Results of the public vote for Coin of the Year differed from that of the official judging panel that bestows the World Coin News-sponsored award.
Instead of ratifying the judges’ choice of an Austrian coin at the Dec. 6 conclusion of the selection process, online voters favored a coin from The Netherlands, which topped the Most Historically Significant category. It is a 5-euro silver coin marking the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht that ended the War of the Spanish Succession, KM-326.
It was selected from a field of 10 category winners chosen in the first round of voting by an international panel of judges.
In this previous round of voting, the public had agreed with the judges in six of the 10 categories.
No official awards will be given as a result of the public COTY voting, but the Dutch Mint certainly has earned bragging rights for the 5-euro coin’s broad appeal.
This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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