10 winners of COTY were voted in the first round of international contest
The first round winners of the Coin of the Year contest were defined for each of ten categories except the main one. The absolute winner coin will be chosen by the international panel of judges during the World Money Fair in Berlin on February 4, 2017. All the nominees were issued as usual two years earlier, in 2015.
Although the top long-list nominees’ countries of origin were Canada and Australia, the top winners appeared to be American and Finnish coins. Both of the later states enjoyed two of winning pieces. Other states winning in categories with their special coins are United Kingdom, Austria, Japan, the Cook Islands, Italy and Canada.
The USA won with coins celebrating the Salk polio vaccine (Most Inspirational Coin) and the Kisatchie National Forest of America the Beautiful quarters (Best Circulating Coin). Finland has become first at Best Bi-Metallic Coin category with its 5-euro coin bearing the national animal of Lapland, a reindeer. The country also got the Best Silver Coin’s first place with 10-euro piece commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Second World War’s ending.
The theme of 70 years of peace in Europe after World War II is supported by one more winner of the contest, Italian 10-euro silver special coin, which was claimed to be the Most Artistic Coin. The silver rectangular 2$ coin of the Cook Islands was acknowledged the Most Innovative Coin of the year. It represents the Black Hole and the Space-Time Continuum with a sphere of magnetic metal in the center.
Canada, been having the largest amount of nominees for COTY’2017 along with Australia, won the Most Historically Significant Coin category (for events happened more than 100 years back) with its silver 20-dollar coin dedicated to the famous poem of J. McCrae “In Flanders Fields”. The poem tells about World War I great loss of soldiers; and the coin bears the effigy of the King George V instead of the current Queen on its obverse, as the monarch of the British Empire of that time. Great Britain itself became the winner of Best Crown category with 5-pound non-precious copper-nickel coin honoring the semicentenary of Sir Winston Churchill.
Two gold special coins in the winners list are Japanese and Austrian ones. The 10 thousand yen coin of Japan won the Best Contemporary Event Coin category; the piece commemorates the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction, occurred in last 100 years (the Contemporary Event category’s requirement). The golden Austrian winning coin depicts the intricate artwork of Capercaille birds’ images. The denomination of the piece is 100 euro.
Remarkable, that three Austrian coins were among previous year’s first round winners, while the major award was given to the United States Mint’s clad half dollar dedicated to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thus, America holds the record for Coin of the Year awards with its five winners during the COTY history. The international collectible coins contest was established by World Coin News magazine in 1984. Annually, the winner is voted in two rounds by the international judges and introduced during the ceremony at World Money Fair in Germany.