2012 Coin of the Year Category Winners

On Monday, Krause Publications announce the winners of the 2012 Coin of the Year Awards. From these winners, judges will select an overall Coin of the Year winner which will be announced February 4, 2012, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will begin in early January with the winner also announced at the World Money Fair.

Krause reports that 95 coins issued in 2010 were nominated early in 2011 for consideration. The category winners are:

For the second year in a row, no coin from the U.S. Mint was selected for any category.

And the Coin of the Year Nominees Are…

Krause Publications announced the Coin of the Year (COTY) nominations for 2012. Coins nominated for the 2012 COTY Award were released in 2010. According to Krause, nominees are judged by a panel of mint and museum officials, numismatic journalists, and individual experts from around the world. Winners are selected in each category (see below) and one coin is selected as COTY.

Once the category winners are announced, an online poll will be made available on their website numismaster.com for readers to vote on their favorite. The winner will be awarded the People’s Choice award.

Awards will be presented at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany during the first weekend of February 2012.

And the nominees are…

Most Historically Significant Coin

  1. Bank of Lithuania – Battle of Gruenwald, 500 Litas, gold, KM #173
  2. Royal Canadian Mint – 400th Anniversary of Hudson Bay, 100 Dollars, gold KM #997
  3. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Cameroon, Shroud of Turin, 1000 Francs, silver, KM #38
  4. Israel Coins and Medals Corp, Old Akko, 10 New Shequalim, gold, KM #470
  5. British Royal Mint, 350th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy, 5 Pounds, silver, KM #1151a
  6. Mint of Poland acting as agent for Niue – Czar Peter the Great, One Dollar, Silver, KM #433
  7. Netherlands Mint – Max Havelaar, 5 Euro, silver, KM #294
  8. National Bank of Ukraine – 600th Anniversary of Gruenwald, 20 Hryvin, silver, KM #596
  9. National Bank of Portuagal, Torres Defense Line, 2.5 Euros, Silver, KM #800
  10. National Bank of Belarus, Battle of Gruenwald, 50 Roubles, Silver, KM #270

Best Contemporary Event Coin

  1. National Bank of Cyprus – 50th Anniversary of the Republic, 5 Euro, silver, KM #94
  2. Monnaie de Paris – Georges Pompidou Center, 10 Euro, silver, KM #1066
  3. Mint of Poland – 65th Anniversary of Auschwitz Libertion, 10 Zlotych, Silver, Y #713
  4. German Federal Ministry of Finance – Unity, 10 Euro, Silver, KM #290
  5. South African Mint – World Cup, 1 Rand, gold, KM #508
  6. Hungarian Mint – The Ballpoint Pen, 1000 Forint, copper nickel square, KM #818
  7. National Bank of Morocco – 35th Anniversary of Green March, 250 Dirhams, Y #132
  8. China Gold Coin Corp – 30th Anniversary of the Founding of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, 10 Yuan, silver, KM #1953
  9. Royal Canadian Mint, 75TH Anniversary of Canadian Banknotes, 500 Dollars, gold, KM #1007
  10. Bank of Latvia – 20th Anniversary of Modern Republic, 1 Lats, silver, KM #113

Best Gold Coin

  1. Perth Mint – Kangaroos fighting, 100 Dollars, gold, KM #1365
  2. Denmark National Bank – 70th Birthday of Queen Margaret, 1000 Kroner, gold, KM #939
  3. Israel Coins and Medals Corp. Tower of David Near the Jaffa Gate, 20 New Shequalim, gold, KM #467
  4. Mint of Finland – 150th Anniversary of Autonomy, 100 Euro, gold, KM #150
  5. British Royal Mint – London Olympics, 100 pounds, gold, KM #1162
  6. China Gold Coin Corp – Year of the Tiger, 5 ounce, 2000 Yuan, KM #1914
  7. National Bank of Argentina –World Cup, 10 Pesos, gold, KM #163
  8. National Bank of Ukraine – Panticapeum Ruins, 100 Hyrvin, gold, KM #597
  9. Italian State Mint –Arts of Europe – Sweden, 20 Euro, gold, KM #335
  10. Royal Canadian Mint – Prairie Crocus, 350 Dollars, gold, KM #1019

