With the new year just around the corner, collectors and stackers can already get their hands on the 2016 editions of their favorite government coins. Those coins include a mix of classic designs of stacker favorites and some completely new options sure to appeal to collectors who want coins with key dates and features. Favorite traditional designs include the include the 2016 Gold and Silver American Eagles, 2016 Canadian Maple Leafs, which include privy marks on the 1 oz. versions, Philharmonics, Libertads, and, of course, the ever popular South African Gold Krugerrand.
One of the most highly anticipated coins of the year is the 2016 Australian Silver Kangaroo. This will be the first time that Australia has put out a bullion coin with a Kangaroo design, and it does not disappoint. The new coin features the iconic animal bounding forward with its long feet stretched out below it and its head and tail extended in either direction. It is set against a radiate design and an "A" that is micro-engraved for viewing under magnification.
Collectors are also excited about the latest coin in the African Wildlife Series, the Rwandan Silver African Meerkat. The animal was made popular by the famous Disney character Timon in the Lion King. A family of the small creatures is depicted together in the lower left of the coin, while a map of Africa takes up most of the rest of the face.
One of the most anticipated coins every year, the 2016 Chinese Panda, offers collectors even more to be excited about. While the beautiful new design of the beloved animal would be enough to attract just about anyone, numismatists will note that the 2016 editions of this coin mark a departure from the imperial system of measurement in favor of metric units. Whether this change will be China's alone or this will mark the first in a large scale changeover remains to be seen. What is not in doubt, though, is that this unique feature will attract collectors to the coin for years to come.
Two popular American series, the 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful and 1/2 oz. Gold First Spouse, will also see new coins released. The latter will include Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, and Nancy Reagan, while coins in the former will include editions of historic significance, such as the Cumberland Cap and Harpers Ferry.
The Perth Mint's popular Lunar Series will continue by marking the Year of the Monkey with both gold and silver coins. The two have different designs, with the silver coin featuring two monkeys and the gold having only one. These are perfect for those who are looking to start or continue their full sets.