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A Polish coin depicting prized jazz musician Krzystof Komeda has been chosen as the most beautiful coin in the world. It was awarded the 2011 “International Prize Vicenza Numismatica,” by the jury at the seventh edition of the famed competition in Italy.
According to the official website, the prize is assigned to the most beautiful minted coin based on an assessment by the jury of its aesthetics and the message it conveys.
Designed by Roussanka Nowakowska, the coin was produced by the Mint of Poland on behalf of the National Bank of Poland. The coin, which is part of the “History of Popular Polish Music” series, was singled out for its “romantic depiction of the pianist,” according to a statement on the Mint of Poland's website.
The winners will be officially announced and presented with their awards on October 31 during the Vicenza Numismatica fair in Vicenza, where the featured coins will also be on display. The two other prizes at the festival include the coin with the best architectonic representation, and the artist with the most distinguished career in drawing coins, medals and sketches.
Some receive medals and decorations spilling blood. Collectors of military awards get them at lower price...
A woman standing next to one of the Afghan war veteran and other armed conflicts, during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine
Photo: Sergei Supinsky/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
At the European Museum of the Year Award Ceremony on Saturday 22nd of May, in front of an audience of more than 160 museum professionals from 22 European countries, the Ozeaneum Museum in Stralsund, Germany was announced as the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award for 2010.
Visitors queue in front of the maritime museum 'Ozeaneum' in Stralsund, Germany. The rather cold weather has boosted visitor numbers to more than 1,000 per day. The Ozeaneum has been awarded the European Museum of the Year award, which was handed over in Tampere, Finnland on 22 May 2010. EPA/STEFAN SAUER.
China command was always very strong on all Olympic games and we not sure that Chinese leader is happy or not for current medal counts (2 gold, 1 silver award and one bronze):
20 Chinese renminbi yuan (¥) banknote (CNY).
By the way, the distinction between yuan and renminbi is analogous to that between the pound and sterling. Renminbi (simplified Chinese: 人民币; traditional Chinese: 人民幣) translates as people's currency.