WBCC Newsmail 162, Volume 4, September 18, 1999
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, martinp@westbrabant.net

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Again this week interesting news about Bi-metallics from Austria, Australia,
Canada, Spain, Guatamala and Portugal. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. A new WBCC member...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name: Sean Moffatt (WBCC member #146), USA
E-mail: moffattandco@redshift.com
Age: 36
Profession: Minter, (Operations manager @ Hoffman Mint 11 years)
Hobby: World coin & currency collecting, video games & family stuff
Goal: Christian living, to be the best professional minter possible, & to
have a very complete coin & currency collection.
Against: Mis-information, & deceptive practices.

2. WBCC and sponcership...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCC has been invited to the World Money Fair in Basel, Zwitserland at
januar 21-23, 2000. We will get a free table from the WMf organisation to
expose the WBCC as an Club and show all there is about Bi-metallics. To make
this possible the Portuguese State Mint (Impresa Nacional Casa da Moeda
S.A.) is now the first WBCC sponcer and has donated an amount of money to
help with the costs. The Portuguese State Mint is now mentioned in the WBCC
Homepage as official WBCC sponcer for the mentioned event next year.

3. Bi-metallic Austria 50 Schilling 1999...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the Austria Mint magazine "Die Münze" of September/October 1999 I could
read the following:

Es ist sozusagen "Ehrensache" für die, Münze Österreich gegenüber den
Sammlern, dass im Johann-Strauss-Jahr 1999 ein Bimetall-Funfziger des
Walzerkonigs erscheint. Am 20. Oktober wird es soweit sein. Der silbrige
Innenteil der neuen Munze, deren Themenseite von Helmut Andexlinger
gestaltet wurde, ist dem ausserst prasenten Portrat von Johann Strauss Sohn
gewidmet. Eines der bekanntesten Fotos war die Vorlage dafur. Naturlich
gehört der buschige Schnurrbart dazu, der "Adelen-Bart", den er auf Wunsch
seiner Gattin trug. Links stehen seine Lebensdaten, rechts schmiegen sich
zwei der Traumweltgestalten vom Strauss-Denkmal aus dem Wiener Stadtpark ins
Rund der Münze. Sie bilden den fliessenden Übergang zum goldfarbenen
Aussenteil, der in das Notenband mundet. Diese Notenfolge laßt den Walzer
"An der schönen blauen Donau" gewissermassen visuell anklingen. Im oberen
Teil stehen die Worte JOHANN STRAUSS. Die von den anderen
Bimetall-50-S-Münzen hekannte Wertseite ist auch bei dieser Ausgabe
unverandert: die Zifter 50 in der silberfarbenen Mitte, darum herum die
Wappen der Bundeslander und im Rand mit der Gold-Anmutung die Beschriftung
Erstausgabetag 20 Oktober 1999
Entwürf Helmut Andexlinger (Themenseite)
Herben Wähner (Wertseite)
Nennwert öS 50
Durchrnesser: 26,5 mm
Matenai (aussen) Cu 92 A16 Ni 2, (imnen) Magnimat 7
Auflage Haridgehoben 100.000 Stück
Normalprägung 600.000 Stück

Wolfgang Schuster did make a short translation of if and it say:
In 1999 - the 'Year of Strauss' in Austria, the Austrian Mint is issueing a
new bimetallic 50 Schilling coin commemorating the waltz-king. The coin will
be out on 20. October 1999 and will show a portrait of the composer in the
central part flanked by his dates (left) and two figures of his Viennese
monument (right). A sequence of notes (of the famous Blue Danube Waltz)
together with the name of the composer is shown on the outer ring. The other
side of the coin remains the same like the previous 50 Schilling bimetallic
strikes with denomination '50' and coat of arms of the 9 Austrian provinces
in the center and 'Republic of Austria' plus 'Schilling' on the outer ring.
Issue date October 20th
Design: Helmut Andexlinger (front)
Design Herben Wähner (backside)
Diameter: 26,5 mm
Material (ring) Cu 92 A16 Ni 2, (centre) Magnimat 7
100.000 pieces in Blisterpack
600.000 pieces for circulation

You can see a picture in the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) on this new
Austria Bi-metallic 50 Schilling.

4. Bi-metallic Australia 10 Dollar...by Rod Sell, Australia

The Royal Australian Mint has announced the release later this year of a $10
Bi-Metallic coin. This is part of a 3 years set of $10 Bi-metallics. This
years is entitled The Past, the 2000 coin will be The Present, and the one
in 2001 will be The Future. The mintage will be 20,000 though the 2001 coin
may have a larger mintage as this is the Centenary of Australian Federation.
The cost is A$50 which is about US$33. If you are interested in a coin
please let me know. E-mail me at: Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au

5. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada...by Serge Pelletier, Canada

