OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint continues to stand out in the running for Krause Publications' annual Coin of the Year awards, after eight coins issued in 2012 were nominated for awards to be presented next February at the 2014 World Money Fair in Berlin. This is the most nominations earned for the last four consecutive years by any national mint or central bank recognized by Krause Publications for their numismatic achievements.
The Mint's exceptional collector coins lead a large field of international competitors by receiving nominations in eight different Coin of the Year categories, specifically: Most Historically Significant Coin; Best Gold Coin; Best Silver Coin; Best Crown Coin; Best Circulation Coin; Best Bi-Metallic Coin; Most Innovative Coinage; and Most Inspirational Coinage.
"Quality, innovation and craftsmanship are important values at the Royal Canadian Mint which we are proud to see acknowledged in each of our coins nominated for a 2014 Coin of the Year award," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "It takes exceptional coins to appropriately showcase Canada's history, culture and values and we are proud that the work of the talented employees of the Royal Canadian Mint is once again receiving international acclaim."
The Mint's 2014 Coin of the Year award nominations are:
Most Historically Significant Coin
2012 25-cent circulation coin: 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 "Sir Isaac Brock"
Best Gold Coin
2012 1/25 ounce Pure Gold Coin - The Penny
Best Silver Coin
2012 $20 Fine Silver Coin - The Penny
Best Crown Coin
2012 Queen Diamond Jubilee - Portrait in ultra high relief in fine silver
Best Circulation Coin
2012 $2 commemorative circulation coin: 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 "HMS Shannon"
Best Bi-Metallic Coin
2012 $5 Sterling Silver and Niobium Coin - Full Wolf's Moon
Most Innovative Coinage
2012 25-cent "Glow-in-the-Dark" Prehistoric Animals - Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai
Most Inspirational Coinage
$5 Fine Silver Coin - 25th Anniversary of the Rick Hansen Man-in-Motion Tour
The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging is conducted by an international panel of the world's leading mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials. The awards will be presented in Berlin, Germany, at the 2014 World Money Fair, which is being held from February 7-9, 2014.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.
About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wisconsin, is the world's largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows, including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as www.NumisMaster.com, and the online coin price database.
Images and details of the Mint's latest award nominees are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint