda, 1982-Date, Mint State (Incl. Varieties)." and "Gold 1/4 Ounce Panda, 1982-Date, Mint State and Proof."