The Canadian Mint’s first coloured 10-cent circulation coin issued in 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bluenose has been crowned “Best Circulation” coin in the most coveted awards program for excellence in coin design and manufacturing.
Mints from around the world had competed for recognition in the awards program for excellence in coin design and manufacturing.
According to the Royal Canadian Mint, Bluenose’s 100th anniversary in 2021 gave the Mint the opportunity to celebrate in style. They re-imagined the Bluenose design with the help of Nova Scotia marine artist Yves Bérubé and added colour to Canada’s smallest circulating coin for the very first time.
A maritime icon built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Bluenose was a hard-working fishing schooner whose racing proficiency in the International Fishermen’s Race was unrivalled for nearly two decades.
“The Mint is passionate about finding new ways to showcase Canada on coins that represent the highest levels of craftsmanship, design and innovation,” said Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
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. The winners were selected from among 100 finalists spanning ten categories.