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What are collectors' choices?

Voting has begun to choose the 2015 Coin of the Year, an award sponsored by World Coin News, sister publication to Numismatic News.

An international panel of 80 judges was sent electronic ballots Oct. 28 to make their selections from 94 nominees in 10 categories. They will have until Nov. 9 to make their picks.

The public is invited to participate in parallel voting to see what coins they consider most deserving of this prestigious international award sponsored by World Coin News’ parent firm Krause Publications.

Their voting deadline is also Nov. 9.

To vote, go to:

Coin of the Year nominations all are dated 2013 or its equivalent in other dating systems.

This round of voting selects winners in 10 categories.

Once the category winners have been selected, a second round of voting will be undertaken by the judges to choose the Coin of the Year from among the category winners. There will also be a second round of public voting.

In early December these final votes will be tabulated and a Coin of the Year declared.

Winners will be given their awards at the World Money Fair Jan. 31, 2015, in Berlin.

It will be great fun to see whether collectors think along the same lines as the judges.

Voting is quick and easy. There are images of all of the coins in contention right on the ballot.

Will judges and the public results match? All will be revealed after the votes have been tabulated.

Here is a chance to be a judge. Take it.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2014 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."