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COTY Awards Announced
January 26, 2009

Mongolian Wolverine Wins Coin of the Year

Only about a week now until our little band of four, Lisa Bellavin, Dave Harper, Scott Tappa and myself travels to Berlin for this year's World Money Fair. It's been a busy few weeks of preparations for the show, scheduling meetings, exploring special side trips and planning for big events like the Media Forum and the Coin of the Year (COTY) awards ceremony. Hard work, but well worth the time invested to be sure we get everything we can accomplished at the worlds most dazzling coin show.

On the COTY front, big news this week, as the 10 catagory winners and the top COTY overall winner were all announced. A stunningly sculpted silver 500 Tugrik of Mongolia featuring a full-on face of a Wolverine, with diamond eyes, took the top COTY honors. The coin was struck by Mayer Mint, who will have a team, lead by mint President Alex Wegner, on hand at the World Money Fair to receive the award. I'm looking forward to meeting Mr. Wegner and his team as Mayer Mint has held such an important place in numismatics for so many generations its like an icon to our hobby. Look carefully and you will find Mayer Mint coins and medals all over the globe.

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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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