Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 231, Volume 6, January 13, 2001
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,

A very interesting edition of the WBCC Newsmail this week with a lot of
Bi-metallic news. I hope you enjoy it!!

1. New WBCC members.....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 2 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name: Daniel Carr (WBCC member #195), USA
E-mail: dcarr@rmi.net
Age: 42
Profession: Engineer
Hobby: Designing mono and multi-metallic coins
Goal: Manufacture mono and multi-metallic coins

Name: Ivo Shahanov (WBCC member #196), Bulgaria
E-mail: shahanov_@hotmail.com
Age: 22
Profession: none
Hobby: World coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: For better world
Against: All bad things in the world

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Ivo is the first WBCC member from Bulgaria

2. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (1).by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

In 3 weeks time the WBCC will attend, like last year, the World Money Fair
in Basel, held from February 2 to 4. This is the first pre-report about this
event. The World Money Fair in Basel is the bigest of its kind in the world.
At least 30 Minthouses will be present, and this year the Royal Canadian
Mint is the Guest of Honors with a special booth.
The WBCC will attend for 3 days the WMF with 4 persons; Frans Dubois, Jack
Hepler, Roy Roper and Martin Peeters. The WBCC will have its own booth which
is sponcored by The Portuguese Mint and Schuler Presses. WBCC member Hans
Bucek from Switzerland will join us at the WBCC booth 257. In Next weeks
edition of the WBCC Newsmail, World Money Fair Pre-report number 2.

3. Bi-metallic from Andorra.............by Larry Friemel, USA

I understand that Servei d'Emissions Episcopal in Andorra is about to issue
a Bi-metallic set to commemorate the celebration of the first Olympic Games
of the new millennium. The 10 coin set will be issued in two five coin
series. Series I will commemorate the 1500m, javelin throwing, shot put,
discus throwing and 100m flat. It is being billed as the first and only
Bi-metallic Olympic coin collection. I think this may not be exactly true as
we see several Romanian Olympic Bi-metallics from past games, but this is
probably the first one in silver (ring) and gold (center). I am told there
will be only 2,000 of each series produced. They will be of 20 diners value
and 38mm in diameter. Asking price is 75,700 pesetas(including shipping) -
whatever that is equivalent to.

4. Bi-metallic from Turkey........by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain

I received a picture from Ivan Florine of a new Bi-metallic from the
Republic of Turkey. It commemorates the visit of the US president Clinton to
Turkey in 1999. This legal tender Bi-metallic has the following

Face Value 150.000.000 Lira
Metal 925 Silver + 916 Gold
Diameter 38.61 mm.
Weight Ag 17 gr. + Gold 24 gr.
Quality Proof
Max. Mintage 10.000
Edge Milled
A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

5. Proposed USA circulating $2 Bi-metallic......by Dan Carr, USA

I first proposed this design in 1998 when a new USA circulating $1
mono-metallic coin was planned. Eventually, the Sacagawea design was
selected for the new dollar. Recently, I prepared this new version in $2
Bi-metallic form, similar to a successful $2 coin that Canada currently has.
I have submitted this new version to a few members of Congress.
This design (can be seen at: http://www.designscomputed.com/coins/coins.html) was
created using some virtual sculpting software that I have been writing. My goal is to
eventually finish the machining components of this software so that I can
make and distribute physical prototypes of these coins.

6. Bi-metallic from Slovakia.......by Michael Doran, USA

Thought I pass this along. Look at the in the WBCC Homepage
 this is an interesting coin. A 2001 Slovakia 5000 Korun commemorative.

On the obverse of the coin, space, the main motif, is represented by a
contrast of the three metals in different colours – silver, gold and
platinum. The Sun is depicted in the center of the gold disc, with an eye as
a divine symbol for looking into the future. The astrological symbols of the
planets are placed in the iris of the eye at the junction of the metals. The
Earth and other planets of the solar system, indicating our place in space,
are part of the design. The name of the state SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA is placed
by the side of the coin, at the top of a triangle divided by the coat of
arms, below which is the date 2001. On the lower margin of the coin is the
face value 5000 Sk.
On the reverse is a design of three hands, inspired by the motif of the
creation of Adam in the famous frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sixtine
Chapel. The depiction of three hands pointing towards each other expresses
the need for cooperation and solidarity between people. This is emphasized
by the letters alpha and omega placed between them. Along the sides of the
coin are the inscriptions NOVE TISICROCIE (New Millennium) and the Latin
inscription TERTIO MILLENNIO (Third Millennium).

