Summary of the Berlin Coin Fair 2016

Summary of the Berlin Coin Fair 2016

The 45th Edition of the annual World Money Fair took place on February 5 – 7, 2016 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. More than 300 exhibitors, set up in the 9000 square meter (almost 100,000 sq. ft.) convention hall, including more than 60 government mints and national banks, were ready for several hundred thousand visitors.

Estrel Convention Center in Berlin  World Money Fair 2016

During the fair all the exhibition halls were full of collectors and numismatists from all over the world. In addition to a program of lectures, the international nature of the Berlin fair allowed everyone to meet people from different parts of the world. I also took advantage of this opportunity and of the courtesy of Arthur Friedberg, a world-class expert in world gold coins and the author of the well-known catalog Gold Coins of the World. During our meeting I gathered his valuable advice about my research on gold ducats.

Arthur Friedberg on The Berlin Coin Fair 2016

I also managed to find in one dealer’s display the only known copy of the Overijssel 1615 (over 1613) ducat, unlisted by Delmonte, the klippe of which (also unique) is pictured in Delmonte’s De Benelux d’Or.

The unique Overijssel 1615 gold ducat

Finally, I had the honor to receive the medal of the Berlin 45th World Money Fair, minted by the Official Mint of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), which was the Guest of honor of the fair. It was a perfect end to a successful trade fair.

2016 World Money Fair Berlin commemorative medal