World Money Fair 2012

Olympia Makes An Impressiona

Yes, the 41st World Money Fair, held from February 3rd to 5th, 2012 was again fully booked. And that many weeks before the Fair opened. More than 300 exhibitors from 45 countries had accepted the invitation, and they were only those with their own booths, which the public could visit. Virtually everyone who has anything to do with coins makes a note of the Fair in his diary as by now everyone knows that this is the place to meet everyone: coin producers, coin dealers, coin technicians, coin associations and coin clubs – in a nutshell: the entire numismatic community.

The Most Important Event Of The Year For Coin Lovers

The main draw for the public is the giant fair halls, where coin dealers and the mints present their countless coins and attractions. Over 300 exhibitors, among them around 50 national mints and central banks, came to present their products on 8.000 square meters of exhibition space.

The country guest of honor was the Olympic host Great Britain, whose magnificent exhibition area was constantly crowded with visitors. But other fair participants also had super attractions to offer. For example, the Berlin mint presented a new technique to impress photos into the metal setting. The Berufsverband des deutschen Münzenfachhandels spun the wheel of fortune tirelessly and offered its advisory services, which many of the visitors took advantage of. At the same time, the South African mint has plenty of attractive surprises for very young collectors, who came by in search of current small coins for the attractively designed ‘coin passport’.

A Numismatic Highlight

The Fritz Rudolf Künker Auction House held the annual ‘Berlin Auction’ on the Thursday before the Fair and achieved record sales. All five versions of a rare Russian family rouble were traded for the first time at an auction.

The Trade Fair

Along with the part of the Fair open to the public, there were countless meetings and conferences for the trade visitors. Here the focus was on ongoing developments in coin making. This was also the case at the Technical Forum, which has developed into the most important conference for mint technicians. The Media Forum was as always open to the general public, providing everyone with an opportunity to find out about current new issues and the coming minting programs.

A report by Dr. Ursula Kampmann

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