Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 183, Volume 5, February 12, 2000
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 a great WBCC Newsmail this week. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. My new E-mail address..........by Henk Zuidinga, Netherlands

Please read my new E-mail address: Henk Zuidinga, eyelash@chello.nl

2. Bi-metallic Coins and Bi-metallic Italian Euros.by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

I have new Bi-metallic coins and italian Euro token added in my site. Please
take a look at: http://members.xoom.it/guerrie

3. Bi-metallic tokens from Schuler Presses...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Schuler Presses - the best for your money
Innovative equipment for new challenges in minting technology

The manufacture of coins has always been especially demanding. In addition
to quality and output rate, one of the most important criteria for
cost-effective production is the multifunctional use of the equipment. Over
and above their function as a means of payment, coins and medallions are
also 'calling cards" for the individual country, often desirable collectors'
items, awards and artifacts of a particular time period. For more than a
century, Schuler has been setting the standards for innovative developments
in minting technology. Wherever coins are minted throughout the world,
SCHULER equipment is sure to be involved. Schuler provides innovative
solutions for new challenges such as multiple strikes for high-performance
minting or edge lettering for Bi-metallic coins, especially for the new EURO

The Schuler Ringmaster, based on a vertical coining press and equipped with
Bi-metallic device and piercing tools, offers the widest range of
application and the highest level of performance. The press may be used for
coining of round, multi-sided and Bi-metallic coins, for joining, piercing
and for recycling of used Bi-metallic coins by separating ring and center.
The Schuler Ringmaster can manufacture rings with any desired rim contour
and/or edge lettering for Bi-metallic coins. Due to the fact that coin
blanks are rimmed before piercing, any desired rim form can be achieved.
This results in a reduction of press force in the subsequent coining process
and therefore in longer service life of the coining dies.

In conventional processing, the rings are produced on the Schuler
Blankmaster with progressive dies. Subsequent rimming and the choice of the
optimal rim form are only possible to a limited degree because of the
instability of the ring. To obtain Bi-metallic coins with edge lettering,
coin blanks are provided with circumferential edge lettering, pierced on the
Schuler Ringmaster and subsequently joined and coined. This is generally not
possible with conventionally produced rings. Bi-metallic coins with edge
lettering provide added protection against counterfeiting for higher coin

Schuler Presses has made several Bi-metallic Tokens and some of them are
still available. A print of all the Bi-metallic tokens that have been made
can be seen in the WBCC Homepage
The following Bi-metallic tokens are still available:
* 1993, Emo '93, Hannover
* 1996, Mercedes Benz Day/Schuler Presses
* 1997, First choice in coining
* 1997, Mercedes Day/Achsen
*  Schuler Presses/Horizontal press MRH
* 1998, 27-29 June, 125 Year FW ES-Zell
* 1998, Schuler Presses, Serving the World

If you are interested in one or more of the Bi-metallic tokens, please
contact: Frans Dubois: dubois.f@wxs.nl

4. Bi-metallic Hongary 3000 Forint...by Gabor Toth, Hungary

I give the total information to the new hungarian 3000 Ft Bi-metallics

1000th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Hungarian State.
Denomination 3000 Ft/HUF
Quality BU/Proof
Fineness Ag 925
Total weight 31.46 g
Diameter 38.25 mm
Inner core 24
Issue limit 5000 BU, 5000 Proof
Designer Istvan HOLLOS
Date of issue December 1999

5. Bi-metallics from the Rogers Williams Mint....by Cliff Anderson, USA

In the past several months, several WBCC members have noticed the initials
"RWM" on at least these Bi-metallic US transit tokens:

* 1968 Delaware Memorial Bridge token
* 1993 Richmond (VA) Metro Metropolitan Authority 2 axle fare token
* 1999 Charlotte (NC) $1 parking and transit token
* 2000 Charlotte $1 "Queen Charlotte" parking and transit token
* Metro Dade County (Miami) Transit token
* Durango (CO) Parking-Trolley token
* Roosevelt Island Tramway token
In addition, judging by their similar style, but lacking the "RWM" initials,
other tokens may also have been issued by the same mint:
* Los Angeles Good For One Base Fare token
* New York City Transit Authority token
* New Jersey Golden State Parkway token
These "RWM" initials are the mintmark of the Roger Williams Mint - Kilmartin
Industries 79 Walton Street, PO Box 2350, Attleboro, MA 02703-0350
Phone: (508) 226-3310 Fax: (508) 226-2033
Toll free: 1-800-225-2734
This website does show that the RWM makes tokens, collectibles, medals, etc.
However, that Mint's customer service representative states that the RWM is
a private mint which does NOT sell to the general public. Its products are
available to businesses and governmental agencies contracting to purchase
large numbers of those items. But the RWM is not open to the public and does
not have a store or outlet to respond to collectors. The RWM representative
is NOT able to identify any of its past or present customers or token
issuing authorities. When asked, the representative did say that the mint
does make its own token blanks.

