It’s been quite a year of new coins from all over the world, with the introduction of great numismatic and coin-collecting programs and many popular series that have remembered anniversaries and events such as the ones which took place during the First World War.
This year alone, the 2016 Rio Olympics were admirably staged in Brazil. Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, to be celebrated in 2017, was launched this year with new coins and a design competition for circulation coins. Finland’s centennial of independence is about to become a national celebration in this Northern European country. An eight-year series featuring all 47 Japanese prefectures was concluded, and the Royal Mint’s long-awaited Visitors Centre opened to a great reception. The Europa coins formed an especially important series, which, for the first time, included a uniform reverse design for all countries participating. Ireland began their celebrations of independence with Easter Rising coins, and we visited the World Money Fair earlier in 2016. There have been so many anniversaries, events, and coins honoring so many distinguished people past and present, I can’t list them all here—but you read the more than 240 articles posted from my desk during the year.
For these and many more coin stories for 2016, we were there with the latest information, and it’s been my esteemed pleasure to be at many of these events personally, speak to many people in our activity or who influence what we collect, and bring this information to our readers direct.
I look forward to 2017 and continuing to inform through future articles, but we couldn’t do any of this without the continued support of our readers. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally say “thank you” for all of the comments and encouragement you left this year and to wish all of you a very happy holiday season—let’s hope 2017 is as exciting or even surpasses 2016 with innovative and exciting coins that invite us all to explore our world with the help of one of the best activities ever—coin collecting!
Season’s Greetings from
Michael Alexander, President, London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre