The 47th World Money Fair will be held in Berlin in 2018. Starting on 2nd February 2018. The three-day event will close on 4th February. The event is one of the most significant numismatic events in the world, where people come together to study old and new coins issued by nations around the world. The 46th event in 2017 saw participation from around 330 exhibitors, who arrived from all parts of the world. Visitor numbers were in excess of 15,000 and the event was a grand success. Over 50 countries from around the world took part in the 2017 event, making it the most important numismatic event on the planet.
History of the fair
The first international event of its kind took place on 22nd January 1972 in Basel, Switzerland. For the next twenty-six years, the event grew in stature and importance. Initially, the event was a classic coin exchange that was a family run business. However, by 1999 the event had grown to dizzying heights and a new company was incorporated in 1999 to manage and grow the event. This was a step in the right direction that created the path for greater developments.
It soon became a global destination for coin lovers all over the world and firmly ensconced its position as a world trade show for dealers, collectors, buyers and anyone who was a part of the numismatic community. The event moved from Basel to Berlin and soon found itself in the centre of the coin universe in Europe. The Berlin Estrel Convention Centre, where the event is held, is an ideal venue due to its location. The event was scaled up to include presentations, conferences, discussions and coin trading was now possible in a large spacious area full of professionals. Every year, approximately 330 exhibitors come together in celebration of one of the world’s greatest numismatic events, which is witnessed by around 15,000 visitors.
The exhibition area
The exhibition area spans 9,000 sq. m. and during the three days of the fair, this area becomes the world’s most important hub for the numismatic trade. People come to the event to exchange information with each other about new trends and technology developments. Of course, many come to browse through the collections and trade in coins and banknotes, etc.
Representatives of the most important mints from across the world are present at the venue along with specialist coin experts. This creates a truly international symposium where an unfettered exchange of knowledge and ideas can take place. There are press conferences where new coins are issued and new technical innovations are shared with the media and the attendees every year. More importantly, the World Money Fair has a Media Forum, which has evolved over the years into becoming an important marketing tool for coin manufacturers and suppliers globally.
The 2018 event
The 47th event will open its doors on Friday, 2nd February 2018 at the Berlin Estrel Convention Centre. The event will continue till Sunday, 4th February. The opening hours are from 10 am till 6 pm, every day, except the closing day when the event will draw to a close at 4 pm.
However, the technical forum and the media forum will have different dates and timings. The technical forum will be held on 1st February 2018 from 1:30 pm till 6 pm and is open to registered trade representatives only, not to the general public. The media forum will be held on 2nd February from 10:30 am till 2pm and will be open to the general public as well. The auction will be held on 1st February from 10 am in Hall A at the Estrel Centre. The viewing is scheduled for two days prior to the auction, on 30th (2 pm to 6 pm) and 31st January 2018 (10 am to 6 pm) in Hall B at the Estrel Centre. The Estrel Centre on Sonnenallee in Berlin is only half an hour by train from Berlin Schonefeld Airport, and is a prominent landmark.
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