Coin of the Year 2015 nominations announced

The Coin of the Year 2015 nominations have been announced by Krause Publications. The coins nominated for this year’s awards were released in 2013, and represent the highest achievement in theme, design and marketing from mints and central banks around the world. There are 94 nominees across 10 categories, and the awards will be presented as part of the World Money Fair held in Berlin next year.

We’re delighted to say that a number of our very own coins have been nominated! They are:

Best Circulating Coin:
150th Anniversary of the London Underground 2013 £2
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Best Contemporary Event:
The 60th Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation 2013 £5_L_HSVCOBUS_03

Best Crown:
Royal Christening 2013 £5_L_UK13RBBU_02

Best Gold Coin:
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Benjamin Britten 2013 Gold 50p_L_UK13BBGP_02

Here is the full list of the nominated coins courtesy of numismaticnews.net:

Most Historically Significant Coin

  1. Australia – 1 Dollar, KM# 1941, Silver, The Land Down Under – Captain James Cook
  2. Canada – 50 Dollars, KM# 1429, Silver, HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake – Battle of Boston Harbor, War of 1812
  3. Denmark – 500 Kroner, KM#957, Silver, Niels Bohr and Atomic Theory
  4. Germany – 10 Euro, KM# 319, Silver, Heinrich Hertz and Electric Rays – 125th Anniversary
  5. Guyana – 2000 Dollar, KM# 57, Copper-Nickel, 1763 Slave Revolt – 250th Anniversary
  6. Netherlands – 5 Euro, KM# 326, Silver, 1713 Peace treaty of Utrecht
  7. Peru – Nuevo Sol, KM#370, Silver, Sol Coinage – 100th Anniversary
  8. Poland – 5 Zlotych, Y# 863, Silver, History of Polish Coins – Denarius of Boleslaw I the Brave
  9. Slovakia – 10 Euro, KM#130, Silver, Jozef Karol Hell – 300th Anniversary of Birth
  10. Spain – 50 Euro, KM# 1287, Silver, Balboa Discovers the Pacific Ocean – 500th anniversary

Best Contemporary Event Coin

  1. Australia – 1 Dollar, KM# 2148, Silver, Korean War Ends – 60th Anniversary
  2. Belarus – Rouble, KM# 436, Copper-Nickel, BPS-Sberbank – 90th Anniversary
  3. Canada – 50 Cents, KM# 1444, Copper-Nickel, Superman – 75th Anniversary (Lenticular image of classic & modern Superman)
  4. Croatia – 25 Kuna, KM# 94, Bi-Metallic, Croatian entry into European Union
  5. France – 10 Euro, KM# 2091, Silver, Franco-German Friendship – 50th Anniversary
  6. Great Britain – 5 Pounds, KM#1242b, Silver, Elizabeth’s Coronation – 60th Anniversary
  7. Lithuania – 50 Litu, KM# 195, Silver, Sajudis Independence Demonstration – 25th Anniversary
  8. Poland – 2 Zlotych, Y# 876, Copper-Aluminum-Nickel, Polish Society for the Mentally Handicapped – 50th Anniversary
  9. Russia – 100 Roubles, Y#1451, Gold, Russian victory over Germany at Battle of Stalingrad – 70th Anniversary
  10. Spain – 10 Euro, KM# 1280, Silver, Juan Carlos – 75th Anniversary of Birth

Best Gold Coin

  1. Austria – 50 Euro, KM# 3218, Gold, Klimt and his Women – The Expectation
  2. Canada – 50 Cents, KM# 1348, Gold, Eagle Head
  3. China – 100 Yuan, KM# 2086, Gold, Chinese Sacred Buddhist Mountain – Mount Putuo
  4. France – 50 Euro, KM# 2100, Gold, Notre Dame – 850th Anniversary
  5. Great Britain – 50 Pence, KM#1253b, Gold, Benjamin Britten – 100th Anniversary of Birth
  6. Italy – 20 Euro, KM# 365, Gold, Botticelli’s personification of Spring
  7. Mongolia – 500 Tugrik, KM# 327, Gold, Howling Wolf
  8. Netherlands – 10 Euro, KM# 338, Gold, Rietveld Schroder House
  9. Slovakia – 100 Euro, KM# 132, Gold, Maximilian – 450th Anniversary of Coronation in Bratislava
  10. South Africa – 10 Rand, KM# 563, Gold, Nature – Zebras

