A new book chronicling more than three decades of Coin of the Year Award winning coins will be released in June by Krause Publications.
"Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship" by Donald Scarinci celebrates the winners of this prestigious international contest honoring the very best in modern commemorative coinage.
The hardcover book covers the span of the awards up to 2015, featuring pictures and details of each year's winners. It includes an appendix in the back for collecting the coins.
Speaking at the 2015 Coin of the Year Award ceremony Jan. 31 in Berlin, Germany, Scarinci said the coins honored at the awards are studied, collected and appreciated for their beauty and importance to world numismatics.
"Just as we talk today with reverence for the beauty of the coinage of ancient Greece and Rome, when all of us in this room are dust, our distant descendants will someday talk with the same reverence about these coins, the nations, artists and people who created them," he said.
Appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Donald Scarinci serves on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, which considers and approves all designs for American coinage. He is recognized internationally as an authority on medallic art and has written and spoken extensively on the subject.
First established in 1984 by World Coin News, the Coin of the Year has come to symbolize the year’s highest achievement in international numismatic design, artistic vision and craftsmanship.