Other new postal administrations
at the trade fair
year new postal administrations enrolled for this year’s international
trade fair Collector in Prague (September 10 – 12). Immediately after
the New Year the organisers received applications from the postal
administrations of the Republic of Turkey, the Russian Federation, the
Republic of Cyprus and the Switzerland. Visitors will undoubtedly swarm
over their stands with postage stamps and revenue stamps, especially as
they have not yet had the opportunity to see their new editions in the
Czech Republic. All three countries, which are of interest from the aspect
of collectors, will undoubtedly meet with the interest of visitors from
Mrs. Salmon returns
year, Mrs Monique Salmon from France participated at the trade fair for
the first time. In the field of telephone cards, collectors were highly
appreciative of the large collection, primarily from Caribbean countries.
The standard of the trade fair and the interest in telephone cards was a
pleasant surprise, and so it is no wonder that this year she is returning
An increase in minerals this year?
offering minerals and gems and items from natural materials are a suitable
compliment to the main fields of the trade fair, i.e., philately and
In the firm Mineral Metal, which is a regular guest at the trade fair,
they say that it is a matter of primary interest to women. This year the
organisers are trying to support this interesting collecting and
“decorative” field at the trade fair. And for this reason women will
have free entry to the trade fair. In addition to this, in the
neighbouring exhibition hall, the international fair Beauty (held by
another organisation) will be held, focussing on cosmetics and body care.
And so it may be assumed that this year there will be many girls and women
at the trade fair.
Application forms sent out
mid January the organisers sent out prospectuses and application forms for
this year’s Collector to all exhibitors who have exhibited during the
six years of the trade fair and also to another two thousand addresses
throughout the world. It is expected that the majority of exhibitors will
apply in the spring so that they can claim the ten-percent discount on all
prices (see information for exhibitors on title page).
Czech mint satisfied
Czech mint has so far always participated only at the World Money Fair in
Basle. For the first time last year it made its appearance in Prague at
Collector, and according to the director of the department for the sale of
coins and medals, Libor Křapka, it was highly satisfied with its
participation. Not only did it achieve remarkable sales to collectors, but
it also participated in discussions with large foreign buyers.
Understandably it will be returning to the trade fair this year too. And
it certainly will have something to offer. Out of the extensive issue plan
for this year we might mention at least the striking of a coin on the
occasion of the entry of the Czech Republic to the EU. In April, it will
issue silver and bicolour (Ag+Au) coins, and in mid May it will issue a
commemorative medal in a run of only two hundred and a proof set of year
2004 circulation coins in a
run of 4000.