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2016 has been an exciting year for numismatics. From anniversary releases issued by the U.S. Mint, to innovative and historic releases struck by prestigious Mints around the world, there has been plenty to keep collectors interested. Take a look back with ModernCoinMart (MCM), and rediscover the 10 biggest coin releases of 2016!
Two prestigious Mints commemorated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek this year. Issues from the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) include a series commemorating iconic scenes from the TV series, and a series showing the Enterprise Crew in classic poses you may remember from the original TV show. The issues from the Perth Mint commemorate the Enterprise itself with a bullion coin series paired with High Relief Proof versions, along with special Star Trek Insignia-Shaped Coin.
ModernCoinMart (MCM) carries a broad selection of Star Trek Coins, from these issues commemorating Star Trek's 50th, and older issues. Browse these options, or learn more about Star Trek 50th Anniversary coins.
The Winged Liberty Commemorative is an exclusive MCM product. Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ original plasters for his famous Double Eagle designs were uncovered, and in his original artwork, Liberty was found to have additional features such as angel-like wings and a Native American headdress. These are elements that had been removed in the revised design present on the 1907 Double Eagle released for circulation. These plasters were completed by John Mercanti, and have been used to create dies to strike High Relief Silver and Gold Winged Liberty Commemoratives!
These commemoratives were created in partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. You can purchase these High Relief Winged Liberty Saint-Gaudens Commemorative Proofs from MCM right now, with licensed National Park Foundation packaging, or you can read more about the U.S. Coins that Never Were.
In one of their most exciting releases, the U.S. Mint commemorated the 30th Anniversary of their world-renowned silver bullion coin series with a special feature - edge lettering! All Proof and Burnished American Silver Eagles issued in 2016 were struck with incuse text, reading: “30th ANNIVERSARY.” Although this additional feature did cause an unfortunate production delay, it was a massive one-year addition to the series and it proved to be tremendously popular.
Browse our inventory of 2016-W Proof American Silver Eagles and 2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagles that includes a number of special labels and holders. You can also read more about 2016 Proof American Silver Eagles.
Moon Pandas returned in 2016, where they were available for the first time in stunning high relief! An exclusive product of MCM, they are officially struck at the China Mint with brilliant proof finishes and well-detailed designs. They are minted in various sizes, with very low mintages - 10 oz. silver at 3,000, 2 oz. silver at 2,000, and 1 oz. gold at 1,500.
Take a look at MCM's entire selection of Moon Festival Pandas, to see if you want to add one to your collection!
The MCM exclusive First-Ever Football-shaped coins were a very special surprise for 2016. Created in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM), each of these stunning beauties boast a very realistic design and shape of an American football. This detail is extreme, from the thick stitching forming the spine of the ball, to the fine dimpled texture that covers the ball's surface. Struck in both 1 oz. .9999 fine silver and 1 oz. .9999 fine gold, these coins had extremely limited mintages of 8,500 for the silver and only 550 of the gold.
You can add some of these to your collection right now. Check out MCM’s exclusive selection of football coins, or read more about how the RCM & MCM collaborate to create the world’s First-Ever Football-Shaped Coins!
The Northern Sky coin series from the Royal Australian Mint drew to a close this year, with the final coin in the series commemorating the constellation Cygnus. This stunning coin shows the swan-shaped pattern of stars with vibrant green and dark blue background. This may be the final time we see the vast dome of the night sky spreading across the concave surface of a coin.
If you want to lock in your purchase for one of these final releases, you will need to act quickly. The vastly popular series sold out at the RAM almost immediately after its release. Only a small portion of its mintage is still available at MCM. You can also learn more about the Northern Sky Series and the Southern Sky Series, and see if there are other releases you want to hunt down.
In a remarkable addition to 2016’s array of new releases, some coins from a hoard of ancient Silk Road coins were uncovered! These silver Hemidrachms were minted in Tabaristan, an important stop along the 7,000-mile long ancient trade route. They were preserved remarkably well, and the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded them Mint State!
Another massive release from the U.S. Mint in 2016 was their series of Gold Centennial Commemorative Coins. Three American classics, the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter, and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2016. In honor of the achievement, the U.S. Mint struck each of the coins again in 2016, with .9999 fine (24-karat) gold!
These coins are all available for purchase at ModernCoinMart right now, in their original Mint packaging or graded by NGC or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Special labels and designations are available to choose between. Read more about 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins.
Struck to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Purity law, this coin boasted more than just a popular theme. It was actually struck into the shape of a beer bottle cap, marking it a first in the numismatic world. Boasting a stunning prooflike finish, a colorful design, and of course, its impressive shape, it should come as no surprise that it is one of the most popular commemorative coins of 2016! It even comes with a coaster that, on second glance, will reveal itself to be a Certificate of Authenticity.
These Beer Cap coins are still available at MCM, but you will need to act quickly – only 2,500 were struck.
Captain America’s Shield became a numismatic item for the first time in 2016! Struck from 2 oz. of .999 fine silver, it sports a domed shape and a colorized reverse design that brings its appearance startlingly close to the real thing. It carries a limited mintage of only 7,500 which, along with its legal tender status, has made this coin very collectible. While we wouldn't recommend deflecting an attack with it, it is a fantastic display piece that could serve as a great conversation starter.