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Tokelau “Robots” Coin Named “Most Inspiration” for 2021-dated Coins

Tokelau won its first Coin of the Year (COTY) Award for its 2021-dated Next Evolution Robots coin, which was named the Most Inspirational. The winning coin was designed by Artisan Coin Productions and issued by Tokelau. The legal-tender coins have a denomination of 20 New Zealand dollars.

Tokelau “Robots” Coin Named “Most Inspiration” for 2021-dated Coins

According to Artisan Coin Productions, humanoid robots, in many ways, represent the future of mankind and technology, which is why they are featured in the coin design studio’s Next Evolution coin series. “The pieces draw attention to the fact that humanity needs to prepare itself for a time when robots are able to love each other, as well as people,” the description states. “This is why the first coin of the series is called ‘Love’ and symbolizes feelings of deep attachment, for man or machine.”

The 999-fine silver coin’s reverse features a close-up view of a pair of robots hugging. Both the male robot (gilded in 24kt gold) and the silver female bot display a proof and reverse proof finish. The background is rendered in obsidian black proof, which combines matte and glossy finishes. The reverse also includes the inscription LOVE at the top.

The obverse, also rendered in an obsidian-black-proof finish, features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in the center of a microchip. Inscribed on the edge are the name of the series and a unique serial number, along with CALIFORNIA, the location of the design studio.

The coin was created using Artisan Coin Productions’ revolutionary minting technology known as Pinnacle Relief. The maximum coin thickness is 6.5mm that is used for the (robot pieces), giving them a three-dimensional perspective. 

The Next Evolution Robot coin measures 50 mm in diameter and weighs 93.30 grams. Mintage is limited to 399 pieces.  The mintage includes 99 coins that were produced in an “obsidian black proof with pinnacle relief” as a second version (V.2)

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