Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 195, Volume 5, May 6, 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,

In this 195th WBCC Newsmail again news about Bi-metallics. I hope you enjoy
reading it !!

1. Bi-metallic Santa Fee parking token...by Cliff Anderson, USA

The Santa Fe Bi-metallic token shown on the homepage was issued sometime in
1996 by the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to Mike Luhon of that
city's administrative office (505 984-6857), the city ordered about 5,000 of
the Bi-metallic tokens from the Roger Williams Mint (note the "RWM"
mintmark) in 1996 to be used in their newly installed parking meters which
can sense the inner metal core of the token. They have been in regular usage
since then.

The token reads "La Villa Real de Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis", which
appears to be the official name of the city. Note that it was a "royal" city
and seems to commemorate the "holy" or "sacred" faith of St. Francis of
Assisi. There are at least two other cities named Santa Fe, one in Argentina
and the other in Colombia, both in South America.

Santa Fe has been the capital of New Mexico ever since 1610 when the
province was under Spanish colonial rule. It remains the capital of the
state of New Mexico today. Santa Fe has been the main landmark of the
American southwest and is always attached to the historic accounts and
romantic legends of the opening of the entire area. The Santa Fe Trail and
the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad both were routes into the desert

The token also self-describes Santa Fe as "The City Different". It is marked
25 cents for parking, and Louis Crawford has noted that one 25 cent token
allowed 20 minutes of parking on parking meters, but that in parking lots,
the token is applied to the 60 cents per half hour fee. The shield seems to
incorporate the symbols of Santa Fe's history: The castle of Castile and
lion of Leon recall the old Spanish kingdoms; the eagle and snake reflect
the Mexican sovereignty; and the stars and vertical stripes are those of the
United States, under which New Mexico was a territory since 1850, and a
state since 1912. I have a small supply of those tokens and am glad to send
them to members they will send me $1US for mailing. Please email me at
chander@mciworld.com for mailing details.

2. My Bi-metallic Story.............by Steven Kidd, USA

In the last four weeks I have been to 3 coin shows looking for those elusive
b-metal coins. The two fairly good size shows I went to, I found nothing.
One of the shows was in Virginia and I did find some nice Conder Tokens
(1700's century British Trade Tokens).  At the other show in Ohio, I found

Last weekend was the Parkersburg Coin Club show. The show is twice a year
and is a very nice little show. I belong to this coin club. Bright and early
Saturday morning I drove to the show without much hope of finding anything
of interest. One of the dealers had brought me 35 Trade Tokens and some very
nice early Britsh copper.  hese purchases shot my budget for the entire
show. I was getting ready to leave and I just mentioned to the dealer that I
was also looking for Bi-metallic coins. The dealer asked me to wait second
before I left and turned around and dug through a small box.

When he turned around he handed me two Bi-metallic "coins". Both are from
Great Britian. One was described on the paper insert of the flip as: "Joseph
Moore Model Penny - no date (1844) - Struck by: Allen & Moore in
Birmingham." The coin appears to be silver center in a copper ring. The
silver center looks like a silver Victoria penny, in many ways, but is not.
The coin is about the size of a nickel.

The other coin is a little more difficult to discribe as there was no
discription with it. I appears to be a copper center in a bronze ring. The
bronze center looks like small "Gothic" head Victoria Crown, both front and
back, which of course it can not be. The legends on the outer ring are as
follows: Victoria Queen of Great Britian. The other side of the piece reads
as follows: Model Crown - pub by H Hyamn.  This coin is about the size of a
US Quarter.

I went ahead and purchased these pieces even though they are outside of my
Bi-metallic collecting interests. If any member of the WBCC is interested in
them please let me know as I would be willing to trade them for other
Bi-metallic coins or 1700's British Trade Tokens (Conder). I can be reached
at: kiddsm@wirefire.com

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

From Iris Blickle of the German firm Schuler Pressen GmbH & Co. KG, I
received a message they have struck a new Bi-metallic commemorative, which
was minted on the occasion of the first annual general meeting of
shareholders of the SCHULER company. You can see the coin on a picture in
the WBCC Homepage http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html
In case several members of the WBCC wish to order this Bi-metallic medal,
you can send me within a week an E-mail: mailto:martinp@westbrabant.net After one
week it is not possible anymore. The price is between 3 to 5 US$ and it
depents how many the order is and the amount of postage and handling costs.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Germany  Schuler Press  1st AGM bi-metallic
* USA 2000 $10 Library of Congress
* USA  Santa Fe Transit Token
* Portugal 2000  100 Escudo with correct spelling
* Italy  Como 2000 1 Euro MTT

5. Bi-metallic list.............by Joel Anderson, USA

Due to the popularity of the field of Bi-metallics we have had to do another
update on the Bi-metallics list. The updated list is available at:

"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