In the midst of a worldwide pandemic brought on by the Wuhan strain of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, the World Money Fair — now in its 50th year — is one of the coin industry’s most sought-after events, in terms of participants and attendees, and opened this year on schedule as a virtual and digital show. The WMF was officially opened this morning by Barbara Balz, managing director, who participates every year in the ceremonial opening of the WMF along with honourary president, Dr. Albert Beck, and the fair’s guest host. On this occasion, she read a short speech with a backdrop of the WMF’s logo for 2021, outlining that although we are not able to meet personally in Berlin, the show continues, and in a digital format, with many elements such as the technical and media forums taking place online.
The benefit of conducting the fair online is that those who are not able to ordinarily attend the show in Berlin in-person can now follow the activities and discussions online, as there will be links to both the technical and media forums. The first presentation in digital format will be the World Money Fair’s Technical Forum — now in its 17th year. This platform is where many mints and companies with expertise in the field of all aspects of coin production present new ideas, innovations, and video demonstrations on the latest production methods in coin minting from mining to refining. The online presentation is scheduled for Thursday, 28th January 1:30 p.m. Central European Time (CET).
The second forum scheduled is the eagerly anticipated Media Forum, where several mints and central banks present their numismatic programme for the coming year. For 2021, those presenting will be the Austrian Mint, China Gold Coin, Coiniverse by Mint of Finland, IPZS — the Italian Mint, and the Royal Australian Mint. The online presentation starts at 10:30 a.m. CET on the 29th January.
Those following the activities online will also be able to take part in the #DigitalFair @ World Money Fair 2021 Raffle. By answering a few simple questions, you can submit them for a chance to win a selection of prizes including gold and silver collector coins and a 10-gram gold bar. To participate, please click here.