Finland and the United States were the top winners in the first round of judging in the Coin of the Year competition.
Each nation won two of the 10 categories, while Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Austria, and the Cook Islands each won in a single category.
The COTY Awards are sponsored by World Coin News, the World Money Fair and the Journal of East Asian Numismatics.
All coins in the contest are dated 2015.
A contemporary event is an historical event that has occurred less than 100 years ago.
Canada claimed the Most Historically Significant Coin with a $20 silver piece marking the 100th anniversary of “In Flanders Fields,” a poem of about the human loss on the Western Front during World War I by John McCrae (KM-1860).
A historically significant event is for events that date back 100 years or more.
From these 10 winning coins, an international panel of judges will select the Coin of the Year.
The COTY and the category winners will be given their trophies Feb. 4, 2017, at the World Money Fair in Berlin.
Created in 1984, the COTY Award has been given by World Coin News to recognize the best of the coiner’s art and to encourage world mints to continue to challenge themselves in creating these great numismatic works.
World Coin News is a monthly periodical dedicated to collecting international coinage and is a sister publication to the weekly Numismatic News, which is dedicated to U.S. numismatics.
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