The NBU has announced the results of the first stage of the annual Best Coin of the Year Contest for 2019 (the “contest”).
The following commemorative coins have won the most votes in the following two categories:
The best coin of the year category:
- The Issuing of a Tomos on the Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (silver; UAH 20; designers – Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk, Serhii Kharuk; engravers – Volodymyr Atamanchuk, Anatolii Demianenko) (16.14% of the total vote)
- The White-Tailed Eagle (nickel silver; UAH 2; designer and engraver – Volodymyr Demianenko) (12.38% of the total vote)
- The Pectoral Set of Commemorative Coins (silver; the set contains four coins with a face value of UAH 10 each; designer – Nataliia Fandikova; engravers – Anatolii Demianenko, Volodymyr Demianenko; computer-aided design by Vitalii Andriianov) (7.21% of the total vote)
The best treatment of a theme category:
- Mother Earth (silver, UAH 10, designers – Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk, Serhii Kharuk; engravers – Roman Chaikovskyi, Sviatoslav Ivanenko) (15.02% of the total vote)
- The Issuing of a Tomos on the Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (nickel silver; UAH 5; designers – Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk, Serhii Kharuk; engravers – Sviatoslav Ivanenko, Volodymyr Demianenko) (6.91% of the total vote)
- The Cold Ravine (nickel silver; UAH 5; designer – Maryna Kuts; engraver – Anatolii Demianenko) (6.26% of the total vote)
Ukrainians also actively voted for the following coins: 1,000 Years since the Rule of Kyiv Prince Yaroslav the Wise Began (silver, UAH 20); The Issuing of a Tomos on the Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (silver, UAH 50); Yavoriv Toys, a set of commemorative coins : The Bird, The Horse, and The Walking Couple (silver, UAH 2 each); Palanok Castle (nickel silver, UAH 5); The Mhar Savior-Transfiguration Monastery (nickel silver, UAH 5), 100 Years since the Signing of the Unification Act – The Integrity of Ukrainian Territory (nickel silver, UAH 5); 100 Years since the Creation of Ukraine’s Dumka National Choir (nickel silver, UAH 5); The First Launch of The Zenit-3SL Carrier Rocket(nickel silver, UAH 5); and Standing Guard over Life (dedicated to military medics) (zinc-based alloy, UAH 10). However, due to the terms of the contest, they did not qualify for the second stage.
The first stage of the contest was held from 3 February through 6 April 2020. During that stage, voters chose the three best coins in each of the above two categories.
Over 2,000 persons voted in the contest.
60% of the completed questionnaires were dropped into specially equipped boxes that were installed in the NBU’s distributing banks, 18% were collected by the Association of Ukrainian Numismatists, and 22% of the questionnaires were emailed.
The NBU will soon hold the second stage of the contest, during which the members of a special commission will vote by secret ballot for the best coin of 2019.