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Coin of the Year’s 10 winners

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.

finland_km224_5euro_27-25mm_bimetallic_webFinland had the Best Bi-Metallic Coin, a 5-euro piece depicting Lapland reindeer (KM-224).

finland_km226_10euro_33mm_silver_webIt also won in the Best Silver Coin category with a 10 euro marking the 70th anniversary of peace after World War II (KM-226).

unitedstates_km598_25cents_24-26_mm_circulating_webThe United States claimed the Best Circulating Coin title with an America the Beautiful quarter honoring the Kisatchie National Forest (KM-598).

unitedstates_km604_1dollar_38-1mm_inspirational_webIt also topped the voting for Most Inspirational Coin with the March of Dimes silver dollar honoring the 60th anniversary of the Salk polio vaccine (KM-604).

italy_km387_10euro_34mm_artistic_webItaly claimed the Most Artistic Coin. It is a 10 euro silver piece marking 70 years of Peace in Europe (KM-387).

japan_y248_10000yen_40mm_contemporary_webJapan took the Best Contemporary Event Coin title for its gold 10,000 yen marking the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction (Y-248).

A contemporary event is an historical event that has occurred less than 100 years ago.

canada_km1860_20dollars_38mm_historical_webCanada 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.

greatbritain_km1298_5pounds_38-61mm_crown_webBest Crown honors were won by Great Britain for its copper-nickel 5-pound coin for the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill (KM-1298).

austria_km3246_100euro_30mm_gold_webAustria took Best Gold Coin honors for its 100 euro Capercaille, a bird native to the country (KM-3246).

cookislands_km1693_2dollar_35mm_innovative_webThe Cook Islands had the Most Innovative Coin, a silver $2 that represents the Space-Time Continuum – Black Hole Shaped Coin with Magnetic Sphere (KM-1693).

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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More Collecting Resources

• Check out the newly-updated Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date that provides accurate identification, listing and pricing information for the latest coin releases.

• Order the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues to learn about circulating paper money from 14th century China to the mid 20th century.

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