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Organisations from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Mexico and Hong Kong have all scooped prestigious awards from the International Association of Currency Affairs.

Sponsored by Currency News, the awards were presented at a special ceremony during The Coin Conference in Madrid.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority: Winner of Best Coin Innovation
Hong Kong Monetary Authority: Winner of Best Coin Innovation

Award Winners

Best New Circulating Coin or Coin Series

This award was won by the Bank of Papua New Guinea and Royal Australian Mint for the Papua New Guinea 50 ‘toea’ coin.

The denomination celebrates the ‘XV Pacific Games’ and is a multi-coloured circulating coin, which features on its reverse the logo and colours of the Pacific Games.

The other finalists in this category were:

  • The Royal Mint (Tanzania 500 shilingi)
  • Central Reserve Bank of Peru (Peru 1 neuvo sol ‘Sacred City of Caral’)

Best New Commemorative or Test Circulating Coin

This award went to Royal Canadian Mint and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for the New Zealand 50 cent Anzac Centenary coin.

This is New Zealand’s first coloured circulation coin and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula during the First World War by Anzac, the joint corps of Australian and NZ armed forces.

The other finalists in this category were:

  • Royal Dutch Mint (Netherlands €2 Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • Central Bank of Armenia (Armenia 200 dram ‘Wild Trees of Armenia’)

Best Public Education Program or Website

The Bank of Mexico is the winner of the public education award, with a campaign to encourage Mexican’s to adopt a series of 20-peso commemorative coins.

It was also recognised for its promotion of an improved Banknotes and Coins Exchange Service, which enables the public to obtain change efficiently and conveniently without fees.

The other finalists in this category were:

  • Royal Canadian Mint (Program for 25-cent Coins Commemorating the Canadian Arctic Expedition Centenary)
  • The Royal Mint (Lucky Penny Campaign)

Best Coin Innovation

This award was won by Hong Kong Monetary Authority for its creative solution to stop coin hoarding.

The HKMA uses Coin Carts that go out into the community to encourage people to deposit coins. The programme helps with the recirculation of coins and reduces minting costs.

The other finalists in this category were:

  • Royal Spanish Mint (Quadruple Latent Image)
  • The Royal Mint (Coin Reclamation Programme)

Award Ceremony

The awards were presented at a special ceremony which took place at The Coin Conference in Madrid, Spain on 22 October 2015.

About the Awards

This year there were 27 nominations in the four award categories – and a shortlist of 12 finalists.

We would like to congratulate all of the organisations that were shortlisted this year.

Full details of this year’s awards will be provided in the next issue of Currency News.

The awards are organised by IACA. For more information, visit www.currencyaffairs.org