Since the 2020 Change Checker Awards were opened to celebrate the very best people in the world of change collecting, nominations have been flooding in, and it really has been incredible to hear all of your stories from the last year.
It’s certainly meant we’ve had a really tough job deciding on the winners, but with thanks to our panel of judges from the Change Checker team and AllAboutCoins, our well deserved winners have now been selected…
Change Checker of the Year
‘Ben the coin collector’, as he is known by to his friends and family, is both an avid collector and supporter of the collecting community. He has built up an extensive collection of coins, whilst also encouraging others to take up the hobby too.
Well done Ben!
Ann has gone above and beyond in helping others complete their collections this year. She has exchanged money for commemorative coins for those who have been unable to visit the banks themselves.
Junior Change Checker of the Year
Emily has been collecting coins for over 2 years now, and she has successfully filled 4 Change Checker albums with her impressive collections! She even donated some of her coins to a local care home to encourage residents to take up the hobby.
Michael has become an avid coin collector, who regularly swaps on the Change Checker Community Group and loves hunting through bags of coins for coins he can add to his collection. He’s also made generous donations of coins to others – an attribute that is highly regarded in the collecting community.
Matt, a panel member at AllAboutCoins, said:
‘Wow, the team at allaboutcoins.co.uk were blown away by the entrants for this year’s awards, with so many heart-warming stories and inspirational collectors. It’s been a heck of a year, and so hearing how coin enthusiasts used their interest in coins to help others was brilliant.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who entered or simply got some pleasure from our wonderful hobby during 2020. We hope the winners enjoy reading Coin Collector magazine and we will watch their progress with interest!’
Coin Design of the Year
It comes as no surprise that the 2020 Coin Design of the Year is awarded to the Team GB 50p!
This coin has been the talking point of the year in the collecting community, as we saw its initial release be postponed to 2021 as a result of the Olympic Games also being postponed.
However, the coin was available in the Annual Coin Sets, which led collectors to question whether we’d see two versions of this 50p, with different mintage figures.
Later in 2020 it was confirmed that the 2021 issued coin, would have the same design as the 2020 version, but with the new date included – meaning there will definitely be two versions of the Team GB 50p!
Have you got a 2020 dated Team GB 50p in your collection? Let us know below!
Coin Art of the Year
A huge congratulations to Natalie Christie, for her amazing guitar coin art, Gemma Louise for her tribute to the wonderful NHS, and Kerry Taylor’s heart of 50ps. You’ve each won a set of 3 Trading Cards, so send us an email at email@example.com or send us a private message on Facebook with your address to claim your prize.
Coin Story of the Year
The winner of the 2020 Coin Story of the Year Award goes to George Nixon, of This Is Money, for his article on the adorable 2020 Winnie the Pooh 50p series.
Speaking to Change Checker, George said, “[When he] was just a small boy, I like many kids was in love with the Hundred Acre Wood and the stories of Winnie the Pooh. It’s fitting and especially lovely then to have won this award for this particular story.”
A big thank you once again to AllAboutCoins for supporting us this year and of course a huge congratulations to all of our winners and all the fantastic entries we had this year.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support in 2020 and hope that 2021 is a fantastic year of Change Checking for you all!
If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:
– Find and identify the coins in their pocket
– Collect and track the coins they have
– Swap their spare coins with other Change Checkers
Sign up today at: www.changechecker.org/app