2017 Programme

Monday 23rd October

Pre Conference Workshops

Our workshops enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of a topical issue.

Run by a leader in their field, these workshops provide best practice advice and case study examples to enhance your professional knowledge.

Workshop 1: The MDC’s Customer Task Force

At the last Coin Conference in Madrid, the workshop on ‘Coins for Cash’ examined key aspects of coins – among them attractiveness, innovation, public perception, security and trust – and ‘balloted’ participants, mainly central banks, on the relative importance of these both at the start and at the end of the workshop. Surprisingly, the voting before and after changed 180 degrees, demonstrating the lack of appreciation by coin producers on what the issuers actually want.

This workshop is for central banks and coin issuers only, and is free of charge.

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Workshop 2: The Note/Coin Boundary

Whilst setting the coin/note boundary is generally straightforward at the low end or the high end of the denominational spectrum, the case for the middle denominations has never been more competitive.

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Workshop 3: How to Forecast Coin Demand

Forecasting demand for coins is notoriously difficult. Get it wrong, and banks will either be holding large (and expensive) stocks of unwanted coins, or there will be insufficient coins in circulation. But how to accurately forecast future demand, given that coins – unlike banknotes – rarely return from circulation and hence do not provide the key data that enables future demand to be assessed?


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Welcome Cocktail Reception (evening)

Day 2 and 3

The following two days of the conference are dedicated to general sessions and panel discussions from a range of coin professionals. See our themes below.

Trends, Issues and Challenges

The Circulating Coin Market – An Update

Astrid Mitchell

Currency News

Circulating Coins in the US - Demand, Legislation, Research and Redemption

Jon Cameron

US Mint

'Euro coins: last developments and perspectives'

Rüdiger Voss

European Commission

The Core of Cash - Choice and Inclusion for All

Dieter Merkle

International Currency Association

Coin Strategies Around the World

Meeting Demand for Coin in India

SPMCIL (tbc)

SPMCIL (tbc)

Strategies on Coin Acceptability and Usage in the Nigerian Economy

Central Bank of Nigeria

Central Bank of Nigeria

Challenges and Benefits of Replacing Alloys with Plated Coins

National Bank of Macedonia

National Bank of Macedonia

Poland’s New Circulating Coin Series

Mint of Poland

Mint of Poland

Coin Recirculation and Recycling

Mexico’s Coin Recirculation Programme

Banco de México

Banco de México

The Importance of Coin Redemption and Recycling

Walter ter Rahe


SARB’s Coin Recirculation Project

South African Reserve Bank (tbc)

South African Reserve Bank (tbc)

Currency Changeovers and Decoining

Janis Blums and Davorin Dragas

Bank of Latvia and M. One A.G.

Security and Authentication

True Security - The Tri-Material Coin

Peter Huber and Günther Waadt

State Mint of Baden Wurttemberg and Bavarian Mint

Progress and Advancements in Alloys for Coinage Applications

Vishal Argawal

Jarden Zinc

Why do You Need a High Security, High Value Coin?

James Whitburn

The Royal Mint

Driving Efficiencies in Management and Distribution

Why Change Change? The Benefits, Risks and Practicalities of Coin Replacement

Ross Knight


Re-engineering the Cash Cycle in France

Emmanuelle Politronacci

Banque de France

Management of the Domestic Coin Cycle - Opportunities to Optimise the Cash Cycle Infrastructure

Jens Eberhardt

Cash Infrastructure Projects and Services

Currency Reform in Pakistan and Restructuring of the Mint

Aftab Baloch

Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue

Coin Supply and Specifications

Guidelines on Coin Design, Fraud, Security Features and Quality Assurance

Dieter Merkle and Klaus Meyer-Steffens

MDC and CPI, European Vending Association

The Coin Registration Office and Technical Specifications for Circulating Coins

Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris

What is Most Important in Corporate Social Responsibility?

Mint of Finland

Mint of Finland

Public Engagement

Public Education Programme for Coins in Swaziland

Central Bank of Swaziland

Central Bank of Swaziland

Success of the Bahamas 5 Coin Painted Silver Numismatic Set

Derek Rolle

Central Bank of the Bahamas

Coins Designed by the Public, for the Public

Royal Canadian Mint

Royal Canadian Mint

Commemorative Circulation Coins - Their Use to Celebrate Country Milestones and People

South African Mint

South African Mint

Panel Discussion 1

Coin Procurement for the 21st Century

There is no question that current minting capacity vastly outstrips demand. That, with advances in technology, mints need to invest to meet new requirements for coins that are secure, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. And that, unlike banknotes, the production of most countries’ circulating coins are still undertaken by stateowned domestic mints.

In this day and age, is this necessary – or even appropriate? Would the market be better served by a smaller number of better-equipped mints? And, faced with the above challenges, what is the future for the world’s 50- odd mints anyway?

This panel discussion will examine the options – invest and upgrade, privatise, diversify, consolidate, or even close – with examples from around the world of countries that have taken those different routes, and why..

Panel Discussion 2

Coins and a Cashless Future

The debate about cash versus cashless, and whether cash has a major role to play – or indeed a role at all – in any future payments landscape, continues to rage. It has long been accepted that cashless payments predominate for higher value transactions, but what about the lower end, where coins face the threat of displacement by NFCenabled cards and m-payments?

Combined with this, some central banks are actively pushing cashless – or at the very least less-cash payments, whilst others are seeking to place limits, and even drive out coins, in order to generate efficiencies and pave the way for e-alternatives.

The cash industry, and wider sections of society, however, are beginning to fight back – pointing out the numerous benefits of cash and why its continuing existence is essential, albeit as part of a plural payments landscape.

This panel discussion will discuss the alternatives for lower value transactions, the arguments for and against cash, and how those in the coin and broader cash industry should be ensuring that it continues to play a part in any future payments system.