Coin’s data
Designer: Mgr. art. Patrik Kovacovsky
Material obverse - 3 metals: Ag, Au, Pt 999/1000, reverse - Ag 999/1000
37.63 g
Ag - 31.10 g (1 oz)
Au - 6.22 g (1/5 oz)
Pt - 0.31 g (1/100 oz)
Shape: a curved sided triangle
Diameter: 50 mm (described circle) (Au 24 mm, Pt 5 mm)
Edge: Plain
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Engraver: Dalibor Schmidt
Number of pieces minted: 8,000 proof

Other that the tokens in the Slovak Mint Sets, this is Slovakia's first
bi-metal, if you really want to refer this coin as one. The National Bank of
Slovakia is selling these coins - info can be reached at http://www.nbs.sk/

7. Bi-metallics for Great Britain for 2001.....by Paul Baker, UK

The British Royal Mint always seems quick to start selling the British base
alloy coin sets. The 6th of January national newspapers carried
advertisements for the 2001 sets. The advert I saw was for the proof sets.
Both the standard and the Marconi bi-metallic 2 Pounds coins are included in
these sets, as well as this years commemorative 5 Pounds coin (100 years
since the death of Queen Victoria) and the smaller denominations (one of
each) 1 Pound, 50 Pence, 20 Pence, 10 Pence, 5 Pence, 2 Pence and 1 Penny.
(So no circulating commemorative 50 Pence is planned for this year, as of yet.)
In the last few days I find out (as expected) that Brilliant Uncirculated
sets are also available - as usual they comprise the same coin, except they
lack the 5 Pounds coin. Unfortunately the prices seem to have gone up a
little bit this year :-(  I would rather expect that both of the 2001 2
Pounds coins will eventually appear in our change here - but this could
easily take quite a number of  months, going by past experience.

8. Bi-metallic from South Africa...by Frans Woons, Canada

Saw in eBay
(http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1206606706) a never
seen before Bi-metallic Medalllion from South Africa. It seems it
commemorates the 50th anniversay Krugersdorp "Eenheid Union" (Unity Union).
According the discription it is 50mm in diameter, Steel ring and Brass
Copper centre. A picture can be seen also in the WBCC Homepage:

9. Bi- and Tri-metallic inlays from Poland.....by Wladek Gebczyk, Poland

If you look into the WBCC Homepage
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.htmlyou find three
pictures of Polish coins which will be emitted in 2001 year. One them is
three-part - coin (tri-metallic) consist of three different alloys of gold
900 (red with admixture Cu, yellow with admixture Cu and Ag, and white with
admixture of palladium). Remaining coins made of silver. One of them
contains amber and second zircon.

Tri-metallic coin:
diameter: 27.00 mm
weight: 15.50 g
mintage: 5 000 pcs.

20 Zlotych silver inlay with amber:
diameter: 38.61 mm
weight: -
mintage: 25 000 pcs.

20 Zlotych silver inlay with zircon:
diameter: 38.61 mm
weight: 28.28
mintage: 25 000 pcs.

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

WBCC  Auction 9 has closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC Auction 10 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time January 19,
2001.Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Netherlands, 2 1/2 Florijn, Paymoney Themepark Archeon, Reserve $1.00
* Belgium, Gaming Token city Antwerp, Reserve 1$
* San Marino, 1000 Lire 1998, Geologia, Reserve 4$
* Mexico, 10 Peso 1998, Reserve 1$
* Switzerland: 1 Sablier 2000 GENEVE. Reserve - $9.00
* Portugal 6 Coins 200 Escudos Garcia de Orta- 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999
& 2000 Reserve $12.00
* Portugal 200 Escudos 1996- Olympics Atlanta Reserve $3.00
* Portugal 200 Escudos 1994- Lisbon Euro Cap.of Culture Reserve $3.00
* Italy Two tokens- Morano Mix & Pinguino Verde Reserve $6.00
* USA Token New York City Transit Authority/Good For One Fare Reserve $1.00
* Australia  2000 $10 "The Present" -  Reserve $40.00
* Canada Toronto Airport Ferry Token. Reserve $5
* Israel  Ben Gurion Airport Token. Reserve $4
* Australia 2000 $5 "Phar Lap". Reserve $5

WBCC Auction 11 details can now send to Rod Sell at mailto:Rod.Sell@elderwyn.comIf
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* USA submitted 2 Dollar designs
* South Africa. Krugersdorp 1960 Union Festival Medal
* Poland 2001 silver inlay with amber
* Poland 2001 silver inlay with zircon
* Poland 2001 tri-metallic
* 2001 Slovakia 5000 Korun commemorative
* Turkey Gold & Silver 150 Million Lira
* France 20 Euro from Colmar
* GB 2001 Marconi 2 Pound
* Andorra 1995 50 D inlay for the Atlanta Olympics
* Token of POSTOBON (A factory of soft drinks

12. Coin World article...............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the Jan 1,
2001 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH, USA

'98 Somalian coinage series features history of shipping
Somalia recently introduced a set of seven multi-colored tri-metallic
250-shilling coins featuring "A History of World Shipping."
The 39-millimeter tri-metallic coins feature a 23-millimeter gold-colored
alloy center plug, surrounded by a 29-millimeter silver-colored middle ring,
which is surrounded by a gold-colored alloy outer ring.

