Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 169, Volume 4, November 6, 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,

Great Bi-metallic new from South Korea, China, Macao and more countries. So
I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. New WBCC members.....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 2 new members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name:         Carlos Suarez (WBCC member #154), Uruguay
E-mail:        cesuarez@hotmail.com
Homepage: http://habitantes.elsitio.com/carlins/
Age:           37
Profession: DBA (database administrator)
Hobby:       Collecting Bi-metallics, trips, family, reading
Goal:         To be a better person
Against:     All forms of injustice

Name:        Wladek Gebczyk (WBCC member #155), Poland
E-mail:       WladyslawG@zyzio.imn.gliwice.pl
Age:          46
Profession: Metallurgist, M. Sc.
Hobby:       Coins and post stamps collecting
Goal:         Information and exchange

2. Bi-metallic from Korea.......by Seung-Woo, South Korea

Republic of Korea plans to issue its first Bi-metallic coin commemorating
the new millennium. The Bank of Korea has recently announced that it will
issue a 2000 Won Bi-metallic coin commemorating the new millennium. This
coin will be issued on Jan. 4, 2000
Date: 2000
Denomination: 2000 Won
Weight: 10.7 grams
Diameter: 28mm
Outer Ring: Cupro-nickel
Centre: Aluminium Bronze

This coin will be issued upon request from the collectors. Each person can
only apply for 2 pieces. The maximum mintage will be 2,000,000 pieces. If
the number of requests exceeds 2 million, they will distribute 2 million
pieces randomly. So, some lucky collectors will receive 2 pieces when some
unlucky ones will receive nothing. Therefore, it could turn out that these
coins might be very difficult to get at the beginning and will be brought
back into the market with a high premium.If you want to see a picture of
this new Bi-metallic from Korea, take a look in the WBCC Homepage:

3. Bi-metallic from Macao...by Liu Jian, China PRC

Please see in the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) the new Macao 10
Pataca 1999 Bi-metallic coin image issued to commemorating the return of
Macao to China. According the Singapore Homepage
http://www.singaporemint.com.sg/ they say about it:
This item (Macau Returns to China Uncirculated Coin Set) is available
through order only. Should the total orders received at the end of the
closing date stated below exceed the mintage of this item, all orders will
be subject to balloting and may be partially fulfilled without prior notice.
Please allow 4 - 6 weeks from the closing date for delivery/collection.
Along with these 2 proof coins, a 7-piece uncirculated coin set is
available. These coins will be the last of the Macau coins before the
handover to China and will definitely be a collection to complement your
proof coins.
Face Values: 1, 20, 50 Avos + 1, 2, 5, 10 Patacas
Composition: Base Metals
Finish: Uncirculated
Diameter: 17.00mm to 28.00mm
Worldwide Mintage: 288,888 sets
Singapore Allocation: 2,000 sets only
Normal Price: S$42.00
Closing at: Friday, November 19, 1999

4. Bi-metallic Control Tokens...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 167, item 7, about Bi-metallic Control Tokens I
could obtain and asking where they came from or are used, I recieved from
Michael Marotta (Coin World, Readers Ask) the following answer:

The control tokens are made by companies that make bimetallic coins and
tokens. These controls allow machine makers and others to calibrate their
equipment against replicas of actual coins or tokens without letting said
tokens or coins out into accidental circulation.
The US and Canada make known their control coins. In the US they are "Martha
Washington/Mount Vernon" dies struck on actual coin planchets. These are
strictly accounted for. Canada sells its test tokens. When some got out,
they knocked out the floor from underneath the market by selling all they

5. My Bi-metallic Story........by John Beckman, USA

Well, I thought that I would share with you and our fellow members that I
just picked-up four Bi-metallic coins the other day. The first three I got
were from a friend who just came back from visiting his sister in Paris. It
was actually two different coins from France! The first one was a 1989 10
Franc, "The Spirit of Bastile" and the other was a 1992 20 Franc "Mount St.
Michel". This last one was actually a "Tri-Metallic"!!  The third coin from
him was a 1999 2 Dollar coin from the newest territory in Canada, Nunavut.
It features one of the people portraying the "Drum Dance" on the Obv. side.
All from my friend, John Pierre LeBlanc, in Toronto, Canada.
The other coin was from a new friend I met on the Internet, who is from
Israel. He just sent me a 1995 10 New Sheqalim however, someone will have to
help me out concerning the title of this coin. The Obv. appears to have a
large date palm tree with two large baskets on either side filled to the
top. I have the "1999 Krause World Coin Catalog" but, it doesn't say much
about this coin!! Again, maybe someone can fill us in.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: About the Israel 1995 New Sheqalim piece: It is
the KM 270, 10 Sheqalim 1995 (JE 5755) Palm Tree.

