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Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial institution founded by Russia and Kazakhstan in January 2006 with the aim to facilitate the development of market economies, economic growth and the expansion of trade and other economic ties in its member states. The EDB strives to become a consolidating element within the financial infrastructure in Eurasia, and a catalyst for the expansion of integration processes in the territory of its member states and achievement of uniformly high levels of socioeconomic development across post-Soviet countries. The initiative to found the Bank was put up by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Bank’s authorized capital totals USD 1.5 billion. The Bank is open to new members, and interested states and international organizations can join the Agreement Establishing the EDB. The Bank’s management met with the governments of Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia to discuss the possibility and terms of these countries’ membership in the Bank. To date, Tajikistan and Belarus formally applied to the EDB Council for joining the above Agreement.

For more information, please visit the EDB website at 

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VTB is a recognized leader of the national financial industry having gained a sustained competitive edge in all segments of the banking market. As of December 31, 2007 according to IFRS (consolidated), its shareholders equity totaled US$16.5 billion, enabling VTB to meet the Basle capital adequacy requirements with a safe margin. The assets of the Bank as of December 31, 2007 amounted up to US$92.6 billion.

The “Banker” magazine has ranked VTB the 116th among the world’s 1000 largest banks by capital.

Presently, the Government of the Russian Federation is the major shareholder of VTB, with its share accounting for 77.5%. In May 2007 during the IPO newly issued shares, representing 22.5% of VTB’s enlarged share capital, were allocated among Russian and international investors. The aggregate amount of funds raised approximated US$8 billion, making the VTB’s IPO the world’s largest public offering in 2007. It also proved to be most public in the history of the Russian stock market, since more than 120 thousand Russians have become VTB shareholders during the IPO.

As a result of the IPO, market capitalization of VTB, whose shares are now traded on the MICEX and RTS, as well as on the London Stock Exchange in the form of Global Depository Receipts, has exceeded US$35.5 billion. VTB authorized capital is presently RUR 67.2 billion.

VTB has further solidified its leadership in financing the Russian economy. As of December 31, 2007 VTB`s loans outstanding to non-financial companies totaled US$58.5 billion. Among the main borrowers of the Bank are industrial enterprises and foreign trade companies.

International rating agencies Moody`s Investors Service, Standard & Poor`s and Fitch have traditionally assigned VTB the highest possible rating for Russian banks. Russian rating agencies also award VTB with the highest possible reliability ratings.

Striving to diversify its activity, VTB offers its customers a wide range of banking products and services.


Dear colleagues and visitors of Coins-2008!

We are very excited to participate in Coins-2008 in the beautiful city St. Petersburg.

I could not think of a better place and opportunity to introduce our company EMK to new friends, customers and partners in Eastern Europe.

For nearly 20 years EMK has been and continues to be one of the most successful and respected companies in Europe.

I am proud to say that we serve a very unique and exclusive customer base of educated collectors and are, by companies around the world, considered to be THE specialist for secondary market and rare modern numismatic coins.

This year we have strengthen our team with new, well trained and experienced people to introduce our know-how to new markets, in order to share our ideas with new partners and to find new exciting products for our customers.

Please visit us at our booth to find your reliable partner in Europe.

All my best wishes,
Marc Bach
Owner of EMK


traces its history since 1818, when under the Decree by Emperor Alexander I the Expedition of Storing State Papers was created in Saint-Petersburg. The Expedition combined the whole production process of banknotes and other state papers: starting with special sheet formation and up to paper money printing.

Today “Goznak” incorporates eight branches, including two mints – in Saint-Petersburg and in Moscow.

The Saint-Petersburg Mint was founded in 1724 under the Decree of Emperor Peter the Great. Since then and up till now the Saint-Petersburg Mint has been located in the very center of Saint-Petersburg, within the territory of Peter and Paul Fortress.

The Moscow Mint was opened in 1942.

Nowadays the Saint-Petersburg and Moscow Mints carry out the order of the Bank of Russia for striking change, commemorative and investment coins; they produce state awards and distinction marks, issue commemorative medals, various souvenirs, marks of assay, as well as jewellery and gold watches.

Commemorative coins of precious metals produced at the Mints of Goznak are noted for their special artistic expressiveness and adherence to the classic style of the medallier art. Many coins won various prizes at international competitions. For instance, in 2007 the 25 ruble silver commemorative coin with a gold insert “The 150th Anniversary of Foundation of the State Tretyakov Gallery” was chosen “The Coin of the Year” at the 1st International Competition “Coin Constellation -2007”.

