2016 Bullion Releases From China, Australia, and Austria

Precious metal dealers are now selling a wide selection of 2016 bullion coins issued by various world mints. World Mint News Blog has already looked at the United Kingdom’s 2016 Brittanias and Canada’s 2016 Silver Howling Wolves and Wolf-marked Silver Maple Leafs, and with just a few hours left in 2015 it’s a good time to consider other issues released in time for New Year’s.


China’s 2016 gold and silver Pandas have generated a lot of discussion in recent weeks, as the country’s Central Bank has moved away from the troy ounce standard of measurement in favor of metric values. The new 1-ounce “equivalent” for these coins will be 30 grams, which equates to .9645 ounces. Gold issues of this coin will come in nine sizes ranging from 1 gram to 1 kilogram, while the silver pieces will be available in 30 grams, 150 grams, or 1 kilogram.

The obverse bears an image of Beijing’s Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven, with 2016 and the Chinese characters for “People’s Republic of China” inscribed along the rim. The reverse features a panda on a tree branch with the coin’s weight of 30 g, purity of Ag .999, and denomination of 10 yuan inscribed near the bottom of the design. The coins carry a Brilliant Uncirculated finish and measure 40 mm in diameter.WedgeTailedBoth

Australia’s 2016 Wedge-Tailed Eagle silver bullion coins, created by the Perth Mint, feature a new reverse designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. The coin is composed of an ounce of silver that is .999% pure, with a diameter of 40.6 mm and an Uncirculated finish.

The Mercanti reverse features an image of a wedge-tailed eagle looking out from its perch, with AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, 2016, 1 oz, and 999 SILVER inscribed along the rim. The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the coin’s denomination of 1 DOLLAR placed along the rim.


Finally, we’ll take a look at Austria’s 2016 1 oz. Silver Philharmonic bullion coins, which measure 37 mm in diameter and feature a Brilliant Uncirculated finish. Gold issues of the coin are also available here.

The reverse showcases a variety of instruments, including a cello, violins, a harp, a french horn, and a bassoon. Inscribed at the top of the design is WEINER PHILHARMONIKER (German for “Vienna Philharmonic”) and SILBER (“silver”). The coin’s obverse includes an image of the Great Organ of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein concert hall. Inscribed within the field is REPUBLIK OSTERREICH (“Republic of Austria”), 1 UNZE FEINSILBER (“1 ounce fine silver”), 2016, and the 1,50 EURO denomination.

Other 2016 bullion coins from mints around the world are available as well. APMEX’s long new product list is available here, while Modern Coin Mart has a similar page here.

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  1. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Mercanti’s talent just doesn’t disappoint!

    Panda and Howler isn’t too shabby either; 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for designs!

  2. Louis says

    For those who collect the Lunar Skulls series the 2016 Year of the Monkey coins are coming soon, and they are holding a lottery for 100 pairs of BU and proof coins (mintage of 2,000 and 500 respectively) at a special price. To sign up go to http://www.skullcoins.com/

  3. Sith says

    I did not realize it just APMEX, I thought the others would have them on sale too, I know APMEX has an advantage when it comes to US MInt products and I guess it has it also with the Perth Mint

  4. Louis says

    Thanks, Sith. I am sure the others will get them as we get closer to release date. This will be a good year to grab some extras in my view with the limited mintage.

  5. fmtransmitter says

    Hi Dan, just a small FYI, the link for the WTE goes to GovMint site which is up and actually allows you to add an item to your cart but crashes when you try to checkout. I assume it is because it is MCM now…

  6. Xena says

    fm – hadn’t heard about govmint/mcm. Just checked it out. Happened in May so I am a bit behind as usual. Sounds like the company that owns govmint bought mcm. I don’t buy stabbed coins so never have much interest in mcm. Been eyeing the wedge tail on govmint, but haven’t tried to get all the way thru a purchase yet.

    I like the koala this year. Skipped it in 2015, thought it was a pretty bad design.

  7. fmtransmitter says

    @Dan: Anytime and thank you for what you to provide with timely updates and release information…This is the best coin blog online IMHO…

  8. Samuel says

    received a sheet of panda, the hard plastic tray is not sealed with another layer of plastic film. so, basically, it is not “sealed”. everyone got the same thing?

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