In the WBCC Homepage see the scan of RWM's sample Bi-metallic token that I
acquired from auction. I don't know the date of this sample, but I know that
there are other RWM test pieces that show the diagonal band across the face.

Query to the WBCC membership at large: are there, or do you have, other
Bi-metallic tokens (transit or of any description)marked with "RWM" that are
not noted above?  If so, scans and brief descriptions would be welcome.
E-mail me at: chander@mciworld.com

6. Bi-metallics and Platinum...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 182 item 7, about the Austria 100 Shilling 2000,
with the Titanium centre, I received the following message from Charles

World's first Titanium Coin
I received your WBCC Newsmail this-morning with interest. I would like to
point out a small error in the Austrian mints quote on the worlds first
titanium legal tender coin. The Isle of Man was the first country in the
world to strike a legal tender titanium Bi-metallic coin in June 1999. It is
a Bi-metallic Gold outer Titanium inner 9 gms gold and 2 gms titanium.
Diameter 32.25 mm Value 1/2 Crown.
On another note I hope all is well and keep up the good work. I was reading
a german coin magazine this morning and noticed an ad from Mietens & Partner
(http://www.mietens.de/ who are offering over 75 various Bi-metallic circulating

7. Bi-metallics search.......by Jorge Crespo, Puerto Rico

I'm looking for Bi-metallic coins or medals depicting coinage or other coins
om them. Unc condition or at leat au. Please contact me at:

8. Bi-metallics from Algeria offer...by Liu Jian, China prc

I just get some Algerian Bi-metallic coins, please send me E-mail
(liuj@public.ytptt.sd.cn) if you need any of them.
* Algeria 10 Dinar 1992  KM124 UNC US$8
* Algeria 20 Dinar 1996  KM125 UNC US$10
* Algeria 50 Dinar 1996  KM126 UNC US$12
* Algeria 100 Dinar 1993 KM132 UNC US$15
10 Dinar-100 Dinar $40 for all.

9. Bi-metallic Swap pages...by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

As you are aware we have a SWAP page for members to list their spares for
trade. This page can also be use to list your Bi-metallic Wants. Please
limit this to a maximum of 10 coins or the page will get too large. The
format will be your swaps will be listed first and Wants at the bottom.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Germany Schuler Presses pieces:
- EMO 93 Hanover
- 1995 Technical University
- 1996 Mercedes Benz
- 1996 Mercedes Benz
- 1996 Otto Kienzle 27-29 June 1998
- No Date. First Choice in Coining
- No Date. R&D Project / Experimental Model
- No Date. KFZ- Waschanlagen
- No Date. The Schuler Group
- No Date. Serving The World.
* US Roger Williams Mint sample Token
* US 50 Cent Trade Token from P.S. Mill & Timber Co. of Port Angeles
* US 25 Cent Trade Token from Wisconsin and Arkansas Lumber Co. of Malvern
* US 10 Cent Trade Token from Edgar Lumber Company of Wesson Arkansas
* Italian/Vatican Bi-metallic Medal of Pius IX

11. 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
E-mail: dubois.f@wxs.nl

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

12. Collectors Universe article...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article can be read in Collectors Universe pages,
http://www.collectors.com/worldcoins/ , and it is written by WBCC member
Richard Giedroyc, USA.

Poland to Issue New Trimetal Commemorative
Richard Giedroyc - January 27, 2000 Poland's new 200-zloty coin
(Note: all photos on this page are courtesy of WBCC.)

In 1981, no one anticipated that if a ringed bimetal coin was to be
introduced it would come from the Italian State Mint.

In 1992 Monnaie de Paris (French Mint) became the first Mint in the world to
issue a ringed trimetal coin. This too, came as a surprise considering the
source. Since that time somewhere around 60 countries have issued ringed
bimetal coins, some through either of these Mints, others through additional
Mints that now have similar technology. Monnaie de Paris has struck ringed
trimetal coins for France and for Monaco. The Royal Canadian Mint has
produced ringed trimetal test tokens, but nothing yet for circulation.

Now yet another unlikely Mint is coming center stage as it prepares to
officially launch coins for the third country in the world to issue ringed
trimetal coins--the Warsaw Mint in Poland.

