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]

History[edit]

The COTY was awarded for the first time in 1984, when coins issued in 1982 were assessed.[4][5]

Categories[edit]

Awards are given in ten categories, and three coins are selected in each category:

  • 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.
  • Best Contemporary Event: 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 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.
  • Best Crown: Coins which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal, and have a minimum diameter of 33mm..
  • Best Trade Circulating monetary unit coins which are made of non-precious metals, possess all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Most Popular: Coins with commercial sales and artistic caliber which appeals to the international general public.
  • Most Artistic: Coins selected solely on the value of their artistic merit.
  • Most Innovative Coinage Concept: Coins which contain pioneering metallic alloys, non-typical coinage materials, planchet shapes, thickness, sizes, themes, distribution methods or other innovations.[3]
  • Most Inspirational Coin: Coins featuring themes, events, institutions, physical entities, or individuals that represent peace, freedom, and human rights.

List of award winners[edit]

2014 (coins minted in 2012)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 10 Pound Sterling, Silver Royal Mint, Great Britain Olympic Games London 2012
Best Crown Coin 5 Dollars, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia Southern Cross in Night Sky
Best Gold Coin 20 Euro, Gold Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Flora in the Art: Middle Ages
Best Silver Coin 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France Ocean Liner
Most Artistic Coin 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France Yves Klein
Most Historically Significant Coin 10 Euro, Silver Greek Mint, Greece Greek Culture: Socrates
Most Innovative Coin 25 Cent, Nickel-Plated Steel Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Glow-In-The-Dark Dinosaur skeleton[6]
Most Inspirational Coin 5 Pound Sterling, Copper-Nickel Royal Mint,[7] Alderney Remembrance Day
Coin of the Year 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France Yves Klein

2013 (coins minted in 2011)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 25 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Robotics
Best Crown Coin 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France From Clovis to Republic – 1500 Years of French History
Best Gold Coin 50 Rand, Gold South African Mint, South Africa Nature’s Families: The Meerkat
Best Silver Coin 20 Dollar, Silver Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Canoe
Best Trade Coin 1 Litas, Copper-Nickel Lithuanian Mint, Lithuania Basketball
Most Artistic Coin 1 Lats, Silver Suomen Rahapaja,[8] Latvia Alexandrs Caks, Fog mists the pane
Most Historically Significant Coin 10 Som, Silver Kyrgyz Republic The Silk Road
Most Innovative Coin 5 Euro, Silver Royal Dutch Mint, The Netherlands 100th Anniversary of the Dutch Mint Featuring QR Code
Most Inspirational Coin 10 Zlotych, Silver Mennica Polska, Mint of Poland 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Protection of the Blind
Most Popular Coin 500 Togrog, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[9] Mongolia Ural Owl
Coin of the Year 5 Euro, Silver Royal Dutch Mint, The Netherlands 100th Anniversary of the Dutch Mint Featuring QR Code

2012 (coins minted in 2010)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 10 Euro, Silver Staatliche Münze Berlin,[10] Germany Unity
Best Crown Coin 5 Diner, Silver Andorra Brown Bear
Best Gold Coin 100 Pound Sterling, Gold Royal Mint, United Kingdom Olympic Games Faster Series: Neptune
Best Silver Coin 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint Erzberg in Styria
Best Trade Coin 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato,[11] San Marino 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Sandro Botticelli
Most Artistic Coin 2 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel Jonah in the Whale
Most Historically Significant Coin 100 Dollars, Gold Royal Canadian Mint, Canada 400th Anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company
Most Innovative Coin 1,500 Francs CFA, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[9] Ivory Coast Mecca Qibla Compass
Most Inspirational Coin 20 Euro, Silver Suomen Rahapaja, Mint of Finland Children and Creativity
Most Popular Coin 1.5 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Vienna Philharmonic
People’s Choice 5,000 Forint, Silver Magyar Pénzverő Zrt., Hungary Orseg National Park, World Heritage Sites in Hungary
Coin of the Year 2 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel Jonah in the Whale

2011 (coins minted in 2009)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 10 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France Fall of the Berlin Wall
Best Crown Coin 20 Euro, Silver Suomen Rahapaja, Finland Peace and Security
Best Gold Coin 100 Rand, Gold South African Mint, South Africa White Rhino
Best Silver Coin 20 Dollars, Silver Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Crystal Snowflake
Best Trade Coin 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Mincovna Kremnica, Slovakia First Year of Euro Issuance
Coin of the Year 100 Rand, Gold South African Mint, South Africa White Rhino
Most Artistic Coin 300 Dollars, Gold Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Native American Summer Moon Mask
Most Historically Significant Coin 100 Tenge, Silver Kazakhstan Attila the Hun
Most Innovative Coin 2 Pound Sterling, Silver–Crystal Pobjoy Mint,[12] British Indian Ocean Territory Life of the Sea Turtle
Most Inspirational Coin 10 Zlotych, Silver Mennica Polska, Poland World War II Polish Underground
Most Popular Coin 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 (coins minted in 2008)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 10 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel 60th Anniversary of Israel
Best Crown Coin 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Klosterneuburg Monastery
Best Gold Coin 20 Lats, Gold Austrian Mint,[13] Latvia Coins of Latvia
Best Silver Coin 10 Euro, Silver Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe),[14] Germany Franz Kafka
Best Trade Coin 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Suomen Rahapaja,[15] Cyprus Ancient Statue Cross
Coin of the Year 20 Lats, Gold Austrian Mint, Latvia Coins of Latvia
Most Artistic Coin 200 Zlotych, Gold Mennica Polska, Poland Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Most Historically Significant Coin 100 Tenge, Silver Kazakhstan Genghis Khan
Most Innovative Coin 25 Euro, Silver–Niobium Austrian Mint, Austria Fascination Light
Most Inspirational Coin 2,500 Dollars, Gold Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Towards Confederation
Most Popular Coin 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 (coins minted in 2007)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America The Desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957
Best Crown Coin 20 Rouble, Silver Latvian Mint,[16] Belarus Pancake Week
Best Gold Coin 1,000 Crowns, Gold Denmark Polar Bear
Best Silver Coin 500 Togrog, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[9] Mongolia Wildlife Protection: Gulo Gulo
Best Trade Coin 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Raphael’s Dante Alighieri
Coin of the Year 500 Togrog, Silver Coin Invest Trust, Mongolia Wildlife Protection: Gulo Gulo
Most Artistic Coin 10 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria Melk Abbey
Most Historically Significant Coin 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America The Founding of Jamestown in 1607
Most Innovative Coin 50 Dollars, Silver Pobjoy Mint,[12] British Virgin Islands Centenary of the First Colour Photograph
Most Inspirational Coin 1,000 Rouble, Silver Moscow Mint,[17] Belarus St Euphrosyne of Polotsk
Most Popular Coin 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 (coins minted in 2006)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 1 Lats, Silver Latvia Latvian Independence, 1918
Best Crown Coin 10 Euro, Gold Monnaie de Paris, France Jules Verne, Five Weeks in a Balloon
Best Gold Coin 100 Euro, Gold Austrian Mint, Austria The Rivergate of Vienna
Best Silver Coin 1,000 Yen, Silver Japan Mint, Japan 50th Anniversary of Japanese Entry into the United Nations
Best Trade Coin 50 Cent, clad US Mint, United States of America Nevada, the Silver State
Coin of the Year 50 Dollars, Palladium (Four Coin Set) Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Ursa Major and Ursa Minor Through the Seasons
Most Artistic Coin 10 Crowns, Silver Denmark Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen
Most Historically Significant Coin 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America Benjamin Franklin, Elder Statesman
Most Innovative Coin 50 Dollars, Palladium (Four Coin Set) Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Ursa Major and Ursa Minor Through the Seasons
Most Inspirational Coin[18] 5 Dollars, Silver Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Imagine a World Without Breast Cancer
Most Inspirational Coin[18] 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 (coins minted in 2005)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia End of World War II “Dancing Men”
Best Crown Coin 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America U.S. Marine Corps
Best Gold Coin 100 Euro, Gold Minted by all German mints,[19] Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup
Best Silver Coin 20 Euro, Silver Austrian Mint, Austria SMS Sankt Georg
Best Trade Coin 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 Coin 20 Rouble, Silver Latvian Mint,[20] Belarus Easter Egg
Most Historically Significant Coin 10 Euro, Silver Landesbetrieb Hamburgische Münze,[21] Germany Albert Einstein, 100 Years Special Relativity
Most Innovative Coin 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia End of World War II “Dancing Men”
Most Inspirational Coin 2 New Sheqalim, Silver Israel Coins and Medals Corp., Israel Moses and the 10 Commandments
Most Popular Coin 5 Cent, Copper-Nickel US Mint, United States of America Bison

2006 (coins minted in 2004)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Contemporary Event Coin 50 Pound Sterling, Silver Royal Mint,[7] Alderney 50th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion of Normandy
Best Crown Coin 1 Pound, Copper–Nickel Cyprus Triton Sounding a Conch
Best Gold Coin 2,000 Yuan, Gold China Maijishan Grottoes
Best Silver Coin 1 Dollar, Silver Royal Australian Mint, Australia Kangaroo
Best Trade Coin 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic Greece Olympic Discus Thrower
Coin of the Year 5 Euro, Silver Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Madama Butterfly
Most Artistic Coin 5 Euro, Silver Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy Madama Butterfly
Most Historically Significant Coin 1 Dollar, Silver US Mint, United States of America 125th Anniversary of Edison’s Electric Light
Most Innovative Coin 10 Dollars, Silver Coin Invest Trust,[9] Liberia Window with Tiffany Glass Inlay
Most Inspirational Coin 20 Zlotych, Silver Mennica Polska, Poland Victims of the Lodz Ghetto
Most Popular Coin 1.5 Euro, Silver Monnaie de Paris, France 100 Years FIFA

2005 (coins minted in 2003)[edit]

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

2004 (coins minted in 2002)[edit]

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

2003 (coins minted in 2001)[edit]

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

2002 (coins minted in 2000)[edit]

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

2001 (coins minted in 1999)[edit]

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

2000 (coins minted in 1998)[edit]

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

1999 (coins minted in 1997)[edit]

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

1998 (coins minted in 1996)[edit]

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

1997 (coins minted in 1995)[edit]

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

1996 (coins minted in 1994)[edit]

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

1995 (coins minted in 1993)[edit]

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

1994 (coins minted in 1992)[edit]

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

1993 (coins minted in 1991)[edit]

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

1992 (coins minted in 1990)[edit]

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

1991 (coins minted in 1989)[edit]

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

1990 (coins minted in 1988)[edit]

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

1989 (coins minted in 1987)[edit]

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

1988 (coins minted in 1986)[edit]

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

1987 (coins minted in 1985)[edit]

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

1986 (coins minted in 1984)[edit]

Category Face value and metal Executing company, issuing country Topic Obverse Reverse
Best Crown Coin 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 Coin 20-Balboa Silver Panama Balboa Discovers the Pacific Ocean
Coin of the Year 100-Dollar Gold Canada 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s Voyage of Discovery
Most Artistic Coin 20-Balboa Silver Panama Balboa Discovers the Pacific Ocean
Most Historically Significant Coin 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 Coin 1 Dollar Silver United States of America Olympics, XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California

1985 (coins minted in 1983)[edit]

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

1984 (coins minted in 1982)[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. . 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.
  5. ^ Watercraft on World Coins: America and Asia, 1800-2008 By Yossi Dotan
  6. ^ "Mint's glow-in-the-dark coin wins innovation award". Intelligencer.November 19, 2013
  7. ^ a b [1] Webpage of the State of Alderney with remarks on the executing mint.
  8. ^ Technical details of Fog mists the pane.
  9. ^ a b c d [2] Webpage of Coin Invest Trust with all award-winning coins.
  10. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 139.
  11. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 623.
  12. ^ a b List of award-winning coins minted by Pobjoy Mint.
  13. ^ Technical details of the coin series Coins of Latvia.
  14. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 132.
  15. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 803.
  16. ^ Technical details of Maslenitsa. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Technical details of St Euphrosyne of Polatsk. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ a b Was awarded twice in this year.
  19. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 124.
  20. ^ Technical details of Velikdzen. Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Gerhard Schön: Euro-Münzkatalog. Die Münzen der europäischen Währungsunion 1999–2011, 10th edition, Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf 2011, p. 123.