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Live at the World Coin Fair in Berlin
January 31, 2011

Each year the World Money Fair in Berlin hosts a Media Forum in which a small number of world mints present PowerPoint displays of their upcoming coinage programs. I am here at the 2011 Media Forum and reporting live to you as the event happens. The Mint of Poland, as host mint went first and they showed a great line-up of some fantastic coins, several of which I am sure will prove very popular. I noticed they displayed some of the major coins they will be striking for client countries such as Nuie Islands. Of particular note were a star shaped coin and a great looking oval gold coin. Many of the Polish series will continue and I believe most, if not all information on their programs is soon to be available of their website. Up at the moment is the Royal Mint presentation, which includes three major points of interest; First a 60th Jubilee series of Commonwealth issues, with a Diamond Jubilee coins issued in the UK. Next is a group of issues for the Royal wedding, the designs of which are looking quite lovely, although they are still in development for the precious metal issues. I believe the engagement coin is already available in gold silver and a base metal example in packaging which is selling well in the UK. A children's 50 pence base metal series is also available with two types catching much public interest. One explains the offsides rules for football, while the other displays a young girl surmounting a high jump. This second coins has caught the interest of the press and seems to have a strong backing from young collectors. All of these types were drawn from a public design contest.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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