Historical moneys in Turkish fair
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The fair will display old money bills and coins from around the world.The “Abullionaire - 2016 Istanbul Money Fair” will be held in Istanbul’s Grand Cevahir Hotel between April 15 and 17.
The fair, which is organized by collector and businessman Ahmet Sandıkçı, will be joined by nearly 400 collectors from some 20 countries and display historical banknotes and coins from around 40 countries.
A number of rare currencies will be on display, including a $1 bill printed in 1928, aluminum coins with a portrait of Adolf Hitler and an 1891-dated $1 banknote with a portrait of the first U.S. President George Washington’s wife, Martha Washington.
Along with bills and coins, antiquities and jewelry will also be displayed at the fair. The “Lost Golds,” belonging to the Knights of St. John, which were discharged by Philip IV of France on Oct. 13, 1307, will also be put up for sale in the fair for the first time in the world.
Sansıkçı said the fair would be the first of its kind in Turkey, adding, “Lots of countries organize full-scale money fairs. But Turkey does not have such a comprehensive fair despite its historical and cultural richness. My purpose is to bring together hundreds of foreign and Turkish collectors in this fair.”
Some of the proceeds of the fair will be donated to the Mehmetçik Foundation.