Coin of the Year Award

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The Coin of the Year Award (COTY) is an awards program founded and annually conducted by the American publisher Krause Publications of Iola, Wisconsin, and directed at the coin producing industry.[1][2] Awards are given for numismatic design, artistic vision and craftsmanship. A panel of international judges chooses the coins from those issued two years prior to the year of the award.[3]

About[edit]

The COTY was awarded for the first time in 1984, in which coins issued in 1982 were assessed.[4] A panel of judges chooses ten coins to be nominees for each of ten categories.[5] These nominees will then be reviewed by an international panel of judges who are numismatic experts, journalist, authors, coin designers, and mint, bank and museum officials.[6] Category winners are selected in the first round of voting and Coin of the Year in the second round, chosen from the category winners.[7]

Categories[edit]

Awards are currently given in ten categories. When the awards were first started, there were six categories. Five categories have since been added with one dropped.

  • Best Bi-Metallic: (1995-present) Bi-metallic coins are composed of two metals which can be seen, generally one metal in an outer ring and one in the inner ring.
  • Best Contemporary Event: (1996-present) Coins which commemorate events, institutions physical entities, or individuals which are deemed to be most important in terms of current or recent events influencing a people or mankind.
  • Best Crown: Coins which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal, and have a minimum diameter of 33mm.
  • Best Circulating: (1987-present) Circulating monetary unit coins which are made of non-precious metals, possess all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Best Gold: Coins fabricated of gold, platinum, Palladium, or another exotic precious metal which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Best Silver: Coins fabricated of silver which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Most Popular: (1986-2013) Coins with commercial sales and artistic caliber which appeals to the general public internationally.
  • Most Artistic: Coins selected solely on the value of their artistic merit.
  • Most Historically Significant: Coins which commemorate events, institutions, physical entities, or individual which are deemed to be most important in terms of the historical heritage of a people or mankind.
  • Most Innovative: (1990-present) Coins which contain pioneering metallic alloys, non-typical coinage materials, planchet shapes, thickness, sizes, themes, distribution methods or other innovations.[3]
  • Most Inspirational: (1995-present) Coins featuring themes, events, institutions, physical entities, or individuals that represent peace, freedom, and human rights.

List of award winners[edit]

2019 (minted in 2017)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 50 Euro Silver 500 Monnaie de Paris French Excellence – Guy Savoy
Best Bi-Metallic 2 Euro Copper, Nickel 10,000 Monnaie de Paris The Fight Against Breast Cancer
Best Circulating 20 Ouguiya Brass, Nickel
Bronze
Central Bank of Mauritania Camels
Best Contemporary Event 2 Rand Silver 1,000 South African Mint South African Inventions: The Heart Transplant
Best Crown 5 Dollar Silver 499 Coin Invest Trust (for Cook Islands) Scarab Collection: Red Dawn
Best Gold 100 Dollar Gold 100,000 United States Mint American Liberty - US Mint's 225th Anniversary
Best Silver 50 Euro Silver 500 Monnaie de Paris French Excellence – Guy Savoy
Most Artistic 50 Euro Gold 20,000 Austrian Mint Vienna Schools of Psychotherapy – Sigmund Freud
Most Historically Significant 25 Euro Silver 30,000 Austrian Mint Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's 175th Anniversary
Most Innovative 20 Dollar Silver 499 Powercoin (for Palau) Great Micromosaic Passion – Birth of Venus
Most Inspirational 1 Dollar Silver 12,256[8] United States Mint Boys Town Centennial Commemorative

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2018 (minted in 2016)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 5 Euro Copper, Nickel 2,000,000 German Mints Planet Earth with Polymer Ring
Best Bi-Metallic 25 Euro Niobium, Silver 65,000 Austrian Mint Time
Best Circulating 20 Yuan Bronze, Nickel, Steel 8,000,000 China Banknote Printing and Minting Year of the Monkey
Best Contemporary Event 20 Francs Silver 30,000 Swissmint Gotthard Road Tunnel
Best Crown 50 Euro Silver 500 Monnaie de Paris Van Cleef & Arpels
Best Gold 100 Dollar Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Wildlife in Our Sights, The Fox
Best Silver 5 Dollar Silver 5,000 Royal Australian Mint Northern Sky Cassiopeia, Dome-Shaped
Most Artistic 5 Euro Silver 3,000 Lithuanian Mint (for Latvia) National Entrepreneur, Multi-Faceted and QR Code
Most Historically Significant 200 Euro Silver 500 Monnaie de Paris Joan of Arc
Most Innovative 5 Euro Copper, Nickel 2,000,000 German Mints Planet Earth with Polymer Ring
Most Inspirational 20 Dollar Silver 7,000 Royal Canadian Mint Mother Earth, 3-D Droplet

