Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 225, Volume 5, December 2, 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,

A very nice and interesting WBCC Newsmail. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. Bi-metallic Zwitserland 5 Francs 2001.........by Hans Bucek, Zwitserland

The new Bi-metallic 5 Francs 2001 will commemorate the Zürich Spring
Festival, the "Sechseläuten", meaning ringing the bell at six. It is the
no.3 of the new series "swiss customs" and follows the issue "Basel
Fasnacht" and "Fête des Vignerons" The "Sechseläuten" coins shows a
snowmanlike figure (the Böögg) bursting into flames, on reverse date 2001
and value and riders who ride around the Böögg .
The coin will be available first on the Swiss Money Fair, February 2nd 2001
in Basel. The Bi-metallic is made by the Swiss Mint Mintage 170.000 in unc,
20.000 in proof. Issue price sFr 5.- respectively 20.- for the proof.

2. Bi-metallic Austria 50 Schilling 2001..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According "Die Munze", the official magazine of the Austria Mint, they will
issue in 2001 a new Bi-metallic 50 Schilling, commemorate the Schilling
coin. 600.000 pieces in circulation and 100.000 pieces in a Blisterpack.

3. Bi-metallic Inlay medals from Germany.....by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

This week I was informed about the issue of two Bi-metallic inlay medals
from Münz-Prägstatt Munchen in Germany. The first is a silver piece with a
gold inlay centre (price 148 German Marks) and the other is a gold(!) piece
with a silver inlay (price 2432 German Marks). These inlays can be removed
from the medal, both are 50 mm and have the same design.
For more information:

Münz-Prägstatt Munchen
Einsteinstrasse 1
85757 Karlsfeld bei Munchen
Homepage: http://www.muenzpraegstatt.de/

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: I did try the URL, but for some reason I was

Images can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

4. Discovery of another unknown Bi-metallic...by Paul Baker, UK

The other day I looked patiently through a number of 10 kilogram bags of
coins (mainly obselete) and tokens. I had an unusual bit of success in
Bi-metallic terms I found a new "unknown". Allsorts of "tokens" turn up in
these bulk quantities - gaming, transport, medalettes etc.. I know there
must be British Bi-metallic tokens out there waiting to be found but no such
pieces ever seem to turn up with these bulk coins. Of course though I live
in hope. So the other day my wishes came true and I found a new Bi-metallic
piece. The tokens in this batch of 10kg bags were mainly of British and U.S.
origin, going by those I could identify. So this piece I found, I can say,
is likely to be of British or U.S. origin too. Or maybe someone call tell me
otherwise ? The piece is approx 24mm in diameter and round. The design on
each of the sides is the same. The centre part is "nickel-coloured" and has
"P65" on it in large letters, the "P" being larger than the "65". Around
this central design, there is on the (apparently nickel-brass) ring of the
piece, "FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY" (below) and five five-pointed stars incuse on
raised circles (above). An image of the piece has been added to the WBCC
Homepage (http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html), if you
would like to see a larger/clearer image I can send a 66kb jpg file if
anyone would like to see it. Has anyone seen one of these before or anything
like it ? Please E-mail me at: 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#225)...by Jack Hepler, USA

San Marino is the smallest republic in Europe. It lies on the eastern slope
of the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This tiny
country is completely surrounded by Italian territory. Most Bi-metallic
coins of San Marino include a design with three towers, peaks, or columns
with smoke coming from the tops. What do these three towers represent on San
Marino Bi-metallic coins?
a. The three peaks of Mount Titano
b. The three Captains-Regent, governing the Republic
c. Three castle towers, a tourist attraction.
d. Three economic pillars; Tourist trade, postage stamps, industry.
Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #224.
The Vatican City has issued Bi-metallic coins for many years. In fact, the
issue began in 1982 and was among the first of the modern Bi-metallic
issues. The official name of the Vatican is Stato Della Citta Del Vaticano
and it is the smallest independent state in the world. It is foreign soil to
Italian citizens though located entirely within Rome. How many people
inhabit the Vatican City?
a. 700
b. 7000
c. 70000
d. 700000
Answer to Question #224 is "a"; 700. Members suggested (various population
numbers. The actual population varies but is usually less than 1000) Summary
of answers to Quiz Game Question #223; 100% Correct

6. WBCC Auction Page (WAP).........by Rod Sell, WAP provider

WBCC  Auction 3 has closed. Look for the result on:

WBCC Auction 4 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time December 8, 2000
Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Germany, Bi-metallic Blank, Schuler Presses
* Germany, 1995 Medal Beethoven
* Canada, Edmonton Numismatic Society
* China, 10 Yuan 1997, 2 pieces
* US, $1 Trade Token Farmers Mercantile Co. Dwight Nebraska
* US, 50 Cent Trade Token Farmers Mercantile Co. Dwight Nebraska
* US, 25 Cent Trade Token Farmers Mercantile Co. Dwight Nebraska
* US, 10 Cent Trade Token Farmers Mercantile Co. Dwight Nebraska
* US, 5 Cent Trade Token Farmers Mercantile Co. Dwight Nebraska
* Italy, Bagnone 1 Euro ND
* Italy, Laino Intelvi 1 Euro 1999
* Italy, Como-S.Donato 1 Euro 2000
* Netherlands, Token Utrecht 1997
* Hungary, 100 Forint 1997
* Portugal, 100 Escudos, 1999, Unicef, Error UNC
* Portugal, 100 Escudos, 1999, Unicef. Correct one UNC
* Portugal, 200 Escudos, 2000, Olympic Games, Sidney UNC
* US, Encased 25 Cents, 2000, Philadelphia Mint. Krause Publishing
* Mexico, 3, One Peso coins, 1994, 1996, 1997, Circulated

WBCC Auction 5 details can now send to Rod Sell atmailto:Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Germany Millennium Inlays.
* P65 Amusement Token. UK or US?
* Canada 2 Dollar 1996 error
* Algeria 20 Dinar 1992 double struck date
* China 2000 10 Yuan

8. Bi-metallic MTT from Zwitserland.........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following message I received from Charles Chammartin, of Huguenin and
Kramers Medailleurs, Zwitserland about the Bi-metallic Doppelstäbler:

The Doppelstäbler is being launched right now. The two Canton's banks
received their allocation this very day. They can be ordered with the bank.
The circulation coin ( the simple version at 10 CHFr. will be available only
on February 3rd, it will be lauched at the World Money Fair is Basel and in
addition to that there will be a Gräbener Press on which everybody will be
able to mint its own Doppelstäbler. This is going to be a big success !
The circulation Doppelstäbler will be accepted in most shops and restaurants
in both cantons Basel Stadt and Basel Landschaft from February 3d to August
31 st. The collection pieces are on sale since this week. It will be on sale
on our Internet shop in the next days: http://www.huguenin.ch/
Hope to see you in Basel
Best regards
Charles Chammartin

--Remark: Ealier messages about this MTT from Zwitserland you could read in
WBCC Newsmail 221, item 2 and WBCC Newsmail 224, Item 5.

"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, cliff38@earthlink.net
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