6 May 2020

Joint statement from the South African Mint and Mint Directors Conference: New dates announced 31 October – 3 November 2021

6 May 2020


Extended Postponement of the 2020 Mint Directors Conference

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.

This decision was taken amid continuing concerns over the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. Most of us are experiencing, at 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.

Such measures obviously include the prohibition of large gatherings as well as extensive travel bans, and our concern is that this situation would not have improved enough to assure us of optimum attendance at MDC by the minting community, should we have gone ahead and held it in 2020.

It is therefore with regret that we have decided to move MDC to 2021, but it is also with a sense of assurance that we have chosen the most secure option that will ultimately be in the interest of all participants – especially given that the new date for the conference will be towards the end of the year, rather than in early 2021, when the situation may still have held some uncertainty.

We are grateful for your understanding and continued support with regard to this decision and trust that you will still be able to join us at MDC in 2021.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on

You can also refer to the conference website at for further updates and information.

Global Challenges, New Horizons, Future Opportunities

Every two years, the MDC hosts a peak gathering of the global Mint industry to provide Mint directors, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders the opportunity to exchange information and debate the future of coins,


MDC’s 31st collaboration event, Conference 2021, will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the South African Mint.


Over three days, the conference will focus on three interconnected themes, starting with Global Challenges, moving to New Horizons and then identifying Future Opportunities.

The program features a dynamic mix of plenary, twin-track and break-out sessions, enabling participants to cover the widest range of topics and issues, all focused on how to ensure the future success of Mint products and the industry.


Conference 2021 is also about networking – catching up with colleagues and connecting with new industry contacts, finding new suppliers or technologies, forging new partnerships, and working collaboratively to find new solutions.


Conference delegates will also be able to enjoy the culture and sights of Cape Town through a variety of social events during the conference.

Partners Program

Six unique experiences have been brought together in the social program for partners of Delegates attending the Cape Town conference. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 people in each tour.

Mint Industry Awards

Two prestigious Mint industry awards are run by the MDC and presented at each bi-annual Conference – the Coin Awards and the Packaging Awards.

The Coin Awards recognise the best coins worldwide, and the Packaging Awards recognise achievements in the creativity, production and presentation of coin packaging.

Janine Murphy Foundation Scholarship

The 2021 recipient of the Janine Murphy Foundation Scholarship will also be announced at Conference 2021.

The scholarship supports one apprentice or equivalent marketing staff member from a mint to enhance his/her skills by pursuing study or research in another country, particularly in collaboration with another official mint.


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