Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 233, Volume 6, January 27, 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,

Because of my trip to Basel next week, Cliff Anderson
mailto:cliff38@earthlink.net) will compose next weeks WBCC Newsmail 234.

1. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (3).by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

As mentioned last week now the third and last Re-report about the World
Money Fair in Basel, from Feb 2 to 4 now. For attending the WMF, the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club is sponsored by the Portuguese Mint
and Schuler Presses from Germany. We (Jack Hepler, Frans Dubois, Roy Roper
and myself) will leave the Netherlands on Febuary 1st late in the evening
and after a 8 hour night drive we arrive Feb. 2nd 8 AM at Basel,
Zwitserland. After build up the WBCC booth (we will have a slideshow running
on a LapTop and a Video running of Schuler Presses), we will visit all 30
Minthouses, the 200 coindealers and the special for the WMF mounted
(Bi-metallic)striking machine (Gräbener). Huguenin and Kramer Medaileurs
will issue the Bi-metallic commemorative 10 Frank 2001 MTT called
All WBCC members who will visit the the WBCC booth (#257) we have a nice
gift for visiting the booth.

If want to read the earlier printed Pre-reports you can look at:

PLEASE NOTICE: While I'm in Basel, Cliff Anderson will compose the next WBCC
Newsmail 235. So please send your copy to him at: cliff38@earthlink.net)

2. Bi-metallic medals from France........by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

Today I was informed about two new Bi-metallic medals from France. Both are
medals in the series "Les beaux villages de Provence" (The beautiful cities
in The Provence). The first is from Draguignan and is called 'Foire de
l'Olive' , festivities in the first week of July. The second is from
Moustiers-Ste-Marie and is called "Cite de la fafence" I hope to have soon
more info about these series. Medals are 30 mm, have a yellow ring and a
white, nickel centre.

3. Bi-metallic image from Ukraine...by Paul Baker, UK

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 232 item 3, I received a scan from Bronius
Juozaitis, Lithuania, of the Ukraine 5 Hryven Bi-metallic - New Millennium,
2000. The scan can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

4. Bi-metallic Forum Pages...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Since November 2000, there is a Bi-Metallic Forum page at:
http://network54.com/Forum/86625 Till now there are not much messages or
discussion on the page. Please take the oppertunity to talk and discuss
about Bi-metallics.

5. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following message I received from Serge Pelletier from Canada:

For immediate release, January 23, 2001

World's Baththub Racing Capital Honours Volenteers
NANAIMO, BC – The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society (LNBS) is pleased to
announce that their 2001 municipal trade token will salute the International
Year of Volunteers on its circulating bimetallic 3-Dollar token.  The token
will have currency value, at participating  merchants, until September 30.
The LNBS has been issuing such tokens as a means to raise funds for their
community projects since 1969 and this is its second bimetallic 3-Dollar
token.  “Volunteers are not only key to our Society  but they make the World
a better place to live in, and for that we owe them a tremendous debt of
gratitude” said Margaret Jonhson, the program coordinator.

Produced by  Eligi Consultants Inc., a company specialized in municipal
trade tokens, the 32-millimetre token has a heart of silver-coloured
cupro-nickel (20mm in diameter) surrounded by a ring of gold-coloured
aluminium-bronze and is a whopping 3 millimetre thick. “It looks absolutely
fabulous and is bound to be very popular with tourists as well as the local
population” commented Serge Pelletier, President of Eligi Consultants Inc.
A very limited edition three-token Collector Set (only 100) will also be
available.  The set, presented in a CD like jewel box, will contain three
metal varieties: bimetallic, argentan and gold plated.

Those interested in getting some of these tokens should contact the
exclusive distributor:  Bonavita Ltd, Box 11447, Station
H, Nepean, ON K2H 7V1 (Tel: +1-613-823-3844 / Fax: +1-613-825-3092).

Nanaimo harbor was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first
race in 1967. As the City of NANAIMO’s “Centennial Event” that year, close
to 200 tubbers entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the
36 mile course to Vancouver’s Fisherman’s Cove across the straits of
Georgia. Now the “Great Race” finishes at Departure Bay in Nanaimo covering
a very grueling course that leaves Nanaimo harbor circles Entrance Island
and then up to and around Winchelsea Island and then back to Departure Bay
in Nanaimo. In the early days it was indeed a challenge to get past the
starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large
observation and escort  boats in Nanaimo harbor. From the confusion of a
first time bathtub race 34 years ago, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo “Great”
Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubbers were the highlight
they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are
interesting and often spectacular to watch.

