On 15 and 16 July 2022, the World Money Fair’s extra Summer Fair took place in Berlin. Right from the outset, the fair wasn’t designed to be a full-fledged replacement of the large winter event. It was supposed to be a smaller but high-quality classic coin fair. And that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
This time, the fair covered considerably less space of the Estrel Hotel. The two halls with tables and booths, however, were all the more crowded. Especially in the morning there was a huge rush. In the afternoon, things slowly quieted down, giving the dealers an opportunity to talk to their colleagues. It was clear to see how much everyone had missed these possibilities during the last two years. And so the fair was above all a great reunion – and, of course, there was also lively trading going on.
The dealers told us that they were very happy with the fair. There was a pleasant number of visitors and the results were very good, they said. Although the fair was less international than the big winter event at first glance, there were many foreign dealers among the guests. Many emphasised their joy at reuniting with their colleagues.
The atmosphere was great, the conversations pleasant. The fact that Berlin is much more welcoming in the summer than in the winter certainly contributed to this. The cosy get-together in the beer garden in front of the venue, organised by the Association of German Coin Dealers, would have also been impossible in January.
Overall, Covid hardly played a role. It seems like there were no restrictions in place, only a few visitors wore masks. Let’s hope that all participants returned from Berlin in good health.
The organisers plan to hold the 2023 World Money Fair as usual in January in its former size. We will report as soon as we have more information.
All images: Daniel Baumbach
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