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2017 (minted in 2015)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 10 Euro Silver 6,000[11] Italian State Mint 70 years of Peace in Europe
Best Bi-Metallic 5 Euro Copper, Nickel 45,000 Mint of Finland Lapland reindeer
Best Circulating 25 Cent Copper, Nickel 776,800,000[12] United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters - Kisatchie National Forest
Best Contemporary Event 10,000 Yen Gold 2,188 Japan Mint 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Program
Best Crown 5 Pound Nickel 10,000 Royal Mint Winston Churchill
Best Gold 100 Euro Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Capercaille
Best Silver 10 Euro Silver 10,000 Mint of Finland 70th anniversary of peace after World War II
Most Artistic 10 Euro Silver 6,000 Italian Mint 70 years of Peace in Europe
Most Historically Significant 20 Dollar Silver 10,000 Royal Canadian Mint 100th anniversary of "In Flanders Fields"
Most Innovative 2 Dollar Silver 1,500[13] B. H. Mayer Mint (for Cook Islands) Space Time Continuum
Most Inspirational 1 Dollar Silver 24,742 United States Mint March of Dimes - Salk polio vaccine

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2016 (minted in 2014)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 50 Cent Copper, Nickel 257,000 United States Mint Baseball
Best Bi-Metallic 25 Euro Niobium, Silver 65,000 Austrian Mint Science of evolution
Best Circulating 2 Pound Copper, Nickel 5,720,000 Royal Mint WWI - Lord Kitchener
Best Contemporary Event 5 Euro Silver 10,000 Royal Dutch Mint (for Latvia) 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way demonstration
Best Crown 20 Dollar Silver 7,500 Royal Canadian Mint Maple Leaf tree canopy
Best Gold 5 Dollar Gold 17,677 United States Mint Baseball
Best Silver 20 Euro Silver 50,000 Austrian Mint Fall of the Iron Curtain
Most Artistic 50 Euro Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Gustav Klimt painting, Judith II
Most Historically Significant 10 Euro Silver 195,000 German Mints Fahrenheit’s invention of the mercury thermometer
Most Innovative 50 Cent Copper, Nickel 257,173 United States Mint Baseball
Most Inspirational 10 Zlotych Silver 30,000 Polish Mint Birth of Jan Karski

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2015 (minted in 2013)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 50 Dollar Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Gustav Klimt - The Expectation
Best Bi-Metallic 25 Euro Niobium, Silver 65,000 Austrian Mint Tunneling
Best Circulating 25 Cents Copper, Nickel 920,695 United States Mint Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Best Contemporary Event 1 Ruble Silver 5,000 Polish Mint (for Belarus) 90th year of BPS-Sberbank (a Belarus bank)
Best Crown 10 Euro Silver 10,000 B. H. Mayer Mint (for Ireland) James Joyce
Best Gold 50 Dollar Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Gustav Klimt - The Expectation
Best Silver 1 Lats Silver 5,000 Royal Dutch Mint (for Latvia) Richard Wagner's 200th birthday
Most Artistic 1000 Euro Gold 30,000 Austrian Mint Wildlife in Our Sights - Red Deer
Most Historically Significant 5 Euro Silver 17,500 Royal Dutch Mint Peace of Utrecht
Most Innovative 500 Tögrög Silver 2,500 Coin Investment Trust (for Mongolia) Mongolian wolf
Most Inspirational 3 Dollar Silver 15,000 Royal Canadian Mint Fishing

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2014 (minted in 2012)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 10 Euro Silver 30,000 Monnaie de Paris Yves Klein
Best Bi-Metallic 50 Euro Gold, Silver 5,000 Mint of Finland Helsinki - World design capital
Best Circulating 10 Euro Aluminum, Bronze 20,000 Royal Australian Mint Australian year of the farmer
Best Contemporary Event 10 Pound Silver 7,500 Royal Mint 2012 Olympic games in London
Best Crown 5 Dollar Silver 10,000 Royal Australian Mint Southern Cross in Night Sky
Best Gold 20 Euro Gold 1,500 Italian Mint Flora in the Art: Middle Ages
Best Silver 10 Euro Silver 10,000 Monnaie de Paris Ocean Liner
Most Artistic 10 Euro Silver 30,000 Monnaie de Paris Yves Klein
Most Historically Significant 10 Euro Silver 5,000 Bank of Greece Greek Culture: Socrates
Most Innovative 25 Cent Nickel, Steel 25,000 Royal Canadian Mint Glow-In-The-Dark dinosaur skeleton
Most Inspirational 5 Pound Copper, Nickel 3,000 Royal Mint (for Alderney Island)[17] Remembrance Day