Presse Release
Saskatchewan Town marks new millenium with first circulating Bi-metallic
Canadian Municipal Trade Token
KINDERSLEY, SK – The Kindersley Y2K Committee has taken the steps to make
history. It will be issuing a Bi-metallic 10-dollar token to mark the new
millennium and to promote peace. The tokens are set to be launch in
September. “We think they will make fantastic Christmas gift, a unique
memento of a unique event and of our town” said Nancy Torry, the program
coordinator. The token will be legal tender at the participating merchants
in Kindersley until January 15, 2000.
The very limited edition consists of 1,500 38-millimere tokens struck on
Bi-metallic blanks (like Canada's $2 coin but larger). Five-hundred souvenir
sets have also be produced each containing a Bi-metallic piece, a silver
plated piece and a gold plated piece. “We expect them to sell out very
quickly”, Torry said.
This is the first circulating bimetallic Canadian municipal trade token and
the first 10-dollar piece. The breathtaking “PEACE”design aimed at
highlighting the fact the the year 2000 has been declared the “International
Year for a Culture of Peace” by the United Nations. It was created by Serge
Pelletier, a world renown numismatist, specialized in muncipal trade tokens.
For more information please contact:
Serge Pelletier
Tel: +1-613-542-5475
E-Mail: mrmtt@aracnet.net

Issuing Agency: Kindersley Y2K Committee
Designers: Donna Larocque (obv.), Serge Pelletier (rev.)
Mint: Eligi Consultants Inc.
Diameter: 38mm
Edge: Plain
Composition Mintage Price
Bimetallic 2,000 $12.50
Silver Plated 500 $18.50
Gold Plated 500 $21.00
Official Distributor:
Eligi Consultants Inc,
Box 11447,
Station H, Nepean, ON K2H 7V1
Tel/Fax: +1-613-823-3844

A picture of the Ringed Bi-metallic MTT can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

6. Encased Spain 5 Pesetas 1975...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Last weekend at the coinshow in Munich I could obtain a Spanish Encased
coin, a 5 Pesetas 1975 with a red copper ring. The text in the ring (front)
Respeto a los derechos humandos<
X. & F calico
The text in the back side say:
Reincorporacion International de Espagne
According Manuel Manuel González from Spain it is in English
The text
X. & F calico
could be a name of a Spanish coindealer
Further Manuel added:
Maybe this token commemote the Rejoin to Spain with the world. In year 1975
dead "Francisco Franco", a dictator which guided Spain before Civil War in
Spain. During his guided Spain was isolated by rest of world (there wasn´t
human rights). When "Franco" dead 1975 and The King Juan Carlos II ascend to
throne the rest of world celebrated and Spain was admised. Maybe this token
celebrate ascend to Juan Carlos II.

If you want to see a scan of this Encased coin, take a look in the WBCC
Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

7. My Bi-metallic story......Jeff Timmons, USA

I had a 3 day weekend a couple of weeks ago. I decided to go away from home
for a couple of days. I travelled north to Victoria, the Capitol of the
Canadian province of British Columbia. Victoria is a city of tourism. There
are a number of tourist shops. I went into one such shop. They had a
glasscase in the shop that contained the Canada 1999 Mint sets, especially
O' Canada and Baby Birth sets. I also noticed these small wooden cases in
the showcase that contained the 1999 $2 Bi-metallic. It is the Polar Bear
coin, like the ones contained in the 1999 Mint sets. The top of the wooden
case had an engravement that showed the inner core of the Polar bear coin.
On one side of the case, the words "Royal Canadian Mint" and "Monnaie royale
canadienne" were engraved, along with the Mint's logo. The top opens up and
you can see the coin, surrounded in a round plastic case, and lying in a
velvet or velvet-like surface. It looked so good to me that I bought it. It
looks great in my bi-metallic collection.

8. Tri-metallic from Guatamala...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

As is known now in the last ICB auction of May 19th in London there also 78
pieces Guatamala Tri-metallic 1 Quetzal as sandblasted. If you look in the
WBCC Homepage you can see a scan of this Tri-metallic piece.

9. New Bi-metallic images......by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homapge:

* Czech Republic 500 Euro with Karel Capek
* Czech Republic Medal with the 50 Korun design
* Encased Spanish 5 Pesetas
* Venezuela 20 Bolivar Pattern
* Deutsche Nickel Bi-Metallic 4 Samples
* I.C.B. Guatemala 1 Quetzal Pattern with matte finish
* Canada Kindersley Saskatchewan $10 MTT
* Austria 1999 50 Schilling Johann Strauss.
* Finland 1999 10 Markkaa. EU Presidency
* Portugal 1999 100 Escudos
* Portugal 1999 200 Escudos
* Silver Strikes Homepage
* Austria 2 Medals of the Johann Strauss's Father and Son

10. Bi-metallics from Portugal..by Francisco Marques, Portugal

I can offer several years (1999 too) of the Bi-metallic 100 and 200 Escudos.
If you have interest, please E-mail me at: fmanuel@esoterica.pt

"See" you next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange
Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, chander@mciworld.com
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 113076.167@compuserve.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net