Numismatics Editor Maggie Judkins of Active Interest Media passed along this press release about this year's Coin of the Year winners. Thanks. -Editor
The day was sweet as honey for the Bank of Latvia when its 5-euro Honey Coin was given top honors as 2020 Coin of the Year during an awards ceremony held Feb. 1 in conjunction with the World Money
Fair in Berlin, Germany.
The Coin of the Year awards program, now in its 37th year, is an internationally conducted competition presented by World Coin News to recognize outstanding coin design and innovation worldwide.
The 2020 program, sponsored by The Journal of East Asian Numismatics and the World Money Fair, honored coins dated 2018 in 10 categories of competition as decided by an international panel of
The Honey Coin is styled as a honeycomb in gold-plated silver by artist Arturs Analts. The Bank of Latvia calls it "a symbol of diligence and sweetness of work." It was voted
number-one from a pool of 10 category-winning coins, where it had come out on top in the Most Artistic Coin category.
"The impact of bees on both our ecologies and economies is fast being recognized as mammoth, so this simple and elegant design presents a lovely counterpoint to focus human response,"
said Tom Michael, Coin of the Year coordinator and awards ceremony presenter.
Michael also coordinates the COTY nominating committee, whose job is to select 100 nominees from the more than 1,000 coins submitted for consideration by mints across the globe. He recalls the
Latvian coin holding its own during the process.
"Of the many honey-themed coins we considered for nomination, this one really stood out," he said. "Nominated by both the issuer and committee member Donald Scarinci, the Bank of
Latvia Honey Coin garnered strong support from the judges and won by a very wide margin."
Janis Blums, head of cash department and board member for the Central Bank of Latvia, was in attendance to accept the award.
Following is the list of 2020 category winners.
Most Historically Significant Coin
Monnaie de Paris
10 Euro, Silver with Color
Great War: People's Jubilation
Best Circulating Coin
2 Euro, Bi-metallic
100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Austrian Republic
Best Contemporary Event Coin
5 Euro, Silver with Color
70th Anniversary of the Italian Constitution
Best Bi-Metallic Coin
25 Euro, Bi-metallic
Best Gold Coin
50 Euro, Gold
Vienna Schools of Psychotherapy: Alfred Adler
Most Artistic Coin
Bank of Latvia
5 Euro, Gold-Plated Silver
Best Silver Coin
5 Euro, Silver with Color
Jonines: Rasos Švente
Most Innovative Coin
5, 10, 20 Euro, Silver; 50 Euro, Gold
100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania Independence
Best Crown Coin
Royal Australian Mint
5 Dollars, Silver with Color, Curved
The Earth and Beyond: Earth
Most Inspirational Coin
1 Dollar, Silver with Color
100th Anniversary of the End of World War I
To view this story online, visit https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/coin-of-the-year-goes-to-latvia .
For more details on the voting process and information for all 100 of the 2020 nominees, visit https://www.numismaticnews.net/coin-of-the-year/nominees-for-2020-coin-of-the-year-awards-determined
About Coin of the Year
The Coin of the Year awards program is an internationally conducted competition sponsored by World Coin News, a division of Active Interest Media, to provide recognition of outstanding coin design
and marketing efforts worldwide, and to stimulate other governments to greater participation in both areas.
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