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2013 (minted in 2011)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the 5 Euro Silver 12,000 Royal Dutch Mint 100th Anniversary of the Dutch Mint Featuring QR Code
Best Contemporary Event 25 Euro Silver 65,000 Austrian Mint Robotics
Best Crown 10 Euro Silver 10,000 Monnaie de Paris From Clovis to Republic – 1500 Years of French History
Best Gold 50 Rand Gold 1,000 South African Mint Nature's Families: The Meerkat
Best Silver 20 Dollar Silver 200,000 Royal Canadian Mint Canoe
Best Circulation 1 Litas Copper Nickel 1,000,000 Lithuanian Mint 2011 European Basketball Championship
Most Artistic 1 Lats Silver 7,000 Mint of Finland (For Latvia) Alexandrs Caks, Fog mists the pane
Most Historically Significant 10 Som Silver 2,000 Saint Petersburg Mint (for Kyrgyzstan) The Silk Road
Most Innovative 5 Euro Silver 12,000 Royal Dutch Mint, The Netherlands 100th Anniversary of the Dutch Mint Featuring QR Code
Most Inspirational 10 Zlotych Silver 50,000 Polish Mint 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Protection of the Blind
Most Popular 500 Tögrög Silver 2,500 Coin Invest Trust (for Mongolia) Ural Owl

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2012 (minted in 2010)[edit]

Category Face value Metal Mintage Mint Topic
Coin of the Year 2 Shekel Silver 2,800 Israel Coins and Medals Corp. Jonah in the Whale
Best Circulation 2 Euro Bi-Metallic 130,000 Italian Mint (for San Marino) 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Sandro Botticelli
Best Contemporary Event 10 Euro Silver 184,200 Staatliche Münze Berlin[20] German Unification
Best Crown 5 Diner Silver 3,000 Andorra Brown Bear
Best Gold 100 Pound Sterling Gold 7,500 Royal Mint Olympic Games Faster Series: Neptune
Best Silver 10 Euro Silver 30,000 Austrian Mint Erzberg in Styria
Most Artistic 2 Shekel Silver 2,800 Israel Coins and Medals Corp. Jonah in the Whale
Most Historically Significant 100 Dollars Gold 5,000 Royal Canadian Mint 400th Anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company
Most Innovative 1,500 Francs Silver 2,500 Coin Invest Trust (for Ivory Coast) Mecca Qibla Compass
Most Inspirational 20 Euro Silver 10,000 Mint of Finland Children and Creativity
Most Popular 1.5 Euro Silver 11,358,200 Austrian Mint Vienna Philharmonic
People's Choice 5,000 Forint Silver 5,000 Hungarian Mint Orseg National Park

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2011 (minted in 2009)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 100 Rand, Gold South African Mint, South Africa White Rhino
Best Contemporary Event 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France Fall of the Berlin Wall
Best Crown 20 Euro, Silver Suomen Rahapaja, Finland Peace and Security
Best Gold 100 Rand, Gold South African Mint, South Africa White Rhino
Best Silver 20 Dollars, Silver Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Crystal Snowflake
Best Trade 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Mincovna Kremnica, Slovakia First Year of Euro Issuance
Most Artistic 300 Dollars, Gold Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Native American Summer Moon Mask
Most Historically Significant 100 Tenge, Silver Kazakhstan Attila the Hun
Most Innovative 2 Pound Sterling, Silver–Crystal Pobjoy Mint,[22] British Indian Ocean Territory Life of the Sea Turtle
Most Inspirational 10 Zlotych, Silver Mennica Polska, Poland World War II Polish Underground
Most Popular 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Basilisk of Vienna
People's Choice 5,000 Forint, Silver Magyar Pénzverő Zrt., Hungary World Heritage Sites in Hungary, Budapest

2010 (minted in 2008)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 20 Lats, Gold Austrian Mint, Latvia Coins of Latvia
Best Contemporary Event 1 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel 60th Anniversary of Israel
Best Crown 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Klosterneuburg Monastery
Best Gold 20 Lats, Gold Austrian Mint,[23] Latvia Coins of Latvia
Best Silver 10 Euro, Silver Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe),[24] Germany Franz Kafka
Best Trade 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Suomen Rahapaja,[25] Cyprus Ancient Statue Cross
Most Artistic 200 Zlotych, Gold Mennica Polska, Poland Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Most Historically Significant 100 Tenge, Silver Kazakhstan Genghis Khan
Most Innovative 25 Euro, Silver–Niobium Austrian Mint, Austria Fascination Light
Most Inspirational 2,500 Dollars, Gold Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Towards Confederation
Most Popular 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America American Eagle
People's Choice 5,000 Forint, Silver Magyar Pénzverő Zrt., Hungary Tokaj Wine Region

2009 (minted in 2007)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 500 Togrog, Silver Coin Invest Trust, Mongolia Wildlife Protection: Gulo Gulo
Best Contemporary Event 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America The Desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957
Best Crown 20 Rouble, Silver Latvian Mint,[26] Belarus Pancake Week
Best Gold 1,000 Crowns, Gold Denmark Polar Bear
Best Silver 500 Togrog, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[27] Mongolia Wildlife Protection: Gulo Gulo
Best Trade 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Raphael’s Dante Alighieri
Most Artistic 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Melk Abbey
Most Historically Significant 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America The Founding of Jamestown in 1607
Most Innovative 50 Dollars, Silver Pobjoy Mint,[22] British Virgin Islands Centenary of the First Colour Photograph
Most Inspirational 1,000 Rouble, Silver Moscow Mint,[28] Belarus St Euphrosyne of Polotsk
Most Popular 1 Dollar, Copper, Zink, Manganese, Nickel US Mint, United States of America George Washington
People’s Choice 5,000 Forint, Silver Magyar Pénzverő Zrt., Hungary Castle of Gyula

2008 (minted in 2006)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 50 Dollars, Palladium (Four Coin Set) Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Ursa Major and Ursa Minor Through the Seasons
Best Contemporary Event 1 Lats, Silver Latvia Latvian Independence, 1918
Best Crown 10 Euro, Gold Monnaie de Paris, France Jules Verne, Five Weeks in a Balloon
Best Gold 100 Euro, Gold Austrian Mint, Austria The Rivergate of Vienna
Best Silver 1,000 Yen, Silver Japan Mint, Japan 50th Anniversary of Japanese Entry into the United Nations
Best Trade 50 Cent, clad US Mint, United States of America Nevada, the Silver State
Most Artistic 10 Crowns, Silver Denmark Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen
Most Historically Significant 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America Benjamin Franklin, Elder Statesman
Most Innovative 50 Dollars, Palladium (Four Coin Set) Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Ursa Major and Ursa Minor Through the Seasons
Most Inspirational Coin[29] 5 Dollars, Silver Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Imagine a World Without Breast Cancer
Most Inspirational Coin 5 Euro, Gold Suomen Rahapaja, Finland 150th Anniversary of the Demilitarization of the Aland Islands
Most Popular Coin 25 Cent, clad US Mint, United States of America Nevada, the Silver State
People’s Choice 50 Forint, Copper–Nickel Magyar Pénzverő Zrt., Hungary 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution Against Soviet Occupation

2007 (minted in 2005)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America U.S. Marine Corps
Best Contemporary Event 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia End of World War II “Dancing Men”
Best Crown 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America U.S. Marine Corps
Best Gold 100 Euro, Gold Minted by all German mints,[30] Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup
Best Silver 20 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria SMS Sankt Georg
Best Trade 25 Cent, clad US Mint, United States of America Oregon, Crater Lake
Coin of the Year 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America U.S. Marine Corps
Most Artistic 20 Rouble, Silver Latvian Mint,[31] Belarus Easter Egg
Most Historically Significant 10 Euro, Silver Landesbetrieb Hamburgische Münze,[32] Germany Albert Einstein, 100 Years Special Relativity
Most Innovative 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia End of World War II “Dancing Men”
Most Inspirational 2 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel Moses and the 10 Commandments
Most Popular 5 Cent, Copper-Nickel US Mint, United States of America Bison

2006 (minted in 2004)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 5 Euro, Silver Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Madama Butterfly
Best Contemporary Event 50 Pound Sterling, Silver Royal Mint, Alderney 50th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion of Normandy
Best Crown 1 Pound, Copper–Nickel Cyprus Triton Sounding a Conch
Best Gold 2,000 Yuan, Gold China Maijishan Grottoes
Best Silver 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia Kangaroo
Best Trade 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Greece Olympic Discus Thrower
Most Artistic 5 Euro, Silver Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Madama Butterfly
Most Historically Significant 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America 125th Anniversary of Edison's Electric Light
Most Innovative 10 Dollars, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[27] Liberia Window with Tiffany Glass Inlay
Most Inspirational 20 Zlotych, Silver Mennica Polska, Poland Victims of the Lodz Ghetto
Most Popular 1.5 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France 100 Years FIFA

2005 (minted in 2003)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 100-Rouble Silver Belarus Belarus Ballet
Best Contemporary Event 2-Pound Bi-Metallic United Kingdom The Discovery of DNA
Best Crown 20-Rouble Silver Belarus Mute Swan
Best Gold 100-Euro Gold Austria Klmit's "The Kiss"
Best Silver 10-Euro Silver Spain 75th Anniversary of the School Ship El Cano
Best Trade 5-Euro Bi-Metallic Finland Ice Hockey World Championships
Most Artistic 100-Rouble Silver Belarus Belarus Ballet
Most Historically Significant 10-Dollar Silver Australia Evolution of the Alphabet
Most Innovative 1 Dollar Silver, Emerald Cook Islands Gemstone Zodiac Locket
Most Inspirational 50-Cent Cupronickel Australia Australia's Volunteers
Most Popular 1 Dollar Nickel, Brass New Zealand The Lord of the Rings

2004 (minted in 2002)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 5-Euro Silver Austria Schoenbrunn Zoo
Best Contemporary Event 5-Pound Gold United Kingdom 50th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II
Best Crown 1 Dollar Silver United States of America West Point Military Academy
Best Gold 50-Euro Gold Austria The Order of Saint Benedict and the Order of Saint Scholastica
Best Silver 10-Euro Silver Austria Ambras Palace
Best Trade 1 Real Bi-Metallic Brazil Liberty
Most Artistic 1 Lats Silver Latvia Destiny, Roots
Most Historically Significant 25-Cent Clad United States of America Ohio, Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers
Most Innovative 60-Pence Bronze, Silver Isle of Man Currency Converter
Most Inspirational 5-Pound Silver United Kingdom Princess Diana of Wales
Most Popular 5-Euro Silver Austria Schoenbrunn Zoo

2003 (minted in 2001)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Franc Silver France The Last Franc
Best Contemporary Event 500-Franc Silver Belgium The Birth of the European Euro
Best Crown 1 Dollar Silver Australia Aboriginal Kangaroo
Best Gold 500-Yuan Gold Gold Panda
Best Silver 20-Yuan Silver China Mogao Grottoes
Best Trade 25-Cent Clad United States of America Rhode Island, The Ocean State
Most Artistic 25-Rouble Silver Russia 25th Anniversary of the Bolshoi Theater
Most Historically Significant 10-Dollar Silver Australia The Evolution of the Calendar
Most Innovative 1 France Silver France The Last Franc
Most Inspirational 1 Crown Cupronickel Gibraltar Florence Nightingale
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Buffalo

2002 (minted in 2000)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Voyage of Leif Ericson
Best Contemporary Event 10-Mark Silver Germany 10th Anniversary of German Reunification
Best Crown 100-Schilling Silver Australia Celtic Heritage
Best Gold 200-Dollar Gold Canada Inuit Mother and Child
Best Silver 1 Onza Silver Mexico Winged Victory
Best Trade 50-Cent Cupronickel Australia Visit by Queen Elizabeth II
Most Artistic 50-Lithu Silver Lithuania Discus Thrower
Most Historically Significant 1 Silver Dollar United States of America Voyage of Leif Ericson
Most Innovative 500-Yen Copper, Zinc, Nickel Japan Paulownia Flower
Most Inspirational 50-Dollar Aluminium, Bronze Australia Paralympics
Most Popular 1 Dollar Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Nickel United States of America Sacagawea

2001 (minted in 1999)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 5,000-Lire Silver Italy World Encircled by Birds and Stars
Best Contemporary Event 50-Schilling Bi-Metallic Austria European Monetary Union
Best Crown 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Dolley Madison
Best Gold 10,000-Korun Gold Czech Republic Charles IV
Best Silver 2-Pound Silver United Kingdom Britannia in Chariot
Best Trade 25-Cent Clad United States of America New Jersey, Crossroads of the Revolution
Most Artistic 5,000-Lire Silver Italy World Encircled by Birds and Stars
Most Historically Significant 100-Schilling Silver Austria Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Most Innovative 1 Lats Silver Latvia Millennium, Button
Most Inspirational 10-Hyrven Silver Ukraine Birth of Jesus
Most Popular 5-Pound Cupronickel United Kingdom Diana, Princess of Wales

