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COTY People's Choice Award Goes to Hungary
January 09, 2009

Hungary Wins Again!

The World Coin News staff announced today that a Hungarian coin won the newly established People's Choice Coin of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Last year, the first year a COTY Peoples Choice Award was presented, Hungary stunned the Mint and Central Bank community by getting out the collector vote for their coin.

In Berlin last year, at the World Money Fair, I was asked by several Mint Directors how Hungary had done so well, so I asked Terez Horvath from the Hungarian Mint and was told that they had worked with the countrie's numismatic clubs and encouraged all members to vote. A straight forward get out the vote effort, combined with a good patriotic national theme for the coin with ties to populace outside the mainstream collecting community.

I relayed this information to all the folks that commented on the voting results and encouraged each and every one to attempt similar drives their own nominees, but happily for Hungary they were able to beat the competition again.

Quite an honor to recive this popular award in it's first two years of existance! My congratuations go out to the Hungarian Mint both for a beautiful coin and for a great job exciting their collecting community!

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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