The Nanaimo Marine Festival’s salute in the year 2001 is to the
“INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF VOLUNTEERS” which will also be the theme for the
“Spirit of Tubbing” competition as well as the “Sailpast on Wheels Fun
Parade” held on the Saturday of Bathtub Weekend. Kicking things off is a fun
competition taking place June 26 is the Tubbin Time Tonic contest where
local “Mixologist” from all the pubs and licensed establishments in Nanaimo
are encouraged to enter their secret recipe to be judged and hope to have
their drink become the “Official Cocktail” of the 2001 Nanaimo Marine
Festival. To begin July, “Bathtub Race Month” the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of
Commerce sponsors a fun competition the “Spirit of Tubbing Awards” which
encourages the entire business community to get in the “Bathtub Spirit” by
decorating their businesses in the Marine Festival theme and having their
staff dress in the “Official” Bathtub Race T-shirts. Judging takes place
mid-month and awards for different categories are handed out during the
Marine Festival week and proudly displayed. Then the momentum carries on to
Saturday, July 14th the crowning of the Miss Nanaimo Ambassador at the Miss
Nanaimo Pageant which takes place in the evening at Beban Park auditorium.
Miss Nanaimo and her court will then be officially crowned Mermaid Royalty
to reign over all the festivities during the Marine Festival. On Wednesday
July 18th another annual event is the unveiling and cutting of the
“Official” Nanaimo Marine Festival Cake baked by Overwaitea Foods at Country
Club Centre at 10:30 am. The monstrous cake is sponsored by Overwaitea Foods
and the Pepsi Cola Bottling Group and samples of both the cake and Pepsi are
offered afterwards.

The “Official” start to the 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival kicks off on
Thursday, July 19th with the opening of the LNBS Marine Festival Food Fare,
Kiddies Harborside Playlot, Shoppers Drug Mart Children’s Village, Kiddies
Karnival, Tim Hortons Marine Festival Entertainment Stage and the Thrifty
Foods, Avalon Cinemas & Costco children’s programs at Maffeo Sutton and
Swy-a-lana Lagoon parks adjacent to Nanaimo harbor. Then the Nanaimo City
Centre Association (NCCA) unveils it’s 3 day “Bathtub Street Fair” that they
sponsor and organize in downtown Nanaimo with lots of zany fun events
including the Bank Managers Tricycle races, Egg Toss Contest and the LNBS
World Championship Waiters Race jointly sponsored by Molson Breweries and
Pepsi Cola Bottling Group. On Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 am the annual
LNBS Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade takes place through the city center
followed by the NCCA sponsored Bathtub Street Fair events downtown and at
Swy-a-lana Lagoon & Maffeo Sutton Parks the Marine Festival Food Fare, the
Kiddies Harborside Playlot, the SPCA Pet Parade, Shoppers Drug Mart
Children’s Village, Tim Hortons Marine Festival Entertainment Stage, the
Kiddies Karnival along with the Thrifty Foods, Avalon Cinemas & Costco
children’s programs, the Hornets Rugby club’s Bavarian Garden & Bikini
Contest held behind the Civic Arena and in the harbor the World’s Sabot
Sailboat Races. Then in the evening to start things off is the traditional
“Sacrifice to the Bathtub Gods” boat burning ceremony and then Vancouver
Islands priemier fireworks display the spectacular “Quality Foods” Festival
of Lights & Music fireworks display take place in the Nanaimo harbor at

The “Great Race” day starts off with the Canadian Scottish “Pancake
Breakfast” adjacent to the Civic arena at 7:00 am and then get ready for the
9:00 am “Quality Foods” Kid’s Treasure Hunt” held in the Harborside Playlot
adjacent to Swy-a-lana Lagoon with prizes galore for three separate age
categories. Then join the thousands of excited people at the “Quality Foods
BATHTUB RACE which starts at 11:00 am sharp in Nanaimo harbor for the
approximate 1 1/2 hour challenge in the straits of Georgia to the
“Overwaitea FINISH LINE” at Departure Bay. A shuttle bus service to both the
start & finish line also sponsored by Nanaimo Regional Transit is available
at all pickup areas. After the tubs leave the excitement continues both on
land and in the water with the Marine Festival Food Fare, the Kiddies
Karnival, Shoppers Drug Mart Children’s Village, Harborside Playlot, Thrifty
Foods & Avalon Cinemas children’s programs, “Family Fun for Everyone” in the
park, lagoon and on the beautiful Nanaimo waterfront and in the harbor. If
you prefer (and remember you can do both) you can join us at the always
spectacular “Overwaitea FINISH LINE” at Departure Bay beach with Corporate
Sponsors refreshment and amusement booths along with the Hornets Rugby Club
Bavarian Gardens.