The gold center plug highlights the multi-colored picture of the ship. The
color is applied using an appliqué. The recently released coins, dated 1998,

used the designs of an earlier series of seven "History of World Shipping"
coins that were issued in copper-nickel and silver versions. The coins
include the Greek trireme, Roman merchant ship, Hansa trading cog, caravel
explorer Nina, sailing clipper Cutty Sark and two versions of the ocean
liner Titanic, one steaming and the other sinking.
After the collapse of the central government of Somalia in 1991, the country
has been in an almost constant state of civil war, with various clans
controlling small portions of the country and the formal breakaway of the
northern portion of the nation that formed the Somaliland Republic.
Intervention by the United States and other nations in 1992 did little to
end the fighting. A peace conference held in the summer of 2000 in Djibouti
has brought about plans for reconciliation and reestablishment of a central
government, though much work is still to be done.

The set of seven tri-metallic coins is available at $140 postpaid in the
United States from Joel Anderson. Individual coins are also available at $30
each. Anderson may be contacted at P.O. Box 3016 Merced, CA 95344-1016.
Telephone or fax (209) 722-5426, e-mail mailto:joes@joelscoins.com or visit
TRI-METALLIC multi-colored coins dated 1998 were recently released by the
African nation of Somalia.

13. Bi- and Tri-metallic prize winners...by Jorge Cunha, Portugal

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 228, item 13 about the Bi- and Tri-metallic price
winners, is here the "translation" from a Portuguese newspaper.

Press release (from a Portuguese newspaper / 7-1-2001)
The most advanced coins of the year 2000
The Varsovia's mint was prized in the last Directors from mints conference,
that took place in Camberra during the last November, with the prizes 'Most
advanced coin from 2000'. The coins that have been object of this prize in
the categories of <commemorative coin> and <common current coin> are booth
dedicated to the new millenium. The first prize was given to the 200 Zlotych
coin and the second to the 2 Zlote coin. Remember that in the 1996 edition,
in the same conference, the Varsovia's mint received the same prize to the
common circulating coin category, given to the 5 Zlotych coin.

14. Bi-metallic GB 2 Pound 2001...by Keith Beaumont, UK

I have just received the new GB.Royal Mint 2001 set. As you know this year
sees two £2 Bi-metallic, A scan of the new "Marconi" Bi-metallic 2 Pound can
be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The 2001 GB sets are available at:
Airedale Coins
Laurence and Margret Andrews
PO Box 7
Oakwood Park, Lady Lane
Bingley, West Yorshire
BD16 4ST. England
E-mail: orders@airedalecoins.com
Homepage: http://www.airedalecoins.com/

15. Bi-metallic Croatia 25 Kuna 2000 available..by Joel Anderson, USA

A foetus within the womb is featured on a new 12-sided Bi-metallic 25 Kuna
coin of Croatia. The coin, dated 2000, commemorates the birth of the new
millennium. The fetus is featured in the brass center, while the
copper-nickel ring features rays emanating from the center plug. The
mid-term foetus is shows sucking its thumb within the womb. The is struck the
the same standards and with the same obverse as the previous Croatian 25
Kuna coins issued since 1997.
The coin is available from Joel Anderson for $11 postpaid in USA or $12
postpaid to other countries.
Anderson may be reached at PO Box 3016, Merced, CA 95344-1016 USA or by
e-mail at mailto:joes@joelscoins.com or by phone or fax at 209-722-5426 or may be
contacted through his website at http://www.joelscoins.com/

16. Bi-metallics of the World available..by Joel Anderson, USA

Beside the Croatia Bi-metallic I have the following Bi-metallic available:

China, Peoples Rep.
* 10 Yuan 2000 Bimetal Unc Millennium $8.00
* 500 Pesos K286 1996 Bimetal Unc.$2.50
* 25 Kuna 2000 Fetus bimetal Unc. $10.00
* Lari 2000th Annv. of Christ, Shield bimetal $15.00
* 2 Pounds K759 1999 Hercules & Stables Bimetal Unc.$9.00
* 2 Pounds K760 1999 Hercules & Bull Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* 2 Pounds K761 1999 Hercules & Birds Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* 2 Pounds K762 1999 Hercules & Mares Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* 2 Pounds K763 2000 Hercules & Girdle Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* 2 Pounds K764 2000 Hercules & Cattle Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* 2 Pounds K765 2000 Hercules & Apples Bimetal Unc. $9.00
* $20 2000 bimetallic Unc. $3.75
* 10 Shillings K27 1994 Unc. Bimetal $3.50
* 100 Escudos K693 1997 Lisbon Expo Bimetal Unc. $3.00
* 200 Escudos K694 1997 Lisbon Expo Bimetal Unc. $4.00
Russia, USSR
* ERROR: 5R K280 1991 center plug off-center AU-spot $8.00
* 25 Pounds K122 1995 Hassad Unc. Bimetal $6.00
If you have interest in one of these Bi-metallics cantact me 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, 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