Learn about the world's currency
World Mint Passport is one of the World's Fair of Money's most popular programs. Visitors of all ages can purchase a passport and then visit each participating mint to get their passport stamped and receive an international coin. Purchase the exclusive passport at the show for $9.95, and fill it with free coins from participating world mints on the bourse floor.
Visitors to the World Mint Promenade can take a trip to five continents and experience what is happening in the wide, wonderful and colorful world of money.
We have 16 mints partcipating in this years promenade:
The Perth Mint:
The Perth Mint is Australia's oldest operating mint, opened in 1899 as a colonial branch of the Royal Mint, London.
Today, The Perth Mint is owned by the Government of Western Australia and is authorized by the Commonwealth of Australia to produce and market Australia's official bullion coin program. Each year, The Perth Mint also issues a range of legal tender commemorative coins that celebrate themes including Australia's unique fauna and iconic landmarks, historical milestones and popular world events.
The Royal Australian Mint:
Since 1966, the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra has produced all of Australia's circulating currency on top of a wide selection of beautiful commemorative collectable coins. The Mint was opened by His Royal Highness Prince Philip on February 22, 1965, and was established to facilitate the transition from pre-decimal currency to Australian decimal coins. In the decades since, the organization has established itself as the nation's foremost authority on all things coin related.
The Austrian Mint:
The Austrian Mint was founded in 1194 in Vienna, and is the country's oldest continually operating company. In the years since 1989, the National Mint of Austria was bought by the Central Bank and has become an international success story, producing such well-known coins as the Vienna Philharmonic gold and silver bullion coins, the popular bimetallic silver/niobium coin series and the nine-sided 5-euro silver and copper coin series.
The first British Colony coinage is considered to be the Bermuda Hogge Money or Somer Islands' coin struck in 1616. Each coin featured a hog upon its obverse, alluding to the colonists' fervent thanks for a welcome source of food, and a ship upon its reverse. It was not until 1793 that coinage bearing the name "Bermuda" was struck,commonly referred to as the "Ship's Penny" because of the three-mastered sailing ship depicted on the reverse. Starting on January 1, 1842, the currency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was the currency of Bermuda, and this was the case until February 6, 1970 when Bermuda issued a definitive coinage of its own based on the more convenient decimal system of dollars and cents.
The Royal Canadian Mint:
In January 1908, Governor General Earl Grey struck Canada's first domestically produced coin; a 50 cent piece, and the Royal Canadian Mint opened for business in Ottawa, Ontario. Over a century later, the Mint has become a minting industry leader with innovations such as multi-ply plated steel technology, 99.999% pure gold, the world's first colored circulation coin and advanced security features for Canada's $1 and $2 circulation coins.
China Gold Coin Inc.:
Established in 1987, China Gold Coin Inc. is the only professional company under the direct leadership of the People's Bank of China dealing in gold and silver commemorative coins. It also issues precious-metal medals and maintains a national precious-metals reserve for the Central Bank.
Monnaie De Paris:
Monnaie de Paris was founded in AD 864 and is France's oldest operating company. In the 1970s, Monnaie de Paris opened a second plant in the city of Pessac, near Bordeaux, that produces circulating coinage. The mint produces circulating coins, commemorative coins struck in precious metals, jewels, medals, cast bronzes and official French military and civic decorations.
The Royal Mint (Great Britain):
The Royal Mint has a long history stretching back more than 1,000 years, from the scattered workshops of the moneyers of London to secure quarters in the Tower of London and later, from a purpose-built site at Tower Hill to the huge modern coining plant in South Wales.
The Pobjoy Mint:
The Pobjoy family has been associated with metalwork since the Middle Ages. The mint manufactures coins, medals and tokens and has a reputation as a trendsetter, developing the first satisfactory man-made precious metal, Virenium, as well as making many world firsts.
The Holy Land Mint/ICMC- Israel Coins and Medals Corp.:
ICMC was established in 1958, 10 years after the modern State of Israel was founded. Prime Minister Ben Gurion intended that the corporation would commemorate the events and milestones in Israeli history and share the achievements of its people through coins and medals.
The Japan Mint:
The Japan Mint was established in Osaka to modernize the coinage system after the long-lasting samurai period and the inaugural ceremony was held on April 4, 1871. With limited resources, the mint began producing coins and played an important role in leading the country's industrialization in its early days.
Banco de Mexico:
In 1925 Banco de México was established and currently provides stability to the purchasing power of the national currency, the Mexican peso. Since its creation, Banco de México (with the support of the Mexican Mint, founded in 1535) has participated in the numismatic markets with different programs of fine metal coins and medals.
The Russian Mints:
There are two mints in Russia: Saint Petersburg Mint and Moscow Mint. Both are branches of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Goznak, whose principal activities are providing cash circulation and state documents flow.
The Central Bank of Samoa:
The Samoa 10 sene coin shows images of the fautasi, a long boat designed to be rowed by a large number of oarsmen. Fautasi races are held each year to celebrate Samoa's Independence Day in June and the Teuila Festival in September.
The Central Bank of the Soloman Islands:
Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) was established in 1983 under the Central Bank of Solomon Islands Act 1976. The act was amended in 1985 to strengthen the Bank's supervisory capabilities and expand its central banking functions. Besides being charged with the responsibility of acting as banker to the government and commercial banks, the CBSI, as agent for the government, is responsible for conducting monetary policy.
The National Bank of Ukraine:
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russia to the east andnortheast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. It has an area of 603,628 km2, making it the largest country on the European continent.
The United States Mint and The Bureau of Engraving and Printing:
Congress created the United States Mint on April 2, 1792. The primary mission of the United States Mint is to manufacture and distribute circulating coins, precious metals and collectible coins, and national medals to meet the needs of the United States. In addition to producing coins and medals, the United States Mint also maintains physical custody and protection of the nation's gold and silver assets. The United States Mint operates six facilities across the United States with each facility performing unique functions.
On July 11, 1862, an Act of Congress empowered the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase equipment and hire employees to engrave and print currency notes in the Department of the Treasury. This later became the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has grown into an operation spanning the country with two facilities in downtown Washington, D.C., and 100 acres outside Fort Worth, Texas. BEP develops and produces United States currency notes for the Federal Reserve, which are trusted worldwide.
Take a look at last year's World Mint Promenade