Four full days of fun and activities for the young, old and in between,
family oriented and held in NANAIMO, the Sun-porch of Canada, the Jewel of
the West and the Bathtub Racing Capital of the World, during the always
sunny month of July. So come join us in Nanaimo, July 19th to July 22nd,
2001 and take in the world’s cleanest sport, Bathtub Racing and the 35th
Nanaimo Marine Festival and another bonus most of the events and activities
are FREE.
Check out our Webpage: http://bathtub.island.net or Email us at

Obverse:  International Year of the Volunteers logo.  Legend:  LOYAL NANAIMO
BATHTUB SOCIETY / SALUTES / 35 in circle / $3 / 2001 / GOOD FOR $3.00 AT
Reverse:  Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society logo consisting of “Little People”
in a bathtub boat crowned by the British Columbia flag.  Legend: (maple

Issuing Agency:  Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society
Designer:  Serge Pelletier
Mint:  Eligi Consultants Inc.
Diameter:  32mm
Edge:  Plain

Composition Mintage Price
Bimetallic* 1,000 $4.00
Nickel-Silver 100 $13.00
Gold Plated 100 $16.00

* The bimetallic piece has a heart of cupro-nickel (silver coloured) and a
ring of aluminium-bronze (gold coloured)

Shipping and handling and taxes are extra.  Available from:
Bonavita Ltd,
Box 11447, Station H,
Nepean, ON K2H 7V1
Tel:  +1-613-823-3844 / Fax: +1-613-825-3092
MASTERCARD and VISA accepted
E-Mail:  ray@eligi.ca

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #233...by Jack Hepler, USA

This island republic issued its first Bi-metallic coin in 1996. It depicts
the President’s Office on one side and bamboo on the other. The President is
the most powerful government official and appoints the Prime Minister and
many other officials. The Portuguese called it beautiful island, the natives
call it terraced bay. What is the name of this country?
a. Hong Kong
b. Macao
c. Sri Lanka
d. Taiwan
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #232.
One of the more recent countries to add a Bi-metallic coin to its money
system was a former republic of the Soviet Union. The language of this
country is related to Sanskrit, a language of ancient India. However, while
under the dominance of the Soviet Union, all school children were required
to learn Russian. The primary religious denomination of this country is
Lutheran. The two primary features of this 1999 issued coin are the country
’s coat of arms and a cow. What is the name of this country?
a. Croatia
b. Georgia
c. Lithuania
d. Latvia
Answer to Question #232 is "d", Latvia. The clue is the cow.
There was no Question #231
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #230 ; 100% Correct

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

The WBCC Auctions are now located on the Xoom site.  This is because I was
running out of space on the Geocities site.  With the Xoom site we can keep
the images beyond the 2 weeks.

I have noticed some delay in updates on the Xoom site. I would suggest once
you have retrieved the site you hit your refresh key to make sure you have
the latest update. Hope this is not too much of a problem.

WBCC  Auction 11 has closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC Auction 12 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time February 2,
2001.Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Netherlands, MTT 1994, 5 Flint, City Borger Reserve $2.00
* Germany, 1995 Medal Beethoven Reserve $7.00
* GB 1844 Model Penny Reserve $10.00
* Netherlands 1997 Mint Token Reserve $5.00
* WBCC 1st Anniversary Token reverse blank. Mintage 113 Reserve $10.00
* 2 Coins of 1 Euro from Italy- City Pagnaco Reserve $1200
* Italy Como Laino Intelvi -1 Euro 1999 Reserve $6.00
* Italy Pontremoli 1 Euro N/d Reserve $6.00
* Italy Asti Token Mini Hotel, Car Wash, Self Servive Reserve $3.00
* Italy Gaming Token Star Tech Games/Vale 1 Premio Reserve $3.00

WBCC Auction 12 details can now send to Rod Sell at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Ukraine 2000, 5 Hryven Bimetal - New Millenium
* England James II Tin Half Penny with copper Plug
* Thailand 2000 (2543) 10 Baht general issue
* Belgium 20 Ecu in Ag/Au 1990

"See you" in 2 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