Dear Madam, dear Sir,
In just one month the 40th World Money Fair will open. Probably you are also busy with preparations of one kind or another for this major numismatic event.
In the run-up to your visit to Berlin, we would like to bring a very special event to your notice: Today, on December 9, 2010, the splendid exhibition “Golden Giants” opens at the Berlin Numismatic Collection, a coin cabinet of worldwide renown housed at the Bode Museum on Berlin's Museum Island. Maybe you can take some hours off to visit the museum when in Berlin for the fair. To see the fascinating architecture of Museum Island and take a look at the “real big gold” is definitely worthwhile.
Be there when everything revolves around minted precious metals and unique numismatic treasures. We look forward to seeing you!
The organizing team of the
World Money Fair
Gold Rush at the Bode Museum
left:Maple Leaf, Canada, 2007, gold 100.000 g, 530 mm,
center:Vienna Philharmonic, 2004, gold 31.000 g, 370 mm, Austrian Nationalbank
right:Transylvania, Prince Michael Apafi (1661-1690), 100 ducats 1677, Coin Cabinet Vienna
The Numismatic Collection of the National Museums in Berlin and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna have used the exploding gold price and the run on gold as an occasion to organize a joint exhibition.
Since December 9, 2010, the exhibition rooms of Berlin's coin cabinet are showcasing extraordinarily large and heavy gold coinage from antiquity to present times alongside exquisite gold coins and medals. The range of the “Golden Giants” goes from Roman gold medals of the 3rd century to Portugaleser medals and multiple ducats of modern times, including present-day bullion coins. Many of the exhibits from the Vienna Coin Cabinet are being shown for the first time outside their premises. In addition, the exhibition includes prominent items on loan from the Austrian National Bank and many other international collections.
Special highlights of the exhibition are the largest and heaviest gold coins of the world: Austrian “Big Phil” (Vienna Philharmonic 2004) made of 1,000 ounces of fine gold (31.103 kilos in gold) and the “one-million coin” from Canada, minted with 100 kg of gold in 2007 and sold off in an auction this year for over 3.2 million euro. You will hardly find an opportunity to admire so much gold in one place!
For additional information, please view www.smb.museum.de. The exhibition opens Mo thru Su, 10 am - 6 pm. It's a 25-minutes drive to Bode Museum from Hotel Estrel.