2000 (minted in 1998)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 500-Schilling Silver Austria Book Printing
Best Contemporary Event 2-New Sheqalim Silver Israel 50th Anniversary of Israel
Best Crown 1,000-Escudos Silver Portugal International Oceans Exposition
Best Gold 250-Dollar Gold Singapore Year of the Tiger
Best Silver 500-Schilling Silver Austria Book Printing
Best Trade 50-Schilling Bi-Metallic Austria Austrian Presidency of the European Union
Most Artistic 10-Diners Silver Andorra Europa Driving a Quadriga
Most Historically Significant 200-Escudo Cupronickel Portugal 500th Anniversary of the Voyage to India
Most Innovative 2-Dollar, 2-Dollar, 2-Tala Silver Cook Islands, Fiji, Western Samoa Tripartite Convention
Most Inspirational 14-Euro Silver Bosnia-Herzegovina Dove of Peace
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver Canada 125th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

1999 (minted in 1997)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Rand Silver South Africa Women of South Africa
Best Contemporary Event Coin 1 Rand Gold South Africa First Heart Transplant
Best Crown 2-Pound Silver United Kingdom Britannia
Best Gold 200-Dollar Gold Canada Haida Carved Mask
Best Silver 100-Schilling Silver Austria Emperor Maximilian of Mexico
Best Trade 2-Zloty Brass Poland Pieskowa Skala Castle
Most Artistic 1 Rand Silver South Africa Women of South Africa
Most Historically Significant 100-Dollar Gold Canada Alexander Graham Bell
Most Innovative 5-Dollar Silver Kiribati and Western Samoa Joint Issue War and Peace
Most Inspirational 10-Leon Silver Sierra Leon Mother Teresa and Princess Diana
Most Popular 100-Dollar Platinum United States of America Statue of Liberty, Eagle

1998 (minted in 1996)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 60-Dollar Gold Bermuda Bermuda Triangle
Best Contemporary Event 14-Euro Silver Bosnia-Herzegovina Dayton Peace Accord
Best Crown 500-Schilling Silver Austria Innsbruck Town Market
Best Gold 60-Dollar Gold Bermuda Bermuda Triangle
Best Silver 100-Rouble Silver Russia The Nutcracker Ballet, Marsha and the Nutcracker
Best Trade 2-Dollar Bi-Metallic Canada Polar Bear
Most Artistic 100-Markkaa Silver Finland Helene Schuerbeck
Most Historically Significant 30-New Sheqalim Silver Israel 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem
Most Innovative 60-Dollar Gold Bermuda Bermuda Triangle
Most Inspirational 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Paralympics
Most Popular 2-Dollar Bi-Metallic Canada Polar Bear

1997 (minted in 1995)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 100-Markkaa Silver Finland 50th Anniversary of the United Nations
Best Contemporary Event 100-Rouble Silver Russia 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Best Crown 200-Schilling Silver Austria Olympics, Ribbon Dancer
Best Gold 500-Franc Gold France 50th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (V.E.) Day
Best Silver 100-Markkaa Silver Finland 50th Anniversary of the United Nations
Best Trade 1 Dollar Aluminum, Bronze Australia Waltzing Matilda
Most Artistic 100-Markkaa Silver Finland 50th Anniversary of the United Nations
Most Historically Significant 10-Mark Silver Germany Centennial of the X-ray
Most Innovative 500-Schilling Bi-Metallic Austria Austria in the European Union
Most Inspirational 500-Franc Gold France 50th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (V.E.) Day
Most Popular 50-Cent Silver United States of America Olympic Baseball

1996 (minted in 1994)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 50-Pence Cupronickel United Kingdom 50th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy
Best Contemporary Event 50-Pence Cupronickel United Kingdom 50th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy
Best Crown 100-Franc Silver France Olympics, Javelin Thrower
Best Gold 1,000-Schilling Gold, Silver Austria 800th Anniversary of the Vienna Mint
Best Silver 1,000-Lire Silver Italy 400th Anniversary of Tintoretto
Best Trade 20-Franc Tri-Metallic France Pierre de Coubertin
Most Artistic 100-Markkaa Silver Finland European Athletic Championships
Most Historically Significant 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Thomas Jefferson, Architect of Democracy
Most Innovative 5-Dollar Silver Bahamas Golf, Hole In One
Most Inspirational 300,000-Zlotych Silver Poland Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Most Popular 50-Pence Cupronickel United Kingdom 50th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy

1995 (minted in 1993)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 500-Franc Gold France Louvre Museum, Mona Lisa
Best Crown 10-Dollar Silver Fiji Captain William Bligh
Best Gold 500-Franc Gold France Louvre Museum, Mona Lisa
Best Silver 150-Yuan Silver China Peacocks
Best Trade 50-Korun Bi-Metallic Czech Republic Prague City
Most Artistic 500-Schilling Silver Austria Halstatt
Most Historically Significant 1 Franc Silver France D-Day
Most Innovative 20-Diner European Currency Unit Silver Andorra Saint George
Most Inspirational 300,000-Zlotych Silver Poland Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Most Popular 1 Crown Cupronickel Gibraltar Stegosaurus

1994 (minted in 1992)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 500-Lire Silver Italy Flora and Fauna
Best Crown 100-Schilling Silver Austria Kaiser Karl V
Best Gold 5-Dollar Gold United States of America Christopher Columbus
Best Silver 2,000-Peseta Silver Spain Barcelona Olympics
Best Trade 20-Franc Tri-Metallic France Mont Saint Michel
Most Artistic 500-Lire Silver Italy Flora and Fauna
Most Historically Significant 1 Rouble Cupronickel Russia Rebirth of Sovereignty
Most Innovative 20-Franc Tri-Metallic France Mont Saint Michel
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver United States of America White House
Special Recognition for Merit of Design 2-Rand Silver South Africa Minting Process

1993 (minted in 1991)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 500-Lire Silver Italy 2,100th Anniversary of the Ponte Milvio Bridge
Best Crown 100-Franc Silver France Olympics, Ski Jump
Best Gold 100,000-Yen Gold Japan Enthronement of the Emperor
Best Silver 10-Leke Silver Albania Olympics, Equestrian
Best Trade 200-Escudo Aluminum, Bronze, Cupronickel Portugal Garcia De Orta
Most Artistic 500-Lire Silver Italy 2,100th Anniversary of the Ponte Milvio Bridge
Most Historically Significant 3-Rouble Silver Russia Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space
Most Innovative 10-Leke Silver Albania Olympics, Equestrian
Most Popular 5-Dollar Silver Australia Kookaburra

1992 (minted in 1990)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Crown Cupronickel Isle of Man Penny Black
Best Crown 1 Crown Cupronickel Isle of Man Penny Black
Best Gold 25-Rouble Palladium Russia Peter the Great
Best Silver 100-Franc Silver France Charlemagne
Best Trade 5-Kroner Cupronickel Denmark Queen Margrethe II Mongram
Most Artistic 100-Markka Silver Finland 50th Anniversary of Veterans
Most Historically Significant 20-Mark Cupronickel Germany Opening of the Brandenburg Gate
Most Innovative 1 Crown Cupronickel Isle of Man Penny Black
Most Popular 1 Crown Silver Isle of Man Alley Cat
Special Recognition for Merit of Design 50-Cent Cupronickel New Zealand 150th Anniversary of Waitangi

1991 (minted in 1989)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 5-Franc Cupronickel France Eiffel Tower
Best Crown 5,000-Peseta Silver Spain 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of America
Best Gold 2,000-Schilling Gold Austria Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Best Silver 1 Dollar Silver, 25-Cent Silver Australia Crocodiles (“Holey), Aboriginal Mythology (“Dump”)
Best Trade 5-Franc Cupronickel France Eiffel Tower
Most Artistic 5-Franc Cupronickel, 5-Pound Gold, 2-New Sheqalim Silver France, United Kingdom, Israel Eiffel Tower, 500th Anniversary of the Gold Sovereign, 41st Anniversary of Israel
Most Historically Significant 1 Sovereign Gold United Kingdom 500th Anniversary of the Gold Sovereign
Most Popular 5-Franc Cupronickel France Eiffel Tower

1990 (minted in 1988)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 50-Leke Silver Albania Railroads
Best Crown 500-Forint Silver Hungary 25th Anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund
Best Gold 100-Pound Gold Egypt Golden Warrior
Best Silver 100-Yuan Silver China Year of the Dragon
Best Trade 50-Cent Cupronickel Australia Bicentennial of Australia
Most Artistic 50-Franc Cupronickel Switzerland Olympics, Dove and Rings
Most Historically Significant 500-Forint Silver Hungary 950th Anniversary of Saint Stephen
Most Innovative 50-Leke Silver Albania Railroads
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, 1988, Rings and Wreath

1989 (minted in 1987)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 100-Pound Gold United Kingdom Britannia
Best Crown 50-Dollar Silver Cook Islands Olympics, Seoul Games
Best Gold 100-Pound Gold United Kingdom Britannia
Best Silver 1 Dollar Silver Canada 400th Anniversary of the Davis Straight
Best Trade 5-Franc Cupronickel Switzerland Centennial of Le Corbusier
Most Artistic 100-Pound Gold United Kingdom Britannia
Most Historically Significant 1 Dollar Clad, 5-Dollar Gold United States of America Bicentennial of the United States’ Constitution
Most Popular 1 Dollar Clad, 5-Dollar Gold United States of America Bicentennial of the United States’ Constitution

1988 (minted in 1986)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 5-Dollar Gold United States of America Bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty
Best Crown 1 Dollar Silver Canada Centennial of Vancouver
Best Gold 100,000-Yen Gold Japan 60th Year of the Reign of Emperor Hirohito
Best Silver 1 Dollar Silver Canada Centennial of Vancouver
Best Trade 500-Yen Cupronickel Japan 60th Year of the Reign of Emperor Hirohito
Most Artistic 25-Tala Silver Western Samoa Voyage of the Kon-Tiki
Most Historically Significant 500-Schilling Silver Austria 500th Anniversary of the Striking of the First Thaler Coin
Most Popular 5-Dollar Gold United States of America Bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty

1987 (minted in 1985)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 50-Markkaa Silver Finland Kalevala National Epic
Best Crow 50-Markkaa Silver Finland Kalevala National Epic
Best Gold 5-Pound Gold United Kingdom Saint George Slaying the Dragon
Best Silver 50-Markkaa Silver Finland Kalevala National Epic
Best Trade 1 Dollar Copper, Aluminum, Nickel Australia Kangaroos
Most Artistic 50-Markkaa Silver Finland Kalevala National Epic
Most Historically Significant 500-Schilling Silver
100-Rupee Silver
Austria, India 2000th Anniversary of Bregenz, Indira Gandhi memorial
Most Popular 20-Dollar Silver Canada Olympics, 1988, Downhill Skiing

1986 (minted in 1984)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 100-Dollar Gold Canada 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's Voyage of Discovery
Best Crown 10-Dollar Silver Barbados Three Dolphins
Best Gold Coin 100-Dollar Gold
1 Angel Gold
Canada, Isle of Man 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's Voyage of Discovery, Archangel Michael Slaying the Dragon
Best Silver 20-Balboa Silver Panama Balboa Discovers the Pacific Ocean
Most Artistic 20-Balboa Silver Panama Balboa Discovers the Pacific Ocean
Most Historically Significant 100-Franc Silver
100-Dollar Gold
France, Canada Two Time Nobel Prize Winner Marie Curie, 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's Voyage of Discovery
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California

1985 (minted in 1983)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, Discus Thrower
Best Crown 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, Discus Thrower
Best Gold 100-Pound Gold
100-Yuan Gold
Egypt, China Cleopatra VII, Panda
Best Silver 10-Yuan Silver China Panda and Cub
Most Artistic 5-Dollar Silver British Virgin Islands Yellow Warbler
Most Historically Significant 5-Yuan Silver China Marco Polo
Most Popular 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, Discus Thrower

1984 (minted in 1982)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic
Coin of the Year 50-Cent Silver United States of America 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington
Best Crown 20-Yuan Silver China Year of the Dog
Best Gold 100-Dollar Gold Canada New Constitution, 1982
Best Silver 20-Balboa Silver Panama Balboa's Discovery of the Pacific Ocean
Most Artistic 100-Dollar Gold Canada New Constitution, 1982
Most Historically Significant 50-Cent Silver United States of America 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington
Most Popular 50-Cent Silver United States of America 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington

References[edit]

General
  • Scarinci, Donald (15 June 2015). Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship (PDF). Krause Publications. ISBN 9781440244766.
  • "Brandywine Krause Publications Coin of the Year Collection (1982-Present)". Professional Coin Grading Service. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
Specific
  1. ^ The American Legion. American Legion. 1986. p. 13.
  2. ^ The Numismatist, Volume 113 American Numismatic Association, 2000
  3. ^ a b "Glow-in-the dark quarter is coin of the year". Bayview News, November 20, 2013
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2012-10-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link). List of the COTY Awards since 1984. In 2015 this list was also published as a paper-printed book: Donald Scarinci: Coin of the Year. Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship, Krause Publications, Iola (WI) 2015.
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  6. ^ "Thirty-Sixth Awards Ceremony Program" (PDF). Krause Publications. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
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  23. ^ Technical details of the coin series Coins of Latvia.
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  25. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 803.
  26. ^ Technical details of Maslenitsa. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ a b [1] Webpage of Coin Invest Trust with all award-winning coins.
  28. ^ Technical details of St Euphrosyne of Polatsk. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Was awarded twice in this year.
  30. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 124.
  31. ^ Technical details of Velikdzen. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 123.