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.
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.