Best Silver

  1. National Bank of the Republic of Belarus – Battle of Gruenwald, 20 Rubles, silver, KM #239,
  2. National Bank of Russia –Saint George, 3 Roubles, Y #1214
  3. National Bank of Hungary – Orseg National Park, 5000 Forint, silver, KM #820
  4. Czech National Bank – Marriage of John of Luxembourg, 200 Korun, silver, KM #115
  5. National Bank of Lithuania –Brazai Castle, 50 Litu, silver, KM #170
  6. German Federal Ministry of Finance – Konrad Zuse, 10 Euro, silver KM #289
  7. Japan Mint – Aomori Prefecture100 yen, silver, Y #168
  8. Austrian Mint –Erzberg in Styria, 10 Euro, silver, KM #3185
  9. Italian State Mint – Giorgione 500th Anniversary of Death, 10 Euro, silver, KM #333,
  10. New Zealand Mint acting as agent for the country of Niue – Antilocapra Americana, One Dollar, silver, KM #234

Best Crown

  1. National Bank of Ukraine – Pottery, 10 Hryven, silver, KM #605
  2. New Zealand Mint acting as agent for the country of Niue – Sitting Bull, One Dollar, Silver, KM #394
  3. Perth Mint –Koala Coin, One Dollar, Silver, KM #1464
  4. Andorra Mint – Brown Bear, 5 Diners, Silver, KM #315
  5. Monnaie de Paris– Mother Teresa, 10 Euro, silver, KM #1695
  6. Kazakhstan Mint –Deer Buckle, 500 Tenge, silver, KM #179
  7. United States Mint – Boy Scouts, One Dollar, silver, KM #480
  8. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Samoa – Flying Fox, 10 Dollars, silver, KM #173
  9. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Togo – Sunbird, 1000 Francs, silver, KM #48
  10. China Gold Coin Corp. – Year of the Tiger, 50 yuan, silver, KM #1921

Best Trade

  1. Mint of Poland –August of 1980 Solidarity, 2 Zloty, Brass, Y#737
  2. United States Mint – Native American Dollar, One Dollar, Copper-nickel, KM #474
  3. National Bank of Argentina –Silver Sea, One Peso, Copper Nickel, KM #158
  4. National Bank of Denmark –Greenland Kayaking, 20 Kroner, Aluminum-bronze, KM #940
  5. Japan Mint – Gifu Prefecture, 500 Yen, Bimetallic, Gifu Prefecture
  6. Lithuanian Mint – Battle of Grunwald 600th Anniversary, 1 Litas, Copper-nickel, KM #172
  7. National Bank of India –Mother Teresa, 5 Rupees, Stainless Steel, KM #381
  8. National Bank of Venezuela – 200th Anniversary of Independence, 25 Centimos, Nickel-plated steel, Y #99
  9. National Bank of the Republic of San Marino – 500th Anniversary Death of Botticeli, 2 Euro, Bimetallic, KM #494
  10. Royal Australian Mint –Sheep Industry, 20 Cents, Copper-nickel, KM #1502

Most Popular

  1. Perth Mint – 50 Cents, silver, Kangaroo Bush Babies, KM #1456,
  2. United States Mint –Hot Springs National Park, 25 Cents, Copper nickel, KM #469
  3. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Benin – Marijuana Coin, 100 CFA Francs, Copper-Nickel Silver plated, KM #53
  4. Royal Canadian Mint – Poppy Coin, 25 Cents, Nickel finish on Steel, KM #1028
  5. Austrian Mint – Philharmonic, 1.5 Euro, One Ounce, Silver, KM #3159
  6. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Tuvalu – Brown Snake, One Dollar, Silver, KM #134
  7. Mint of Sweden – Wedding of Princess Victoria, 300 Kronor, Silver, KM #917
  8. Royal Mint – London Olympics, 5 Pounds, Sterling Silver, KM #1139a
  9. Perth Mint – Discover Australia Koala, 15 Dollars, Silver, KM #1405,
  10. Banco de Mexico – Morelos, 5 pesos, bimetallic, KM #923

Most Artistic

  1. Israel Coins and Medals Corp. – Jonah and the Whale, 10 New Shequalim, Silver, KM #477,
  2. Perth Mint – Sydney Cove Medallion, One Dollar, Silver, KM #1568
  3. Fiji – H.C. Andersen’s The Nightingale, One Dollar, Silver, KM #127
  4. Kazakhstan Mint – Pelicans, 500 Tenge, Silver, KM #177
  5. Italian State Mint – Aquileia, 10 Euro, Silver, KM #334
  6. Bank of Latvia – Amber Eye, 1 Lats, Silver, KM #109
  7. Royal Canadian Mint – Polar Bear, 3 Dollars, Silver gilt square, KM #1051
  8. China Gold Coin Corp – Chinese Grotto Art, 300 Yuan, Silver, KM #1950
  9. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Palau – Tiffany Art Rococo, 10 Dollars, Silver, KM #252,
  10. Czech Mint – Alphonse Mucha, 200 Korun, Sterling silver, KM #114

Most Innovative

  1. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Cook Islands – Obama/King, 5 Dollars, Silver, KM #729 &730
  2. Royal Canadian Mint – Year of the Tiger Hologram 150 Dollars, Silver, KM #979
  3. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Niue – Seven Pointed Christmas Star, One Dollar, Silver, KM #422
  4. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Palau – Dealer Button Insert with Playing Cards, One Dollar, Silver, KM #307
  5. Coin Invest Trust acting as agent for the country of Ivory Coast – Qibia Compass, 1500 Francs, Silver, KM #7
  6. Japan Mint – Sakamoto, 1000 Yen, Silver, Y #160, First Effigy of a Real Person
  7. Perth Mint acting as agent for the country of Tuvalu – Gustav Mahler, One Dollar, silver, KM #124, Depicts Musical Score

Most Inspirational

  1. Royal Australian Mint –Fred Hallows Inspirational Australians – Healthcare, One Dollar, Aluminum Bronze, KM #1496,
  2. New Zealand Mint acting as agent for the country of Cook Islands – Windows of Heaven, 10 Dollars, Sterling Silver, KM #1258
  3. Mint of Poland – 30th Anniversary of Solidarity, 10 Zloty, Silver, KM #738
  4. Austrian Mint – Barron Clemons Von Pirquet Children’s Clinic, 50 Euro, Gold, KM #3194
  5. Royal Mint – London Olympics 2012 – Olympic Strength, 5 Pounds, Silver, KM #1155
  6. Royal Canadian Mint – Remembrance Day Poppy, One Dollar, Silver, KM #1050
  7. Andorra Mint –Gabriel and Mary Christmas Coin, 25 Diners, Gold, KM #288
  8. Mint of Finland – Children and Creativity, 20 Euro, Silver, KM #1532

Perth Mint Introduces 1 Tonne Gold Coin

Early this morning U.S. time, the Perth Mint unveiled the world’s largest gold coin. The 1 Tonne Gold Kangaroo Coin is made from 99.99-percent pure gold, weighs one tonne (1,000 kilograms or 2,204.62 pounds), is 80 centimeters (31.49 inches) in diameter, and 12 centimeters (4.72 inches) thick. The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse features a Red Kangaroo. The coin has a face value of AU$1 million ($1.04 million U.S. Dollars) and contains $55.23 million in gold (at the spot price $1718 per troy ounce).

Perth Mint surpassed the effort by the Royal Canadian Mint whose 2007 CA$1 million face value coin, made with 99.999-percent pure gold, and weighed only 100 kilograms.

Why did the Perth Mint do this? As a publicity stunt, of course. In a video produced by the Perth Mint (see below), the director said that it will be part of their exhibit for the 100,000 people per year who come to visit their facility. Certainly, the chance to see the World’s Largest Coin will be an attraction that will increase the number of visitors.

You can see how the Perth Mint made the coin in their video below.

Hammered Commemoratives

Long before the invention of electricity, before steam powered everything, and even before the perfection in the forging of iron and steel to make manual machines, coins were hammered by strong men in order to impress the image on the coinage metals.

Hammered coins were struck from ancient times until the screw coin press was invented by German silversmith Max Schwab around 1550. Hammered coins were struck by frost placing a coin blank on a stationary die (anvil die) that was attached or sunk into a log or another hard surface. The anvil die produced the reverse image. Then, holding the obverse die (trussel) in one hand, the coiner swung the hammer and forced the dies into the coin blank. The pressure from the hammering pushed the metal into the crevices of the dies including the stationary lower die to create the impression. It would take multiple hammer strikes in order to impress the image into the coin.

Hammered coins were rarely perfectly round. Aside from there being no collar surrounding the blank to keep it in place, Depending on the strength and skill of the coiner, the image may not transfer perfectly, the thickness may vary, the coin could exhibit flat edges, and striking errors. Collectors of these coins, mostly pre-17th century, find beauty in the character of each strike.

Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint) announced that it will create coins with the theme “From Clovis to the Republic” commemorating 1500 years of the history of France. The theme and design concepts were created by famed designer Christian Lacroix, Artistic Advisor of the Monnaie de Paris. The series will celebrate 15 kings, emperors, and presidents over five years that represents French history from Clovis I through Fraçois Metterand.

The first coin commemorate Clovis I. Clovis was the first King of the Franks. Clovis was the first Catholic king who united all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler. The second coin in the series features Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor and King of the Franks who created the first European-based empire. Both France and Germany traces their history back to Charlemagne.

To give the coin a similar character to what might have existed during the time of Clovis and Charlemagne, Monnaie de Paris developed a method to make the coin appear to be hammer struck using modern minting equipment. The obverse of both coins has a portrait as it might have appeared at the time.

The reverse of the Clovis coin has a dove flying over a baptismal font representing his Catholic heritage.

The reverse of the Charlemagne coin features a cross-bearing orb (globus cruciger in Latin), Charlemagne’s symbol of his sovereignty and power as the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

To the left of the reverse image are the years of their reign. To the right is the denomination. Below the image are the letters “RF” for République Français for “The French Republic.”

For each commemorative. Monnaie de Paris will be producing two coins. The 10 Euro coin is made from 22.2 grams of .900 fine silver and has a production limit of 20,000 coins at a cost of 65 € (54.35 € without VAT for outside of Europe). The 50 Euro coin is made from 8.45 grams (quarter-ounce) of .920 fine gold (22-Karat) and has a production limit of 1,500 coins and will cost 427 €. Those of us who live outside of Europe can find regional authorized distributors using a web search.

I like the idea to make commemoratives honoring historic figures designed and struck to look close to period pieces. It will be interesting to see how the people who vote for Coin of the Year reacts to these coins.

Coin images courtesy of Monnaie de Paris.

Increase in Panda Production

The People’s Bank, which governs the creation of coins in China, has announced that because the Panda coins are so popular they will be increasing production. In December, I wrote that the People’s Bank was plannning on a 10-fold increase in production. However, the recent announcement shows a somewhat smaller increase.

The largest increase will be in the 110 ounce and 120 ounce gold Pandas with a 4-fold increase. Silver 1 ounce Panda coins will double from last year. Mintages are being reported as follows:

2011 Pandas 2010 Mintage New Mintage
1 ounce Gold 300,000 500,000
½ ounce Gold 120,000 200,000
¼ ounce Gold 120,000 200,000
110 ounce Gold 120,000 600,000
120 ounce Gold 120,000 600,000
1 ounce Silver 3,000,000 6,000,000

In some forums, it has been suggested that this increase would mark the fourth generation of the silver Panda coins. One source described the generations as:

Generation Weight Content Size
First Silver Panda Coins (1983-1985) 27g .900 fine 38.6 mm
Sterling Silver Panda (1987)
one year issue
1 troy oz .925 fine 40 mm
Second Generation (1988-1999) 1 troy oz .999 fine 40 mm
Third Generation (2000-2010)
Change in artists
1 troy oz .999 fine 40 mm
Fourth Generation
Increased Production
1 troy oz .999 fine 40 mm

Some have called silver the investment vehicle for the masses. Silver has a silky color that allows for striking designs to be very visible. Because silver is less dense than gold, a one ounce coin made from silver is larger than a one ounce gold coin. This means there is a larger surface area for beautiful designs, like the silver Panda.

Silver Panda coin image and production data courtesy of CGCI

Colombia Notes Now Include Braille

In March, the Banco de la Republica Colombia began circulating new 5,000 peso banknotes with the addition of the number 5 in Braille on the left side of the note. The Braille “5” is the only addition to the note that retains the previous design and security features.

News stories from Colombia report that the COL$50,000 note include the number “50” in Braille in the bottom left next to the serial number. The COL$2,000 note includes the number “2” in Braille in the same location as the new COL$5,000 note.

The Colombian Central bank reports that it will be updating the rest of their banknotes to include the Braille numbers.

Colombian $5,000 note image courtesy of La República

Silver Is Still Beautiful—Britannia Edition

Silver can bring out the best in nearly every design. Another silver coin worth collecting is the Britannia. After joining the United States and other countries to offer gold bullion coins in 1987, the Royal Mint celebrated the tenth anniversary of their program by introducing a £2 silver coin. Silver Britannias are struck in what is called Britannia silver, an alloy consisting of 958 parts per thousand silver. As a comparison, sterling silver consists of 925 parts per thousand silver. Comparatively, the American Silver Eagle contains 999 parts per thousand silver and the Canadian Maple Leaf consists of 999.9 parts per thousand silver. The balance of the alloy is usually copper.

