June 16, 2011 – Coins are not only media of exchange but since ancient times have also been symbols of nations and cultures around the world, and countries have tried to create coins featuring beautiful, dignified designs that people can easily identify with. Since 1998, Japan Mint has invited coin designs from all over the world to the International Coin Design Competition (ICDC), to encourage creativity and enhance the artistry of coin designs. In ICDC 2010, Japan Mint received 65 works from 17 countries for the General Category and 97 works from 3 countries for the Student Category. Including the first work by a Japanese to receive the “Most Excellent Work” award, Japan Mint is delighted to introduce the award-winning works and their designers.
Most excellent work: Return of the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa” to the Earth. Shinichi Nakata (Japan).
Excellent work: 2011 Year of the Forrests. Nataliia Fandikova (Ukraine).
Fine Work: Katsushika Hokusai. Davide Del Prete (Italy).
Fine Work: Giuseppe Ravizza. Germano Serafino (Italy).
Fine Work: Nykola Gogol. Volodymyr Atamanchuk / Liudmila Petrovska (Ukraine).
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