W.B.C.C.
Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 182, Volume 5, February 5, 2000
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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
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Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Please notice: To compose every week's WBCC Newsmail is only possible when
WBCC members and non WBCC members send me Bi-metallic news. Again I received
E-mails to realize this week's issue. So, 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:        Chris (CJ) Burton (WBCC member #163), UK
E-mail:       cj@cjburton1.freeserve.co.uk
Age:           37
Profession: Coindealer, also Nightclub DJ!
Hobby:       (Bi-metallic) Coins, music, hill walking
Goal:         Survival
Against:     Nuclear weapons, pollution, GM foods, teletubbies,and charges
for internet access.

2. Bi-metallic from Australia..............by Jeff Timmons, USA

The British Royal Mint is now selling the Australia Perth Mint Centenary
Soverign Bi-metallic from 1999. The coin is housed in a presentation case
that is made out of Jarrah wood.  he case cover says in the upper section
"THE PERTH MINT". In the lower section, it says "CENTENARY SOVEREIGN". In
the middle appears a logo of the Perth Mint  with the date "1899-1999"
written on it. Because of the metals used in the coin and limited mintage of
7,500 coins, the coin will cost US$225.00 if purchased from the British
Royal Mint's US headquarters. I have no information about the price if
purchased from the main mint office or other branch offices.

--Remark Rod Sell: This coins is Gold and Silver with the 1/4 ounce Gold
Sovereign in the centre. This is why it is so expensive, still a lot above
bullion value which is about US$100. If you know anyone who wants one I can
get it at US$210. e-mail: mailto:Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au

3. Bi-metallic Sorel, Quebec, Transportation Token...by Cliff Anderson, USA

The new Canadian Bi-metallic transportation token on the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) is from
the town of Sorel in the Canadian Province of Quebec. Both sides of the
token are the same, white metal in brass, reading "Bonin Autobus Ltee /
Sorel P.Q."  The letter "B" in the center is over the inscription "Madame
Bonin President" (presumably she is/was the president of the bus company).
Notice the two French fleur de lis icons on either side of the token  This
piece came to me from auction, but I doubt that these pieces are still in
use. Can any Canadian member comment further on this piece, or other
Canadian transportation tokens? Please E-mail me at: chander@mciworld.com

4. Bi-metallic rumour...........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to  WBCC Newsmail 181, item 6 about the rumour for a new
Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2000 a pokesman of the Royal Canada Mint wrote to me:

--Quote
There will be a new Bi-metallic $2 coin in 2000. The coin will be available
in circulation base metal, in sterling silver and in gold. We are not
permitted to discuss the theme right now.
--Unquote

5. Bi-metallic Ecu from Great Britain....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 181, item 4, about Bi-metallic Great Britain 5 Ecu
offered by Coincraft I received a message from Lucy Clarkson of Coincraft:

--Quote
Dear Mr Peeters:
Enclosed is the attachment of the 1992 Bimetallic 5 ECU. This has been
struck inlay The value of the Ecu is £14.90 - postage included. The only
information we have about this Ecu is that in 1992 the International
Currency Bureau struck a crownsized 5 Ecu to show that the new money might
look like. On the obverse is Neptune and Britannia looking over the globe of
Europe; the reverse has the Three Graces with the date and denomination.
They are listed in Schon's book Ecu- catalog 94/95 in a number of different
metals. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards,  Lucy
Clarkson, E-mail: lclarkson@coincraft.com
--Unquote
and
--Quote
Dear Mr Peeters:
Please accept my apologies for the mistake about the 25 Ecu. In fact there
has never been a version of a 5 Bi-metallic Ecu. I hope this clarify the
confusion.
Kind regards, Lucy Clarkson
--Unquote

It is clear now, Lucy ment a Bi-metallic 25 Ecu 1996 Great Britain. A
picture of the 25 Ecu Inlay can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

* Keyrings with the Austrian 1 & 2 Euros
* GB 25 ECU Token by ICB
* US 50 Cent Trade Token from Stephens & Tabb of Mt Pleasant, Texas
* Canada Quebec Bonin Bus Token

7. Austria 100 Schilling 2000...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Bernhard Urban of the Austria Mint did send me a press-information about
Austria "Communicating 2000" Bi-metallic 100 Schillings 2000 with Silver
Ring and Titanium Centre, because the error I wore in WBCC Newsmail 181,
item 12.

