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Award-winning coins

Award-winning coins

Excellence by design

The Royal Canadian Mint is recognized worldwide for the technological innovation and exquisite detail of its coins. Both at home and abroad, our products are widely respected as the standard in minting today. But you needn't take our word for it — the many awards our coins have garnered speak for themselves.

2019

2019 Best New Coin Product, Feature or Distribution Innovation

Excellence in Currency Awards by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA)
Category: Best New Coin Innovation
In launching a new line "R+D Lab" coins featuring experimental innovations, the Mint introduced a tri-metal token consists of a brass plated steel ring, with an inner core of nickel plated steel and copper-plated steel on the opposite side. With a complex arrangement of multiple materials, this token combines the most advanced overt and covert security features, including differentiated electromagnetic signatures in vending equipment.

2018

2018 Most Inspirational Coin

Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards
Product: 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Mother Earth
Designed by Canadian artist Alexandra Lefort, this 99.99% pure silver coin features a 3D droplet with an inset full-colour image of Earth, conveying the importance of water to all life on this planet. The space around the water droplet brings the design's focus to Canada. The diverse fauna and flora flourishing on our land, in our sky, and in our waters are delicately engraved around the water droplet.

2017

2017 Best New Communications Program (Circulating Coins)

Excellence in Currency Awards by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA)
Product: Canada 150 Commemorative Circulation Coins
In 2015, the Mint launched a national contest inviting the public to create new designs for a 2017 circulation coin series celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary from five theme perspectives: Our Wonders, Our Character, Our Achievements, Our Passions, and Canada's Future. After Canadians cast over one million online votes, five individual winners were selected. Each 2017-dated circulation coin denomination featured one of their designs. The coins entered circulation in May 2017 and the Mint used this national celebration to launch the world's first glow-in-the-dark circulation coin to bring to life the northern lights design of three million two-dollar coins.

2017

2017 Most Historically Significant Coin

Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards
Product: 2015 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – 100th Anniversary of In Flanders Fields
Designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw, the reverse of this silver coin evokes the opening lines of John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Fields: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow; Between the crosses, row on row; That mark our place…". With his helmet removed and head bent in mourning, a lone Canadian soldier stands before a makeshift gravesite for fellow soldiers who were killed in battle. Their final resting place in the Belgian fields near the Ypres salient inspired McCrae's haunting poem that gave birth to the annual Remembrance Day tradition, observed across Canada every November 11.

2017

2017 Best Silver Coin

Gold Chervonets Magazine Coin Constellation Awards
Product; 2016 Five Kilogram Pure Silver Coin – Charles Edenshaw: Argillite Chest
Working in consultation with Haida artist James Hart, Mint engravers painstakingly recreated the central panel of a historic argillite box carved by Charles Edenshaw in 1882 in five kilograms of 99.99% pure silver. The reverse design features a lion with a human-like nose and chin. Two hands flank the face, which appears to emerge from a cave. The intricate background contains a wealth of Haida forms, as well as detailed negative space cross-hatching—all characteristic of Edenshaw's work.

2016

2016 Best Crown Coin

Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards
Product: 2014 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Maple Canopy: Autumn Allure
This coloured silver coin designed by artist Emily Damstra is a breathtaking perspective of maple trees in their autumn splendor. The dynamic illustration begins at the base of three trees and leads the eye upwards towards the magnificent canopies which are enhanced in vivid hues of orange, yellow and gold. A branch in the foreground provides the added perspective to bring the maple leaf's distinctive shape into view.

2015

2015 Best New Commemorative or Test Circulating Coin

Excellence in Currency Awards by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA)
Product: 50-cent 100th Aniversary of Anzac Commemorative Circulation Coin (New Zealand)
Produced by the Royal Canadian Mint for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and NZ Post, this coin was the first in the world to feature the Mint's new high-speed pad-printed colouring technology. Commemorating the founding of the joint Army corps formed by New Zealand and Australia during the First World War, it featured two soldiers standing back to back, with heads bowed in remembrance of their fallen comrades. A hammerhead shark motif and a silver fern are painted in intricate detail that could never have been possible before the Mint developed this technology for colouring circulation coins.

2015

2015 Most Inspirational Coin

Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards
Product: 2013-dated $3 Fine Silver Coin – Fishing
Designed by Canadian artist John Mantha, this 99.99% pure silver coin depicts an idyllic scene of a father and child sitting on a dock with their fishing line bobbing in the water as they and their loyal dog calmly wait for the fish to bite. This iconic vision of Canadian summers is brought into beautiful contrast by the delicate frosting of the central design over a mirror-like proof background.

2014

2014 Most Innovative Coin

Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards
Product: 2012 25-Cent Prehistoric Animals - Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai
A global phenomenon when it launched in March 2012, this cupro-nickel collector coin was the world's first-ever photo-luminescent coin. Based on the discovery of a new species of dinosaur from a fossil found in the province of Alberta, a painted image of a living Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai on a cupronickel coin cleverly disguised the skeleton of this prehistoric animal which brightly glowed only once the coin was placed in darkness. Subsequent releases in this "glow-in-the-dark" series have all rapidly sold out.

