On Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24, 2021, the “PaperMoneyFair THE NETHERLANDS” was held in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), Netherlands, 80 kilometers south-southeast of Amsterdam and 130 kilometers north-northwest of its previous location in Valkenburg. Congratulations to Jos Eijsermans and his team for a well-organized and successful show!
The spring “Netherlands” show was first held in March 1987 with just 27 dealers. With the exception of 2020 and 2021 (due to Covid-19 restrictions), the show has been held every year, beginning in Maastricht, moving then to Valkenburg and now to Den Bosch. An autumn show was added to the schedule fifteen years ago.
The dealers’ pre-bourse event was held on Wednesday through Friday, October 20-22: over these three days the dealers arrived and began their business dealings… About 125 dealers in total booked tables and attended the show, coming from around the world. As has been the trend at most all banknote shows over the past few years, fewer collectors attended the show on the weekend when it was open to the public.
Heritage Auctions, the main sponsor of the show, held their “Netherlands World Banknote Signature® Auction 4033” on Saturday evening, October 23rd. The auction sold 530 lots and realized USD 1,783,583, quite impressive indeed! In-person bidders were treated to Bossche bollen, the local delicacy (explained below).
PMG (Paper Money Guaranty) was present and accepted banknotes for grading. In addition to Heritage Auctions, other auction houses including Dix Noonan Webb from London and Lockdales from Ipswich (both in the UK) were also in attendance. Lindner was present as well, offering their high-quality numismatic products for sale.
More UK dealers were present than at the Aachen show the month before, but with a few exceptions, most all North American and Asian dealers were not in attendance. As per current Dutch health regulations, masks were not required and vaccination statuses were not checked at the door. However, at all hotels and restaurants, proof of vaccination and/or current test results were meticulously checked, so one did feel safe.
On Friday evening, an International Bank Note Society (IBNS) dinner was held at a local restaurant for members and friends. 35 people attended the event, headed by Pam West, current President of the IBNS. On the following day, IBNS members gathered for a group photo, which was far from complete as many member dealers were manning their tables doing business.
There was nostalgic yearning for the old location in Valkenburg, our former home for so many wonderful years. The new location was farther for some and closer for others. The best advantage of the new location was the Brabanthallen, a huge convention center hall that enabled all dealers to be together in one hall with much room for social distancing. Another highlight of the location was the local specialty, Bossche bollen. A Bossche bol (Dutch for “Bosch sphere”), sometimes called chocoladebol (“chocolate sphere”) in its city of origin, is a pastry from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It is a large profiterole (cream puff), about 12 cm (5 in.) in diameter (somewhat larger than a tennis ball), filled with whipped cream and coated entirely or almost entirely with (usually dark) chocolate fondant icing. Decadent perhaps, but oh so delicious!!!
The next show “PaperMoneyFair THE NETHERLANDS” is scheduled for the weekend of April 23-24, 2022. See you there!