--Quote
Mllennium 2000 "Communications"
To celebrate the beginning of the new millennium the Austrian Mint has
produced as its first coin of the year, one that breaks with the traditional
image of Austrian collector issues. To be issued on 19th January, 2000, it
is, at the same time, the Austrian contribution to the international
programme "Masterpiece Millennium Collection" marketed by the British Royal
Mint.

The theme chosen is a modern, forward-looking one: electronic
communications. The Mint sees this as not only a startling revolution in the
last part of the 20th century, but as the most decisive influence in the
shaping of the first part of the new millennium.

Not only the theme is new. The "Millennium 2000" coin is a bi-metal coin,
combining a silver ring with a centre out of titanium. This is the first
time titanium has been used in legal tender coinage. It is a relatively
modern metal, which finds its main use in the space industry, although it is
becoming a popular component in jewellery as well.

On one side there is a view of the world struck into the titanium centre
with the legend "Millennium 2000" in digital script. In the silver ring
various means of communications are depicted, covering satellites in space,
radio and TV masts, computer communications like internet and satellite or
radar dishes.

The other side shows a computer chip, which may be said to lay at the heart
of this revolution in communications, above the figure "100". The silver
ring bears the inscription "Republik Österreich - 100 Schilling."

The new coin is issued in a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. It is struck
in proof quality only. Each coin is accompanied by a numbered certificate of
authenticity.

The early demand for this novel start to the new year is proving to be all
that one could hope for, confirming the Austrian Mint in the rightness of
its decision to begin the new millennium with a very contemporary touch,
with something definitely quite new.
--Unquote

8. The WBCC and the ANA event...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

You can read now about ANA World's Fair of Money® in Philadelphia this year.

The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club will attend the ANA World's Fair
of Money® in Philadelphia held from August 9-13, 2000. IF enough WBCC member
also attend the Fair. WBCC member Ray Lockwood has the possiblity to get all
the arrangments we need to expose the WBCC to the USA numismatic
communities, coindealers and the US public.

SO, PLEASE INDICATE US, (Martin Peeters, martinp@westbrabant.net OR Ray
Lockwood, sunray@comteck.com) IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO VIST THE ANA FAIR IN
PHILADELPHIA. PLEASE ALSO INDICATE which DATES YOU WILL BE THERE.

Below you can look for more information about the ANA Fair at Philadelphia
and Hotel reservations.

The American Numismatic Assiocation:
http://www.money.org/conventiondept.html
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau:
http://www.pcvb.org/
Hotel Reservation:
http://www.money.org/cvnannualhotelsPHI.html

9. Bi-metallic Token from the WBCC....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCC Bi-metallic tokens special made for the World Money Fair event are
still available.

Orders outside US:
Frans Dubois
Lazaruskade 12
2802 ES Gouda
Netherlands
E-mail: dubois.f@wxs.nl

Orders inside US:
Jack Hepler
3557 Graham Meadows Place
Richmond, VA 23233-6659
USA
E-mail: LESLIE.J.HEPLER@saic.com

10. Bi-metallics in my Webside...C.J. Burton, UK

I only collect circulating Bi-metallics, at last count I had 160 or so, I do
sell them on my mailing list and web site whenever I get some spares, my web
site is http://originalCJ.tripod.com updated every 20th of the month or
thereabouts.
 

"See" you next weeks,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
martinp@westbrabant.net
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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 Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA, leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net