Best Silver Coin

  1. Australia – 1 Dollar + 25 Cents, KM# 1916 + 1917, Silver, Australian Holey Dollar and Dump – 200th Anniversary
  2. Austria – 20 Euro, KM# 3219, Silver, European Writers – Stefan Zweig
  3. Canada – 100 Dollars, KM# 1441, Silver, Three Bison
  4. Cook Islands – 10 Dollars, KM# 1656, Silver, New York Grand Central Terminal Clock
  5. France – 10 Euro, KM# 2095, Silver, Rudolf Nureyev
  6. Latvia – 1 Lats, KM# 140, Silver, Richard Wagner – 200th Anniversary of Birth
  7. Mongolia – 500 Tugrik, KM# 326, Silver, Argali Sheep with Crystal Eyes
  8. Niue – 1 Dollar, KM# 1127, Silver, Tropical Coral Fish – Puffer Fish
  9. Turkey – 50 Lira, KM# 1293, Silver, Turkey Statehood – 90th Anniversary
  10. United States of America – 5 Dollars, KM# 273, Silver, Enhanced Uncirculated silver American Eagle

Best Crown Coin

  1. Andorra – 5 Diners, KM# 364, Silver, Aguila Daurada eagle
  2. British Antarctic Territory – 2 Pounds, KM# 9, Copper-Nickel, Emperor Penguin – Three Penguin Chicks
  3. Finland – 10 Euro, KM# 202, Silver, Sophie Mannerheim – 150th Anniversary of Birth
  4. Great Britain – 5 Pounds, KM# 1259, Copper-Nickel, Christening of Prince George
  5. Hungary – 5000 Forint, KM# 855, Silver, Weöres Sándor – 100th Anniversary of Birth
  6. Ireland – 10 Euro, KM# 80.2, Silver, James Joyce
  7. Lithuania – 50 Litu, KM# 197, Silver, Uprising of 1863-1864 – 150th Anniversary
  8. Poland – 20 Zlotych, Y# 879, Silver, Animals of the World – European Bison
  9. Russia – 3 Rouble, Y# 1422, Silver, Female athlete holding Kazan Universiade banner above city skyline
  10. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands – 2 Pounds, KM# 60, Copper-Nickel, Blue Whale

Best Circulating Coin

  1. Australia – 20 Cents, KM# 2010, Copper-Nickel, Mechanisms of Mining
  2. Denmark – 20 Kroner, KM# 960, Aluminum-Bronze, Ole Rømer
  3. Finland – 2 Euro, KM# 190, Bi-Metallic, Parliament, 150th Anniversary
  4. Great Britain – 2 Pound, KM# 1239, Bi-Metallic, London Subway, 150th Anniversary
  5. Greece – 2 Euro, KM# 252, Bi-Metallic, Plato
  6. Italy – 2 Euro, KM# 357, Bi-Metallic, Giuseppe Verdi, 200th Anniversary of Birth
  7. Lithuania – 2 Litai, KM# 190, Bi-Metallic, Stelmuze Oak
  8. Singapore – 1 Dollar, KM# 314, Bi-Metallic, Lion and Flora
  9. United States of America – 25 Cents, KM# 546, Copper-Nickel Clad Copper, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Best Bi-Metallic Coin

