2022 IACA Excellence in Currency Awards

The winners of the IACA Excellence in Currency Coin Awards for 2022 will be announced and presented at a special ceremony on 18 October, during the Coin Conference in Amsterdam.

This is the fifth series of the awards, the previous four having been presented at the Coin Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Sponsored by Currency News™ and run by IACA, they are designed to promote and recognise excellence in the industry.

The finalists are as follow:

Best New Commemorative or Test Circulating Coin Issued at Face Value

Central Bank of Barbados / Royal Canadian Mint: for the limited edition $1 dollar coin with a glow-in-the-dark flying fish, issued to celebrate the efforts of essential workers during the pandemic.

South African Reserve Bank / South African Mint Company: for the 5 rand commemorative coin celebrating the centenary of SARB, the oldest central bank in Africa, the reverse of which features images of different circulation coins issued over the 100 year period.

Monnaie de Paris: for the silver €100, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the euro as well as the famous 20th French franc, the design of which combines a mix of strong numismatic symbols.

Best New Coin Product, Feature or Distribution Innovation

Japan Mint: for the new 500 yen coin, issued last year, with new materials and security features to deter counterfeiting.

Royal Canadian Mint: for the R&D Security Test Token Set, with six tokens produced with a variety of tokens that incorporate a variety of security features, aesthetics and materials to demonstrate the latest developments from the RCM’s Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg.

National Bank of Poland: for the introduction of self-service coin deposit devices and a corresponding app to encourage households to return coins, thereby increasing recirculation and reducing the need for new coins to be minted.

Best New Environmental Sustainability Project for Coins

Royal Dutch Mint: for the Dutch Vault, which opened in 2020 and is the first energy-neutral mint in Europe.

Inorcoat and the Croatian Mint: for the replacement of the harmful galvanic chrome plating process with a new green PVD coating technology for coining dies – especially for the introduction of the euro in Croatia.

Monnaie de Paris: for the Peace Project, part of a collection of coins celebrating the history of mankind that is made with Fairmined Gold, which guarantees fair and responsible gold extraction.

Full details of the winning entries will be provided in the November issue of Coin & Mint News™.