Each year, the top mints in the world release new mintages of gold and silver coins. The page below provides a quick synopsis of the 2016 series of coins online collectors are going to want to research.
I begin with silver coins, because these are the most popular choices for collectors. Because they are cheaper and more plentiful, the silver coins below are likely to be the most popular issues of 2016. Most of the coins have a national character, with symbols of their country of origin. Some of the others follow a particular theme, such as the Australian animal coins released by the Perth Mint.
2016 Silver Coins Released
2016 1-ounce Silver American Eagle – The American Silver Eagle coin is described as the most popular bullion coin in the world. 2016 is the 30th Anniversary of the coin’s release. The obverse includes an Adolph A. Weinman’s depiction of Lady Liberty wearing the Star-Spangled Banner as a cape, while the Sun emerges from the horizon behind her. On the reverse, a heraldic eagle is shown with a constellation of 13 stars, representing the original 13 U.S. states. The coin is minted in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine Silver.
2016 1-ounce Silver Maple Leaf – The Canadian counterpart to the American Silver Eagle is the Silver Maple Leaf coin. The obverse contains a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse has an engraving of a maple leaf, along with the phrases “Fine Silver 1 oz. Argent Pur”. “Canada”, and “9999”. It also contains a micro-engraved maple leaf privy mark. The coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine Silver.
2016 1-ounce Silver Britannia Coin – The Silver Britannia coins’ observe contains the 5th effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse has a depiction of Britannia, the national symbol of England. Britannia is seen carrying a trident, symbolizing Great Britain’s tradition as a sea power. She also carries a shield with the Union Jack on its face, while wearing a Greek helm with plume. Like the American Eagle and Maple Leaf coins, it contains 1 oz. of .999 fine Silver.
2016 Australia 1 oz. Silver Kangaroo – The official silver coin for Australia is the 2016 Silver Kangaroo coin. The obverse of this coin includes the iconic effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II engraved by Ian Rank-Broadley. On the reverse is the traditional red kangaroo, which was depicted by Dr. Stuart Devlin. This coin was minted by the Perth Mint.
2016 Australia 1 oz. Silver Kookaburra – The Silver kookaburra coin depicts a kookaburra bird sitting on a fence with the Australian landscape in the background. The obverse of the coin has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadly, which is the symbol of the Perth Mint.
2016 Australia 1 oz. Silver Koala – The Silver Koala is the third of three silver coins minted by the Perth Mint which symbolizes Australia. The reverse of the coin depicts a koala on a tree branch. The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadly depiction of Queen Elizabeth. Backed by the Australian government, the coin has a limited mintage of 300,000 coins for the first time ever.
2016 Australia 1 oz. Silver Lunar Monkey – Though it honors China, the Silver Lunar Monkey coin is issued by the Perth Mint. The monkey is a key figure in Chinese mythology and literature. The monkey is the symbol of longevity, cleverness, and immortality. The reverse of this coin shows an adult and baby monkey. The baby eats a peach. The obverse shows the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II engraved by Ian Rank-Broadly.
2016 China 30 gram Silver Panda – The Silver Panda coin is the national coin for the Republic of China. On the obverse is the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven, which is one of the key landmarks in Beijing. On the reverse is a panda climbing on a tree branch. The silver coin has a value of 10 Yuan, which is backed by the Bank of China.
2016 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant – The Somalia Silver Elephant coin is a major departure from the designs of the other national coins. The obverse of the coin contains an elephant on the savannah, obviously commanding the scenery as it raises its trunk to give its roar. The moon is prominent in the background. On the reverse, the Somalian coat of arms is depicted, a pair of beautifully engraved spotted leopards. The reverse also contains the words “100 Shillings” and “2016”. This coin was first released by the Bavarian State Mint in Germany in 2004, which continues to mint the coin in 2016.
2016 Rwanda 1 oz. Silver African Meerkat – The Rwandan Silver Meerkat coin is even more unconventional. On its obverse is a depiction of the entire continent of Africa, along with a beautiful family of 3 meerkats standing to look for predators. On the reverse is the national seal of Rwanda, along with the phrases “Banki Nkuru Y’U Rwanda” and “Amafaranga Mirongo Itanu”.
2016 Austria 1 oz. Silver Philharmonic Coin – The obverse of the Silver Philharmonic coin includes a depiction of The Great Organ of the Golden Hall. The organ is located in the Musikverein, Vienna’s most storied concert hall. On the reverse is a number of symphonic instruments, including the violin, cello, harp, bassoon, and French horn. This coin is minted by the Austrian Mint.
2016 Armenia 1 oz. Silver 500 Drams Noah’s Ark – Mt. Ararat on the border between Armenia and Turkey is thought by many to be the location of Noah’s ark, which is why the Biblical story is depicted on the national coin of Armenia. The reverse of the coin has a depiction by Eduard Kurghinyan of Noah’s ark, complete with a dove carrying an olive branch. The dove’s carrying a tree branch was a sign the water had subsided from the world. The obverse of the coin depicts the coat of arms of Armenia, as well as the words “500 DRAM”.
