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International Mints Establish Advocacy for Cash and Coin Access and Acceptance

International Mints Establish Advocacy for Cash and Coin Access and Acceptance

The International Mint Industry Association (IMIA) is a content and research-led association active in protecting inclusive, democratic, resilient, and sustainable cash and coin access and acceptance


The International Mint Industry Association, founded in the summer of 2022, is a professional association of public and private mints and industry suppliers. Its goal is to support the mint industry by proactively promoting the availability and acceptance of cash and its future role in resilient and cost-effective national payment infrastructures and stable financial systems.

The IMIA is now in the process of welcoming new international members to start shaping the future of cash and coins and the association as such with the community. The membership is open to both public and private mints as full or associated members, as well as to mint industry suppliers as associated members.

“The IMIA has two key activities. First, establishing itself as a trusted content-led partner to policymakers as well as to consumer and merchant stakeholders, through in-depth dialogue and well-researched position papers. Second, to provide its individual members, and the mint community as such, with timely analytical and advisory insights of key policy and market developments in cash/coin payments in individual jurisdictions as well as globally. I am very pleased to say that in the few months since our establishment we have already entered in very active, promising, and fruitful exchanges with policymakers.”

Martina Horakova, Managing Director, International Mint Industry Association (IMIA).

“International card companies and commercial banks invest a lot of money to promote electronic payment products, whereas the cash industry until now has promoted cash, and the latter’s consumer and societal benefits, much too little in comparison. There is a critical need for the mint industry to step up and step in to educate, advocate and defend resilient future for cash, for the industry, and, importantly, the society as a whole.”

Gerhard Starsich, President, International Mint Industry Association (IMIA).

IMIA was initiated by six public and private mints. Gerhard Starsich, CEO of the Austrian Mint, is President of the Board, and Marc Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of the French Mint, is Vice President of the Board, with Günther Waadt, CEO of the Bavarian Mint, is Secretary to the Board. The association being strategically, operationally, and policy led by Martina Horakova, its Managing Director.

“The coin industry definitely needs a voice to defend the case for cash in modern economies, even with digital payments on the rise. We are delighted to have Martina Horakova on board as the managing director of IMIA. Martina brings over 15 years of experience in central banking and financial regulatory policymaking exchange and research, focusing on cash, digital payments, and central bank digital currency. Her background gives the mint industry a strong and trustworthy voice and her managing role is allowing the IMIA to reach fast agreements.”

– Marc Schwartz, Vice President, International Mint Industry Association (IMIA).

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  1. I fully appreciate and support your position in preserving the age old rights and system of physical money.
    Far too many people are sleep walking into a global dystopia and the banning of cash would be one of the major steps to facilitate this loss of all future freedoms from centralist control, largely by NGO’s. Thank you for your efforts.


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