Krause Publications has announced the nominees for their 2014 Coin of the Year Awards for 2012-dated coins. This includes a total of 99 different nominees from 48 different countries across ten categories. One winner will be selected from each category with the awards presented on February 8, 2014 at the World Money Fair in Berlin. One overall Coin of the Year will be selected from the ten category winners.
As I did last year, I wanted to showcases images of all of the COTY nominees that have been covered in articles either on Coin Update News or World Mint News Blog. I am not affiliated with Krause Publications and was not involved in the judging, but I believe their annual process provides a great way to explore the varied themes, technologies, and styles employed by mints around the world.
Before the images, I also wanted to share a tally of the number of nominees for each country. The Royal Canadian Mint led with eight nominees, however its worth noting that they probably had the largest number of 2012-dated coin releases of all the world mints. On the other hand, some countries with relatively limited numismatic programs had a disproportionately large number of nominees.
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Following are images of 2014 COTY nominees across the various categories. I have not tracked down all 99 nominees. These are only for coin with images and information were available through my sites.
Click on any image to go to a full article with larger image and issuance information.
Most Historically Significant Coin
Canada – 25 Cents, Nickel-Plated Steel, War of 1812 – Sir Isaac Brock
Fiji – 50 Dollars, Silver, 100th Anniversary of the Titanic
Germany – 10 Euro, Silver, 200th Anniversary of Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
Greece – 10 Euro, Silver, Greek Culture – Socrates
Hungary – 10,000 Forint, Gold, Golden Florin of King Charles I
Latvia – 1 Lats, Silver, 200th Anniversary of Riga Zoo
Niue – 2 Dollars, Silver, RMS Titanic
Best Contemporary Event
Ascension Island 60 Crowns, Silver with Diamonds, 60th Anniversary of Reign of Queen Elizabeth II
Brazil – 5 Reis, Silver, Delivery of Olympic Flag London to Rio
Great Britain – 5 Pounds, Copper-Nickel, 60th Anniversary of Reign of Queen Elizabeth II
Greece – 10 Euro, Silver, Dr. George Papanicolaou
Poland – 10 Zlotych, Silver, Stefan Banach
Best Gold Coin
Austria – 100 Euro, Gold, Imperial Crown
Canada – 1 Cent, Gold, The End of the Penny
Great Britain – One Sovereign, Gold, New Depiction of St. George Slaying the Dragon
Greece – 100 Euro, Gold, Balkan War Centennial
Israel – 10 New Sheqalim, Gold, Tel Megiddo
Netherlands – 10 Euro, Gold, Amsterdam Canals
Slovakia – 100 Euro, Gold, 300th Anniversary of the Coronation of Charles III
Best Silver Coin
Australia – 1 Dollar, Silver, Kangaroo in Ultra High Relief
Austria – 20 Euro, Silver, Egon Schiele
Canada – 20 Dollars, Silver, $20 for $20, “The Penny”
Japan – 1,000 Yen, Silver, International Monetary Fund Meeting
New Zealand – 1 Dollar, Silver, Queen’s 1953 Christmas Message
United States- 25 Cents, Proof Silver, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park