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None of the five U.S. coins nominated for the 2011 Coin of the Year Awards survived the first round of balloting.
Ninety-three coins issued by mints worldwide were nominated for the award that honors coins issued in 2009. Judges picked winners in 10 categories. From these, they will select a Coin of the Year winner.
The public will join in the process by selecting a People’s Choice Award winner from a field comprised primarily of the category winners. Visit www.numismaster.com shortly to vote.
Topping the first round of COTY voting was Canada, with two winners. Its $300 Native American Summer Moon Mask gold piece won in the Most Artistic category, while the Crystal Snowflake silver $20 beat out the competition to win the Best Silver Coin designation.
Initially France also triumped in two categories, but because one nomination ended up being dated 2010 rather than 2009, it was disqualified and will be considered for next year’s award.
France won the Best Contemporary Event Coin for the silver 10 euro marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Kazakhstan won the Most Historically Significant Coin honors with a silver 100 tenge commemorating Attila the Hun.
The Best Gold Coin winner comes from South Africa. It is a gold 100 rand for the white rhino.
Finland’s Peace and Security silver 20 euro was named Best Crown by the judges.
Taking the title of Most Popular coin is the 10-euro silver coin of the Basilisk of Vienna, a monstrous creature of legend that was part snake, toad and cockerel.
Slovakia’s first 2-euro circulating coin struck and issued when it joined the euro zone won the Best Trade Coin category.
Winner of Most Innovative Coin honors was the British Indian Ocean Territory’s 2-pound silver and crystal Life of the Sea Turtle coin.
Named Most Inspirational Coin is a 10 zlotch silver piece from Poland honoring the World War II Polish underground resistance to Nazi occupation.
COTY Awards are sponsored by World Coin News, a sister publication to Numismatic News.
Judges will wrap up their voting in early December while participants voting for the People’s Choice Award will have until Jan. 2, 2011 to cast their online vote.
The 2011 COTY Awards will be given Jan. 29, 2011, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.