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Krause Publications Announces 2013 Coin of the Year Nominees

November 13, 2012 – Krause Publications, a leading producer of coin and paper money books, magazines, events and online products, has announced the nominees for the 2013 Coin of the Year awards.

Each year, the awards honor the best in coin design 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 2013.

The coins nominated for this year’s awards were released in 2011, and represent the highest achievement in theme, design and marketing from mints and central banks from around the world.
A panel of judges including authors, editors, and numismatists, as well as members of the American Numismatic Association and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, met October 12 to choose the following nominees from hundreds received 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.

Jonah in the Whale COTY Coin of the Year 2012.

Jonah in the Whale COTY Coin of the Year 2012.

Last year’s COTY winner was a 2-New Sheqalim coin issued by the Bank of Israel entitled “Jonah in the Whale” from the Mint’s popular Biblical Art series. The coin’s obverse features the face value in Hebrew and English, the Israel state emblem, “Israel” in Hebrew, English and Arabic, the mint year, the inscription “Jonah in the belly of the fish,” Jonah 2:1 in three languages and the prophet Jonah in prayer. The reverse depicts Jonah praying from the belly of the whale: “Thy billows and thy waves passed over me … yet I will look again towards thy Holy Temple …”

Below are the nominees for the 2013 Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Awards.

Most Historically Significant Coin
1. Germany – KM# 296, 10 Euro Silver, 125th Anniversary of the Automobile
2. France – KM# 1795, 10 Euro Silver, Jacques Cartier Explorer
3. Canada – KM# 1087, 1 Dollar Silver, 100th Anniversary of Canada Parks
4. Bulgaria – KM# 314, 10 Leva, Silver, Khan Krum
5. Falkland Islands – KM# 158, 1 Crown, Copper-Nickel Amundsen South Pole
6. Great Britain – KM# 1200, 2 Pounds, Bi-Metallic Copper Nickel, Nickel Brass, King James Bible
7. Australia – Royal Australian Mint – KM# 1642, 20 Cents, Copper-Nickel, 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day
8. Italy – KM# 341, 5 Euro, Silver, Italy Unification
9. Czech Republic – KM# 120, 200 Korun, Silver, 100th Anniversary of Flight – Jana Kaspara
10. Kyrgyzstan – KM# 48, 10 Som, Silver, Silk Road

Best Contemporary Event
1. France – KM# 1785, 10 Euro Silver, Euro Starter Kit
2. Netherlands – KM# 301, 5 Euro Silver, 50th Anniversary of World Wildlife Fund
3. Australia – Perth Mint - KM# 1528, One Dollar Silver, Gallipoli
4. Great Britain – KM# 1202, 5 pounds, Copper-Nickel, Olympic Countdown
5. Poland – Y# 771, 20 Zlotych, Silver, Smolensk Plane Crash
6. Austria – KM# 3204, 25 Euro, Bi-Metallic, Mars Rover
7. Estonia – KM# 71, 10 Euro Silver, Estonia’s Future
8. Russia – Y# 1087, 3 Rubles, Silver, Yuri Gagarin First Man in Space
9. Kazakhstan – KM# 216, 50,000 Tenge, Gold, 20th Anniversary of Independence
10. Ukraine – KM# 630, 100 Hryven, Gold, 20th Anniversary of Independence

Best Gold Coin
1. Austria – KM# 3202, 50 Euro, Gold, Joanneum Museum
2. Australia – Perth Mint – KM# 1611, 25 Dollars, Gold, Square Platypus Dreaming
3. Fiji – KM# 215, One Ounce Bullion, Gold, Beach Scene
4. Israel – KM# 491, One Ounce Bullion, Gold, Lion and Western Wall
5. Slovakia – KM# 119, 100 Euro, Prince Pribina Nitra
6. South Africa – KM# 511, 50 Rand, Gold, Meercats
7. Canada – KM# 1165, 200 Dollars, Gold, Canada, Mountee on Horseback
8. Czech Republic – KM# 125, 5,000 Korun, Gold, Stribro Bridge
9. Vatican City – KM# 432, 50 Euro, Gold, Crucifixion of Saint Peter
10. France – KM# 1817, 50 Euro, Gold, TGV Express Train

Best Silver Coin
1. Armenia – KM# 196, 500 Dram, One Ounce Silver, Noah’s Ark
2. Canada – KM# 1176, 20 Dollar, Silver, Canoe and Reflection
3. Andorra – KM# 326, 5 Diners, Silver, Golden Eagle – Wildlife of the Pyrenees
4. Turkey – KM# 1274 50 Lira, Silver, Hejaz Railway
5. China – KM# 1972, 10 Yuan, Silver, Year of the Rabbit
6. South Korea – KM# 121, 50,000 Won, Silver, Jeju Volcano and Lava Tubes
7. Australia – Perth Mint– KM# 1605, One Dollar, One Ounce, Silver, Hi-Relief Concave Kangaroo
8. Netherlands – KM# 304, 5 Euro, Silver, Queen Looking Through the Window
9. Somali Republic – KM# 230, 100 Shillings, Elephant Bullion Coin
10. Belarus – KM# 380, 20 Rubles, Silver, Arabic Dance

