United States Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson on Nov. 10 accepted the 2022 Coin of the Year (COTY) Award for Most Historically Significant Coin for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver dollar from Peter H. Miller, president of Active Interest Media's Home Group, which publishes World Coin News, Numismatic News, Coins magazine and Bank Note Reporter.
The 2022 Coin of the Year program is presented by World Coin News and sponsored by the Journal of East Asian Numismatics. It honors coins dated 2020.
The obverse of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver dollar features overlapping profiles of three distinct women. Each woman is wearing a different type of hat to symbolize the many decades the suffrage movement spanned. The figure in the foreground is wearing a cloche hat with an art deco pattern and a button with the year of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. The inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “$1,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” encircle the design.
The coin’s reverse features the inscription “2020” being dropped into a ballot box styled with art deco elements to indicate the artistic style of the era. “VOTES FOR WOMEN” is inscribed inside a circle of the front of the box. The inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” are featured on the ballot box. Artistic Infusion Program artist Christina Hess designed both the obverse and reverse of the coin, which were then both sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.
The Coin of the Year Awards, which began in 1984, are considered one of the most prestigious global award forums among Mints worldwide. Each year, an international panel of judges selects winners from 10 categories focused on aesthetic and commercial appeal, commemoration, inspiration and innovation. A primary winner is ultimately selected from the 10 category winners, earning the grand title of Coin of the Year. The United States Mint last won Coin of the Year in 2021, taking top honors for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary dollar and 5-ounce silver coins, which also won for Best Silver Coin and Best Contemporary Event Coin.
Read more about the 2022 COTY Awards by clicking a link below:
- The COTY 100
- Austria Dominates in COTY Finalist Round
- Women's Suffrage Coin Voted Most Historically Significant
- Austria Named COTY Champion
- Thomas Pesendorfer Honored With 2022 COTY Lifetime Achievement Award
- VIDEO: 2022 Coin of the Year Awards Ceremony
A special thank-you to the 2022 Coin of the Year Awards sponsor, the Journal of East Asian Numismatics.