The Taler Celebrates 500 Years

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Not an everyday anniversary: 500 years ago, the guldengroschen was minted in Jáchymov for the first time ever. Because Jáchymov is called “Joachimsthal” in German, the abbreviation “thaler” (later “taler”) became the eponym of the famous silver coins, which were minted for centuries and even found their way into several German proverbs. And, of course, also the word “dollar” is derived from “taler”!

Such a jubilee obviously has to be celebrated. Therefore, on 31 January an anniversary event will take place in the context of the World Money Fair in Berlin at 11:30 a.m. in room C5. It is open to the public and organised by Germany’s two coin dealer associations Verband der Deutschen Münzenhändler e. V. and the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels e. V.

We Warmly Invite You to Come to the Event!

The Speakers Are:

Welcoming address: Michael Becker

1st Chairman of the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels e. V.

  • Johannes Beermann, Board Member of the Deutsche Bundesbank, on the subject “From the Taler to Our Times”
  • Jirsi Rusnok, President of the Czech National Bank
  • Dr. Maria Böhmer, President of the German Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO World Heritage Site Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří
  • Arnold Vaatz (MdB), former member of the Government of Saxony
  • Albert Beck, President and founder of the World Money Fair

Last year, we dedicated an entire (German) issue of MünzenMarkt to the taler. You can download it here, obviously free of charge.

Here you’ll find out what else you can expect at this year’s World Money Fair.