Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 234, Volume 6, February 3, 2001
Composed with help from members of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
(WBCC) and this week published by WBCC Public Relations, Cliff Anderson,
USA, cliff38@earthlink.net
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

As mentioned in WBCC Newsmail 233, this week's WBCC Newsmail is composed and
send by Cliff Anderson.  Martin Peeters will be home on time to compose WBCC
Newsmail 235.

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

While you read this issue of the WBCC Newsmail, I have great fun at the
World Money Fair at Basel. In next week's WBCC Newsmail I will print a long
report of this event.

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

Since November 2000, the WBCC website has featured a Bi-Metallic Forum page
at:  http://network54/Forum/86625
Till now there have not been many messages or discussion on the page. Please
take the opportunity to talk and discuss about Bi-metallics.

3.  My new E-mail address...by Jim Kindrake, Canada

Please note my new E-mail address: Jim Kindrake (WBCC member #37)

4.  The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #234...by Jack Hepler, USA

Great Britain began producing modern circulation bi-metallic coins in 1997.
The coins have been a great success with collectors as well as the general
public.  Athletic sports constitute one of the more popular pastimes of the
British Isles and have been commemorated on one issue of the country's
bi-metallic coins.  Which sport has most recently been included in the
design on the 2-Pound coin of Great Britain?
a. Rugby
b. Cricket
c. Soccer
d. Tennis
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #233.
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
Answer to Question #233 is "d"; Taiwan.  This country is also known as

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #232; 100% Correct

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

WBCC  Auction 12 has closed. Look for these results at:

WBCC Auction 13 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time February 10, 2001.
Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.

Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed this week in Auction 13 are the following 6 lots:
Chile 500 Pesos 2000  Reserve $2.00
USA 3 Amusement Tokens  Reserve $4.50
USA Trade Token  Uncle Billy's North Beach Maryland 21mm Token  Reserve $3.00
USA 2 Automatic Vendor Amusement Tokens  Reserve $3.00
USA  2 Amusement Tokens, Poor Condition.  Reserve $2.00
Australia 2 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens  Reserve $5.00

WBCC members with bimetallic pieces for auction can now send details of
their pieces (and images if desired) to Rod Sell at mailto:Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

GB  Marconi 2 Pound in Gold;
Israeli medals of former prime ministers, struck on extra thick, or piedfort planchets:
David Ben Gurion, Moshe Sharett, Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin,and
Yitzhak Rabin.  See WBCC Newsmail 227, item 6;
USA Beaumont Veneer Company Tokens of Beaumont Mississippi; and
Electro World Bonus Tokens from the Netherlands.

7.  British Marconi 2  - by Keith Beaumont

I have just received some more information from the British Royal Mint
concerning the new Marconi 2.  They are going to issue a gold version and a
silver version.

Details of gold version are:  Outer ring 22 carat red gold; Inner ring
yellow gold (but quoted elsewhere in brochure as coated. but doesn't say
what with).  Diameter 28.40mm.  Weight 15.97 grm.  Proof.  Issue is 2,500
+2,500 for gold proof sovereign collections.

Silver version is described as:  Sterling silver, outer ring plated with 22
carat gold.
Diameter 28.40mm.  Weight 12.00 grm.  Proof.  Issue.25.000

The Brilliant Uncirculated version is also available in presentation folder.

8.  Electric Company "Electro World" token by Frans Dubois

On the WBCC webpage this week is the image of a new bimetallic token from
the Netherlands.  It is from the Electric Company "Electro World" which
sells televisions, video's etc.  When a customer spends more than 1000
guilders in their shops, they issue to the customer this bimetallic token,
worth 50 guilders, to spend in the shop.  When this sales promotion
concluded on Decemer 31, 2000, I was told that all the tokens were returned
to be destroyed.

9.  Royal Canadian Mint's 5 collector sets for 2001  by Frans Woons

On January 31 I visited the web site of the Royal Canadian Mint and
discovered that the following 5 collector sets dated 2001 are being offered
for sale to collectors:
1. The proof set
2. The specimen set
3. The uncirculated set
4. The Oh Canada set
5. The tiny treasures set.
All sets contain the bi-metallic $ 2 coin.  The coin shows a single polar
bear.  The $ 2 coin in the proof set is made of sterling silver (ring) and
gold plated sterling silver (centre).  The other four $ 2 coins are made of
base metals.  In the unicirculated, Oh Canada, and tiny treasures sets the
five coins with the lowest values (1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents) carry the
letter P (for plated).  None of the $ 1 and $ 2 coins carry this letter as
they are not plated.

10.  Beaumont tokens  by Louis Crawford

Also on the WBCC webpage this week are the images of the bimetallic tokens
produced by and for the Beaumont Veneer Company of Beaumont, Mississippi.
The Schenkman catalog of US bimetallic trade tokens lists only one, the 50
cent one, but the images include the 5 cent and 25 cent ones as well.  They
appear to be rare enough that Schenkman valued the 50 cent one worth between
$40 to $50.  The company issued them around 1910.  Beaumont still exists as
a small town of about 1,100 population, about 20 miles southeast of
Hattiesburg, in a well forested area.  But the company no longer exists.

11.  Bi-metallic Euro coins for Eire  by Paul Baker
A while back I wondered where the information had come from in TWOB (The
World of Bi-metallics) about the dates that will appear on the future legal
tender 1 and 2 Euro coins of the various "Euro-zone" countries. I knew that
the Royal Dutch Mint made had given details all about this as regarding the
future Dutch Euro denominated coins and how their coins will bear the year
in which the coins were struck. I thought it would be a good idea to check
out the situation with the Republic of Ireland. This week I came across an
e-mail address for the Central Bank of Ireland, I sent them a message and
they soon responded to say that "All Irish Euro coins will be dated 2002 at
the launch date." - so a search for any Irish bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro coins
will never find any other dates than 2002 until sometime in 2003.

12.  Extra Bimetallic Charlotte and Santa Fe tokens    by Cliff Anderson
I have several extras of the undated Santa Fe tokens and of the 2000 and
2001 bimetallic Charlotte tokens (Queen Charlotte and the trolley images).
I am offering them at cost ($1 each, plus $1 mailing) particularly to the
newer members, but I will take requests that are emailed to me "first come
first served".

As Martin says, "See you" next time.  And good hunting.
Cliff Anderson (standing in for Martin, who is boogying in Basel)

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