The Russian Mints are ready to fulfill orders of any level of complexity with the traditional quality of Goznak and strictly observing the time limits given by the customer. They produce both million-circulation and “single-piece” products in the full meaning of the word. Thus, in 2006 the Moscow Mint of Goznak struck an exact copy of “Usman’s Koran” – 164 pages of pure gold.

The Saint-Petersburg and Moscow Mints apply the most cutting-edge technologies in their work: binding of natural and artificial jewels to products of “proof” quality, tampon printing on relief surface, organic enamel application to products of “proof” quality, gold-plating of products of “proof” quality, usage of rotating inserts, manufacture of products in the shape of puzzles an so on.

Learn the details:
+ 7 (495) 954 8582 (Goznak)
+ 7 (495) 954 4724 (Moscow Mint)
+ 7 (812) 324 1403 (Saint-Petersburg Mint)


imports and distributs foreign commemorative coins in precious metals.

Our partners – are world wide acknowledged producers of commemorative coins.

COIN INVEST TRUST company is our main partner. The company gains the impeccable reputation since many years by providing high level commemorative coins and project management to the world coin market. Based on the unique experience and modern technologies the company is able to design and mint their products in any required geometrical configuration and weight in precious and non precious metals according to the highest world standards.

The commemorative coins produced in precious alloys – Silver, Gold, Platinum are issued to memorable dates or events and marketed as collection items, souvenirs and gifts.

Group of companies “Resource” provides the full scope of services in designing, minting and delivery of imported coins. Creation – creating concept, designing, getting the approval with the issuer-country. Production – purchase of precious material, orders for mints, production of plastic capsules and wooden boxes for coins. Delivery – pick up from a stock of a Customer (Custom warehouse) and delivery to the former soviet republics, Custom clearance procedure.



Sergey Falkin’s Art Studio was founded in 1999. It specializes in the exclusive carved sculpture of precious and ornamental stones using precious metals, enamels, engraving, patination and other techniques.
Floral compositions
Polychromatic sculpture
Applicative products

Author’s sculpture of stone and bronze, jeweled plastic art

The clients of the Studio are Gazprom and VTB North-West, government organizations and major companies. The Company created the sign and the prize of “The Baltic Star” International Award, the lapel badge of the Worldwide Club of Petersburgers, the Cups of the Governor and the Plenipotentiary of the President in the North-West Federal District for the winners of “The Cup of Clubs of Russia for show-jumping MINITEX-2006”.

The striking, expressive works by the Company’s founder, the artist and sculptor Sergey Falkin won a lot of awards and the hearts of the audience in Russia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, the United States of America, Japan.

Sergey Falkin is the author of the prize of the “Coin Constellation” Competition.

170, Fontanka Embankment, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
+7 (812) 251 78 64


is part of an international financial group, which was established in 1991 and which is located in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. Company’s main activities are investment gold sale and currency exchange, but also international currency transfers and express money transfers between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Investment gold is sold in the form on physical fine gold coins and bars.

Currently Tavex is the only company to offer such combination of services in Finland and Sweden and the only investment gold seller in the Baltic States.

Tavex has direct contracts with some of the world’s biggest investment gold factories in Australia, China, North-Korea and Switzerland and has also established good relations with several investment gold wholesalers in different parts of the world.

On 2007 Tavex sold 1400 kg of investment gold and currency exchange turnover was 2.2 million Euros.

Fabianinkatu 12
00100 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 68 149 149
E-mail: tavex@tavex.fi


is a well-established mint founded in 1997 which has offices in South Africa and Hong Kong. Universal Mint offers striking of coins of unique shapes, sizes and finishes for our customers. We have perfected pad printing process as well as gold plating and silver plating. Our quality can be of the highest standard at very competitive price. Besides minting, we can also assist our customers with issuance of legal tender coins. We are the official agent for various countries and central banks for minting and distributing of legal tender commemorative coins. The countries we are representing include the Cook Islands, the Niue Island, the Republic of Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We are committed to providing our customers with quality service and delivery. We are proud to say that our quality work has enabled us to build and maintain a close relationship with established coin dealers all over the world.

For enquiries, please contact Universal Mint Group,
Ms. Salina Wong
at telephone number: (852) 2848 0622 and
E-mail address:
Mr. Lambert Van Der Nest
at telephone number: (27) 21 421 0563 and
E-mail address: lambert@universalmint.com