World Money Fair once again ‘wows’ visitors

A busy and eventful 47th World Mint Fair took place in Berlin from 2-4 February this year, as over 330 exhibitors impressed around 15 000 visitors with the latest technologies and trends in numismatics at the world’s largest coin fair.

The Fair’s exhibitors ranged from precious metals refineries and mints, to precious metals dealers and manufacturers of technical precious metal machinery.

A large main hall comprised booths from mints and auction houses and was surrounded by five smaller rooms hosting coin dealers. Another large hall was reserved exclusively for the supply industry, thus providing more space for their exhibition objects. Sack & Kiesselbach therefore displayed their newest minting press, the TMA-350.

It was especially fascinating to visit the stands of some of the world’s largest world mint companies (Samerlhuset BV, the Austrian Mint, South African Mint, Dutch Mint, Australian Mint, Canadian Mint and French Mint, Swiss Mint, Poland Mint amongst others).

As the guest of honour at the World Money Fair 2018, the Royal Dutch Mint led the opening of numerous activities and received a lot of attention. They had brought a giant balancier for the first strike of the “Löwentaler”.

Particularly notable was the Royal Australian Mint’s large stand at which they presented a unique custom designed World Money Fair Mint set.

Another centre of attraction was, of course, the commemorative coin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.

From 10 winning coin categories, an international panel of judges selected the Coin of the Year: the German 5 Euro Copper-Nickel Planet Earth with Polymer Ring that also took Most Innovative Coin honours.

This year the coveted World Money Fair Award 2018 was handed over to Sack & Kiesselbach.