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History and Future of the Bourse

myteam.jpgMy team - friends, relatives and collector/dealer volunteers, the people from the Polfermolen and I, would like to welcome you all who come (again) from far away and nearby to the next bourse, welcome you to this ever growing event in the spacious Polfermolen.

Over the past years the "Maastricht Show", or simply "Maastricht", as it is called by many of you, has become a trademark amongst banknote-collectors and dealers alike from all over the world. Including more and more collectors of old bonds & stocks. All of this taking place in the nice little town of Valkenburg, in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. In the province of Limburg with its hills and valleys so uncommon to the rest of the Netherlands.

A short explication is due here:
Many have asked me over the past years "why is it called "PaperMoneyFair - MAASTRICHT", where the event is IN Valkenburg??? "
Fact is, the event started in Maastricht, and over the first years the convention halls available there were the right size. But the size - as well as the reputation world wide - grew, and after a few years I could not find a right sized place for the bourse in Maastricht anymore.  So we all moved to Valkenburg some 10KM out of town.
Something I do NOT regret at all.
Change to "PaperMoneyFair - Valkenburg" ??? Did not seem to be a good idea, since that "Maastricht" was so well established over the years... 
Also internationally Maastricht is better known because of the EU conventions there about the Euro currency...
So the name stayed! See?

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overv.jpg Not without reason has it grown into the biggest event in Europe for the papermoney collector. (Some even claim it to be the biggest worldwide…)
All tables in this room added, make over 500 meters/yards of banknotes on offer by people from over appr. 70 nationalities back over the past years.
This is for the April edition so far. The September edition still has fewer stands, but is only being held for a few years, against 30 years (2016) in April.

When this bourse took place for the first time on March 28th and 29th of 1987  - in Hotel Maastricht... back then under the (too long) name "European Continental Spring Paper Money Bourse" there were just 27 names of dealers in the program. On 35 small tables only…:

Mike O'Grady - Educational Coin Company/David Laties (still participating after all these years) - Victor Schmidt - James of Norwich - Daniel Denis - Gary Snover - Mel Steinberg (also still present) - Clyde Reedy - Christan Meiners - Van den Berg - Lucien Huyge - Reichenberger - Stan Furman - Spink London (also still a regular) -  Intercol London - Theo Peters - Rosenberg - Marco Valenti - Jaime Casanovas -  Van der Dussen - Robert Kotyla (also still on the current listing of participants) - Ian Marshall (also) - Speijer
and also the then organizers Jan Fleer, Marthis Verkooijen and myself.

Several dealers on this listing have passed away over the years, others stopped coming by now... no longer in business, old age or health or other reasons... Don't forget, this was 1987!!
As you see: some of the names of the first listing of participants still can be found on this year's list of participants again. We wish to express our thanks to all those that supported the bourse over the past years by participating every year again.

It then started under the name of "The European Continental Spring Paper Money Bourse". because of the contrast to the London I.B.N.S. Congress that took and still takes place in the UK in autumn/fall.
That event had a similar name so the addition had to express the difference. By now this event has an other name too.
In 1988 and 1989 the name changed into resp. "The European Continental Paper Money Bourse" and finally "The European Paper Money Bourse".

The name was unchanged until the moment the event had to be moved to Valkenburg. Then the name was adapted to "The European Paper Money Bourse - Maastricht".
Only a few years ago the name was shortened again to just : "Papermoney Maastricht" bourse. For a while also "Papermoney / Bond&Share - Maastricht".

"PaperMoneyFair-Maastricht" (Spring and Autumn/Fall edition!) is the current name now used for a few years now....

This bourse started as an initiative of 4 Dutch members of I.B.N.S. 3 of them having visited the London Congress of I.B.N.S. for many years already. I was one of them.
We all believed that there was a need for a similar event on the European continent since getting to London in the years before the Channel tunnel was not easy… We also believed that is was feasible too…

These 4 people also founded the Dutch Chapter of I.B.N.S..

So this event started as an I.B.N.S. bourse...  Soon this already small group of active and working people for this event got smaller.
Eventually there was a moment where I had to decide to give up the organization (which I enjoyed and loved doing…) or continue on my own…

I decided to do the latter. Lacking others to assist in this. I ended up doing all the preparation on my own. But also to find fellow collectors from all the world that attend that work as volunteers during set-up day and some during the bourse week-end. Some come a day earlier just to help set up…

Many thanks to all of you, specially Mike Turner who over the past years comes over for an entire week to help me with the last preparations, and the entire week-end. Twice a year!

In the first years as an extra "job" in my off-work-time, next to my full-time job at the Rabobank as cashier in the Head Office, specialized in Exotic currencies and Forgeries. Not making! Detecting!
Only since 1993/94 it is my official company "APnC Int." and later "Eijsermans-Events" that is responsible for the organization. On the week-end itself still with lots of help from friends and relatives as well as volunteers .

money2.jpg I guess - with the growing interest in the paper money hobby over the past few years continued in the years to come - that this event also will continue to grow over the years. In size and in importance for the hobby.

But no one of us can predict what the future wll bring. I hope that for many years to come this bourse will continue to exist and will expand, even so that one day we may be forced to move back to Maastricht where the MECC is, a giant events complex with big halls. Too big and to expensive for now, but maybe not for later.
But to do that I have to cross the 350 stand limit (now over 200!). One can be optimistic, but I rather stay realistic too. But that would create a hotel capacity problem too...

Also in the past a number of participants have asked me to organize a bourse in autumn/fall also in the Polfermolen. For a few years now that is reality and it promises to be another succesful event for the future..

If you have any suggestion, please let us know!

The dates for the events have been chosen carefully, to avoid any problems with other events or some important holidays… but we do not know all data in time!