Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 228, Volume 5, December 23, 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, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

I hope you join the Bi- (and or Tri-)metallic CONTEST, so please send what
your favorite Bi- or Tri-metallic coin, medal or token is to José Ramírez,
Spain, just read item 3. Further I hope you  enjoy reading this weeks

1. My new E-mail address (1)...by Larry Friemel, USA

Please read my new E-mail address: Larry Friemel (WBCC member #3),

2. My new E-mail address (2)...by Kei-Wah Leung, Hong Kong

Please read my new E-mail address: Kei-Wah Leung (WBCC member #170)

3. Bi- (and or Tri-)metallic contest...by José Ramírez, Spain

The end of the year is near and is a good date to make again a WBCC contest
to choose the most beautiful Bi-metallic OR Tri-metallic of the year. I
understand that the 20th century will end December 31th. 2000, also is a
good time to choose the Bi-metallic OR Tri-metallic of the century.

If you have made choice please E-mail me at: jlramirez@retemail.es and the
results will be published in WBCC Newsmail 229 of December 30th. 2000.
Please write why you think your choices is good.

4. Bi-metallic Russia 10 Rouble 2001......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According the Swiss Coinmagazine "Muenzen Revue" of Januari 2001, Russia
will issue a new Bi-metallic 10 Rouble 2001 in April 2001. 10 Million pieces
will be struck and it will commemorate 40th Anniversary of the first
Astranaut (Cosmonaut) Yuri Gagarin.

5. Bi-metallic from Ecuador?......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 213, item 8, about the El Salvador Bi-metallic 5
Colon 2000, Commemorate the year 2000, issue date 15th September 2000, I
received the following message from Roberto Jovel, living in San Salvador:

I am based in San Salvador and am the Krause catalog correspondent for El
Salvador. Two 5-Colon Bi-metallics were to be released on mid-September: a
regular 5-Colón, presumably dated 1999,  plus a Year 2000 Commemorative.
However, two weeks ago, the Government decided to adopt the US Dollar as the
new official currency for El Salvador, beginning 1 January 2001. Banks have
been instructed to accept and issue both Colones and USDollars for a limited
time period, as of that date. BUT, Colon notes and coins are to be collected
daily and sent to the Central Bank for shredding and melting, respectively.
It is estimated unofficially that within 3-6 months all Colones will be out
of circulation, and that only Dollar notes and coins will be circulating
afterwards. As you may imagine, this is very sad news for all Salvadorians
and for numismatist especially. I have spoken to Central Bank officials and
they have indicated that, even though they already have the new 5-Colon
coins, it is very doubtful whether they will be released now. However, there
is a slight chance that they are released for the interim time described
above. Definite information will be provided shortly on this matter. Hope
this information is of use to you and colleagues of the Worldwide Bi-metalic
Collectors Club.
Kind regards,
Roberto Jovel

6. Bi-metallic Italy 500 Lire 1993 missing 1........by Fabio Maggiore, Italy

I found a Bi-metallic 500 Lire 1993 missing a "1" in the 1893 located at 9
o'clock together in a mint roll of 500 lire 1993 "small Grossi" type. I read
somewhere (but unfortunately I forgot where) that the Italian mint began
minting these coins (small Grossi variety) but they soon noticed that the
Seal of the Bank of Italy, including the two dates, was too large. So the
"1" of 1893 ended up to be too close to the border of the inner ring and
sometimes got out of it, falling in the small gap between the inner and
outer ring. I have also a coin with the "3" of 1993 cut in half for the same
reason. They then redesigned a smaller Seal (with the large Grossi) and the
problem was resolved. I have no notice of the large Grossi variety with the
missing "1". A picture of the Bi-metallic 500 Lire 1993 missing the "1" can
be seen in the WBCC Hompage:

7. Bi-metallic 2001 token from China.........by Liu Juan, China PR

When you take a look in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.htmlyou can see a
picture of a China 2001 Year of the Snake Bi-metallic Token: This
Bi-metallic token is a new issue commemorating 2001 Year of snake. 39mm in
diameter, obverse depicts a Chinese character 'snake', 4 small snakes, the
issue year and the words 'Shanghai Mint'. Reverse depicts a snake.

8. Bi-metallic Lire and Euros from San Marino..by Martin Peeters

According a brochure of the Azienda Autonoma Di Stato Filatelica Numismatica
of San Marino the annual 2001 set will issued in March 2001, the sets
includes the Bi-metallic 500 and 1000 Lire and commemorates the 1700 Years
since the Foundadion of the San Marino Republic.

According the Homepage of AADSFN (http://www.aasfn.sm/english/english.htm)
they officially say about the future 2002 Euro:

News, Euro
On 12th October, 2000, the Monetary Convention between the Republic of
Italy, on behalf of the European Community, and the Republic of San Marino,
was approved. Consequently, from 1st January, 2002, the Republic of San
Marino, will mint coins in Euro.

