The American $100 platinum eagle is in the running for Coin of the Year in the international competition sponsored annually by World Coin News. The event judges coins struck in 1997 and offers awards in several categories. U.S. coinage has not challenged designs or innovation in Europe and Canada in recent years.
The winners will be named in January. Among nominees are a 10-leones piece from Sierra Leone that shows Mother Teresa and Princess Diana - ``most inspirational''; Canada's $100 gold Alexander Graham Bell commemorative - ``most historically significant''; Austria's 100 schilling commemorative of the Emperor Maximilian - ``best silver coin''; and South Africa's one-rand Women of South Africa coin - ``most artistic.''