Newsletter, January 2013
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Are you busy packing your bags already? In a week's time, the show will finally start! After several months of intense preparations, we now are very pleased to present the product of our joint efforts – the 42nd World Money Fair, from February 1 to 3, 2013.
Before we move our office to the Estrel Convention Center early next week and get everything ready for your arrival on site, we would like to remind you briefly of the general dates and facts, in particular, of the schedule for set-up.
|World Money Fair
||February 1 – 3, 2013
at the Estrel Convention Center
Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 / 6831-0, www.estrel.com
|Set-up of individual exhibition booths
||On January 30, 2013, upon prior appointment. Access for external booth builders is signposted. On Thursday, your personnel will require valid set-up passes to access to the exhibition halls.
|Set-up of standard booths, vendor tables and dealer booths
||On January 31, 2013, from 5:00 pm for all exhibitors who have hired a standard booth, vendor table or dealer booth from us. Access to exhibition halls is signposted. Please follow instructions of our security staff on site. Make sure you have your valid exhibitor pass ready.
|Coin fair opening hours for exhibitors
||Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Feb 1 - 3, 2013)
from 7:00 am
|Coin fair opening hours for professional buyers
|Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Feb 1 - 3, 2013)
from 8:00 am
|Coin fair opening hours for visitors
||Friday, Saturday (Feb 1 & 2, 2013):
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday (Feb 3, 2013):
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our last newsletter before the fair is also dedicated to the imminent big “Berlin Auction”, staged by the auction house Fritz Rudolf Künker traditionally on the Thursday preceding the coin fair. The following preview provides some information about the collections and individual items on offer.
For now, we wish you a stress-free and pleasant journey, hoping for good weather without ice on the roads or traffic jams.
We hope you arrive safely and look forward to welcoming you!
The organization team
of the World Money Fair
At this year's “Berlin Auction” by Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG no less than three exquisite catalogs will be put up for auction.
Künker auction house will bring over 1,200 coins to the 42nd World Money Fair. Among this numismatic wealth will be rarities from Germany, Europe and overseas, as well as absolutely exceptional pieces from Pomerania and Russia. All in all, three catalogs with an estimated hammer price of about four and a half million EUR will be auctioned at the Estrel Convention Center on January 31, 2013, starting at 10:00 am, likely to be followed with keen interest.
The auction will start with Catalog 223 “Rarities of the Collection Friedrich Popken”, containing 609 individual lots expected to reach a total of about three million EUR. Even among the small coins, collectors will come upon extraordinary and unique pieces.
|| Lot number 384 from auction 223:
Landgraviate of Hesse, William II
Estimate: 15,000.– EUR
Take, for instance, the earliest German thaler, dating from 1502. Minted in Kassel under William II, this Guldengroschen is estimated at 15,000.- EUR. About the same price category is a double thaler from Magdeburg struck in 1617 and a Magdeburg double ducat from 1639. These two coins were minted by cities, while another double Reichsthaler from 1638 was minted by August of Saxe-Weissenfels, Archbishop of Magdeburg. The three coins are unique pieces, same as the double eagle of Wolfgang George, Count of Stolberg, minted in 1619, which is estimated at “just” 10,000.- EUR. The collection contains numerous other valuable items expected to fetch between 30,000.- and 60,000.- EUR.
The following 382 “Coins of the Dukes of Pomerania” from Catalog 224 were compiled by the physician Prof. Helmut Hahn. All single estimates add up to a total of about 730,000.- EUR. In view of the outstanding quality of the material, it however remains to be seen whether this does not fall short.
|| Lot number 1087 from auction 224:
Dukedom of Pomerania-Stettin, Philipp II
Triple Reichsthaler 1613, Stettin.
Estimate: 20,000.– EUR
Among the showpieces is a triple Reichsthaler, circulated in only one copy by Duke Frederick in 1613, which Davenport or the Pogge Collection do not have. The estimated price for this unique coin is 20,000.- EUR. It is, however, not the only one in this price range: A decuple ducat without year from Szczecin by Duke Francis of Pomerania (1618-20, before he was Bishop of Cammin) and a double Reichsthaler from 1609 by Philip Julius are estimated to fetch a similar price. These and many other pieces from the collection hold a very special historic value besides the material one.
The day will conclude with Catalog 225, to be auctioned from around 6:00 pm. A hammer price total of about 820,000.- EUR is expected for the 222 lots of “Russian Coins and Medals”.
|| Lot number 1684 from auction 225:
Empire of Russia, Nicholas II
5 ruble (1/2 imperial) 1895, St. Petersburg
Estimate: 100,000.– EUR
Two items in particular cause high expectations: A half imperial in a value of five rubles, struck in St. Petersburg in 1895 in a mintage of only 36, and a gold medallion commissioned by Czarina Maria Feodorovna – born Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg – herself for her son, Czar Alexander I. The piece is exceptionally large (roughly 66 mm, 146 g), comes with an expertise from Moscow and is estimated at 80,000.- EUR. Furthermore there are over 30 lots of paper money in catalog 225, among them quite a few rarities collectors will be curious about.
Those who want to view the lots before the date of the auction can do so at Künker's headquarters in Osnabrück until January 25, 2013.or on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, at Künker's branch in the German capital, in Nikolaiviertel, Poststraße 22, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. On Wednesday, January 30, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, viewing will be possible at the Estrel Convention Center (room C).
For further information, contact details and addresses, please see: www.kuenker.de/Auktionskalender.Kuenker?ActiveID=1656
We wish an exciting and fruitful auction day, looking forward to the following weekend with many more numismatic attractions.
See you soon!
The organization team
of the World Money Fair