2016 US coins to look forward to!
Birth Sets and Happy Birthday coin setsWhile these are the usual coin sets when a new year starts, they are special as they provide the first glimpse of the proof coins of the year. The Birth set includes this years, Lincoln cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar and the Shawnee National Forest Quarter from the America the Beautiful Quarters program. This is the fifth year the birth set has been issued by the U.S. mint. The Happy birthday set also contains the proof coins of the year similar tothe Birth set with just the quarter changed to 'Fort Moultrie National Monument' Quarter from America the Beautiful Quarters program.
American EagleThe American Eagle, one of the most popular American coins, was released in January this year and has seen quite a bit of sales with 363,000American Gold Eagles and 8 million American Silver Eagles sold already.  (For more on American Eagles read the post What does Robert Woolley have to do with the American Silver Eagle?)
American Buffalo coinThe American Buffalo coin is another iconic coin with a Native American head on the obverse and the American Bison on the reverse. ( To know more about the American Buffalo coin design, read the postHow a bison called Black diamond became the model for the American Buffalo coin.) From the date it was released, around 40,000 coins have gotten sold so far.
2016 Commemorative coinsThe 2016 U.S. Commemorative coins celebrate and honor the American people, places, events and institutions.  The surcharges from the sale of such coins are donated or used for a noteworthycause. This year, there are two commemorative coins coming out of the U.S. mint; the Mark Twain Commemorative coin and the '100th Anniversary of the National Park Service' commemorative coin.
Mark Twain Commemorative coin
This is one of the most anticipated coins of the year as it celebrates an iconic American author of the 19th century; Mark Twain. Its being released as $5 Gold Proof coin, $5 Gold Uncirculated coin, Proof Silver Dollar and as an Uncirculated Silver Dollar.
'100th Anniversary of the National Park Service' commemorative coin
This centennial coin honors the National Park Service, an agency that manages all the National Parks of the nation. Its being released as a $5 Gold Proof coin, $5 Gold Uncirculated coin, Proof clad Half Dollar, Proof Silver Dollar, 3 coin Proof set, Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar and as an Uncirculated Silver Dollar.