2017 COTY Award First-Round Voting: Who Will Be the Winners?

Yesterday (December 11), the jurists for the 2017 COTY (Coin of the Year) Award wrapped up their first round of voting. Inaugurated in 1984 by Krause Publications’ World Coin News, the COTY Awards have grown to international prestige. Today the competition is co-sponsored by World Coin News, the annual World Money Fair, and the Journal of East Asian Numismatics.

The first round of balloting, which was scheduled to conclude yesterday, selected 10 category winners from among the 98 nominees. The categories for this year’s awards, which are for coins dated 2015, are:

  • Most Artistic Coin
  • Best Bimetallic Coin
  • Best Circulating Coin
  • Best Contemporary-Event Coin
  • Best Crown Coin
  • Best Gold Coin
  • Best Silver Coin
  • Most Historically Significant Coin
  • Most Innovative Coin
  • Most Inspirational Coin

World Mint News Blog will report on the category winners as soon as they’re announced. Meanwhile, the next round of balloting will soon be underway to will select the overall COTY Award from among the 10 categories. The winner will be announced at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, on February 4.

The complete list of nominees, with links to image galleries, can be found on NumismaticNews.net. While we wait for Krause’s announcement of the category winners, here are World Mint News Blog’s favorites. (For those who don’t know, “KM” in the captions stands for “Krause-Mishler,” the numbering system used in Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins.)

Leave a comment and let us know which entries you favor!

Most Artistic Coin

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Austria, €25, silver-niobium, “Cosmology” (KM-3238)

 

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Italy, 10 euro (silver), “70 Years of Peace in Europe” (KM-387)

 

Kazakhstan, 500 tenge (silver), “Treasures of the Steppes (Pendant)” (KM-302)

Kazakhstan, 500 tenge (silver), “Treasures of the Steppes (Pendant)” (KM-302)

Best Bimetallic Coin

Finland, 5 euro (bimetallic), “Lapland Reindeer” (KM-224)

Finland, 5 euro (bimetallic), “Lapland Reindeer” (KM-224)

 

Japan, 500 yen (bimetallic), “Nagasaki Prefecture” (Y-238)

Japan, 500 yen (bimetallic), “Nagasaki Prefecture” (Y-238)

 

Kazakhstan, 500 tenge (bimetallic), “40th Anniversary of the Launch of the Venera 10 Venus Probe” (KM-301)

Kazakhstan, 500 tenge (bimetallic), “40th Anniversary of the Launch of the Venera 10 Venus Probe” (KM-301)

Best Circulating Coin

New Zealand, 50 cents (copper-nickel), “100th Anniversary of ANZAC” (KM-376)

New Zealand, 50 cents (copper-nickel), “100th Anniversary of ANZAC” (KM-376)

 

Russia, 5 ruble, nickel-plated steel, “170th Anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society Founding” (KM-1580)

Russia, 5 ruble, nickel-plated steel, “170th Anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society Founding” (KM-1580)

 

United States, 25 cents (copper-nickel), “America the Beautiful / Kisatchie National Forest” (KM-598)

United States, 25 cents (copper-nickel), “America the Beautiful / Kisatchie National Forest” (KM-598)



 

Best Contemporary-Event Coin

Belarus, 1 ruble (copper-nickel), “Eurasian Economic Union” (KM-487)

Belarus, 1 ruble (copper-nickel), “Eurasian Economic Union” (KM-487)

 

Canada, 20 dollars (silver), “Battle of Britain” (KM-1864)

Canada, 20 dollars (silver), “Battle of Britain” (KM-1864)

 

Great Britain, 20 pounds (silver), “Longest Reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II” (KM-1304)

Great Britain, 20 pounds (silver), “Longest Reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II” (KM-1304)

 

Best Crown Coin

Australia, 1 dollar (silver), High-Relief “Wedge-Tailed Eagle” (KM-2207)

Australia, 1 dollar (silver), High-Relief “Wedge-Tailed Eagle” (KM-2207)

 

Falkland Islands, 1 crown (silver), “275th Anniversary of Rule Britannia” (KM-174a)

Falkland Islands, 1 crown (silver), “275th Anniversary of Rule Britannia” (KM-174a)

 

Hungary, 10,000 forint (silver), “110th Anniversary of the Building of the Magyar Bank and the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Miksa Roth” (KM-884)

Hungary, 10,000 forint (silver), “110th Anniversary of the Building of the Magyar Bank and the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Miksa Roth” (KM-884)

 

Best Gold Coin

Austria, 100 euro (gold), “Capercaille” (KM-3246)

Austria, 100 euro (gold), “Capercaille” (KM-3246)

 

France, 50 euro (gold), “Great Persons of French Literature / Manon Lescaut” (KM-2194)

France, 50 euro (gold), “Great Persons of French Literature / Manon Lescaut” (KM-2194)

 

Best Silver Coin

Finland, 10 euro (silver), “70th Anniversary of Peace in Europe” (KM-226)

Finland, 10 euro (silver), “70th Anniversary of Peace in Europe” (KM-226)

 

Mongolia, 500 togrog (silver), “Campbell’s Hamster” (KM-348)

Mongolia, 500 togrog (silver), “Campbell’s Hamster” (KM-348)

 

South Africa, 1 rand (silver), “Life of Nelson Mandela” (KM-585)

South Africa, 1 rand (silver), “Life of Nelson Mandela” (KM-585)

Most Historically Significant Coin

Australia, 5 dollars (silver), “100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing” (KM-2197)

Australia, 5 dollars (silver), “100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing” (KM-2197)

 

Austria, 20 euro (silver), “450th anniversary of the Spanish Riding School” (KM-3239)

Austria, 20 euro (silver), “450th anniversary of the Spanish Riding School” (KM-3239)

 

Austria, 20 euro (silver), “Mozart – Wolfgang” (KM-3245)

Austria, 20 euro (silver), “Mozart – Wolfgang” (KM-3245)

 

Most Innovative Coin

Niue, 2 dollars (silver), “Chromadepth (3D Technology Allows Colors to Hover Over Coin)” (KM-1296)

Niue, 2 dollars (silver), “Chromadepth (3D Technology Allows Colors to Hover Over Coin)” (KM-1296)

 

Tuvalu, 2 dollars (silver), “150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland / Clock in Coin” (KM-269)

Tuvalu, 2 dollars (silver), “150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland / Clock in Coin” (KM-269)

Most Inspirational Coin

Finland, 10 euro (silver), “150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jean Sibelius” (KM-225)

Finland, 10 euro (silver), “150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jean Sibelius” (KM-225)

 

Japan, 10,000 yen (gold), “Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction / Cranes” (Y-246)

Japan, 10,000 yen (gold), “Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction / Cranes” (Y-246)

 

United States, 1 dollar (silver), “March of Dimes / 60th Anniversary of Salk Vaccine” (KM-604)

United States, 1 dollar (silver), “March of Dimes / 60th Anniversary of Salk Vaccine” (KM-604)

The previous COTY Award for overall best coin, announced at the World Money Fair in Berlin last February, was the U.S. Mint’s half-dollar Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative.   ❑

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Comments

  1. Louis Golino says

    Ditto on the Italian coin, which I also have.
    And for best crown, definitely the high relief Wedge Tailed Eagle.
    For best gold coin, like most other categories, I would have come up with a diferent
    list, but of those listed, Jackie Kennedy gold for sure,

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