The MDC, which began in 1962 as a small gathering for the exchange of mint-related technology information, has grown into a global mint conference representing 41 member mints from around the world.
Meanwhile, the mint industry is
undergoing a transformation.
Welcome to the first edition of Enduring Worth, the global mint industry’s regular update on the rich history and vibrant future of coins.
Recent research undertaken by the MDC and member mints has confirmed that Covid-19 has accelerated the use of digital payments – and that the move to contactless transactions has thrown the spotlight on inequalities.
Like most sectors, the global Mint industry was not expecting the arrival of COVID-19 late last year. As an industry however we have been aware for some time of the shift in consumer behaviour to cashless transactions that has now been exacerbated and accelerated by the virus.
Regrettably, our showcase event for information sharing and collaboration, MDC2020, has been postponed to 31 October–3 November 2021. This decision was taken amid continuing concerns over the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. Most of us are experiencing first-hand the widespread and profound impact the pandemic is having on our economies and our everyday lives. Social distancing and lockdowns have become the norm, and it looks as if they will be with us for some time to come.
The Mint Directors Conference (MDC) and the South African Mint would like to announce the extended postponement of MDC2020 in Cape Town to 31 October–3 November 2021.
The Mint Directors Conference (MDC) and the South African Mint would like to announce the postponement of the MDC2020 in Cape Town to 17 to 20 November 2020. This decision to prioritise the welfare of MDC members and attendees, was taken amid increasing concerns for global travel as the rate of infections from the coronavirus, now referred to as the COVID-19, are growing daily and spreading between countries.
2020 presents a threshold moment
for the Mint Industry. This is the year we will challenge the aradigm that dismisses circulating coins as relics of the past, and create a stronger appreciation of the enduring value that coins contribute to economies and societies around the world.
South Africa, like all other nations, is taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very seriously.
As with all other nations, South Africa (through its National Institute for Communicable Diseases – NICD) has intensified screening at all ports of entry into the country, with a particular focus on major airports.
The name Mint Directors Conference (MDC) represents both the peak body of government mints worldwide, and its international conference, which is held every second year in a different location around the world, with MDC member mints taking turns to host it. This year it is the turn of the South African Mint, which will be hosting the 31st conference in Cape Town from 26-29 April.
Message from the chairmann
Dr Manfred Matzinger-Leopold
Chairman Mint Directors Conference – Technical Committee
Why Shall any MDC Member Join The Mint Directors Conference – Technical Committee (MDC-TC)?
Ross MacDiarmid – Secretary-General, Mint Directors Conference
As we stand at the brink of a new decade, it is timely that the MDC will kick off an important discussion on a threshold issue in the early months of 2020. That is, what is the future of the global Mint Industry and what should we be doing now to prepare for it?