IOLA, Wis. (Nov. 16, 2010) -- Ten 2009-dated coins have been honored with Coin of the Year Awards for 2011 by World Coin News magazine and its partner website, NumisMaster.com.
An international panel of more than 60 judges selected the winners from hundreds of nominated coins during balloting, which concluded in early November. The awards will be presented Jan. 29, 2011, in a special ceremony during the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.
"Coin of the Year voting is always an exciting time in our office," said Krause Publications Coin of the Year coordinator Lisa Bellavin. "The field of exceptional work is so wide, yet when the decision is left to the judges, there's usually a pretty clear consensus of what stands out as excellent, even though the judges come from different countries and areas of the hobby. This speaks to the power of the compelling art and design displayed on the winning coins."
The 2011 winners include:
Most Historically Significant: Kazakhstan – 100 Tenge, silver, Attila the Hun
Best Contemporary Event: France – 10 Euro, silver, Fall of Berlin Wall
Best Gold: South Africa – 100 Rand, gold, White Rhino
Best Silver: Canada – 20 Dollars, silver, Crystal Snowflake
Best Crown: Finland – 20 Euro, silver, Peace and Security
Most Popular: Austria – 10 Euro, silver, Basilisk of Vienna
Best Trade: Slovakia – 2 Euro, bi-metallic, First Year of Euro Issuance
Most Innovative: British Indian Ocean Territory – 2 Pounds, silver-crystal, Life of the Sea Turtle
Most Artistic: Canada – 300 Dollars, gold, Native American Summer Moon Mask
Most Inspirational: France – 10 Euro, silver, Mother Teresa and Child
Voting for the overall Coin of the Year, as well as the People's Choice award, will begin shortly, with winners also unveiled online and at the World Money Fair.
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About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wis., is the world's largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books on collectibles, sewing and quilting, hunting, and construction. Chet Krause, a long-time collector of coins, published the first issue of Numismatic News on Oct. 13, 1952, with nearly 1,000 readers. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows such as the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as NumisMaster.com, the online coin price database.