The World Money Fair once again played host to this year’s Coin of the Year awards, which
This year was the 36th presentation in which coins minted during the year 2017 were competing in their respective categories, which is sponsored by Krause Publications and their parent company FW Media. The awards encompass a total of 10 categories which recognise excellence in terms of design, concept, theme, and significance with regard to current events and production technique. For 2017, the list of the coins nominated
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- Commencing with the presentation and the first award for the Most Historically Significant Coin, the Austrian Mint was chosen for their 2017 coin issue marking the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Receiving the award was the Austrian Mint’s Marketing Director Andrea Lang.
- The category for Best Circulating Coin was somewhat of a surprise for COTY as it was the first-ever nomination for the Sub-Saharan country of Mauretania, whose central bank’s issue of its 20-ouguiya coin was voted best in this category. The coin was minted by the Monnaie de Paris and is reminiscent of the last circulating French 20-franc coin whose tri-color metal composition is utilised with this denomination.
- For the category of Best Contemporary Event Coin, the judges chose an exceptional silver coin marking the 50th anniversary of the world’s first-ever successful heart transplant. Carried out by
DrChristian Bernard in South Africa, the coin’s intricate design stood out and was recognised for both its design and significance. Receiving the award was its designer, Richard Stone.
- As 2017 was a highlight for breast cancer awareness internationally, the Monnaie de Paris issued a very poignant design which integrated the inclusion of a pink ribbon, a worldwide symbol of breast cancer prevention and self-examination. For this exceptional design, the MDP received the award for Best Bi-Metallic Coin. On hand to receive the award was the MDP’s new CEO, Marc Schwartz, who praised the designers of this deserving coin.
- As the United States Mint observed 225 years of its founding in 2017, a $100 gold collector’s coin was issued to mark the occasion. Receiving the award for Best Gold Coin was U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder, who was on hand to attend the World Money Fair and to accept this award. He was accompanied by the publisher of the East Asian Journal of Numismatics, Michael Chou, and Krause Publications Representative April Krueger.
- In the category of Most Artistic Coin, it was the turn of the Austrian Mint to receive this award. The coin, which focused on the discipline of psychology and featured a portrait of Dr. Sigmund Freud, considered the father of psychoanalysis, also recognised the Vienna School of Psychotherapy.
- The award for Best Silver Coin was a favourite of many in the room so it was no surprise that the Monnaie de Paris was the recipient for their 2017 issue which featured French excellence, the cuisine of Guy Savoy, and his input with the coin’s design that featured the simplicity of a fried egg detailed in vivid colour, as well as a handprint on the reverse that included various ingredients to ensure the perfect dish is served every time. Receiving the award on behalf of the MDP was Chief Engraver Joachim Jimenez, whose work was included on this coin.
- Another first, both in terms of a win as well as the facility that
produced the coin, was a candidate from the South Pacific island nation of Palau. Taking first place for the category of Most Innovative Coin was the company of Power Coins, located in Rome, and is known for their innovative approach to the design highlighting a mosaic of the Birth of Venus. Their exceptional work with the coin’s production was entitled “Great micro-mosaic passion.” Receiving the award was Antonello Galletta, the director of Power C oins.
- The category of Best Crown coin is always a
favouritewith the judges as it usually affords the greatest varied selection in terms of theme, metal, concept, and design. This year the coin issued by the South Pacific Island of the Cook Islands featuring a rather realistic depiction of a beetle, which formed part of their Scarab Collection, received the nod from COTY’s panel of judges. The coin is a project commissioned by Coin Invest Trust in the Principality of Liechtenstein and there it was up to their head of marketing, Dennis Lorenz, who was asked to come up to the podium and accept the award for this popular and hotly contested category.
- For the category of Most Inspirational Coin, this distinction went to the United States Mint for the release of the one dollar silver coin which marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Boy’s Town. Together with the inspirational message shown on both the obverse and reverse, it was a firm
favouritefor this category. Receiving the award once again was the U.S. Mint’s Director, David J. Ryder, for a total of two statues, which soon went on display at the U.S. Mint’s booth.
honourof the overall Coin of the Year was awarded to the room’s favourite, the 50-euro silver coin honouringFrench excellence and cuisine, with Guy Savoy’s choice of design and input with this extraordinary motif. Accepting the award was the Monnaie de Paris CEO Marc Schwartz, who commented that he looks forward to receiving many of these honoursduring his tenure as CEO of the MDP.
- A special award of lifetime achievement was also part of the presentation, and this year the work of Monnaie de Paris Chief Engraver Joachim Jimenez was duly
honouredfor his numerous contributions during his many years as a designer, artist, and engraver at the Monnaie de Paris. Many will note his designs of the current obverse that appear on France’s one and two-euro circulation coins. Among his achievements are his interpretations of Marianne, which formed part of the trilogy of the series of the same name, and a revised depiction of “The Sower,” which has been seen on a variety of gold and silver collector coins. Mr. Jimenez was advised that he would be this year’s recipient just a day beforehand, to which he was genuinely grateful for the accolade.