A look back at World Money Fair 2014
With record attendance of around 16,000 visitors and over 320 exhibitors, the 43rd World Money Fair was in many respects a festival of superlatives. Let‘s take a moment to revisit the many exciting goings-on and impressions from the trade show last weekend. All of you contributed to this lovely and all-around successful event, for which we would once again like to express our sincere thanks!
With construction still feverishly underway in the exhibition halls, a special social gathering was held on Wednesday as a pre-opening event. As a prelude to the upcoming trade fair, representatives of Austrian Mint and their many guests met for a reception at the Austrian Embassy. The 25th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic was also celebrated at this event with a gigantic Sacher-Torte cake.
Thursday: The suspense builds
The experts spent the day before the fair largely among themselves. The primary themes of both the MDC Marketing Committee and the 10th International Technical Forum are innovative minting technologies and the future of the industry. Ever-energetic moderators Dieter Merkle and Thomas Hogenkamp were presented certificates of honor at the anniversary festivities.
Friday: The starting gun sounds
10:00 – The first thousand visitors are eagerly awaiting the official opening of the fair; just minutes later, the exhibition stands and dealers tables are vibrant with activity.
Anyone can find what they‘re looking for here, but beyond that there are special highlights that can only be experienced at the fair. One of these of particular note was the sensational showing of the “Red Kangaroo”, the world‘s largest and most valuable coin, at the Australian Perth Mint stand.
Saturday: An extensive program of events fills the second day of the fair
Morning: A steady influx of visitors. Many of these attended the high-profile Coin of the Year Award ceremony later in the afternoon.
The evening, as always, is devoted to numismatic get-togethers, hosted by the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels, by the Rand Refinery at Berlin‘s Adlon hotel, by MDM Münzhandelsgesellschaft at the „Bar jeder Vernunft“ and of course at the reception held by Gräbener Pressensysteme and Austrian Mint.
At the same time, a large number of guests attended the informative International Media Forum to find out about the latest coinage programs. After such a full day of conference activities and the general high level of bustle at the fair, many were looking forward to a relaxing night of socializing. Some attended the reception traditionally held by Perth Mint, others the grand gala dinner in honor of Austrian Mint.
The coveted World Money Fair Award was bestowed at this unique event, for which many ladies specially wore a traditional dirndl dress. The award this year went to Beverley Lepine of the Royal Canadian Mint, whose numismatic life‘s work was thus given recognition and distinction. Beverley announced her well-deserved retirement, receiving a standing ovation. We will miss you dearly!
Sunday: Already time for goodbye
10:00 – Another never-ending stream of visitors. Yet all good things must come to an end, but a brief year from now we hope to be seeing everyone again, in good form and spirits! We look forward to the weekend of 30 January to 1 February 2015 when we will be welcoming the Royal Australian Mint as our next guest of honor.
Be there – so as not to miss any numismatic excitement as we explore the world of precious-metal minting. We can‘t wait!
The Organization team
of the World Money Fair