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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.

 

 

Finnish Designer Receives COTY Lifetime Achievement Honors

By Thomas Michael This year’s recipient of the Coin of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, Finnish sculptor, coin and medal designer Reijo Paavilainen, actually began his artistic career as a painter. However, Paavilainen quickly moved to a more three-dimensional expression … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year Goes to Latvia

The day was sweet as honey for the Bank of Latvia when its 5-euro Honey Coin was given top honors as 2020 Coin of the Year during an awards ceremony held Feb. 1 in conjunction with the World Money Fair … Continue reading

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Day Two of World Money Fair

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Here are some moments so far!                

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Kicking Off World’s Money Fair in Berlin

Listen in as Maggie Judkins, Editor of the Numismatics Division, visits with the South African Mint’s Product Development Manager, Richard Stone, as he shows some new coins at the World Money Fair in Berlin!

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Jimenez earns COTY Lifetime Achievement Award

On Feb. 2, 2019, at the Thirty-Sixth Annual Coin of the Year Awards Ceremony in Berlin, Germany, Joaquin Jimenez had the honor of winning the 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Coin Design Award. Jimenez began his career working for several private … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year awards given in Berlin

By Tom Michael Our Thirty-Sixth Annual Coin of the Year Awards Ceremony took place Feb. 2 in Berlin at the World Money Fair. From the thousands of coins produced in a year, only a hundred make the cut for nomination. … Continue reading

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