2016 Great Britain 1 oz. Silver Year of the Silver Monkey – This is the third year in a popular series from the British Royal Mint. 2016 is the “Year of the Monkey”. The reverse of the coin depicts two rhesus monkeys swinging through the trees. The obverse of the coin depicts a picture of Queen Elizabeth II.
New Gold Coin Releases for 2016
2016 gold coins have similar themes to the 2016 silver coins, but the images in some cases are engraved by different craftsmen and thus the depictions are different. In a few cases, the engravings are the same on the gold and silver versions of the coins. Investors might prefer the gold coin series, because they cost more and are therefore easier to store. Below are 11 gold coins that collectors should consider adding to their collections.
2016 1 oz. Gold American Eagle – The 2016 Gold Eagle coin was engraved by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and depicts Lady Liberty walking directly towards the camera while the Sun’s light rays are shown behind her. On the reverse of the coin is a flying bald eagle carrying an olive leaf. The eagle is an engraving by Miles Busiek. These coins were minted at West Point, New York.
2016 1 ounce Gold Buffalo Coin – The Gold Buffalo has been a popular coin for 103 years. The obverse of the coin has a depiction of the “Buffalo Nickel” Indian by James Earle Fraser, a key American sculptor who depicted scenes of the American outdoors. On the reverse of the coin is a depiction of Black Diamond, a buffalo which lived in the Central Park Zoo in New York City in the early 1900s.
2016 1 oz. Gold Maple Leaf – The 2016 Gold Maple Leaf coin is minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. Its reverse depicts one of the national symbols of Canada, the maple leaf. On the obverse is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This coin’s face has a radial line background, a light diffracting pattern used by the Royal Canadian Mint to make it difficult to counterfeit.
2016 1 ounce Gold Britannia Coin – The Royal Mint produces a Gold Britannia coin worth 100 British pounds. The obverse of the coin contains the 5th effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse of the coin contains a depiction of the legendary Britannia, carrying her telltale trident and shield.
2016 South Africa 1 oz. Gold Krugerrand – Collectors will want a copy of the 2016 Gold Krugerrand, which is seen only in the gold series. The obverse of the coin contains a depiction of Paul Kruger, the first and only president of the South African Republic (also known as Transvaal). Paul Kruger is a controversial figure to this day, seen by supporters as a tragic folk hero and by detractors as an obstinate defender of a doomed cause for his role in the 2nd Boer War. The coin contains the words “South Africa” in Afrikaans and English. The reverse contains a springbok antelope, which is the national animal of South Africa.
2016 Somalia 1 ounce Gold African Elephant – The Somalia Gold Elephant coin uses the same picture as the Somalia Silver Elephant coin: an elephant tromping across the African savannah. Though it is minted by the Bavarian State Mint in German, the reverse of the coin contains the Somalian Coat of Arms. It has a face value of 1000 shillings.
2016 1 oz. Gold Lunar Year of the Monkey – The Gold “Year of the Monkey” coin is a product of the Perth Mint. Its obverse contains the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, wrought by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadly. The reverse of the coin depicts a monkey on a peach tree branch. In China, the monkey is a symbol of longevity and immortality. One of China’s four national novels is the story of Sun Wukong, the Chinese monkey god. The Lunar Series is an Australian depiction of the Chinese Zodiac, with a different animal throughout a 12-year cycle.
2016 China 30 gram Gold Panda Coin – The 30 gram Gold Panda is a huge coin both collectors and investors are likely to want. Like many coins from the People’s Bank of China, the obverse of the coin depicts the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The reverse of the coin depicts a panda sitting on a tree branch.
2016 Austria 1 ounce Gold Philharmonic Coin – The Austrian Mint developed a coin to depict Vienna’s key role in the development of classical music. The obverse of the coin depicts the Wiener Musikverein, a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna, which is considered by many to be the finest concert hall in the world. The engraving depicts the Great Organ of the Golden Hall, the centerpiece of the hall. The reverse shows several musical instruments.
2016 Australia 1 oz. Gold Kangaroo Coin – The Gold Kangaroo Series was started in 1987 by the Perth Mint. The reverse of the coin shows an Australian kangaroo which is staring at its own silhouette, which might depict its shadow. The obverse of the coin depicts the classic effigy Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadly.
2016 1 ounce Gold British “Year of the Monkey” – The Royal Mint releases the Gold British coins, which depict a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac each year. The “Year of the Monkey” is the latest in the so-called Shengxiao Collection. The reverse of the coin depicts a rhesus monkey designed by Wuon-Gean, who has worked for the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This is the third coin Wuon-Gean has designed for the Royal Mint.