Britannia was originally the Latin name that the Roman Empire gave to the island of Great Britain and its possessions. After the fall of the Roman Empire it had lost most symbolic meaning until the rise of British influence and being renewed during the time of Queen Victoria. Still depicted as a young woman with brown or golden hair, she kept her Corinthian helmet and her white robes, but now she held Poseidon’s three-pronged trident and often stood in the ocean, representing British naval power. She also usually held or stood beside a Greek hoplon shield which sports the British Union Jack. At her feet was often the British Lion, the national animal of England. Britannia first appeared on the farthing in 1672, followed by the halfpenny later the same year under Charles II.

When introduced in 1997, the Silver Britannia was minted with the official “hid Portrait” of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. This portrait was designed by Raphael Maklouf FRSA and shows the Queen with the Royal Diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament. The fourth official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen was introduced for all Commonwealth coinage in 1998. It is the work of sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, FSNAD. Her Majesty is wearing the tiara which was used in an earlier coinage portrait by Arnold Machin. The Queen is shown facing right, in accordance with a tradition dating back to the seventeenth century, where successive monarchs face in alternative directions on the coinage.

From their introduction in 1987, the gold Britannia coins used the standing Britannia design on the reverse. On the tenth anniversary of the program and the introduction of the silver Britannia, a new deisign was created. The design was a figure of Britannia driving a chariot in the manner of Boudica was designed by Philip Nathan. Boudica, also know as Boadicea, was ruler of the Iceni tribe in eastern England and Queen of the Britons. She led her forces in revolt against the Romans and sacked Colchester, St. Albans, and London before being defeated by the Roman governor, Suetonius Paulinus. She died in the year 62 CE. This design was used in 1997, 1999, and 2006.

Following the successful launch of the silver Britannia coins, the Royal Mint returned to the standing Britannia design. Created by Philip Nathan, Britannia is depicted adorned in flowing robes standing proud in defense of Britain’s shores. The design recalls the design used on florins of Edward VII. this design also appeared in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.

With a few other designs mixed in, the 2010 is also a single year design designed by Suzie Amit who said that she wanted to portray Britannia as a strong and courageous looking but not overly warlike woman—more peaceful and protective. The coin is struck with shiny surfaces without contrast from frosted designs. Unfortunately, it made it difficult to image. Although this image does not capture its beauty, it is a very nice design and worthy of completing my one ounce Silver Britannia collection.

American Silver Eagles, Chinese Pandas, and Great Britain Britannias are not only beautiful silver coins, but make a nice set to collect. Even with silver prices on the rise, they do make nice sets.

Silver Is Beautiful

Some have called silver the investment vehicle for the masses. Even with the price rises, silver remains more affordable than gold and is more accessible than gold. Looking at the U.S. Mint product line, the consumer has more silver options than gold. At some point, the U.S. Mint will actually sell the American the Beautiful silver bullion coins that seems to have garnered a lot of attention.

Silver has a long history as being the most popular metals for coins. From Ancient Rome to the Spanish Pillar Dollars that became the basis of United States currency, silver has been the plentiful and desirable metal used for coinage. Once silver became the base metal of choice, the United States spent over 100 years manipulating the composition of coins and silver prices in an effort to support silver mining concerns of favored members of congress.

I like silver coins. Silver has a silky color that allows for striking designs to be very visible. Because silver is less dense than gold, a one ounce coin made from silver are larger than gold. For example, most gold bullion coins are around 28 mm while silver coins average 38-40 mm (the Canadian Maple Leaf is 38 mm). It translates to more surface area for beautiful designs.

I collect a few silver bullion coins. Aside from the American Silver Eagle in proof and bullion versions, I also collect Canadian Maple Leafs, British Britannias, and China Silver Pandas. Silver Pandas are very interesting. China has been minting the Panda Bullion coin since 1983. The obverse features a panda in various images in its environment. Every year (except 2002) features a different panda image depicted in its natural environment. The reverse is The Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven. There have been four versions of this design (1983-1991, 1992-1999, 2000, 2001-present).

There have been three generations of Pandas and a single “different” issue. Generations are based on content and changes in design. The claim is that 2010 is the last year of the current generation since there may be a slight change in the works along with a significant increase in production. The People’s Bank, which governs the creation of coins in China, is planning for a 10-fold increase in production. It is conjectured that since the price of silver is so high that the premium they charge because of the popular designs can bring in more revenue. It is uncertain whether this will be a successful strategy because those who studied microeconomics will tell you that an increased supply without an increased demand will push the prices downward. The U.S. Mint discovered this a few years ago and reduced the number of products offered.

With the new information, one source, the generations have been described as:

Generation Weight Content Size
First Silver Panda Coins (1983-1985) 27g .900 fine 38.6 mm
Sterling Silver Panda (1987)
one year issue
1 troy oz .925 fine 40 mm
Second Generation (1988-1999) 1 troy oz .999 fine 40 mm
Third Generation (2000-2010)
Change in artists
1 troy oz .999 fine 40 mm
Fourth Generation Projected for 2011: 10x increased production

Recently, I picked up the 2010 Panda to keep my Third Generation collection complete. The Third Generation Panda designs are distinctive in being more realistic than previous designs with fine details as part of the design. Gone are the cartoon-like panda figures allowing this generation of panda designs to appeal to a wider audience. These are wonderful designs and something that shows off very well on the 40 mm silver planchet.

Legal Scent of Marijuana

In scouring my email for whatever cyber bargains are out there, I received a note touting the 2010 Republic of Benin Plants of the World Scented Coins. Announced last March, the coins will represent four distinct plants of the world and their scents. Since the Republic of Benin is not exactly on my watch list, I was drawn read more when told that the scent was for Cannabis Sativa, more commonly known as marijuana!

The West African nation of Benin has joined Somalia, Palau, Cook Islands, and other small countries to produce coins with different designs and features to profit on the growing market in non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins. Not only is the plant of the reverse of the coin colored, but it is scented to smell like the plant. The scent is professionally mixed perfume that is embedded into the coloring that does not require the coin to be handled in order to smell the results.

It is important to note that the scent does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or any of the other cannabinoids that would cause problems at the airport or by law enforcement. Rather the fragrance is from synthetic materials that at worst could cause an allergic reaction.

The coins is silver plated over a copper-nickel base weighing 27 grams and is 28.61 mm in diameter. Its face value is 100 Francs CFA (about 20.2-cents in U.S. Dollars) and its production is limited to 2,500 pieces. Benin set the list price at $99.95, but it can be found for less, such as this online dealer.

This can be an interesting gift for your favorite numismatist, horticulturalist, or whomever this holiday season!

Images courtesy of Talisman Coins.

Krause Pubs COTY Announcement

Krause Publications has announced the nominations for the 2011 Coin of the Year awards. COTY awards are made in 10 categories and the overall winner announced from the winners of each category. Krause also holds a People’s Choice poll on numismaster.com. Voting for the People’s Choice will begin later this year.

Winners will be announced in January 2011 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

The following are the nominees as published by Krause. One coin from each group was selected to represent the group. My coin selection does not mean I endorse the coin for that class. My choice was a matter of what looked interesting and the images I could find on the Internet.

Most Historically Significant Coin

  1. Turkish State Mint – 50 Lira, Silver, Mecca Grand Mosque Coin, KM# 1257
  2. Kazakhstan Mint – 100 Tenge, Silver, Attila the Hun, KM# 125
  3. British Royal Mint – 5 Pounds, Silver, 500th Anniversary of Henry the Eighth
  4. Italian State Mint – 5 Euro, Silver, 300th Anniversary of the Discovery of Herculaneum KM# 315
  5. German Federal Ministry of Finance – 10 Euro, Silver, 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Johannes Kepler, KM# 280
  6. Netherlands – 5 Euro, Silver, 400th Anniversary of the Island of Manhattan, KM# 282
  7. Austrian Mint – 10 Euro, Silver, Richard the Lionheart, KM# 3180
  8. Hungarian Mint – 500 Forint, Silver, John Calvin, KM# 827
  9. Falkland Islands (Pobjoy Mint) – 1 Crown, Silver, Charles Darwin
  10. Romania – 10 Lei, Silver, Tropaeum Traiani, KM # 257

