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World Money Fair in Berlin

Berlin Hosts World Money Fair

If the wild Wisconsin weather cooperates, tomorrow morning I'll be leaving on my way to the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. The WMF is one of the worlds largest coinshows in terms of Mint represenation.

There will be 16 world mints attending this years WMF, including the official guest of honor, the Mint of the Peoples Republic of China, and each will be presenting some aspects of their scheduled 2008 coinage programs at a media forum during Friday, the first day of the show.

On Saturday, my little band of travels will be presenting the Coin of the Year Awards, a program that Krause Publications has been holding annually for the last 25 years.

This year COTY also added a live interent voting program for a People's Choice Award, the results of which will be announced in Berlin. Online voting turned out to be very popular and there was a high degree of competition between countries, presumably supported by their clubs and national organizations.