9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#228)...by Jack Hepler, USA

Thailand is a country of gentle people and beautiful sights. The land is
laced with canals and dotted with temples and monuments. From the ancient
capitol of Chiang Mai to Bangkok, there is much to see and admire about this
country. One of the favorite tourist sights is pictured on the standard
issue 10 Baht Bi-metallic coin of Thailand. What is the title of this sight?
a. The Temple of the Dawn
b. The Chinese Temple
c. The Grand Palace
d. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #227.
Heroes are another favorite subject for coin designs. The Dominican Republic
issued a Bi-metallic 5 Pesos in 1997 which honors one of its national
heroes. He along with two of his compatriots was instrumental in leading a
revolt, which resulted in independence from the Haitian dominated
government. Which of the following notable figures is featured on the
Dominican Republic Bi-metallic 5 Pesos.
a. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina
b. Francisco del Rosario Sanchez
c. Ramon Mella
d. Juan Pablo Duarte
Answer to Question #227 is "b"; Francisco del Rosario Sanchez
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #226 ; 75% Correct

10. WBCC Auction Page (WAP).........by Rod Sell, WAP Provider

WBCC  Auction 6 has closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC Auction 7 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time December 29, 2000
Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Poland 2 Zlote 1995. Reserve - $2.50
* Poland 5 Zlotych 1996. Reserve - $3.50
* Germany, 1995 Medal Beethoven, Reserve $7
* Germany, Bi-metallic Blank, Schuler Presses , Reserve $1
* Chile 500 Pesos 2000, Reserve $3
* Netherlands, 1997 MTT City Utrecht, Willibrord, Reserve $2
* China, 10 Yuan 1997, 2 pieces, together Reserve $6
* Australia 2000 $10 The Present. Reserve $32
* Canada Toronto Airport Ferry Token. Reserve $3
* Israel  Ben Gurion Airport Token. Reserve $3
* Thailand 10 Baht 1989 (2532). Reserve $1.50
* Thailand 10 Baht 1994 (2537). Reserve $1.00
* 200 Escudos 1995, 50th.Ann.UN. Reserve $5.00
* 200 Escudos 1996, Olympic Games (Atlanta). Reserve,  $4.00

WBCC Auction 8 details can now send to Rod Sell at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

11. WBCC Auctions............by Rod Sell, WAP Provider

As the organiser of the Auctions I think we are now getting to understand
how it runs and how useful it can be for members to sell their spares and
also to find items. With the first 5 Auctions we had 8 sellers who submitted
72 pieces, and 16 bidders who bought a total of 50 pieces (75%), and each
auction had new bidders. It is clear that common items have very little
demand as most members already have them, but the more unusual items are
keenly sought after. I would suggest to members if you have anything a
little different, please consider putting it in our Auction. Not only will
you be selling your spare item but a WBCC member will then have the chance
of buying it. The Auction was an initiative of Frans Dubois as a fun
activity for members, however it is also a very useful method of disposing
of your spare items. So please give it a go and BID!

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Uni Miami Parking Token.
* Malta Gold Inlay pieces
* UK 2 Pound 1999 Queens Neck varieties
* China  2001 Year of the Snake Token
* Italy 1993 500L error, mising the 1 in 1893
* Fiji 1997 $10 Royal Golden Wedding, shield inlay

13. Bi- and Tri-metallic price winners...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According the Swiss Coinmagazine "Muenzen Revue" of Januari 2001, the Polish
Mint did receive at 21th Conference of Mintdirectors held in Camberra a
winning award for innovation design. They got the price for the Tri-metallic
200 Zloty 2000 and the Bi-metallic 2 Zlory 2000.

14. WBCC and PR...........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In last edition (December 2000) of World Coin News on page 63 I could read
the following in an article written by WBCC member Richard Giedryoc of the

In a recent newsletter published online by the Worldwide Bi-metallic
Collectors Club, fake ringred trimetal 1992 French 20-francs coins are now
being reported. Frans Dubois, who reported an example, acknowledged this was
the first he found in circulation, but he noted ringed bimetal 10-francs
coins of 1989 to 1993 are already "found frequently in circulation."
Apperently the number of separated metals compromising the coinage blank no
longer makes a difference to the midnight minter.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: More about the French fake Tri-metallic 20 Franc
piece you can read in WBCC Newsmail 218, item 1.

15. Word Coin News article...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In coin magazine World Coin News of December 2000, one could read the

Guilder set ticket to get euro set December 2000
The Netherlands is in the midst of striking 1999-, 2000- and 2001-dated
euro-denominated coins. They will not be issued until Jan. 1, 2002. The
country  also is striking standard guilder-denominated coins for those
The two types of coins mean collectors will have twice the materials to
collect for those years. Guilder mint sets for the three years mentioned
will contain six coins in denominations from five cents to five guilders.
With the purchase of the guilder-denominated set for the year 2000,
collectors will receive a reservation coupon. Upon filling out the
reservation form and being approved by the Coin and Currency Institute, the
Dutch Mint's North American representative, buyers will be permitted to
purchase up to five euro sets of the same year for each guilder set
purchased. The price of the year 2000 guilder set is U.S. $19.50. The price
of the euro set will be determined prior to its release.

The 2000 guilder-denominated proof set is also currently available. Each
coin comes in a plastic capsule and is secured in a burgundy velour
presentation booklet. Fewer than 15,000 sets will be issued. The cost is
U.S. $49.50.

The euro coins will come in eight denominations: one, two, five, 10, 20 and
50 eurocents, plus bimetallic one- and two-euro coins. The coins will have
raised edges to assist the blind. The 10, 20 and 50 cents will be made of
"Nordic gold," a copper, aluminum and zinc alloy, to reduce the chance of
nickel allergy. The coins will be round, with the exception of the 20 cents,
which will be square.
Shipping is $4.50 per order. New Jersey residents add six percent sales tax.
To order or for more information, contact the Coin and Currency Institute,
P. O Box 1057, Clifton, NJ 07014. You can also call (800) 421-1866 or fax
(973) 471-1062. E-mail correspondence is also available at

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The news about the Dutch 1999/2000/2001 and 2002
Euro dominations with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro was earlier mentioned in
WBCC Newsmail 211, item 3.

"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, heplerj@juno.com
WBCC Focal Point ANA 2001 Convention, Ray Lockwood, USA, sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl