Krause Publications has just announced the ten category winners for the 2013 Coin of the Year Awards. Since many collectors might be curious what the award winning coins actually look like, I tracked down images of each and will provide within this post.
The award winning coins were selected by a panel of judges including authors, editors, numismatists, and members of the American Numismatic Association and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The 2013 Awards are for 2011-dated coins. I have no affiliation with Krause Publications and was not involved in the selection process.
Most Historically Significant
National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic – 2011 Silk Road 10 Som Silver Coin
The obverse features in gold, the route of the Great Silk Road across a map of Eurasia with silhouettes of famous architectural and cultural monuments included included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The reverse features the state emblem of the Kyrgyz Republic with the image of a caravan going to the mountains.
Struck in 92.5% silver with gilding and color enameling, the coins have a weight of 31.10 grams and diameter of 38.61 mm. The issue limit was 2,000.
Best Contemporary Event
Austrian Mint – 2011 Robotics 25 Euro Silver and Niobium Coin
The obverse portrays a robot in humanoid form recalling the Vetruvian man of Leonardo Da Vinci. At its feet are lines of zeros and ones running through the silver ring and niobium core. Three cogs symbolize the inner mechanics of the robot. The reverse features a depiction of the Mars Lander.
Each coin has an outer ring containing 9 grams of 90% silver with an inner core containing 7.15 grams of 99.8% pure niobium. The mintage limit was 65,000 pieces in special uncirculated quality.
Best Gold Coin
South African Mint – Natura Series 2011 Meerkat 50 Rand Gold Coin
This issue of the Natura coin series featuring “Nature’s Families” depicts the Meerkat. Releases included 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz coins featuring different reverse designs. The reverse design of the 1/2 oz gold coin features a Meerkat sentry on duty.
Struck in 99.99% gold, the 50 Rand coin has a weight of 15.553 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The limited mintage is indicated as 1,500 with another 1,000 included in a Prestige Set.
Best Silver Coin
Royal Canadian Mint – 2011 Canoe $20 for $20 Silver Coin
This was the second release in a series of $20 silver coins which were sold for their face value of $20. The reverse design depicts a young person rowing a canoe. The reflection in the water reveals an early native paddler in a traditional birch bark canoe.
Struck in 99.99% silver, each coin has a weight of 7.96 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The mintage was limited to 250,000 pieces.
Monnaie de Paris – 2011 Charlemagne 10 Euro Silver Coin
The second issue in a series “From Clove to Republic – 1500 Years of French History” which featured Charlemagne. The coin is minted with a special process which makes it appear to be hammer struck, as it would have during the time of Charlemagne.
Struck in 90% silver, the coins have a weight of 22.2 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The mintage is limited to 20,000 pieces.
Best Trade Coin
National Bank of Lithuania – 2011 Basketball 1 Litas Coin
The obverse design features a stylized basketball with the symbol of the state emblem of the Republic of Lithuania. The reverse features another view of a basketball with an inscription which translates to “The European Basketball Championship 2011″.
The coins are struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a weight of 6.25 grams and diameter of 22.3 mm. The mintage was 1,000,000 pieces.
Most Popular Coin
National Bank of Mongolia – 2011 Ural Owl 500 Togrog Silver Coin
A close up of the Ural Owl is shown with its eyes created from two dark Swarovski Elements.
Struck in 99.9% silver with an antique finish, the weight is 1 troy ounce and diameter is 38.61 mm. The mintage is indicated at 2,500 pieces.
Most Artistic Coin
Bank of Latvia – 2011 Aleksandrs Čaks 1 Lats Silver Coin “Fog Mists the Pane”
This coin honors honors Aleksandrs Čaks, Latvian modernist and urban poet. The obverse features window panes with imprints of lips and leaves. The reverse features cobblestone paving with the polished image of a leaf containing an imprint of lips.
Struck in 92.5% silver, the coin has a weight of 26 grams and measures 32 X 32 mm. The mintage was limited to 7,000 pieces.
Most Innovative Coin
Royal Dutch Mint – 100th Anniversary of the Mint 5 Euro Silver Coin with QR Code
The obverse features Queen Beatrix within a border including elements of the Mint building’s architecture and style. The reverse includes a QR Code capable of being scanned and read by mobile phones.
Struck in 92.5% silver, the coin has a weight of 15.5 grams and diameter of 33 mm. The mintage was limited to 12,500 pieces.
Most Inspirational Coin
Mint of Poland – 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Protection of the Blind 10 Zlotych Silver Coin
The obverse features the image of the eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland with the denomination in the Braille alphabet. The reverse has the stylized image of a labyrinth in the background with two figures in the foreground including one holding a cane.
Struck in 92.5% silver, the coin has a weight of 14.14 grams and diameter of 32 mm. The mintage was limited to 50,000 pieces.