Advisory service of Czech Numismatic Society
the very first year, the numismatic section of the trade fair has been
held under the aegis of the Czech Numismatic Society, which also ensures
an advisory and expert appraisal service for visitors. During the five
years of the trade fair, more than 1200 visitors have turned to the expert
valuators of the society for valuation of several tens of thousands of
coins, medals, banknotes, orders and awards. These were mostly common
examples, but for example there was a valuable 1677 Eggenberg three-kreuzer
from the mint in Český Krumlov valued at several thousand crowns.
Visitors have also brought in many forgeries in good faith. One of these
was a falsified non-existent 1742 coronation ducat for Karl VII of
Albrecht. No such coronation ducat was ever minted. Naturally the Czech
Numismatic Society will also be at this year’s trade fair.
part of this year’s fair will be a competition exhibition of single-frame
exhibits. It will be judged by a jury from the Federation of Czech
Philatelists. The exhibits generally have a range of 16 album pages, and
so far, with the exception of the youth class, it is possible to create
them for all existing competition classes of FIP. Members of the Union of
Czech Philatelists can gain qualification for participation at
international exhibitions abroad through participation in the exhibition.
Applications can be sent to the address of the secretariat of the Union of
card at fair
Russian telecommunication company Altayskie Taxofoni in Barnaul has
issued a public telephone card for this year’s collector which has
been on sale since mid May. The card was issued in a total run of 1000.
100 cards have 20 units, 500 have 90 units and 400 cards have 120 units.
So Czech collectors once again have something to acquire.
Day on Sunday
of the most loyal exhibitors is the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA)
from Vienna. It regularly issues postcards and cachettes for each fair. It
has become a tradition that a UN Day is announced at the trade fair during
which a special UN cancellation is available for collectors at the Czech
Post stand. This year UN Day at the fair will be Sunday 14th
Post Office once again at the trade fair
the third year the German Post will be participating at Collector. For
this year’s fair the post office is preparing a special offer of new
German stamps and also a special envelope for Collector. The Federal
Republic of Germany will thus become the thirtieth country to be
represented at this year’s fair by the postal administration.
for the Czech Mint
the first time this year the Czech Mint, which was created in 1993 after
the break-up of the Czechoslovak federation, will make a presentation.
Within six months a modern mint was built as an exclusive supplier of
coins for the needs of the Czech National Bank. The mint also mints silver
and gold commemorative coins and mintings to order. The Czech mint has
thus found a place amongst the other significant mints which have been
participating in Collector for several years now.
again minerals from Zambia
Namakau Kaingu and her firm Chukwuemeka from Zambia are planning to make
the fifth trip to Prague. Visitors to the fair regularly admire both the
minerals and rare stones (primarily malachite) on her stand from this
country and the handmade products. Mrs Kaingu owns two small mines for
amethysts and aquamarines. She is the Chairwoman of the Association of
Zambian Women in Mining and an advisor to the general secretary of the UN.
and Barefoot in Prague again
important philatelic dealers from England – John Barefoot and
William Barrell are returning to Collector. They tried out the fair in
1999, and they liked it a lot. They then gave precedence to the London
Stampex fair but are returning to Prague once more this year. Stampex
begins three days after Collector, and so they will be able to enjoy both
van der Bilj: He always comes to Prague!
of the largest stamp traders in the Netherlands, the firm Postzegels Wim
van der Bijl from Utrecht, will be coming to the fair Collector for
the third time in a row. Despite the fact that he will be hurrying off to
Stampex in London immediately after the fair ends, he will not miss
Collector. He knows that he has no difficulties in crossing the border
into the Czech Republic with a massive number of containers full of
philatelic material, and moreover he will find a very friendly atmosphere
at the fair in Prague.
mints at the fair
the traditional exhibitors in the field of numismatics are certain mints
such as, for example, the Royal Canadian Mint, which has regularly
participated in Collector since its first year. During the first two years
the employees of the Mint flew to Prague directly from Ottawa, but since
then the mint has been represented every year by the Austrian firm
Schoeller Münzhandel. The Austrians always increase the number of mints
which they represent in Prague. For the first time this year there will be
presentations from the Royal Australian Mint and Staatliche Münze from
the Federal Republic of Germany. The regular exhibitors such as the
British Royal Mint, Mint of Finland, Monnaie de Paris, Münze Österreich,
Royal Dutch Mint, South African Mint and The Perth Mint will also offer
the closing date for exhibitors is 31st May!
the fact that the trade fair Collector is held in September, the
organisers have had to designate the closing date for the end of May. This
is for one simple reason: this year exhibitors have displayed a great
interest in the event and the exhibition hall is not inflatable. So first
come, first served and in this case the first to come will have the chance
of a relatively advantageous location. Naturally the organisers want to
reserve more or less the same position as last year for large exhibitors
who regularly participate in the trade fair and have not yet sent in a
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