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MDC Coin Competition

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award shield in 2012

The member mints of the Mint Directors Conference (MDC) take part in the MDC Coin Competition held during the MDC general meetings. The MDC Coin Competition is classified by 4 categories – “Commemorative Coin (Gold Coin)”, “Commemorative Coin (Silver Coin)”, “Circulating Coin (base metal coin)” and “Other Coin”. (It used to have 3 categories – “Commemorative Coin (Gold Proof)”, “Commemorative Coin (Others)” and “Circulating Coin” by the 28th MDC in Vienna in 2014.)

Each member mint can enter one coin per category. The Most Beautiful Coins and the Most Technically Advanced Coins are selected by a vote of the member mints for each category.

2012 Most Beautiful Coin (Commemorative Coin (Others))

Image of The 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law (Iwate) 1,000 yen Silver Coin

2010 Most Beautiful Coin (Commemorative Coin (Gold))

Image of The 20th Anniversary of His Majesty the Emperor's Enthronement 10,000 yen Gold Coin

Image of The 20th Anniversary of His Majesty the Emperor's Enthronement 10,000 yen Gold Coin

2002 Most Beautiful Coin (Commemorative Coin (Others))

Image of 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, 1,000 yen Silver Coin

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, 1,000 yen Silver Coin

1994 Most Technically Advanced Coin (Commemorative Coin (Gold))

Image of The Wedding of His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince, 50,000 yen Gold Coin

The Wedding of His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince, 50,000 yen Gold Coin (1993)

Coin of the Year

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Coin of the Year (COTY) competition was started by Krause Publications in 1984. Since 2019, the World Coin News, a division of Active Interest Media, has held this competition.

Coins applied to the Coin of the Year competition are categorized into 10 categories, “Most Historically Significant Coin”, “Best Contemporary Event Coin”, “Best Gold Coin”, “Best Silver Coin”, “Best Crown Coin”, “Best Circulating Coin”, “Best Bi-Metallic Coin”, “Most Artistic Coin”, “Most Innovative Coin” and “Most Inspirational Coin”. Then, COTY award is selected out of these 10 categories. (“Best Trade Coin” category, which was awarded to the 60th year of the Emperor on the throne, 500 yen Cupronickel Coin in 1988, had been later repealed.)

2017 Best Contemporary Event Coin

Image of Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Project, 10,000 yen Gold Coin (3rd Series)(2015)

Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Project, 10,000 yen Gold Coin (3rd Series)(2015)

2008 Best Silver Coin

Image of 50 Years of Japan's Accession to the United Nations, 1,000 yen Silver Coin

50 Years of Japan's Accession to the United Nations, 1,000 yen Silver Coin (2006)

2002 Most Innovative Coinage Concept

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500 yen Nickel-brass Coin (2000)

1993 Best Gold Coin

Image of The Enthronement of the Emperor, 100,000 yen Gold Coin

The Enthronement of the Emperor, 100,000 yen Gold Coin (1991)

1988 Best Trade Coin

Image of The 60th year of the Emperor on the throne, 500 yen Cupronickel Coin

The 60th year of the Emperor on the throne, 500 yen Cupronickel Coin (1986)

1988 Best Gold Coin

Image of The 60th year of the Emperor on the throne, 100,000 yen Gold Coin

The 60th year of the Emperor on the throne, 100,000 yen Gold Coin (1986)



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