2013 Best New Coin Innovation

2013 Best New Coin Innovation

Excellence in Currency Awards by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA)
Category: Best New Coin Innovation
Coin: Multi-ply plated steel $1 and $2 circulation coins
The Mint developed visible and covert security features for its new generation of $1 and $2 circulation coins. These include a laser mark micro-engraving on the reverse (or tails side) of both coins and Digital Non-destructive Activation (DNA) technology, by which the surface structure of each coin can be read like a fingerprint and checked against a database of all $1 and $2 coins produced by the Mint since 2012. The $2 circulation coin also features a shifting virtual image on its reverse, as well as edge-lettering.

Sixth International Commemorative Coins Contest - Coin Constellation - 2012

2012 Coin of the Year

Sixth International Commemorative Coins Contest "Coin Constellation-2012"
Category: Coin of the Year
Coin: $300 Pure Gold Coin with Diamond - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012)

2012 Most Historically Significant Coin - 2010 $100 Gold Coin - 400th Anniversary of Hudson Bay

2012 Most Historically Significant Coin

Krause Publications 2012 Coin of the Year Awards
Category: Most Historically Significant
Coin: 2010 $100 Gold Coin - 400th Anniversary of Hudson Bay

2011 Most Artistic

2011 Most Artistic

Krause Publications 2011 Coin of the Year Awards
Category: Most Artistic
Coin: 2009 $300 Gold Coin - Summer Moon Mask

2011 Best Silver Coin

2011 Best Silver Coin

Krause Publications 2011 Coin of the Year Awards
Category: Best Silver Coin
Coin: 2009 Fine Silver Crystal Snowflake

2010 Most Inspirational Coin

2010 Most Inspirational Coin

2010 World Money Fair - Presented by Krause Publications
Category: Most Inspirational Coin
Coin: Fine Gold Kilo "Towards Confederation"
Theme: Canadian Heritage

2010 Best New Series Award

2010 Best New Series Award

2010 Excellence in Currency Awards - Presented by IACA
Category: Best new series
Coin: Vancouver 2010 Circulation Programme
Theme: 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

2007 Most Inspirational Coin Award

2007 Most Inspirational Coin Award

2008 World Money Fair – presented by Krause Publications
Category: Most Inspirational Coin
Coin: Big and Little Bear constellations coins
Theme: Constellations

2007 Coin of the Year Award and 2007 Most Innovative Coin Award

2007 Most Inspirational Coin Award

2008 World Money Fair - Presented by Krause Publications
Category: Coin of the Year and Most Innovative Coin
Coin: Pink Ribbon coin
Theme: Ribbon of Hope

2007 Best New Coin Award

2007 Best New Coin Award

International Association of Currency Affairs
Category: Best Coin
Coin: 25-cent coloured circulation coin
Theme: Creating a future without breast cancer

2002 Coin of Year Award

2002 Coin of Year Award

Asia Money Fair
Category: Most Popular Coin
Coin: Five-coin commemorative set
Theme: Asian symbols, five blessings commemorative set

2002 Coin of the Year Award

2002 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Gold Coin
Coin: $200 22-karat coin
Theme: Mother and Child, designed by Germaine Amaktoyauk.

Mint Directors' Conference 2000

Mint Directors' Conference 2000

Category: Most Technologically Advanced Coin
Coin: 20-dollar coin featuring a hologram cameo
Theme: Transportation coin series

2000 Coin of the Year Award

2000 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Most Popular Coin
Coin: Silver Dollar
Theme: 125th anniversary of the RCMP - 1998

1999 International Hologram Manufacturers Association

1999 International Hologram Manufacturers Association

Category: Excellence in Holographic Product
Coin: Gold Bullion Maple Leaf
Theme: 20th anniversary maple leaf coin series

1998 Most Popular Coin

1998 Most Popular Coin

World Coin News
Category: Most Popular Coin
Coin: 2-dollar circulation coin Theme: Polar Bear design

1998 Coin of the Year Award

1998 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Gold Coin
Coin: 100-dollar 14-karat gold coin - 1997
Theme: Alexander Graham Bell

1997 Coin of the Singapore International Coin Show

1997 Coin of the Singapore International Coin Show

Coin of the Singapore International Coin Show
Category: Best Coin
Coin: 200-dollar 22-karat gold coin
Theme: Haida contemporary art

1996 Coin of the Year Award

1996 Coin of the Year Award

Münzen Magazin
Category: Best Coin
Coin: 100-dollar 14-karat gold coin
Theme: Klondike

1994 Coin of the Year Award

1994 Coin of the Year Award

Münzen Magazin
Category: Best Coin
Coin: 200-dollar 22-karat gold coin
Theme: Anne of Green Gables

1993 Coin of the Year Award

1993 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Gold Coin
Coin: 100-dollar 14-karat gold coin
Theme: Antique autos

1989 Coin of the Year Award

1989 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Silver Coin
Coin: 1-dollar sterling-silver coin
Theme: Mackenzie River Bicentennial

1988 Coin of the Year Award

1988 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Silver Coin
Coin: 1-dollar sterling-silver coin
Theme: Davis Strait 400th anniversary

1986 Coin of the Year Award

1986 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Category: Best Gold Coin - Most Historically Significant
Coin: 100-dollar 22-karat gold coin
Theme: Jacques Cartier 450th anniversary of the voyage of discovery.

1985 Coin of the Year Award

1985 Coin of the Year Award

World Coin News
Coin: 20-dollar Olympic coin
Theme: 1988 Winter Olympic downhill skier