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Royal Canadian Mint's Innovative Tribute To Mother Earth Wins 2018 Coin Of The Year Award For "Most Inspirational Coin"

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 — The Royal Canadian Mint is honoured that its 2016-dated $20 Fine Silver Coin – Mother Earth won the Most Inspirational Coin category of the 2018 Krause Publications Coin of the Year awards.  This award was presented to the Mint on February 3, 2018 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, the world's foremost gathering of the global minting industry. 

"The Mint takes great pride in crafting coins which capture the essence of Canadian values and we are honoured to have earned the Most Inspirational Coin award by creatively portraying Planet Earth's dependence on healthy waterways on our Mother Earth collector coin," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The Coin of the Year awards are the highest praise in our industry and we are delighted at this recognition of our efforts to produce collector coins that are memorable, not only for their artistry and innovation, but also for the stories they tell."

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, and the diverse fauna and flora that live there on land, in the sky, and in the water, which are delicately engraved around the water droplet.

The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging is conducted by an international panel of the world's leading mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, a division of F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company, is dedicated to serving antiques, collectibles, outdoors, hunting, and numismatics enthusiasts with trusted content, industry news, and pricing information. Today, the antiques & collectibles division includes books, ebooks, periodicals, and online destinations NumisMaster.com and ShopNumisMaster.com. The F+W portfolio offers books, ebooks, magazines, ecommerce sites, education, conferences and events, serving nearly 20 enthusiast  communities.

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For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves
Senior Advisor, External Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
(613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca