The winners in the Coin of the Year (COTY) awards within the ten categories for coins issued in 2013 were announced on the 13th November by FW Media, the sponsors of the COTY or Coin of the Year awards. The Central Bank of Ireland achieved two “firsts” as both the nomination was their first ever in the history of the COTY’s and this was their first win with their nomination in the category “Best Crown” for the James Joyce silver collector coin.
The Central Bank had very fierce competition with nine other countries who were in the running for the popular category, those countries were Andorra, British Antarctic Territory, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands and the United Kingdom.
Commenting on the news of the win, Margaret Daly, Manager of the collector coins department added “We are absolutely delighted and proud of Mary and her fabulous design – I want to Thank everyone who helped us realize our ‘big win’! We really are delighted”
The coin was nominated by the offices of the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre and its president Michael Alexander in its respective category which emerged as the front-runner and eventual winner.
The coin is the work of Artist Mary Gregoriy who has designed several other coins for the Central Bank, the depiction of a stylized portrait of the well known Irish author with his distinctive physical traits was considered one of the most bold and artistic designs issued by the Irish Central Bank and its collector coin department.
During the launch of the James Joyce coin, part of the annual EUROPA series, it emerged that the coin’s design had included an error in the text from Joyce’s “Ulysses” novel which prompted countless mainstream news stories about the coin. However, the error mattered little as the coin, which went on sale after its official launch – sold out all 10,000 pieces in just three days making this coin the most successful numismatic issue for the Central Bank.
Ireland’s winning coin will now compete for the ultimate title of Coin of the Year with contenders from the winners of the other nine categories, they are Austria with its three wins, Most Artistic Coin category. Best Bi-Metallic Coin category and Best Gold Coin.
The Netherlands in the Most Historically Significant category – Belarus in the Best Contemporary Event category, Latvia for the Best Silver Coin, The United States in the Best Circulating coin category, Mongolia for the Most Innovative Coin, and Canada in the Most Inspirational Coin category.