Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 188, Volume 5, March 18, 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,

For the 188th time since September 14th 1996, again a WBCC Newsmail. 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:        Steven Kidd, USA
E-mail:       kiddsm@wirefire.com
Age:           52
Profession: Retired Postal Worker
Hobby:       Bi-metallic coins and worldwide paper money exchange

2. My new E-mail address..........by Rod Sell, Australia

Please read my E-mail address: Rod Sell, Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

3. Bi-metallics for El Salvador.......by Paul Baker, UK

I got news today from a numismatist in El Salvador that on their
Independence Day this year (i.e. 15th September 2000) a new 5 Colon
Bi-metallic coin will be issued for circulation. Such coins were due to have
been issued not too long after El Salvador's 1999 dated 5, 10, 25 Centavos
and 1 Colon coins, which was towards the end of November 1999. These new 5
Colon coins will be made by the Viridian Mint and will be have a diameter of
26mm diameter and a mass of 7.0 grams. The design will be similar to that of
El Salvador 150 Colones KM-160 (a silver non-circulating legal tender coin
of 1992). On the same day another design of Bi-metallic 5 Colon will be
issued and this will be a "circulating commemorative" type -  vommemorating
the year "2000", with the number "2000" as a main motif. These coins will be
the same size etc.. as the standard design pieces, though they will be made
by the Royal Canadian Mint.

4. Bi-metallic Austria 50 Schilling 2000...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The Ausatria Mint will issue April 6th the new Bi-metallic 50 Schilling 2000
commemorate Sigmund Freud. There will be 100.000 pices in Blisterpack, and
600.000 pieces in circulation. A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage
This infomation was provided to me by Wolfgang Schuster.

5. Bi-metallic from Bosnia-Herzegovina...by Joel Larouche, Canada

A few weeks ago I saw a picture of the future 2 markka that will circulate
in Bosnia soon. You can see the picture on my website
(http://www.iquebec.com/worldcoins and you can check with
Bosnia-Herzegovina central bank. Picture:

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: you can read more about the Bi-metallic 2 Markka
from Bosnia-Herzegovina in earlier published WBCC Newsmail 180, item 1.

6. Bi-metallic 10 Patacas Macao 1999.....by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

On a recent visit to the RC Mint in Winnipeg I found there the 1999 Macau
Uncirculated set of coins for sale. The 1999 Bi-metallic 10 patacas is
included. Quite a nice set of coins, the cost is approx. $38.00 CDN. I
haven't seen them offered yet on the RC Mint site yet but I'm sure they can
be ordered by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada and 1-800-268-6468 from the
US. It appears that the RCM in Winnipeg struck the sets and the circulation
coins for Macau in 1999.

It sounds like the 2000 commemorative $2 coin should be released with in the
next two weeks, no word yet of the design, but it will be available in a
gold, silver and regular metal composition.

7. Bi-metallic 500 and 1000 Lire 2000 San Mariono..by Martin Peeters

According the latest San Marino "Casa Di Risparmio" bulletin they will issue
their 2000 Anual set on March 30th 2000. The price will be 36.000 Lire
and ofcourse as it contain the Bi-metallic 500 and 1000 Lire. The 500
Bi-metallic Lire depicts a spinning-wheel and the 1000 Lire piece an
escaping swallow. Minted will be 28,000 sets. Pictures can be seen in the
WBCC Homepage,http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

8. Bi-metallic US and Canadian Transit Tokens listing..by Cliff Anderson,

As wonderful a reference work as is the Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United
States and Canadian Transportation Tokens, as printed it doesn't allow for a
quick search for Bi-metallic items. This catalogue is published by the
American Vecturist Association (AVA). It is a very complete and
comprehensive set of catalogues, the most recent (the 5th) revision being
issued in 1996.
Members considering joining, or looking in on, the AVA should check out:

After joining the AVA recently, I received a gracious and helpful response
from AVA representative Louis Crawford, who is also one of our WBCC members
(#18)!  Louis furnished a two page listing of all the known Bi-metallic
transportation tokens, which appeared in the AVA's publication "The Fare
Box" in November 1999.  Full credit for the research and assembling of this
listing goes to AVA members Doug Borden and Bill Boncek who updated an
earlier listing which appeared in the "Fare Box" in November 1997.
Here finally is a fairly up-to-date listing of Bi-metallic transit tokens.
It doesn't yet include the most recent issues that we have seen, such as the
Queen Charlotte 2000, but the list is a great supplement to the
Atwood-Coffee catalogue and ideal for WBCC members' reference in identifying
bi-metallic transit tokens.

Members are welcome to email me for a scan of the two page AVA listing. But
since the listing uses Atwood codings in detailing the tokens, it is more
helpful when amplified with the catalogue's descriptive data. So I have set
out a narrative summary of those Bi-metallic tokens, using the Borden-Boncek
list and amplifying it with descriptions from the Atwood catalogue.
Obviously, like the Atwood and any other numismatic listing, this is a work
in progress. And any corrections, clarifications, updates and additions from
other countries (like the Israeli piece) are welcome.
You can find this narrative listing of Bi-metallic US and Canadian transit
tokens (and a one each from France and Israel) on the WBCC Homepage:
A complete list of Bi-metallic Transit tokens you can see in:

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Canadian Unassembled 2$ Bi-metallic planchet
* New Page  Bi-Metallic US Transit Tokens
* Ecuador  1996 1000 Sucres with different size centres
* WBCC Member Sean Moffatt rebuilding a Schuler Press at the Hoffman Mint
* Germany  1886  Wilhelm I  Silver Jubilee Bi-metallic
* San Marino  Year 2000  500L & 1000L.  Images from Martin Peeters.
* US 10 Cent Trade Token from Bakers Creek Coal Mine  of Drifton Alabama
* US Control Token CT06

10. Meeting WBCC members..........by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

Next weekend (March 24th to the 26th) I plan to attend the The 28th Annual
Spring Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention in down
town Baltimore Maryland. If there are any members there interested in
meeting please feel free to e-mail me at kmutcher@earthlink.net . After that
I hope to also make it to the Chicago International Coin Fair in early
April. Would be fun to meet up and have a club meeting :)

11. Trading banknotes versus Bi-metallics.......by Steven Kidd, USA

I would be most willing to trade worldwide banknotes for Bi-metalic coins. I
have collected banknotes for 30 years and have quite a number of duplicates
I would be willing to trade. Anyone interested can contact me at

12. Bi-metallic tradelist............by Chris (CJ) Burton, UK

I will be listing Biometallics under a seperate heading on my web site
http://originalcj.tripod.com/ as from 20th March, I hope to have 20 or 30
different in stock by then, with more always arriving.

13. Bi-metallics available...by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

Available the new Gibraltar Bi-metallic 2 Pounds 1999 (Price 7 US$) Diomedes
and the new Poland Bi-metallic 2 Zlote 2000 (Price 2US$). Take a look at my
site http://members.xoom.it/guerrie

14. Bi-metallic from Iran..by Brian Silsbee

I have the newly issued Iran SH1378 dated Bi-metallic coin in Brillant
Uncirculated condition. Will sell to member at $5 a coin, further discounts
on mutiple coin ordeers. I also have a quanity of SH1376 and SH1377 and
Brillant Uncirculated condition at the same price. If there is any intrest I
can supply the coins in 100 coin lots to dealers at a reasonable price. Have
a great source that takes the time to sort the scratched coins out, I only
get the super high quality coins.

Brian A. SIlsbee
PO Box 9
Ashkum, IL 60911-0009
E-mail: icssinc@dlogue.net

"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@elderwyn.com
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