Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 859

WBCC Newsmail 859,  January 26 , 2013

Composed with help from members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC),
and weekly published by: Martin Peeters,  Netherlands,
Focal Point of the WBCC

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Welcome into the World of Bi-, Tri- and Tetra-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail.

1. The World Money Fair 2013 in Berlin….by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
World Money Fair Berlin 2013 – the Numismatic Window to the World
This Year's Guest of Honor: The Monnaie de Paris
From February 1 to 3, 2013, the entire world of numismatics will meet in Berlin. The 42nd World Money Fair brings over 300 exhibitors from almost 50 countries to the Estrel Convention Center. The organizers are expecting around 15,000 visitors.
Ask anyone involved with numismatics: From February 1 to 3, 2013, they will all be in Berlin at the World Money Fair. For years, the World Money Fair has established itself as the most important event for everyone having to do with coins. Coin collectors, coin dealers, manufacturers of coins, the supplying industry, journalists – they all want to be here when the numismatic window to the world opens for the 42nd time. 

On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the event schedule will start out with first meetings early in the morning. At 10 am Künker Company will offer the first lot at their Berlin auction. This important auction sale will only close late in the evening, having by then achieved a turnover of several million euro. In the afternoon, several hundred minting technicians will attend the Technical Forum to discuss latest trends in coin production. 

Despite all these activities, the official opening will only take place on the following morning, on Friday, February 1, 2013. Led by the French ambassador, the President of World Money Fair, Hans-Henning Göhrum will cut the red ribbon, together with Albert M. Beck, Honorary President of World Money Fair, and Christophe Beaux, General Director of Monnaie de Paris, to let thousands of avid collectors enter the six exhibition rooms.  Visitors will find an impressive choice of numismatic objects, unequaled worldwide. Nowhere else, collectors get the opportunity to make direct contact with over 50 mints and central banks. From antiquity to the present day, there's a panoply of coins on offer. More than 300 exhibitors try to do their best to satisfy even the most eccentric wishes of collectors. In addition, there are lots of raffles, special promotions from mints, free counseling provided by Berufsverband des deutschen Münzenfachhandels, and many more interesting offers. For years now, the coin passport has been especially popular, allowing you to take a numismatic trip around the world.  The booth of the Monnaie de Paris will be particularly prominent. After all, the French state mint is Guest of Honor in 2013. In the summer, the Monnaie will open a numismatic experience center on the banks of river Seine. In Berlin they want to present and promote this truly extraordinary project. An area of 32,000 sq. m. in a prime location on the left bank of the Seine will become a cultural center dedicated to numismatics with exhibitions, shops, a cafe and even a 3-star-decorated food temple. Let your curiosity be peaked! 

While a busy crowd of collectors fills the exhibition rooms, journalists and representatives of mints meet at the Media Forum where the latest products of 2013 are presented. As the Media Forum is open also to interested non-professionals, everybody can get information about new coins here – a highly recommendable event.
Later, in the evening, we will all be excited to hear who is the winner the World Money Fair Award, to be given at the gala dinner. This is the first secret to be unveiled in the course of the evening.
The winners of the Coin of the Year or Coty Awards, sponsored by Krause Publications, will already be known before the award ceremony. So, mostly, the mint directors come themselves to receive this renowned prize on Saturday afternoon.
Whether organizers, dealers or visitors, they will all be exhausted by Sunday. Before leaving, however, many exhibitors try to reserve their booth for next year, as there is a long waiting list and a big risk of not getting exhibition space. And nobody in numismatics wants to run that risk. The World Money Fair has become the most important showcase of coin producers and coin trade. Thanks to great planning, an intelligent balance between the needs of exhibitors and visitors, and a profound knowledge of the market, the organizers succeeded in opening a numismatic window to the world in Berlin.
Don't miss to be a part of this unique event!

The Supporting Program of the World Money Fair 2013
During the world’s biggest coin fair that will take place from 1 to 3 February 2013 in Berlin, exhibitors and visitors will be offered a top-class supporting program of events.
Already one day before the official opening of the fair, i.e. on 31 January 2013, you are invited to the 8th Berlin auction held by the renowned auctioneers Fritz Rudolf Künker in the room Estrel, where first-class numismatic objects and collections will be on offer. For detailed information about the schedule of this special event, please see our “fair schedule” section or visit
Also on 31 January 2013, the Technical Forum, a conference reserved for international experts, will take place. At this forum, engineers, suppliers and production partners exchange experiences and ideas on the latest solutions and processes in minting technology. Professionals from mints and the industry interested in attending the conference can register.
On the opening day of the World Money Fair, leading international mints will showcase their current coin programs at the Media Forum. Collectors and interested visitors are welcome to this event. Between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, leading mints are scheduled to present their latest coin issues and speak about new developments and future projects. Remember to make a note of the date! All presentations will be held in English.
Please consult our website periodically for updates on the current state of planning. We invite you to visit us on the web and, of course, on site in Berlin. 

