Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 221, Volume 5, November 4, 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,

This week a very nice WBCC Newsmail. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. WBCC and sponsorship............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I officially received a message from Schuler Presses in Germany,
that they sponsor the WBCC for attending the World Money Fair at Basel, next
year. this means that Schuler Presses and the Portugal Mint are sponsors for
the Basel Event.

* Schuler is the technological and world market leader in the field of metal
forming. The scope of our product range is unique - Schuler supply complete
production systems, dies and process know-how from a single source for the
whole metal-working industry. Schulers major customers are auto
manufacturers and their suppliers, the electrical industry, the household
equipment industry and last but not least to Mints all over the world. The
Homepage of Schuler Presses, Germany is: http://www.schulergroup.com/

Since 1984, Schuler delivered around 60 Bi-metallic presses to more than 20
countries all over the world. Schuler did strike several (14 !!) Bi-metallic
German commemorates, but also for Uzbekistan in 1997 commemorates, opening
the new Mint Tashkent, 2 different pieces.

2. Bi-metallic MTT from Switzerland.........by Hans Bucek, Zwitserland

I just read in the today's local newspaper, that the new 10 Franc
Bi-metallic is due soon. It is issued to commemorate 500 years "Basel member
of  the Swiss Confederation". Coin is called: Doppelstäbler. "Doppel" stands
for double, meaning the both Cantons of Basel City and Basel County and
"Stäbler" a swiss dialect word, stands for the bishops crook. The size will
be alike the other 10 Francs issues but I have no information whether it is
minted by Huguenen like the others. May be you check Huguenins homepage
The coin will be accepted as cash currency in the both Cantons and is valid
from February 3rd until August 31st 2001. The photograph in the newspaper
shows only a fragment of the coin. To be seen is the word BASEL above a
rectangular bar with incused 2001. The bar has a smoking stack and it looks
like a factory. Above the smoke cloud is something which looks like on
opened letter B and half a swiss cross which is flying away. I woud say
escaping because coins looks ugly and fits well with the other ugly Swiss
Commemorative issues (I mean the 20 Fr Silver coins). A 20 Fr Silver coin is
also minted to commemorate this occasion. Probably, both coins will be
presented at the World Money Fair in Basel on 2-4 Februari 2001.

3. Bi-metallic 10 Franc 2000 from Monaco...by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

Monaco does not issue every year a Bi-metallic 10 Franc. But now they have
issued a Bi-metallic 10 Franc 2000. If you have interest in obtaining one
(or more) just let me know; E-mail me at: guerrie@tin.it

4. First Bi-(plastic) Euro's ............by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

In 2002 the current coins of the EU countries will disapear. The Euro will
than be the new currency for these countries. To let people get used to this
new money there is a project on Dutch schools in which every school received
a set of the new coins in ...plastic. The new 1 and 2 Euro are real
Bi-metallic...sorry real Bi-plastic and a very nice copy of the real coins.
This is to show pupils how the real coins will look like. I will try to get
some extra sets. If you are interested contact me at
A picture of these Bi-plastic Euro's can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

5. Bi-metallic future Euros 2002...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According a German coin magazine some non EU country Monaco will also have
the future 2002 Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro. Also mentioned was that Portugal
will strike or did strike already the Bi-metallic Euru's dated 1999, 2001
and 2002 and not dated 2000.

This means now the European Union Countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal,
Spain, Greece and non European countires: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino,
Vatican City 9together 16 !!) will have the Euro currency in 2002.
Beside Portugal other countries will or alrady struck (Bi-metallic Euros. If
you wish an complete overview off all possible Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro's I
can send you the overview as an attached Excel file.

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#221)...by Jack Hepler, USA

Nearly all modern coins of the world include a date in the design. Usually
only one date is depicted, however, some countries use both the Christian
era and an official local dating system on their coinage. All of the
following countries show two dates on Bi-metallics coins. Which of them
shows the Christian date using western style numbers?
a. Algeria
b. Jordan
c. Oman
d. Syria
Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #220.
The Bauhinia is a variety of tropical tree which produces small nuts but has
a large and very attractive flower. The Bauhinia flower is featured on the
circulating $10 Bi-metallic coin of British Hong Kong. What color is the
Bauhinia flower?
a. Blue
b. Yellow
c. Red
d. Lavender
Answers c. and d. There are over 250 varieties of the Bauhinia tree and
flowers may be found with colors ranging from white to red and lavender.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Australia 2000 $10 "The Present"
* Australia 2001 $20 Gold & Sliver Perth Mint for Centenary of Australian
Federation 1st January 2001
* Australia 2001 $20 Gold & Silver for the Gregorian Millennium
* Australia 2001 $1 Silver with Gold inlay Sun for the Gregorian Millenium.
* Peru 2000  5 Soles
* Taiwan 2000 50 Yuan
* Chocolate 1 Euro of Austria
* Plastic 1 Euro and 2 Euro used in Schools
* US Silver Strike $10 token from The Imperial Palace Casino Las vegas

8. Unusual Bi-metallic offer in Ebay..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I saw a very unusual offer in eBay:

$11,000.00 (reserve not yet met)
Very Rare, Proof Panda, First ever Bimetallic,1995 5oz. Gold (99.99) and
2oz. Silver (99.9), 80mm. # 10 of 199 minted, Shanghai, Obverse-Temple of
Heaven, Reverse-China Panda Commemorative Coin, Struck 4 times.500 yuan face
value. never shown and never offered for sale before. Certificate of
Authenticity included.

At the moment the WBCC Newsmail was edit, the auction was closed.

9. WBCC Encased Still available...by Jack Hepler, WBCC Developement Centre

A few of the WBCC Encased Coins of the World are still available. For the
Encased 4-Coin Set send $10 US per set for orders going to US or Canadian
Addresses or $11 for addresses outside the US and Canada. Insurance and
registration are extra. Individual encased coins are $3, please specify
country desired: Australia, Canada, Netherlands, US.

Please send your payment to:
Jack Hepler
3557 Graham Meadows Place
Richmond, VA 23233-6659

For orders going to European addresses send payment to:
Martin Peeters
Amer 7
4761 HS Zevenbergen

Pictures of these unusual WBCC Encased coins can be seen in the WBCC
Homepage http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

10. Visiting a coinshow...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Saterday 18 and Sunday 19 Novermber there will be an European Coin
Convention in Berlin, Germany, called Numismata Berlin. I will attend this
show on Sunday. If any European (or maybe from other parts of the World)
WBCC member will also attend this show, just let me know and we can meet and
can talk about Bi-metallics.

11. How to obtain Bi- and Tri-metallics...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Many times people ask me how to obtain Bi- or Tri-metallic
coins/medals/Euros etc. Searching on the Internet I have found the following
special URL's for Bi- or Tri-metallics.

* Arctic Coins, Paul Davis
* Fabio Guerrieri (WBCC member)
* Joel Anderson (WBCC member):

"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 ANA 2001 Convention, Ray Lockwood, USA, sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net