Best Contemporary Event Coin

  1. German Federal Ministry of Finance – 10 Euro, Silver, Centennial of Aviation, KM# 281
  2. British Antarctic Territory (Pobjoy Mint) – 2 Pounds, Silver, 50th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty
  3. China Great Wall – 10 Yuan, Silver, Beijing Coin Fair
  4. Austrian Mint – 25 Euro, Silver ring Niobium center, International Year of Astronomy, KM#3174
  5. Royal Australian Mint – 50 Cents, Moon Landing, KM# 1432
  6. Tuvalu (Perth Mint) – One Dollar, Silver, 50th Anniversary of Barbie Doll, KM#80
  7. Monnaie de Paris – 10 Euro, Silver, Fall of the Berlin Wall, KM # 1591
  8. Czech Mint – 200 Korun, Silver, North Pole Exploration, KM # 107
  9. Cook Islands (Coin Invest Trust) – 5 Dollars Copper-Plated Silver, Mars Exploration, KM# 681
  10. Japan Mint – 1,000 Yen, Silver, Niigata Prefecture Coin, Y # 150

Best Gold Coin

  1. Canadian Mint – 2,500 Dollars, Modern Canada, KM# 902
  2. Japan Mint – 10,000 Yen, 20th Anniversary of the Emperor’s Enthronement, KM#158
  3. South African Mint – 100 Rand, Natura Gold Rhino Coin, KM# 474
  4. Israel Coins and Medals Corp. – 10 New Sheqalim, Sampson and the Lion, KM#465
  5. Turkish Mint – 200 Lira, Barrack Obama Visit , KM# 1246
  6. Mint of Poland – 200 Zlotych, 180th Anniversary of the Central Bank, Y#677
  7. U.S. Mint – 20 Dollars, Saint-Gaudens Ultra-High Relief, KM # 464
  8. Kazakhstan Mint – 500 Tenge, Biathalon, KM # 127
  9. Palau (Coin Invest Trust) – One Dollar, Fountain of Trevi, KM # 241
  10. China Gold Coin – 2,000 Yuan, Year of the Ox, KM # 1885

Best Silver Coin

  1. Ukrainian Mint – 5 Hryven, International Year of Astronomy, KM # 557
  2. Turkish Mint – 50 Lira, Seedling With Water, KM # 1256
  3. Mint of Poland – 10 Zlotych, Hussar Knights, Y # 671
  4. Austrian Mint – 5 Euro, Tyrolean Freedom Fighters, KM # 3177
  5. Palau (Coin Invest Trust) – 5 Dollars, Wonders of the World, Pyramids, KM # 208
  6. Italian State Mint – 5 Euro, Centennial of Cycling, KM # 313
  7. National Bank of Macau, 20 Patakas, Year of the Ox, KM # 145
  8. Royal Canadian Mint – 20 Dollars, Crystal Snowflake, KM # 944
  9. Japan Mint – 1,000 Yen, Ibaraki Prefecture Coin
  10. Bank of Russia – 100 Rubles 300th anniversary Battle of Poltava Y#1179

Best Crown Coin

  1. Bank of Lithuania – 50 Litu, Silver, Tytuvenai Church, KM # 164
  2. Hungarian Mint – 3,000 Forint, Silver, 250th Anniversary of Birth Ferenc Kazinczy, KM # 817
  3. Cook Islands – 5 Dolla,r Silver, Anteater Coin, KM # 674
  4. Royal Canadian Mint – 15 Dollars, Silver, George VI, KM # 922
  5. Mint of Finland – 20 Euro, Silver, Peace and Security Coin, KM #
  6. Monnaie de Paris – 10 Euro, Silver, International Year of Astronomy, KM # 1621
  7. Royal Australian Mint – 5 Dollars, Silver, Antarctic Explorers
  8. Italian State Mint – 10 Euro, Silver, Marconi, KM # 317
  9. Japan Mint – 1,000 Yen, Silver, Nagano Prefecture, Y # 148

