【DE】Collector’s item: 12th MIDORA exhibition thaler

Attention souvenir hunters: In 2021, too, MIDORA visitors can stamp their MIDORA trade fair coins free of charge at the booth of the Central Association of German Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Jewelers. This year, the portrait of the German goldsmith and professor Elisabeth Treskow adorns the popular fair souvenir.


Elisabeth Treskow (1898 Bochum – 1992 Brühl) is one of the most renowned goldsmiths of the 20th century. From 1948 to 1964 she headed the gold and silversmith class at the Cologne factory schools, a predecessor of the Technical University of Cologne. In 1956 she was the first German female goldsmith to be awarded the title of professor. Treskow was famous for her granulations – an Etruscan goldsmithing technique, which she rediscovered among other things. During granulation, for example, tiny gold spheres are assembled into ornaments and applied to a gold background. In 1964, Elisabeth Treskow received the Great Federal Cross of Merit for her services to this ancient technology, among other things. In 2006 the city of Cologne named a square after her.

Treskow’s work included the restoration of the Dreikönigsschreins in Cologne Cathedral after the Second World War and she produced the chain of office for the city of Cologne. But one order has brought her into the limelight to this day: she designed the championship trophy for the German Football Association (DFB) in 1949. Five large and eleven small tourmalines adorn the trophy made from 5.5 kilograms of sterling silver, also popularly known as the “salad bowl”. All German champions since 1903 are engraved on the championship trophy, starting with VfB Leipzig. Since 1981 no further engravings would have fit on the honor plate, it has since been expanded.

The trade fair thaler with the Treskow portrait is minted by Gebr. Gallas, Design & Gravur, Braunsbedra.

Emboss your MIDORA Messetaler 2021, September 4th to 6th, Hall 3 / Stand D04

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