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Coin of the Year, an award for excellence in coinage design first issued in 1984 by Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin, has become the ultimate international recognition of mints and their artists, growing into the community’s most coveted award for contemporary world coins. Today, artists and mints worldwide openly compete for one of the Krause Coin of the Year categories. The announcement of the Coin of the Year is one of the highlights of the annual World Money Fair and the winner in internationally celebrated. any remaining mintage of the winner quickly sells out and coin values rise dramatically on the secondary market. this is, indeed, solid evidence of the global acceptance, standing and success of the annual award. The Coin of the Year Ward had a humble origin as a pet project of Krause Publications’ founder Chester “Chet” Krause and former Krause Publications’ President and CEO Clifford “Cliff” Mishler. by highlighting medallic art with merit, Mishler hoped to encourage world mints ot improve the art of coins. Few could have imagined how the brainchild of these two pioneering men would be so well received today. An international panel of judges nominates and votes for coins in each category. Category winners then compete for the grand price – the Krause Coin of the Year. The celebration of these winners presents a contemporary history of the world and history of contemporary art. Most of the coins remain available and affordable. A collection of coins in any of the categories makes an attractive visual display, providing hours of fun and learning.    

Day Two of World Money Fair

Here are some moments so far!

The countdown is on as eager collectors gather outside the World Money Fair. Ten minutes until the 2020 Fair gets underway!

Senior Editor Tom Michael (left) meets with Almat Bassenov, a designer for the National Bank of Kazakhstan on-site at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.








A crowd of about 400 gathered for the 16th annual Technical Forum held Jan. 30 in conjunction with the World Money Fair. Among the topics covered by industry experts were minting, blank production, surface finishing, inspection, and tool making. Here, Albert Beck, World Money Fair founder, and the honorary president makes opening remarks.


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