IOLA, Wis. (Jan. 6, 2010) -- Ten outstanding 2008-dated coins have been honored with Coin of the Year Awards by World Coin News magazine.
An international panel of judges selected the winners from hundreds of nominated coins during a final round of balloting that concluded in late December. The awards will be presented Jan. 30, in a special ceremony at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, by World Coin News executive editor David C. Harper.
"Krause Publications and World Coin News have sponsored the Coin of the Year Awards for nearly 30 years, and each year the entries get better and better," said Lisa Bellavin, Coin of the Year coordinator for KP. "This round of voting was no exception. The creativity, innovation and craftsmanship shown by mints around the world is nothing short of breathtaking, and we are pleased to honor those who continue to push coin design and manufacturing to new heights."
The winners include:
- Most Historically Significant: Kazakhstan, 100 Tenge, silver, Genghis Khan
- Best Contemporary Event: Israel, 10 New Shequalim, silver, Israel's 60th anniversary
- Best Gold: Latvia, 20 Lati, gold, Coin of Latvia
- Best Silver: Germany, 10 Euro, silver, Franz Kafka
- Best Crown: Austria, 10 Euro, silver, The Abbey of Klosterneuberg
- Most Popular: United States, 1 Dollar, silver, American Eagle
- Best Trade: Cyprus, 2 Euro, bi-metallic, Ancient statue cross
- Most Innovative: Austria, 25 Euro, silver, Fascination Light
- Most Artistic: Poland, 200 Zlotych, gold, Warsaw ghetto uprising
- Most Inspirational: Canada, 2,500 Dollars, gold, Towards Confederation
Voting for the overall Coin of the Year, as well as the People's Choice award, will conclude soon, with winners also unveiled at the World Money Fair.