Fair Schedule - 42nd World Money Fair, 1 to 3 February 2013

Venue Estrel Convention Center Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin Fon +49 (0)30 / 6831- 0,

Guest of Honor France represented by the "Monnaie de Paris"

Technical Forum 31 January 2013,  1:30 pm to approx. 6:00 pm Registered trade professionals only

Media Forum  1 February 2013,  10:30 am to approx. 2:00 pm Event open to public (lectures held in English)

8th Berlin Auction Auctioneers Fritz Rudolf Künker Pre-auction viewing:  30 January 2013, 12:00 - 6:00 pm, room Estrel Auction:  31 January 2013, from 10:00 am, room Estrel For more information, please contact  Fon +49 (0)541 96 20 20 or see

Opening Hours
for exhibitors Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  each day from 7:00 am 

Opening Hours
for professional dealers (with trade license) Pre-fair trading: Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  each day from 8:00 am

Opening Hours
for fair visitors Friday, 1.2.2013 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, 2.2.2013 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday, 3.2.2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission EUR 8.00 day pass EUR 14.00 fair pass EUR 60.00 dealers’ pass for pre-fair hours

Info/Contact World Money Fair Berlin GmbH Fon +49 (0)30 32 76 44 01 Fax +49 (0)30 32 76 44 02 

The WBCC will have its own booth with Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and Martin Peeters. The WBCC Booth is located in the “ H” section

2. Bi-metallic 10 Franc 2013 from Switzerland……by Pabitra Saha, UK
Switzerland 2013 10 Franc 2013 Bi-metallic is out

3. Bi-metallic100 Yen 2013 from Japan……by Pabitra Saha, UK

Japan Perfecture Bi-metallic 100 Yen 2013 are released

4. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2013 from Germany……by Pabitra Saha, UK

Germany Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2013 Élysée treaty is out

5. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2013 from Portugal……by Pabitra Saha, UK
Portugal Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2013 design is out. Coin will come in June.

6. Bi-metallic 10 Rupee from India….by Frans Dubois

Bi-metallic 10 Rupee and Mintmarks
In India, there are 4 mints. You find the mint mark just below the year printed on the coin.

The mint marks are:
a. "Star" represents Hyderabad,
b. "Diamond" represents Mumbai,
c. "Dot" represents Noida,
d. "No Mint Mark" represents Kolkata.
There are a total of 15 Definitive coins and 7 commemorative coins issued. 

Definitive Coin (Bi-metallic 10 Rupees)

Type Year Hyderabad Mint Kolkata Mint Mumbai Mint Noida Mint

Type I: Cross 2005 X               X                 X                 Y

Type I: Cross 2006 X               X                 X                 Y

Type I: Cross 2007 X               X                 X                 Y

Type II: Ray 2008 X                 X                 X                 Y

Type II: Ray 2009 X                 X                 X                 Y

Type II: Ray 2010 X                 X                 Y                 Y

Type III: र Sign 2011 Y            Y                 Y                 Y

2012                       Y            Y                 Y                  Y

Commemorative coin (Bi-metallic 10 Rupees)

Type Year Hyderabad Mint Kolkata Mint Mumbai Mint Noida Mint

Ter-Centenary of

Gur-Ta-Gaddi, UNC

Set 2007                X              X                Y                     X

Homi Bhabha 2009 X               X                Y                     Y

Reserve Bank of

India 2010             X                X                Y                      X

60 Years of

Parliament 2012    Y               X                Y                       Y

Information is from Arijit Saha from India

7. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #859….…by Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic 10 Baht was issued by Thailand to honor Her Majesty Queen’s 72nd birthday.  It was also noted that this was Cycle 6.  What is a Cycle?
See this coin and others at the WBCC website: Please send your answer to: 

WBCC Quiz Game Prize

A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded for the correct answer. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #858

A Bi-metallic 10 Baht commemorative of Thailand was issued to honor the King’s 50th year of reign and recognize the FAO Agricola Award.  In this context, what is Agricola?
The answer to Quiz Question #858 is the Latin word for Farmer.

The Quiz Game #857 prize winner will be announced when I return from the World Money Fair.

8. Super Quiz #30…………by Jack Hepler, USA
There is a Bi-metallic coin that was issued for circulation where the value is part of the Olympic symbol. 
Which Olympic sport is shown on the other side of the coin?

9.New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images are shown at:

"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange Bi-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics

WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Webmaster: Rod Sell, Australia,
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands,
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK,
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA,

WBCC Public Relations Centre: Max Aiello, Italy,
WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, The Netherlands,
WBCC Website:
The WBCC will attend the following future International events:
* 42th World Money Fair, February 1 till 3, 2013, Berlin, Germany,