Best Trade Coin

  1. National Bank of Lithuania– 1 Litas, Copper-Nickel, Vilnius – European Capital of Culture, KM # 162
  2. Latvian Mint – 1 Lats, Copper-Nickel, Namejs Ring, KM # 101
  3. Japan Mint – 500 Yen, Nickel-Brass, 20th Anniversary of the Emperor’s Enthronement Y#157
  4. National Bank of Slovakia – 2 Euro Coin, Bimetallic, First Year of Euro Issuance, KM # 102
  5. National Bank of Sweden – One Krona, Copper-Nickel, Horizontal Waves, 200th Anniversary of Separation from Finland, KM #916
  6. Banco de Mexico – 5 Pesos, Bimetallic, KM# 912
  7. Mint of Poland – 2 Zlote, Brass, Czeslaw Niemen, Y# 684
  8. U.S. Mint – One Cent, Copper-Coated Zinc, New Lincoln Seated on Log, KM # 442
  9. British Royal Mint – 50 Pence, Copper-Nickel, Kew Botanical Gardens, KM # 1114
  10. National Bank of Panama – 50 Centesimos, Copper-Nickel, 100th Anniversary of the National Bank, KM # 139

Most Popular Coin

  1. Hungarian Mint – 200 Forint, Bimetallic, Danube Ridge KM # 826
  2. U.S. Mint – One Dollar, Copper-Zinc-Manganese-Nickel Clad, Sacagawea Dollar, KM # 467
  3. Kazakhstan Mint – 50 Tenge, Copper-Nickel, 100th Anniversary of T. Bassenov Birth
  4. Latvian Mint – 1 Lats, Silver, Pig, My Dream Coin, KM # 100
  5. Royal Australian Mint – One Dollar, Aluminum-Bronze, Steve Irwin, KM # 1429
  6. Austrian Mint – 10 Euro, Silver, Basilisk Coin, KM# 3176
  7. National Bank of India – 5 Rupees, Nickel-Brass, St. Alphonsa, KM # 365
  8. U.S. Mint – 25 Cents, Copper-Nickel Clad, Puerto Rico Quarter, KM # 446
  9. Royal Canadian Mint – 50 Cents, Silver, Lenticular, Montreal Canadiens Hockey, KM # 847

Most Artistic Coin

  1. Italian State Mint – 5 Euro, Silver, 300th Anniversary Discovery of Herculaneum Under Volcanic Ash
  2. Palau (Coin Invest Trust) – 10 Dollar, Silver, Tiffany Art Baroque, KM# 219
  3. Cook Islands (Coin Invest Trust) – Silver Cloisonne, The Pansy Coin, KM # 684
  4. Royal Canadian Mint – 300 Dollar, Gold, Summer Moon Mask, KM # 877
  5. China Gold Coin – 50 Yuan, Silver, Outlaws of the Marsh, KM # 198
  6. National Bank of the Republic of Belarus – 20 Rubles, Silver, Honeybees and Apple trees, KM # 203
  7. Monnaie de Paris – 10 Euro, Silver, Modern Sower, KM # 1580
  8. National Bank of Latvia – 1 Lats, Silver, Water Droplet Coin, KM # 104
  9. Austrian Mint – 20 Euro, Silver, Electric Railway, KM # 3178
  10. National Bank of Singapore, 10 Dollars, Silver, Year of the Ox, KM #297

Most Innovative Coin

  1. Palau (Coin Invest Trust) – 5 Dollars, Silver, Heat Sensitive Thermo Chick
  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo – 25 Francs, Acrylic, His Majesty’s Bark Endeavor
  3. British Indian Ocean Territory (Pobjoy Mint) – 2 Pounds, Silver and Crystal, Life of the Sea Turtle
  4. Monnaie de Paris – 200 Euro Colorized Gold, International Year of Astronomy Convex Coin, KM # 1624
  5. Cook Islands – 10 Dollars, Silver, Pop-up Coin, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, KM # 693
  6. Cook Islands – 5 Dollars, Silver, Star of the Magi, Star-Shaped, KM # 644
  7. Palau (Coin Invest Trust) – 5 Dollars, Silver, Scent of Paradise, KM # 179
  8. Cook Islands (Coin Invest Trust) – 5 Dollars, Silver, Fly Me to the Moon with Piece of Moon

Most Inspirational Coin

  1. Monnaie de Paris – 20 Euro, Silver, Mother Teresa and Child
  2. Royal Canadian Mint – 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel, Six-String Nation Guitar, KM#887
  3. U.S. Mint – One Dollar, Silver, Louis Braille, KM # 455
  4. Mint of Poland – 10 Zlotych silver, World War II Polish Underground, Y#708
  5. Israel Coins and Medals – 1 New Sheqel, Silver, Masada Unesco Heritage Site, KM # 453
  6. Andorra Mint – 2 Diners, Gold, Charlemagne
  7. Kazakhstan Mint, 500 Tenge, Silver, Nur Astana Mosque, KM # 139

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