12 December 2019
The annual Change Checker Awards, which aim to find the country’s best coin collectors and decide on the most popular coins issued during the year, have closed, with two enthusiasts scooping the top prizes.
Organised by Change Checker, in association with the allaboutcoins.co.uk website, the awards invite nominations before being judged by members of the allaboutcoins.co.uk team.
The Change Checker of the Year award was won by Lisa Strange, for ‘always going above and beyond in the Change Checker community. She’s helped many people complete their collections whilst also giving helpful advice and tips on coin collecting.’
The Junior Change Checker of the Year winner is Oliver Cross for his dedication and passion in finding commemorative coins in his change and inspiring others to start coin collecting.
Matt Hill, a panel member at allaboutcoins.co.uk and editor of Coin Collector, said:
‘Once again there were many brilliant entries to the Change Checker Awards and picking the winner was really tough. It was lovely to see nominations for those collectors who had really gone the extra mile to help others and spread the word about collecting coins… I hope both winners enjoy reading more about coins on the allaboutcoins.co.uk website and in Coin Collector magazine!’
The awards also saw the Stephen Hawking 50p win Coin Design of the Year. The coin was issued at the beginning of the year, as part of The Royal Mint’s new series celebrating Innovators in Science. It’s design, by Edwina Ellis, honours the most famous British scientist of modern times, Stephen Hawking and his contributions to the world of physics.
Meanwhile, the Coin Story of the Year award was won by Alex Nelson from iNews for his article on the Stephen Hawking 50p – the most talked about coin of the year!
Alex said: ‘Thanks Change Checker! What a nice surprise. Here’s hoping there’s plenty of new coins to report on in 2020!’
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