Royal Canadian Mint leads competition for most 2010 Coin of the Year Award

OTTAWA, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is a standout in the running for Krause Publications' annual Coin of the Year Awards, after it received nine nominations for the 2010 awards to be announced at the 2010 World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. This is the most nominations to be earned by any mint recognized by Krause Publications for its 2008 numismatic achievements.

The Mint is also delighted that the two nominations received by Panama (for the commemorative Children's Hospital Quarter Balboa and the Breast Cancer Awareness Quarter Balboa) represent coins engraved and produced by the Mint. The Mint produced circulation coins for 16 foreign countries in 2008.

"The Royal Canadian Mint celebrated a century of achievement in 2008 and we take great pride in knowing that so many of the collector and circulation coins we produced were worthy of early recognition by the prestigious Coin of the Year Awards," said Ian E. Bennett, Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO. "Garnering the most nominations of any mint is a testament to the excellence of our coins and to the talent of our people."

The Mint's nominations are as follows:

    Most Historic Coin
    $15 Silver Playing Card Money - Queen of Spades

    Best Gold
    $300 Gold Summer Moon Mask

    Best Silver Coin
    Special Edition Silver Dollar - Royal Canadian Mint Centennial

    Best Trade Coin
    25-Cent Poppy Circulation Coin

    Most Popular
    25-Cent Anne of Green Gables

    Most Artistic Coin
    $15 Silver Effigies of Royalty - Edward VII

    Most Innovative
    $15 Silver Playing Card Money - Queen of Spades

    Most Inspirational Coin
    $2500 Gold Kilo - Towards Confederation

    People's Choice
    Vancouver 2010 $25 Silver Hologram - Bobsleigh

Krause Publications of the United States publishes World Coin News and Numismatic News, in addition to many respected numismatic catalogues and research titles. The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging will be conducted by an international panel of the world's leading Mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials. The results will be announced in Berlin, Germany at the 2010 World Money Fair, which is being held from January 29-31, 2010.

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. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

Images of the Mint's nominated coins are available by visiting

The full list of nominations can be viewed at

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint

For further information: For further information: Alex Reeves, Manager, Communications, Telephone: (613) 949-5777, Mobile: (613) 884-6370,

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