The commemorative coin industry is a big deal. Created to honour important events, people and places, commemorative coins are massive collectable items. And one of the world’s leading collectible coins manufacturers is New Zealand based business New Zealand Mint.
For more than four decades, New Zealand Mint has been minting legal tender collectible coins, gold bullion and medallions. They’ve created and released popular collections for several global brands such as Disney, Lucasfilms, Warner Bros and the BBC.
The Auckland based company also have the worldwide license for Expo 2020 Dubai in precious metals. This means New Zealand Mint is the only business in the world that can make precious metal collectibles with the Expo Dubai 2020 logo.
“We're not the licensing partners for a particular part of Expo or a particular pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. As great as the New Zealand pavilion will be, we have the worldwide license for the whole 2020 event in precious metals,” said CEO of New Zealand Mint, Simon Harding.
“We're going to produce a commemorative coin for the Expo 2020 Dubai and we're working with the Reserve Bank of the UAE in order to produce a coin that will be legal tender in Dubai, but it'll be a collectible.”
The gold and silver medallions, available in Arabic or English, will feature engravings of the official Expo 2020 Dubai logo. The logo design was inspired by a ring found at an archaeological site in the UAE desert. The ring was created by a civilisation that existed 4,000 years ago in the UAE region.
Based on the ring’s design, the logo symbolises the connection between the land and the ancient civilisation, reminding the world that along with its forward-thinking innovations, the UAE also has deep roots and a rich heritage.
For New Zealand Mint, the opportunity and exposure at Expo 2020 Dubai will act as a gateway to other prestigious events in the region and to other parts of the world.
“We expect it to be a springboard not only for the Expo 2020 Dubai event, but also post event, to develop a new sales channel,” Simon Harding also said.
“It certainly opens doors to a wealthy and emerging market which has a huge appetite for New Zealand products and who also seem to have a willingness to engage with New Zealand.”
Made from 7g of 9999 fine gold and 40g of 999 fine silver, the medallions will be desirable collectables for any gold or silver enthusiasts.
More New Zealand businesses will also have an opportunity to be part of the Expo 2020 Dubai experience.
The Expo 2020 Dubai Online Marketplace (OMP), is the largest network of its kind in the region. With more than 20,000 companies from more than 140 countries registered to do business with Expo 2020, the OMP community is a dynamic gateway to connect with experts from around the world.
Through the free-of-charge online platform, New Zealand businesses will be able to connect with hundreds of international participants, partners, licensees and major contractors. Businesses will be able to showcase their expertise and products, compete for contracts, advertise tender opportunities, and gain access to a range of local and international suppliers.