2018 Coin of the Year: The Winners

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February 6, 2018 – The Coin of the Year Award is an internationally conducted program sponsored by Krause Publications to provide recognition of outstanding coin design and marketing efforts. The COTY trophies for 2018 were awarded at the World Money Fair Berlin, on 3 February 2018.

The Coin of the Year 2018 comes from Germany: The 5-euro polymer coin “Planet Earth”.

From the 10 winners of the first round in different categories the international panel of judges chose the Coin of the Year: the 5 euro polymer coin from Germany.
All coins in the contest are dated 2016.

These are the winners:

Most Historically Significant Coin

France / 200 euros gold / Joan of Arc

Best Contemporary Event Coin

Switzerland / 20 Francs silver / Gottardo Tunnel

Best Gold Coin

Austria / 100 euros gold / Wildlife in Our Sights

Best Silver Coin

Australia / 5 dollars silver / Northern Sky Cassiopeia, Dome-Shaped

Best Crown Coin

France / 50 euros silver / Van Cleef and Arpels

Best Circulating Coin

China / 10 Yuan Bi-Metallic / Year of the Monkey, with Security Features

Best Bi-Metallic Coin

Austria / 25 euros / Bi-Metallic Niobium Silver / Time

Most Artistic Coin

Latvia / 5 euros / silver / National Entrepreneur, Multi-Faceted and QR Code

Most Innovative Coin

Germany / 5 euros silver / Planet Earth, Polymer Ring with Different Blue Pigment

Most Inspirational Coin

Canada / 20 dollars silver / Mother Earth, 3-D-Droplet

One of the many coins Everhart designed was the United States March of Dimes silver dollar on the 60th anniversary of the Salk polio vaccine. The coin was last year’s COTY “Most Inspirational Coin”.

Don Everhart II received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Coin Design. He is a retired designer, sculptor and engraver of the US Mint whose works have won many awards.

You can find previous articles on the COTY in our archive and a list of all winners from 1984 to 2015 on the Krause website.

The polymer coin “Planet Earth” was also awarded the IACA Award.

The technology feature is explained in this article.

And we visited the Karlsruhe Mint to see how the polymer coin is actually produced. Read the article here.

Germany has also released a follow-up polymer coin series of the extremely successful “Planet Earth” coin with the subject “Climate zones of the Earth”.