XXVI Mint Directors Conference

event Event: XXVI Mint Directors Conference
delegates Delegates: 394 delegates from 45 countries
Destination Destination: Canberra, Australia
Duration Duration: September-October 2010
Described as one of the most prestigious events in the world of coins and minting, the XXVI Mint Directors Conference (MDC) was held in Canberra in September 2010, attracting more than 350 minting industry representatives from around the world.

This international conference series, which began in 1962 in Lausanne, Switzerland, provides a biennial forum to discuss and exchange information on global monetary matters, including related legal, economic, technical and numismatic issues.

Mr Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, said the conference helped reinforce Australia’s reputation in the minting industry.

Minting experts from more than 45 nations around the world discussed a vast variety of topics during the four day conference program. A clear interest from the delegates was in new technologies – a pressing issue for the industry, given that a larger number of coins, with more security and aesthetic features, are being minted today than ever before.

In addition to the 35 high quality papers published, on the final day of the conference the international minting community agreed to guidelines for coin authentication and handling of unfit coins.

The conference provided an ideal opportunity for the Royal Australian Mint to showcase the newly refurbished Mint, which had just benefited from a three year upgrade to both the building and production processes.

“We were honoured to have our international minting colleagues visit the Mint and see our new facility. We now have some of the highest quality minting systems in the world, which use leading edge, innovative technology, and the capacity to produce up to two million coins per day. These are two valuable features to have in our national Mint,” Mr MacDiarmid said.

This conference allowed us to reaffirm the Mint’s position as a world class producer of coins for general circulation and for commemorative occasions.

- Mr Ross MacDiarmid, CEO, Royal Australian Mint