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2016 has (so far) given us some exciting and beautiful new coins, as well as some returning favourites, and as we’re now half way through the year; we thought we’d take a look at 2016’s 3 most popular and top selling silver bullion coins here at Atkinsons.

2016 UK Britannia 1oz Silver Coin

This one is hardly surprising to you, I’m sure – the Silver Britannia has been extremely popular with both investors and collectors since it was first launched in 1997. There have been a number of different designs over the years, but the iconic standing Britannia design appears most often and this is the one we see this year on the 2016 coin.

Designed by sculptor Philip Nathan, the heroic and beautiful figure of Britannia graces the reverse of the 2016 coin in long flowing robes standing upon the rocks. Holding her trident and olive branch whilst resting her hand upon a shield, she perfectly represents peace and protection whilst remaining Britain’s symbol of unity and strength. The fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty the Queen appears on the obverse of the coin, designed by Jody Clark.

Proudly struck by the Royal Mint in 999.0 Fine Silver, these coins are classed as a legal tender coin with a face value of two pounds, and are therefore exempt from Capital Gains Tax. With a rich history, an iconic design and tax benefits, it’s no wonder that the 2016 1oz silver Britannia is such a popular and well respected coin.

2016 UK Lunar Monkey 1oz Silver Coin

2016 is the year of the monkey! The Monkey is the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, those who are born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous.

The 2016 silver Lunar Monkey is the third coin in The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Collection, and features a contemporary and dynamic design which depicts a pair of rhesus monkeys swinging through the trees. Fusing Chinese and British heritage, the reverse is designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho, whose art is featured at the Tate and V&A Museum, the design perfectly captures the energy of the monkey.

Struck in 999.0 Fine Silver by the Royal Mint in Wales, these bullion coins are classed as legal tender with a face value of 2 pounds - which makes them Capital Gains Tax exempt. A popular feature in Chinese culture, the monkey is believed to symbolise luck, honour and wealth which makes this beautifully designed coin the perfect gift for those born in the year of the monkey, or the next piece to add to your Lunar collection.

2016 Canadian Maple 1oz Silver Coin

The Silver Canadian Maple has been around since 1988, and the coin has remained a popular coin with investors and collectors ever since. Issued annually by the Government of the Dominion of Canada, the reverse design of the coin has remained unchanged since it was first introduced. However, in 2014 new security features were introduced.

The 2016 1oz silver Maple features the unchanged iconic maple leaf design, with a background of radial lines, which are precisely machined by the Royal Canadian Mint onto the master die. These lines create a unique light diffracting pattern, unseen on other bullion coins, which makes the coins harder to replicate. Each of the coins also bear a textured maple leaf privy mark micro-engraved into the coin, etched with the number ‘16’ and visible under magnification.

Proudly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in 999.9 Fine Silver, the maple is well respected for its quality, admired for its beauty, and trusted for its sophisticated security features, so it is hardly surprising that this coin’s popularity remains strong.


All of these silver bullion coins are considered to be some of our top selling coins used for investment or collecting purposes. These three silver coins, along with others, are available to buy both as single coins or in multiples, and are also part of our money-saving ‘Mix & Match Silver’ deal.

If you need any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0121 355 0620 or email us at info@atkinsonsbullion.com.

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