Royal Canadian Mint leads the pack once again in Krause Publications' 2012 Coin of the Year award with seven nominations

OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint continues to stand out in the running for Krause Publications' annual Coin of the Year awards, after it received seven nominations for awards to be presented next February at the 2012 World Money Fair in Berlin.  This is the most nominations earned for the last three consecutive years by any national mint or central bank recognized by Krause Publications for their highest numismatic achievements for coins issued in 2010.

The Mint's outstanding collector coins lead a large field of international competitors by receiving nominations in seven different Coin of the Year categories, specifically: Best Gold Coin; Most Historically Significant Coin; Best Contemporary Event Coin; Most Popular Coin; and Most Innovative Coin; Most Artistic Coin; and Most Inspirational Coin.

"Quality, innovation and craftsmanship are important values at the Royal Canadian Mint and they are reflected in each of our coins nominated for a 2012 Coin of the Year award," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "It takes the best coins to showcase Canada's history, culture and values and we are proud that the work of the talented employees of the Royal Canadian Mint continues to receive international acclaim."

The Mint's 2012 Coin of the Year award nominations are:

Most Historically Significant Coin

2010 $100 Gold Coin - 400th Anniversary of Hudson Bay

Best Contemporary Event Coin

2010 $500 Gold Coin - 75th Anniversary of the First Bank Notes Issued by the Bank of Canada

Best Gold Coin

2010 $350 Pure Gold Coin Prairie Crocus

Most Popular Coin

2010 25-cent Poppy coloured circulation coin

Most Artistic Coin

2010 Wildlife Conservation Series $3 Polar Bear (square, gold-plated silver)

Most Inspirational Coin

2010 Limited-Edition Silver Dollar - The Poppy

Most Innovative Coin

2010 $150 18-Karat Hologram Coin—Year of the Tiger

The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging is conducted by an international panel of the world's leading mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials.  The awards will be presented in Berlin, Germany, at the 2012 World Money Fair, which is being held from February 3-5, 2012.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wisconsin, is the world's largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows, including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as www.NumisMaster.com, and the online coin price database.

Images and details of the Mint's latest award nominees are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca and www.mint.ca.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint

For further information:

Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
Telephone: (613) 949-5777
Mobile: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca


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