Publishers of Numismatic News magazine, Krause Publications, has revealed the candidates for the 2016 Coin of the Year in each of the ten categories. Meant to represent achievements in design and marketing from the world’s mints and central banks, the awards are eagerly awaited, and hotly debated, no surprise given the breadth of choice and the closed nature of the nominations.
Due to be presented at next years World Money Fair in Berlin at the end of January, prior to that the coins will be reviewed by a worldwide panel of judges comprised of mint and museum officials, journalists and individual experts. They’ll choose a winner in each of the 10 individual categories. A second round of balloting will select the Coin of the Year from among the category winners. The coins are all from the 2014 calendar year.
There are 100 nominations, from 44 countries. These compete in the ten categories below, which each category getting its own winner. The ten winners then compete for the overall title of Coin of the Year. There’s always plenty of discussion on what should and shouldn’t be nominated, that’s the nature of this kind of award in any field, but it’s fair to say there are some worthy nominations in the mix again. Last years winner, Klimt from the Austrian Mint, is up again for the 2014 entrant in the series and Canada has an amazing 12 nominations overall, represented in all but one category.
However, we reckon much of the discussion will centre on what hasn’t been included. First and foremost amongst these is the utterly sublime proof 2014 Britannia from the Royal Mint. Designed by Jody Clark, we raved about this immediately on release, and almost everybody else did straight after, culminating in some quite hefty secondary prices. It absolutely amazes that this coin hasn’t been included in any category this year. We’d go as far as to say the decision makes a mockery of the awards. Equally mystifying is the omission of the beautiful Mineral Arts: Taj Mahal coin and any number of coins in the art-architectural genre. We’re sure you can add many of you’re own, but for us, these two designs in particular garnered almost universal praise and have been ignored. Baffling.