New attendance record at the World Money
12,500 visitors attended the biggest
show of money worldwide
Krugerrand, philharmonic coins or special
issues - whatever it will be? At the World Money Fair, you
find anything that has to do with money, in history, present and
future. Because the people who come to the World Money Fair are
the ones who produce and trade our money: representatives of mints
and numismatic dealers - wholesalers and retailers. Visitors get
an overview of the coin market that is absolutely unique worldwide.
12,500 visitors made use of the vast
offer, watched engravers at work, acquired the latest 2-euro special
coin "Hamburg" at issue price and visited the stands of
international mints and coin dealers. 1,500 of them took the opportunity
of buying a coin passport. Thirty mints, among them countries like
China, Kazakhstan or Russia, participated in this activity, handing
out a coin for free, so that the keeper of the coin passport can
start his or her own little national collection.
China was this year's guest of honor -
and its fancifully decorated stand, reminiscent of a building in
the Forbidden City of Beijing, was the first to catch the visitor's
eye in the ample exhibition hall of the national mints. The People's
Republic of China will host the Olympic Summer Games of 2008 and
has on this occasion created an extensive program of commemorative
coins that was presented to the enthused collectors in Berlin.
Even if the organizers are happy about another record attendance,
at the World Money Fair the important business deals are not clinched
in the exhibition halls. The biggest coin
fair of the world has become a platform of exchange between mints,
technical suppliers and wholesalers, with the Media Forum
- the only event of its kind - where important mints present their
new products. In about 30 conference rooms, meetings are held hourly
and wholesale dealers from all over the world order the latest special
and commemorative coins. It's an exhausting marathon program for
the exhibitors but it's well worthwhile. Thus, every year more people
from the trade attend the World Money Fair - happy that here they
have the chance to get a whole lot of things done "on the spot"
in four days, which otherwise would take many weeks.
Already on Thursday, Germany's most important coin traders in classical
numismatics, Fritz Rudolf Künker from
Osnabrück, held their traditional auction on the occasion
of World Money Fair. Within only a few hours, sales
reached 3.9 million EUR. The highest hammer price for a single
item was achieved by a Russian gold medal
from 1814. The proud new owner had to pay 253,000 EUR for
this little treasure.
Meanwhile, the media have discovered the World Money Fair, as well.
Krause Publications, an internationally renowned American publisher
for English-speaking numismatists, decided to celebrate the presentation
of the COTY awards in Berlin instead
of the United States. The COTY is awarded in ten categories for
new issues of coins, among them the best gold, silver and circulation
coins. A set by the Canadian Mint, dedicated to the constellations
of Big and Little Bear, was voted the winner of the Coin of Year.
For the first time, in Berlin a People's Choice Award was presented.
The winner was a Hungarian coin commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the Hungarian revolution.
This year's Vreneli-Preis award went to Dietmar
Spranz, longtime director of the Austrian Mint. Joseph Roidl
and Heiner Gietl, owner of Gietl Publishers and editor of the most
important collectors' magazines in the field of classical numismatics
- MünzenRevue and Münzen & Sammeln -, were the ones
to present him with the Vreneli, the most famous of Swiss gold coins,
for his contributions and personal commitment in the endeavor of
bringing together classical and modern numismatics.
After the Fair had ended, all participants were tired but content.
And the dates of the next World Money Fair are already put down
to agendas all over the world. So, better make a note of it, too.
In 2009, the World Money Fair will again take
place at the Estrel Convention Center, from February 6th
to 8th. Canada will be guest of honor, celebrating
the centenary of the Royal Canadian Mint.