World Money Fair 2024: Thousands of Numismatics Enthusiasts at the World’s Largest Coin Fair

The world’s largest coin fair, World Money Fair, has once again asserted its position as the center of the international numismatic scene. From February 2 to 4, around 300 exhibitors from over 50 nations showcased their offerings at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin. The event not only featured collector’s items and fascinating innovations in coins and medals but also presented technological advancements in the manufacturing and minting sectors.

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The first visitors pour onto the site. Photo: World Money Fair.

The first visitors pour onto the site. Photo: World Money Fair.

New Organization

The team led by the fair’s director, Goetz-Ulf-Jungmichel, had strategically realigned various aspects of the World Money Fair, which has been taking place since 1972. With success: The fair recorded approximately 13,500 visits over the three days on the 9,000 square meters of exhibition space along Berlin’s Sonnenallee, setting a new attendance record. “Our goal is to continue developing the World Money Fair into the most attractive numismatic marketplace in the world,” stated Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel. “With the World Money Fair 2024, we have made significant strides towards this goal.”

The day before the opening, the Künker Auction 400 took place. Photo: World Money Fair.

The day before the opening, the Künker Auction 400 took place. Photo: World Money Fair.

The day before the opening, the Künker Auction 400 took place. Photo: World Money Fair.

The day before the opening, the Künker Auction 400 took place. Photo: World Money Fair.

The opening of the Technical Forum, which also took place on Thursday, by fair director Goetz-Ulf-Jungmichel. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

The opening of the Technical Forum, which also took place on Thursday, by fair director Goetz-Ulf-Jungmichel. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

The presentations gave an idea of the topics that will occupy coin manufacturers in the coming years. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

The presentations gave an idea of the topics that will occupy coin manufacturers in the coming years. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

The Day Before

The fair had already commenced on February 1 for trade visitors. In the “Technical Forum,” mints and manufacturers presented innovations related to the production of coins and medals. The auction by the Osnabrück auction house Künker on Thursday was also highly successful, generating around 11 million euros from the 770 lots of rare coins and medals – approximately 4 million euros more than anticipated.

The crowd of visitors in the minutes before the opening was enormous. Photo: World Money Fair.

The crowd of visitors in the minutes before the opening was enormous. Photo: World Money Fair.

The opening ceremony. Photo: World Money Fair.

The opening ceremony. Photo: World Money Fair.

Bustle at the traders' tables. Photo: World Money Fair.

Bustle at the traders’ tables. Photo: World Money Fair.

Bustle at the traders' tables. Photo: World Money Fair.

Bustle at the traders’ tables. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the large stands, products were attractively presented. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the large stands, products were attractively presented. Photo: World Money Fair.

The Künker booth in the center of the large hall was not missing this year either. Photo: World Money Fair.

The Künker booth in the center of the large hall was not missing this year either. Photo: World Money Fair.

The booth of Münze Deutschland was the meeting point for all those who wanted to get their hands on German coins. Photo: World Money Fair.

The booth of Münze Deutschland was the meeting point for all those who wanted to get their hands on German coins. Photo: World Money Fair.

There was also great demand for MDM products. Photo: World Money Fair.

There was also great demand for MDM products. Photo: World Money Fair.

Visitors found collecting equipment at the Leuchtturm stand. Photo: World Money Fair.

Visitors found collecting equipment at the Leuchtturm stand. Photo: World Money Fair.

The charming wooden hut of the Austrian Mint. Photo: World Money Fair.

The charming wooden hut of the Austrian Mint. Photo: World Money Fair.

The world's first

The world’s first “flying coin” caused quite a stir at the Polish Mint’s booth. Photo: World Money Fair.

Guest country France presented its numerous coins on the occasion of this year's Olympic Games. Photo: World Money Fair.

Guest country France presented its numerous coins on the occasion of this year’s Olympic Games. Photo: World Money Fair.

New this year: the booth of the World Money Fair Club. Photo: World Money Fair.

New this year: the booth of the World Money Fair Club. Photo: World Money Fair.

One Host Country and Plenty of Visitors

The public fair days from Friday to Sunday were dominated by exclusive fair mintings, some of which sold out within hours. Host country France, in collaboration with the state mint “Monnaie de Paris,” presented the multi-part series of official 2-euro commemorative coins featuring the emblem “Paris 2024” for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer. Other highlights included the new “Live Stage” at the fair’s entrance, where coin providers and mints showcased their latest products, as well as beginner advice for collectors by the Professional Association of German Coin Dealers e.V. and the new “World Money Fair Club.”

CoinsWeekly was also represented with a booth this year, which became a meeting point for souvenir photos. Good humor was inevitable. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

CoinsWeekly was also represented with a booth this year, which became a meeting point for souvenir photos. Good humor was inevitable. Photo: CoinsWeekly.

The elegant booth of Swissmint. Photo: World Money Fair.

The elegant booth of Swissmint. Photo: World Money Fair.

The team from the Royal Thai Mint had a long journey. Photo: World Money Fair.

The team from the Royal Thai Mint had a long journey. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the booth of the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels e.V., collectors were again helped with questions about their treasures. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the booth of the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels e.V., collectors were again helped with questions about their treasures. Photo: World Money Fair.

No human contact was necessary to buy these 0-euro banknotes. Photo: World Money Fair.

No human contact was necessary to buy these 0-euro banknotes. Photo: World Money Fair.

The impressive booth of the Perth Mint. Photo: World Money Fair.

The impressive booth of the Perth Mint. Photo: World Money Fair.

A popular photo motif every year: the

A popular photo motif every year: the “giant gold bar” from Agosi AG. Photo: World Money Fair.

Thanks to the hall plan, it was easy to find your way around the huge site. Photo: World Money Fair.

Thanks to the hall plan, it was easy to find your way around the huge site. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the Sack & Kiesselbach display, visitors were also able to get hands-on with the huge machines. Photo: World Money Fair.

At the Sack & Kiesselbach display, visitors were also able to get hands-on with the huge machines. Photo: World Money Fair.

You can learn a lot about the production of coins at the WMF. Photo: World Money Fair.

You can learn a lot about the production of coins at the WMF. Photo: World Money Fair.

... but of course only if you can tear yourself away from the tempting offers of the coin dealers! Photo: World Money Fair.

… but of course only if you can tear yourself away from the tempting offers of the coin dealers! Photo: World Money Fair.

The upcoming new issues of the mints that await us in 2024 were presented in the Media Forum. Photo: World Money Fair.

The upcoming new issues of the mints that await us in 2024 were presented in the Media Forum. Photo: World Money Fair.

As you can see, the WMF is a fair that offers something for every visitor! Photo: World Money Fair.

As you can see, the WMF is a fair that offers something for every visitor! Photo: World Money Fair.

New Duration in 2025

The World Money Fair will continue to evolve in 2025. Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel announced further innovations for the fair, scheduled to take place in Berlin from January 30, 2025, to February 1, 2025. “We will adjust the duration of the fair from Thursday to Saturday and enhance the Technical Forum even more professionally. Additionally, we will reorganize the thematic areas of the World Money Fair and design a hall tour.” The guest country next year will be Switzerland, represented by the Federal Mint Swissmint.