IOLA, Wis. (Nov. 7, 2011) – Krause Publications, a leading producer of coin and paper money books, magazines, events and online products, has announced the nominees for the 2012 Coin of the Year awards.

Each year, the awards honor the best in coin design and manufacturing from around the world. The awards will be presented during a ceremony taking place at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany during first weekend of February 2012.

KrauseNominations Krause Publications Announces Coin of the Year NomineesA panel of judges including authors, editors, numismatists and members of the American Numismatic Association met October 7 to choose the following nominees from hundreds received from around the world.

The coins nominated for the 2012 awards were released in 2010, and represent the highest achievement in theme, design and marketing from mints and central banks from around the world. These nominees will now go on to be judged by a worldwide panel of mint and museum officials, journalists and individual experts, to decide a winner in each individual category, and in the end, the final Coin of the Year.

These nominees will now go on to be judged by a worldwide panel of mint and museum officials, journalists and individual experts, to decide a winner in each individual category, and in the end, the final Coin of the Year.

Last year’s COTY winner was a 100-rand gold coin issued by the South African Mint from the Mint’s popular Natura series, which highlights the severe threat faced by the Black Rhinoceros due to poachers who use sophisticated equipment and poaching methods. The original design featured on the coin was created by Natanya van Niekerk, who during the awards ceremony made an impassioned plea to those in attendance to not forget the animal. She recited poaching statistics and emphasized the necessity of human action to save the species from extinction.

Below are the nominees for the 2012 Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Awards.

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

For more information about KP’s Coin of the Year program, please contact program coordinator Lisa Bellavin at lisa.bellavin@fwmedia.com.

About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wis., is the world’s largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books on collectibles, firearms and knives, automobiles, hunting and construction. Chet Krause, a long-time collector of coins, published the first issue of Numismatic News on Oct. 13, 1952, with nearly 1,000 readers. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as NumisMaster.com, the online coin price database.

 

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  1. Aleks says:

    In my opinion the Best is Czech Royal wedding commemorative coin – 200 Korun commemorative silver coin to mark the 700th anniversary of John of Luxembourg’s marriage to Elizabeth of Premyslides.

    Reverse design of this modern coin looks like classical medieval coin.

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