6. Bi-metallic from Romania in eBay...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

When you look in the eBay auctions there are several Bi-metallics from
Romania offered now. The auction ends at November 16th. The following
Bi-metallic items you can bid on:

Romania 100 Lei 1996 in Piedfort (Summer Olympics Atlanta 1996) and Romania
Essai 100 Lei 1998 in Essai (Winter Olympics Nagano 1998) and depicting
Hockey, Tennis, Skier, Equestrian, Gymnast, Skating, Shooting and Basketball
If you take a look in the WBCC pages P-Z
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbccp-z/wbccp-z.html you can see
a picture of these Romania Bi-metallics.

7. Encased Coin from Austria........by Wladek Gebczyk, Poland

When you look in the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) you will find a
picture of an Autrian Encased coin. The details are:
Diameter - 33 mm
Ring - Alu, center: the coin 1 Heller 1913, KM2801- Austria - Empire
Obverse: "65 Regierungsjahr Kaiser Franz Josef I./ 1848 - 1913.
83 Geburtstag/ 1830 - 1913.
Reverse: Dein-Talisman-Bin-Ich-füwahr-Ich-Bring-Dir-Glück-Durchs-Ganze-Jahr.

8. Bi-metallic 100 Escudos 1999 Eror Portugal...by Martin Peeters,

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 168, item 3, about the Portugal Bi-metallic 100
Escudos 1999 Error, it is offered this week (ends at 11/06/99, 04:22:01 PST)
on eBay for 20 US$

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homapage:

* Austria Encased 1 Heller 1913 for the 65th Anniversary of Emperor Franz
* UK Pobjoy Mint Medal
* Macau 1999 10 Patacas
* France 1807 10 Centimes Essai
* New Canadian Bi-Metallics Page
* New Vatican Page
* Vanuatu 1998 50 Vatu with inlay
* Portugal 1999 200 Escudos
* Switzerland 1 Sablier MTT from Geneve
* New Page for US Coal Scrip Bi-Metallic US Coal Scrip
* Laos 1997 50 Kip gilt

10. Coin World article...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article I could read in Coin World of October 25th 1999:

Netherlands Antilles honors explorers
In 1499, Europeans discovered the Caribbean Leeward Islands of Aruba,
Bonaire and Curagao. To honor the 500th anniversary of the occasion, the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, the overseas states of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands, are issuing five Proof coins with the theme "The Meeting of
Civilizations". The Netherlands Antilles is issuing three of the coins.
These are the first coins that use the local Papiamentu language. The
75-guilder coin is the first precious metal bimetallic coin ever issued in
the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It consists of an 18 millimeter, 9.9-gram
core of pure gold (.999 fine) encircled by a 30 mm ( 1.18-inch) ring of
sterling (.925 fine) silver. It is the title coin of the series with the
legend ENKUENTRO DI PUEBLONAN ("Meetlng Of Civilizations") framing a globe
focusing on the American continents.
The 75-guilder bimetal gold-silver coin costs $247.50 Shipping and handling
are $4.50 for each order. New Jersey residents should add 6 percent sales
tax. To order or for more information on these and other coins of the
Netherlands, contact the Dutch Mint exclusive North American Representative
PO. Box 1057,
Clifton, NJ 07014
Call toll free (800) 421- 1866, fax (973) 471-1062 or e-mail
mail@coin-currency.com. The firm maintains a Web site at

11. My new Webside...by Michael Doran, USA

Doran Numismatics is pleased to announce that in
commemorating its first year on the internet, the
Doran Numismatics Website has been given a new look.

12. Bi-metallics from a UK coindealer...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I received the new Airedale Coins list with several Bi-metallics
tey offer. If you send Lauwrence Andrews an E-mail and he will send you a
list of Bi-metallics he has available. You can also look into the
Bi-metallic section

Airedale Coins
P.O. Box 7
Oakwood Park
Lady Lane, Bingley
West Yorkshire BD16 4ST
Phone: + 01274-770414
Fax: + 01274-563869
Lauri Andrews, UK, E-mail: aireco@globalnet.co.uk
Web page: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~aireco

"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