During the Basel International Coin Fair held in January in Switzerland, the
Warsaw Mint displayed a 2000 Millennium 200-zloty coin it is about to issue,
a ringed trimetal commemorative struck of precious metal. The exact
specifications of the coin were not immediately known, but it is struck of a
gold outer ring, silver inner ring and gold center. Poland typically strikes
gold coins to .900 fine purity and silver coins to .925 fine or sterling
silver purity. This is a Proof coin meant for collectors, not a circulation

Poland has struck ringed bimetal coins before. A ringed trimetal 2000
Millennium 2-zlotych coin comprised of a copper-aluminum-zinc ("Nordic
gold") outer ring and unidentified center metals will accompany the 200
zloty. The date of issue of the two coins was not immediately available.

Technology regarding coins is quickly changing. The Royal Canadian Mint is
now capable of producing gold bullion Maple Leaf coins with holographic
device on the maple leaf design as a counterfeit deterrent. A member of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club recently reported counterfeit French
ringed bimetal 10-franc coins he encountered in circulation.

The United States Mint is even getting into the act. The Mint recently
disclosed future plans for a ringed bimetal commemorative coin. Depictions
of this coin were on view at the U.S. Mint booth during the Basel show. The
last time the United States saw a ringed bimetal coin was when, in 1792, a
silver plug was placed in a copper cent as an experiment.

Ringed coins of different metals or different colors are of value far beyond
being a novelty item for collectors. Considering that a coin typically has a
significantly longer life span than does a bank note, it has become popular
in recent years for governments to drop low-denomination bank notes commonly
used in circulation in favor of a coin of the same value. This in turn
discourages forgeries. A ringed bimetal coin makes it significantly more
difficult for forgers to pass their bogus coins. Counterfeit coins often
cannot duplicate the magnetic signature of genuine coins for vending

The distinctive colors of a ringed coin help not only the sight impaired,
but everyone fumbling in their pocket to find the right change.

The more these higher denomination coins can be encouraged, the more the
vending industry likes it. More expensive merchandise or services can easily
be dispensed when higher denomination coins are available. It is very
inconvenient, as an example to vend a $3 item with 12 quarters when three
Sacagawea dollar coins will vend the same merchandise or service.

Inquiries regarding the Polish ringed trimetal coins should be directed to
the Warsaw Mint, ul. Pereca 21, Warszawa, Poland 00-958 or to the Warsaw
Mint website.

Richard Giedroyc is a numismatic writer, researcher, auction cataloger and
coin dealer. He has been in the hobby and business most of his life, now
having more than three decades experience in this fascinating hobby field.
During this time Giedroyc has been the owner of Paris Bergman Galleries,
owner of Classical Coin Newsletter, international editor of Coin World and
owner of Giedroyc-Anderson Interesting World Coins. He is currently a
numismatic consultant. He has written more than 2,000 byline numismatic
stories and contributed to several coin catalogs.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Just a little error in the article. The new 2
Zlotych 2000 is a Bi-metallic, not Tri-metallic.

13. Coin World article (1)........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article can be read in the January 31th Coin World issue in
the International section:

Swiss issue new 5 Francs
Commemorative coin honors Lenten festival

To celebrate the annual carnival in Basel, the Swiss Mint has issued a new
5-franc Bi-metallic coin. The center is composed of "Nordic gold" a compound
of copper, and the outer ring is made of a nickel alloy. The 33-millimeter
coin weighs 15 grams. The mintage will total 170;000 business strikes with
20,000 coins being struck in Proof. Of the business strikes,18;000 will be
put in Mint sets while 5,500 of the Proofs go into Proof sets available from
the Swiss Mint. The Uncirculated Mint sets are priced at 40 Swiss francs
(about $28 in U.S. funds) and the Proof sets cost 100 Swiss franc (about $70
in U.S. funds). The Monday after Ash Wednesday is the start of "Fasnacht"
The next 72 hours are a festival similar to Mardi Gras, a carnival of
costumes, music and revelry. For more information the commemorative coin,
contact the Swiss Mint at Bernastrasse 28, CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland,
telephone 031322 6076.

14. Coin World article (2)........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article can be read in the February 7th Coin World issue in
the "Also in the News" section:

French coin sets to contain bimetal, trimetal coinage
France planned to release its 2000 Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof coin
sets in January. According to a press release from the World Bi-metallic
Collectors Club, the 2000 coin sets will include a bimetal 10-franc coin and
a tri-metal 20-franc. Design details about the coins were unavailable at
press time. Collectors can obtain information for the sets from Monnaie De
Paris, 11, Quai de Conti, F-75006 Paris, France. The Paris Mint's Web site
is located at http://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/.

"See" you next weeks,
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 Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA, leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net