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The E-Sylum: Volume 19, Number 7, February 14, 2016, Article 27


Michael Alexander published an article on February 8, 2016 about the recent 2016 World Money Fair. -Editor

Ribbon cutting 2016 World Money Fair Last week’s World Money Fair was considered an overall success in its 45th consecutive year, with a steady stream of collectors and dealers alike passing through the turnstiles. The annual three-day event concluded on a positive note Sunday with end-of-the-day and last-minute deals for some lucky collectors.

Held at the Estrel Conference Center on the east side of Berlin, this year’s guest of honor was the Mint of Korea, or KOMSCO. As part of the welcoming committee, the Republic of Korea’s ambassador, His Excellency Kyung Soo Lee, joined KOMSCO president Kim Hwa Dong, the World Money Fair’s lifetime honorary president, Dr. Albert Beck, and its current president, Hans-Henning Gohrum, to formally open Europe’s largest numismatic fair.

Much of the European continent is experiencing a mild winter and Berlin is no exception; the weather did not deter or hinder attendants making their way to the popular venue. Together with pleasant temperatures and just a bit of rain, enthusiasts lined up more than an hour in advance to wait for the doors to open. This year saw over 50 official mints, central banks, or private mints on hand to display their products, along with over 200 private dealers and coin suppliers from all over the world.

The main auditorium highlight for 2016 was the pavilion for KOMSCO, which dominated the landscape. As South Korea will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics, images of coins celebrating the event were prominently displayed.

The UK’s Royal Mint took the opportunity to give interested collectors a first glimpse of the 2017 twelve-sided pound coin which will be entering circulation early next year.

Of particular interest this year was the inclusion of the Central Bank of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, which both sold and exhibited coins and bank notes for the very first time. It was reported that delegates from both KOMSCO and the North Korean Central Bank enjoyed their encounters with one another, enabling them to exchange ideas and findings without the hindrance of government ministers.

Thailand Royal Mint exhibit 2016 World Money Fair

Thailand’s Royal Mint utilized the occasion to unveil its new wildlife series of gold and silver coins featuring the white elephant, a national symbol that is reportedly a favorite animal of Thailand’s King Rama IX. The coins feature an updated portrait of the King on the obverse, with a charming and detailed reverse image of a mother elephant and calf.

he Royal Canadian Mint, a popular participant of the World Money Fair, introduced a new DNA feature to their bullion coins, enabling authentication of the pieces with the addition of readable laser technology.

The Federal Mints of Germany also introduced a new commemorative coin product with two significant updates: the face value of their 18 gram silver commemorative coins will go up, while seeing a welcome increase in silver content for the issues from 62.5% to 92.5%. The first coin released with this new specification is dedicated to the children’s tale, “Little Riding Hood,” by the Brothers Grimm.

Dealers and exhibitors reported a noticeable decrease in sales due to the conspicuous absence of Russian and Chinese dealers and collectors, mostly due to downturns in their economies and the devaluation of both currencies against the euro and the dollar. Bullion pieces continued to show vigorous sales levels and, as was noticed last year, high-priced graded and encapsulated or “slabbed” pieces were also in demand from the investor side of the business.

To read the complete article, see:
2016 World Money Fair: Highlights of Europe’s Amazing Three-Day Numismatic Event (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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