Application For MDC Awards Open

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The Mint Directors Conference (MDC) is host to two prestigious sets of industry awards – the Coin Awards, which recognise the best coins worldwide, and the Packaging Awards, which recognise achievements in the creativity, production and presentation of coin packaging.

The submit date is for both awards 31 January 2020. The exhibition will take place from 26 to 28 April 2020 during the MDC. The winners will be announced at the Farewell Dinner to be held at the Cape Point Vineyards on 29 April, 2020.

Coin Competition

Category 1 – Commemorative coin – gold (Weight – 5 oz or under)

  • Most Beautiful – All Gold coins containing at least 75% gold (18 Carat)
  • Most Innovative – All Gold coins including bi-metal and tri-metal with or without innovation like colour, gems, high relief etc.

 Category 2 – Commemorative coin – silver (Weight – 5 oz or under)

  • Most Beautiful – All silver coins containing at least 60% silver
  • Most Innovative – All silver coins with innovations like selected gold plating, with gems, colour, high relief etc. Also including bi-metal or tri-metal.

 Category 3 – Circulating coin (Weight – 20 gram or under)

  • Most Beautiful – All base metal circulating coins with no decoration
  • Most Innovative – All base metal coins with innovations like colour, gold plating, silver plating, gems etc.

 Category 4 – Other coin (no maximum weight limitation). Includes coins made of more than 40% of metals other than gold or silver such as but not limited to platinum, palladium, niobium, titanium.

  • Most Beautiful – appealing and meaningful design
  • Most Innovative – such as but not limited to new coin shapes, inclusion of nonmetallic highlights on a coin (i.e. gems, glass, porcelain etc.,) integrates innovative features such as high relief, QR codes, augmented reality, combination of metals and all other creative features that a national coin may incorporate

Here are the competition rules for the Coin Competition.

Packaging Competition

Category 1 – Most Creative/Innovative and Unique Packaging

Entries in this category must be able to demonstrate high creativity and uniqueness not seen before in numismatic collectible packaging.

Category 2 – Best National Set

Entries in this category shall best convey the identity of the issuing nation. This package usually includes the annual currency of the issuing nation. The package is readily recognisable internationally as being from the issuing country.

Category 3 – Best Package to Encourage Collecting

Includes all packaging that can house a multiple coin set in a series that will be collected over time, or an individual package of an annual set or an annual issue of coins, in which the packaging of the series changes each year for several years and the coins remain the same from one year to the next. Only the date of issue changes.

In the first definition the coins along with the package create the story that needs to be completed. While, in the second definition it is the series of packaging that creates the story and not the coins. In either definition the packaging is set-up in such a way that the collectors of the coin sets enjoy the story being created and have strong needs to complete the series. The satisfaction is so strongly felt that the owners of the series are encouraged to continue collecting.

Category 4 – Marketers’ Choice

These entries includes all of the above entrants as well as packaging a Mint decides to submit for direct inclusion in this category. A mint may have a super cool package that simply does not fit any of the first three categories and therefore it can be submitted directly for inclusion here.


Here are the competition rules for the Packaging Competition.

Contact people for submission of both awards are Charlene Bergman and Lilian Guerra.

Here you can find the Coin Award Registration Form and the Packaging Award Registration Form respectively.

And for further information on the MDC go to the Mint Directors Conference 2020 website.