  1. Austria – 25 Euro, KM# 321, Silver and Niobium, Tunneling
  2. France – 2 Euro, KM# 2102, Bi-Metallic, Pierre de Coubertin – 150th Anniversary of Birth
  3. Germany – 2 Euro, KM# 314, Bi-Metallic, German States – Baden-Württemberg and Maulbronn
  4. Japan – 500 Yen, Y# 198, Bi-Metallic, Hiroshima Prefecture
  5. Lithuania – 2 Litai, KM# 187, Bi-Metallic, Distaff (Spinning Tool)
  6. Luxembourg – 5 Euro, KM# 126, Silver and Niobium, Beaufort Castle
  7. Netherlands – 2 Euro, KM# 324, Bi-Metallic, Kingdom – 200th Anniversary
  8. Palau – 2 Dollars, KM# 472, Bi-Metallic, 30th Anniversary of Panda coinage
  9. Portugal – 2 Euro, KM# 830, Bi-Metallic, Cathedral tower view
  10. Switzerland – 10 Francs, KM# 146, Bi-Metallic, Silvesterchlausen

Most Artistic Coin

  1. Australia – 1 Dollar, KM# 2051, Silver, Land Down Under – Surfing
  2. Austria – 100 Euro, KM# 3225, Gold, Austrian Wildlife – Red Deer
  3. Canada – 20 Dollars, KM# 1363, Silver, Canadian Maple Canopy – Spring
  4. Fiji – 10 Dollars, KM# 366, Silver, Malachite Room – Hermitage
  5. Finland – 20 Euro, KM# 204, Silver, Multicultural
  6. Kazakhstan – 50 Tenge, KM# 264, Copper-Nickel, Hedgehog
  7. Latvia – 1 Lats, KM# 137, Silver, Rudolfs Blaumanis – 150th Anniversary of Birth
  8. New Zealand – 1 Dollar, KM# 373, Silver, Maori Art – Koru
  9. Slovenia – 2 Euro, KM# 112, Bi-Metallic, Postojna Cave Discovery – 800th Anniversary

Most Innovative Coin

  1. Australia – 50 Cents, KM# 2141, Silver, Australian red one penny stamp centennial coin packaged with $10 commemorative stamp
  2. France – 10 Euro, KM# 2217 – 2120, Silver, Tour de France – 100th Anniversary – Different Colored Cyclists’ Jackets
  3. Latvia – 1 Lats, KM# 143, Silver, Last Lats – Linear Calendar
  4. Mongolia – 500 Tugrik, KM# 328, Gilded Silver, Wolf Laser Cutout
  5. Niue – 50 Dollars, KM# 1279, Silver, Fortuna Redux – Mercury
  6. Niue – 100 Dollars, KM# 1256, Silver, Moon gilt within rays and 12 crystals

Most Inspirational Coin

  1. Australia – 1 Dollar, KM# 2045, Aluminum-Bronze, ANZAC Day – Engineers
  2. Belarus – Rouble, KM# 437, Copper-Nickel, Christianization of the Rus – 1025th Anniversary
  3. Canada – 3 Dollars, KM# 1485, Silver, Grandfather and grandson fishing
  4. Estonia – 7 Euro, KM# 73, Silver, Raimond Valgre
  5. Finland – 10 Euro, KM# 201, Silver, Frans Eemil Sillanpåå
  6. France – 250 Euro, KM# 1764, Gold, Dove and peace in various languages
  7. Israel – New Sheqel, KM# 508, Silver, Yad Vashem – 60th Anniversary
  8. Portugal – 2.5 Euro, KM# 831, Silver, International Committee of the Red Cross – 150th Anniversary
  9. Slovakia – 2 Euro, KM# 128, Bi-Metallic, Saints Cyril and Methodius
  10. Vatican City – 2 Euro, KM# 446, Bi-Metallic, World Youth Day – Rio

We’ll share the results once they’ve been announced – fingers crossed! Do you own any of the coins listed above? Let us know what you think of the nominations.

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