Canadian issues net six Coin of the Year nods

Canada did well in the annual Coin of the Year awards program, with nominees in six of the 10 categories for the 2015 award.

Marc Brule, interim master of the Royal Canadian Mint, said the nominations were a tribute to the consistent quality and innovation of the Mint’s coins.

“The Royal Canadian Mint prides itself on producing coins which consistently stand out for their design, quality, and innovations and the nominations we continue to receive under the annual Coin of the Year award program are a tremendous endorsement of our work,” he said.

The Canadian nominations are all from non-circulating programs and reflect the wide variety of 2013-dated issues. Because some coins are issued early or late, the 2015 award is judged in 2014, from coins issued with a 2013 date.

The Canadian nominees, and their category, are: Most Historically Significant Coin, $50 silver, HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake, War of 1812; Best Contemporary Event Coin, 50 cents, base-metal, Superman then and now lenticular; Best Gold Coin, 50 cents 1/25-ounce bald eagle; Best Silver Coin, $100, three bison; Most Artistic Coin, $20 one ounce, silver, Canadian maple canopy, spring; and Most Inspirational Coin, $3 silver, grandfather and grandson fishing.

Canadian coins were not nominated in the categories for Best Crown Coin, Best Circulating Coin, Best Bi-Metallic Coin, and Most Innovative Coin.

Canada wasn’t the only country to score multiple nominations. Australia led the pack with seven nominations, while France also scored six. Austria, Britain, Lithuania, and Finland scored four each.

The program is conducted by Krause Publications of Iola, Wisc., owners of Numismatic News and World Coin News.

Nominations were determined by a board of experts on Oct. 3.

The nominees are now being reviewed by an international panel of 80 judges, including Canadian Coin News managing editor Bret Evans, who will choose a winner in each of the 10 categories. A second round of balloting by the same panel will select the Coin of the Year from among the category winners. The award will be presented in January at the World Money Fair, in Berlin, Germany.

Last year’s Coin of the Year winner was a 10-euro silver coin issued by France, commemorating the work of French artist Yves Klein.

Members of the public can also cast votes. While their input will not have any impact on the winners, the public will be able to see if they agree or disagree with the views of the judges.

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