The world's first 'tri-material coin', 5 euro coin 'Blue Planet Earth' won the Awards for 2018 Coin Of The Year (COTY). The 2018 COTY trophies were awarded at the 2018 World Money Fair Berlin, Germany on 3 February 2018.
The €5 "Planet Earth" collector coin consists of three components: an outer ring, an inner core as well as an embossable blue polymer ring inserted between the ring and the core. The blue ring is also partially translucent, which means that it is permeable to light.
MOST INNOVATIVE COIN / COIN OF THE YEAR
German Federal Ministry of Finance
5 Euro, Copper-Nickel
Planet Earth, Polymer Ring with
Different Blue Pigment for Each Mint
MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT COIN
(for events that date back 100 years or more)
Monnaie de Paris
200 Euro, Gold
Joan of Arc
Monnaie de Paris
50 Euro, Silver
Van Cleef and Arpels
BEST CONTEMPORARY EVENT COIN
(for events that occurred less than 100 years ago)
20 Francs, Silver
BEST CIRCULATING COIN
China Banknote Printing and Minting
10 Yuan, Bi-Metallic
Year of the Monkey, with Security Features
MOST INSPIRATIONAL COIN
Royal Canadian Mint
20 Dollars, Silver
Mother Earth, 3-D Droplet
BEST SILVER COIN
Royal Australian Mint
5 Dollars, Silver
Northern Sky Cassiopeia, Dome-Shaped
BEST BI-METALLIC COIN
25 Euro, Bi-Metallic Niobium Silver
BEST GOLD COIN
100 Euro, Gold
Wildlife in Our Sights, The Fox
MOST ARTISTIC COIN
Bank of Latvia
5 Euro, Silver
National Entrepreneur, Multi-Faceted and QR Code
All coins in the contest are dated 2016.
The COTY Awards are sponsored by World Coin News, the World Money Fair and the Journal of East Asian Numismatics.
Created in 1984, they have been given by World Coin News to recognize the best of the coiner’s art and to encourage world mints to continue to challenge themselves in creating these great numismatic works.
World Coin News is a monthly periodical dedicated to collecting international coinage and is a sister publication to the weekly Numismatic News, which is dedicated to U.S. numismatics.