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Krause Publications Announces 2016 Coin of the Year Nominees

October 15, 2015 - Krause Publications, a leading producer of coin and paper money books, magazines, events and online products, has announced the 100 nominees for the 2016 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 Feb. 6, 2016, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

The coins nominated for this year’s awards were released in 2014, and represent the highest achievement in theme, design and marketing from mints and central banks from around the world. 

A panel of judges who are authors, editors and numismatists, as well as members of the American Numismatic Association and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, met Oct. 2 in Iola, Wis., to choose the following nominees from hundreds received from around the world. 

These nominees will now be reviewed by a worldwide panel of judges comprised of mint and museum officials, journalists and individual experts. They will choose a winner in each of 10 individual categories. A second round of balloting will select the Coin of the Year from among the category winners.

Historical
Belarus - KM# 465, 20 Roubles, Silver, The First World War
Canada - KM# 1659, 15 Dollars, Silver, Exploring Canada - The Arctic Expedition
Canada - KM# 1683, 20 Dollars, Silver, 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland
France - KM# 2177, 10 Euro, Silver, World War I - Taxis de la Marne
Germany - KM# 332a, 10 Euro, Silver, 300th anniversary of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit’s invention of the mercury thermometer
Greece - KM# 264, 10 Euro, Silver, Aristotle
Italy - KM# 375, 10 Euro, Silver, 2,000th anniversary of Augustus Caesar’s death
Panama - KM# 145, 1/2 (Half) Balboa, Copper-Nickel, 100th anniversary of Panama Canal inauguration
Slovakia - KM# 133, 10 Euro, Silver, 150th anniversary of birth of Jozef Murgas, wireless communication researcher
Ukraine - KM# 710, 5 Hryvnias, German Silver, 500th anniversary of the Battle of Orsha

Contemporary
Canada - KM# 1765, 30 Dollars, Silver, Aboriginal Veterans Monument
China - KM# 2087, 10 Yuan, Silver, Chinese Moon Landing
France - KM# 2174, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, D-Day
Japan - Y# 210, 1,000 Yen, Silver, 50th anniversary of Shinkansen Bullet Train
South Korea - KM# 132, 50,000 Won, Silver, Pope Francis’ visit to Korea
Latvia - KM# 161, 5 Euro, Silver, Baltic Way - Latvia Freedom
Poland - Y# 920, 10 Zlotych, Silver, Canonization of Pope John Paul II
Portugal - KM# 844, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 25th of April, 1974 Carnation Revolution
Russia - KM# 1560, 5 Roubles, Nickel-plated Steel, Battle of Leningrad
South Africa - KM# 582, 200 Rand, Gold, 20 years of democracy and freedom

Gold
Austria - KM# 3236, 100 Euro, Gold, Wild Boar
Canada - KM# 1785, 200 Dollars, Gold, Thunderbird
Greece - KM# 265, 200 Euro, Gold, Aristotle
Hungary - KM# 862, 50,000 Forint, Gold, Golden Florin of Queen Mary
Israel - KM# 532, 10 New Sheqalim, Gold, Jacob's Dream
Poland - Y# 895, 200 Zlotych, Gold, Olympics Skating
Portugal - KM# 843, 2.5 Euro, Gold, Portuguese Ethnographic Series - The Yokes
Slovakia - KM# 136, 100 Euro, Gold, Prince Rastislav of Moravia
Switzerland - KM# 153, 50 Franc, Gold, 100th anniversary of Swiss National Parks
United States - KM# 578, 5 Dollars, Gold, Baseball Hall of Fame

Silver
Australia - KM# 2172, 5 Dollars, Silver, Victoria Cross
Austria - KM# 3233, 20 Euro, Silver, 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain
Canada - KM# 1714, 20 Dollars, Silver, Bobcat
Cook Islands - KM# 1671, 5 Dollars, Silver, Moldavite Impact
Finland - KM# 220, 20 Euro, 100th anniversary of the birth of Ilmari Tapiovaara, Interior Architecture Designer
Ireland - KM# 83, 15 Euro, Silver, 100th anniversary of death of John Philip Holland, Submarine Inventor
Kiribati - KM# 79, 5 Dollars, Silver, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Latvia - KM# 160, 5 Euro, Silver, White Book
Mongolia - KM# 333.2, 1,000 Togrog, Silver, Chinggis Khan Antiqued Portrait
Switzerland - KM# 152, 20 Francs, Silver, Jassen Card Game

Crown
Australia - KM# 2134, 1 Dollar, Silver, Fireworks over Sydney Harbor
Belarus - KM# 461, 20 Roubles, Silver, UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mir Castle
Canada - KM# 1759, 20 Dollars, Silver, Maple Leaf Canopy
Estonia - KM# 75, 10 Euro, Silver, 150th anniversary of birth of Miina Hermann, Composer
Finland - KM# 218, 20 Euro, Silver, 100th anniversary of birth of Tove Jansson, Author
France - KM# 2141, 10 Euro, Silver, Eiffel Tower
Ireland - KM# 81, 10 Euro, Silver, John McCormack, Irish Tenor
Monaco - KM# 203, 10 Euro, Silver, Hercules with Bow and Arrow
Russia - KM# 1483, 3 Roubles, Silver, Sochi Winter Olmypics – Curling
United States - KM# 577, 1 Dollar, Silver, Baseball Hall of Fame

Circulating
Belgium - KM# 345, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, The Great War Centenary
Canada - KM# 1711, 2 Dollars, Bi-Metallic, Family seeing Father off to War
Finland - KM# 212, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 100th anniversary of the birth of Ilmari Tapiovaara, Interior Architecture Designer
Great Britain - KM# 1279, 2 Pounds, Bi-Metallic, World War I - Lord Kitchener Recruiting Poster
Italy - KM# 377, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 450th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s Birth
Japan - Y# 221, 500 Yen, Bi-Metallic, 60th anniversary of Ishikawa Prefecture
Latvia - KM# 157, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, Female head in national costume
Netherlands - KM# 350, 1 Euro, Bi-Metallic, New King Willem-Alexander
Poland - Y# 919, 2 Zlote, Copper-Aluminum-Nickel, Canonization of Pope John Paul II
Russia - Y# 1512, 1 Rouble, Nickel-plated Steel, New Rouble Symbol

Bi-Metallic
Austria - KM# 3227, 25 Euro, Silver and Niobium, Evolution
Canada - KM# 1768, 5 Dollars, Silver and Niobium, Rose
Falkland Islands - KM# 171, 2 Pounds, Bi-Metallic, 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands
Finland - KM# 208, 5 Euro, Bi-Metallic, Loon
Germany - KM# 334, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, Lower Saxony - St. Michael’s Church
Greece - KM# 260, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 150th anniversary of the Ionian Islands Transfer
Malta - KM# 150, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 50th anniversary of Independence
Poland - Y# 904, 5 Zlotych, Bi-Metallic, 25 years of freedom
Singapore - KM# 317, 5 Dollars, Bi-Metallic, Latent image of 2014
Slovakia - KM# 134, 2 Euro, Bi-Metallic, 10th anniversary of entry to the European Union

Artistic
Austria - KM# 3229, 50 Euro, Gold, Gustav Klimt - Judith II
Belarus - KM# 462, 20 Roubles, Silver, Legend of the Bullfinch
British Antarctic Territory - KM# 10, 2 Pounds, Silver, Orca Whales
Cook Islands - KM# 1670, 5 Dollars, Silver, Bees
France - KM# 2110, 10 Euro, Silver, Rooster
Great Britain - KM# 1280, 10 Pounds, Silver, Year of the Horse
Italy - KM# 371, 5 Euro, Silver, Presidency of the European Union
Kazakhstan - KM# 290, 100 Tenge, Silver, Gilt Swan
Russia - Y# 1476, 3 Roubles, Silver, Sochi Winter Olympics – Snowboarding
Turkey - KM# 1299, 50 Lira, Silver, 600 years of Turkey-Polish Friendship

Innovative
Canada - KM# 625, 5 Dollars, Silver, Bullion Maple Leaf - Scannable security features
Canada - KM# 1678, 20 Dollars, Silver, River rapids - Transition effect colorization
Cook Islands - KM# 1664, 5 Dollars, Silver, Anders Celsius - Operational temperature gauge
Kazakhstan - KM# 283, 500 Tenge, Silver, Taikazan cauldron - Dodecahedron shape
Niue - KM# 1282, 15 Dollars, Silver, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Entire play in microtext insert
Portugal - KM# 842, 2.5 Euro, Silver and Gold, 100th anniversary of Portugal’s commemorative coins - Offset gold on silver coin
Samoa - KM# 270, 1 Dollar, Brass, 50 years of Mars Missions - Coin floats over stand using electromagnetism
Solomon Islands - KM# 283, 10 Dollars, Silver, Solar System - Seven different metals used
Tuvalu - KM# 256, 1 Dollar, Silver, 100th anniversary of first appearance of Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp - Multilenticular image
United States - KM# 576, 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel, Baseball Hall of Fame - First cupped clad coin

Inspirational
Canada - KM# 1724, 1 Dollar, Silver, World War II - Female Riveters
Canada - KM# 1558, 20 Dollars, Silver, 50th anniversary of Canadian UN peacekeeping in Cyprus
Finland - KM# 215, 10 Euro, Silver, Literacy - Diverse communication symbols
Kazakhstan - KM# 286, 500 Tenge, Silver, Mother
Lithuania - KM# 200, 50 Litu, Silver, Baltic Way - 25th anniversary of independence
Niue - KM# 1277 - 1278, 1 Dollar, Silver, Always with you - Two coins form single heart
Poland - Y# 902, 10 Zlotych, Silver, 100th anniversary of birth of Jan Karski - Smuggled Holocaust evidence to Allies in hollow key
South Africa - KM# 577, 1 Rand, Silver, Nelson Mandela
United States - KM# 591, 10 Dollars, Gold, Eleanor Roosevelt
Ukraine - KM# 722, 20 Hryvnias, Silver, 70th anniversary of Ukraine's liberation from fascist invaders

Last year’s COTY winner was a 50-euro gold coin issued by the Austrian Mint honoring Gustav Klimt’s life and his painting of “The Expectation.” 

We reported in CoinsWeekly about this.

Past winners of the Coin of the Year Awards are highlighted in “Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship” by Donald Scarinci, a recent release by Krause Publications. This 144 page, hardcover book features high quality, color images of past winning coins along with detailed collector information and back story, a fitting tribute to the awards and the coins honored. The book can be purchased on ShopNumisamster.com.

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