Best Crown Coin
1. Great Britain – KM# 1201, 5 Pounds, Copper-Nickel, Prince Philip 90th Birthday
2. Armenia – KM# 99, 1,000 Dram, Colorized Silver, Poppy Plant
3. Slovakia – KM# 117, 10 Euro, Silver, 100th Anniversary of Jan Cikker’s Birth
4. France – KM# 1802, 10 Euro, Silver, Charlemagne
5. Portugal – KM# 808, 10 Euro, Silver, Spain and Portugal Entry into the E.U.
6. Fiji – KM# 210, 5 Dollars, Silver, Map of Berlin
7. Latvia – KM# 122, 1 Lats, Silver, Riga City View
8. Russia – Y# 1294, 3 Rubles, Silver, Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing
9. Cook Islands – KM# 1403, 20 Dollars, Silver, Franz Marc Blue Horse
10. Ireland – KM# 67, 10 Euro, Silver, St. Brendan The Navigator

Best Trade Coin
1. Great Britain – KM# 1196, 50 Pence, Copper- Nickel, World Wildlife Fund
2. Latvia – KM# 119, 1 Lats, Copper-Nickel, Beer Stein
3. Peru – KM# 346, Nuevo Sol, Copper-Nickel, Monastery of Santa Catalina
4. Poland – KM# 792, 2 Zlote, Silesian Uprising
5. Greece – KM# 239, 2 Euro, Copper-Nickel, Special Olympics
6. Lithuania – KM# 177, 1 Litas, Copper-Nickel, Basketball
7. Russia – Y# 1298, 25 Rubles, Copper-Nickel, Sochi Olympics 2014
8. Denmark – KM# 941, 20 Kroner, Aluminum-Bronze, Ship Hjejlen
9. Uruguay – KM# 134, 10 Pesos Uruguayos, Bi-Metallic Brass, Puma and the Sunrise
10. China – KM# 1992, 5 Yuan, Brass, 90th Anniversary of the Communist Party

Most Popular Coin
1. France – KM# 1823, 10 Euro, Silver, 50th Anniversary Andy Warhol
2. Great Britain – KM# 1203, 5 Pounds, Copper-Nickel, Royal Wedding
3. Great Britain – KM# 1193, 50 Pence, London Olympics – Offside Rule
4. Niue- New Zealand Mint – KM# 654, 1 Dollar, Silver-Plated Copper, Star Wars Series – Yoda
5. United States – KM# 496, 25 Cents, Copper-Nickel Clad, Olympic National Park
6. Tuvalu – Perth Mint – KM# 195, 1 Dollar, Silver, Working Dogs – Beagle
7. Mongolia – KM# 309, 500 Tugrik, Silver, Owl’s Head With Crystal Eyes
8. Poland – Y# 773, 20 Zlotych, Silver, Pope John Paul II Beatification
9. Austria – KM# 3195, 5 Euro, Silver, Pummerin Bell
10. China – KM# 1980, 10 Yuan, Silver, Panda Bullion Coin

Most Artistic Coin
1. Slovenia – KM# 102, 3 Euro, Silver, 20th Anniversary of Independence
2. Lithuania – KM# 175, 10 Litu, Silver, Comedy and Tragedy
3. Latvia – KM# 120, Lats, Silver Square, Aleksandris Caks
4. France – KM# 1809, 10 Euro, Silver, Palace of Versailles
5. Czech Republic – KM# 121, 200 Korun, 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Jiri Melantrich
6. Canada – KM# 1131, 5 Dollars, Silver, Fall Moon
7. Fiji – KM# 151, 2 Dollars, Silver, Hawksbill Taku Sea Turtle
8. Kazakhstan – KM# 215, 500 Tenge, Silver, Sturgeon Fish
9. France – KM# 1835, 10 Euro, Silver, Comic Strip 13
10. Finland – KM# 166, 10 Euro, Silver, Kaj Franck

Most Innovative Coinage
1. Benin – KM# 73, 1,000 Francs, Silver, Cannabis Leaf in Green
2. Cameroon – KM# 50, 1,000 Francs, Silver, Butterfly with 3-D Movable Wings
3. Latvia – KM# 126, Lats, Silver, Granite Rock Insert
4. Fiji – KM# 177, 1 Dollar, Silver, Filigree Rabbit
5. Netherlands – KM# 302, 5 Euro, Silver, Screw Press with QR Code
6. Lao People’s Democratic Republic – KM# 152, Lunar Year of the Rabbit With Jade Ring
7. Australia – Royal Australian Mint – KM# 1547, 20 Cents, Cricket
8. Cook Islands – KM# 1381, 5 Dollars, Silver, Muonionalusta Meteor
9. Niue – KM# 741, One Dollar, Silver, Key-Shaped Cat Walking Through Door
10. Togo – KM# 62, 100 Francs, Colorized Silver, Prism Lion

Most Inspirational Coinage
1. Palau – KM# 361, Two Dollar, Silver, Beatification of John Paul II
2. Kyrgyzstan – KM# 49, 10 Som, Colorized Silver, World of Our Children
3. Cook Islands – KM# 1353, 5 Dollars, Colorized Silver, Vertical Rectangle, Patron Saints – Mary Magdalene
4. Poland – y# 796, 10 Zlotych, Silver, 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Protection of the Blind
5. Canada – KM# 1090, 3 Dollars, Bi-Metallic Silver, Eskimo Mother and Child
6. British Virgin Islands – KM# 406, 10 Dollars, Silver, World Trade Center Memorial
7. Great Britain – KM# 1187, 50 Pence, Silver, Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby
8. Canada – KM# 1149, 5 Dollar, Gold, Norman Bethune
9. Ukraine – KM# 617, 20 Hryven, Silver, Peresopnytsia Gospels
10. Finland – KM# 165, 10 Euros, Silver, Hella Wuolijiki

We offer more information about the last Coin of the Year in this article.

To learn more about all the winners of the last COTY Award, please click here.

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