Sep 292011

Russia has chosen its favourite commemorative coins from issuers all over the world.

The Fifth International Commemorative Coins Contest came to a crescendo last night at the Marble Palace, Catherine the Great’s neoclassical masterpiece in St Petersburg.

Contest committee members comprising experts from museums, auction houses, dealers, associations and periodicals were joined in the historic building by representatives from national banks, mints and coin distributors from 25 countries.

Click here to see the winning coins.

The Perth Mint was proud to accept the award for best coin in the ‘Souvenir’ category for our unique Australia-shaped Shanghai World Expo silver commemorative.

This Perth Mint Australia-shaped release was one of the coins recognised at last night’s presentation ceremony in St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace.

We also picked up second spot in the ‘Unique Concept’ category for our Treasures of Australia gold locket coin containing granules of Australian gold.

Australian precious metal coins made by The Perth Mint are sought after items in Russia and the CIS.  Our coins are available through Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank which now boasts more than 18,880 retail outlets.