Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 235, Volume 6, February 10, 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,

Thanks to Cliff Anderson you could read the WBCC Newsmail 234, while I was
in Basel last weekend. More about the Basel Event and more about
Bi-metallics in this weeks WBCC Newsmail. I hope you enjoy it!!

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

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

Name: Christos Kastamonitis (WBCC member #197), Greece
E-mail: kastamonc@intrasoft.com
Age: 28
Profession: Analyst in PC systems
Hobby World coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Collect all 20 and 21th Century coins
Against: Very low mintage coins especially designed for a few collectors

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Christos is first WBCC member from Greece

Name: Bob Hicks (WBCC member #198), USA
E-mail: bah8006@aol.com
Age: 53
Profession: CIA-Continental Airlines
Hobby: World Coins - especially Bi- and Tri-metalics
Goal: To collect world coins

2. My new E-mail address...by Jorge Cunha, Portugal

Please read my new E-mail address: Jorge Cunha (WBCC member #173)

3. World Money Fair Basel Report (Final).by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Finally at Thursday Feb 1st late in the evening WBCC members Frans Dubois,
Jack Hepler, Martin Peeters and future WBCC member Roy Roper went
by car from the Dutch city Gouda to Basel. A drive of about 800 kilometers
through 6 countries. Earlier in the norning of Feb 2nd we arrive in Weil Am
Rhein in Germany where we had our hotel. It is just over the border nearby
Basel, and here the story about the World Money Fair 2001 starts.

--Day 1, Friday Feb 2:

At 9 AM we arrived at the Basel Convention Centre where the World Money Fair
is held. Our car was loaded with much material for building the WBCC booth
(see the picture in the WBCC Homepage). The organization (Mr. Beck and Miss
Karina Voggel, of the WMF) had given booth 257 to the WBCC. The spot was
really great. Just in the big room where all the coindealers also were located.
Around that big room all the National Mint were located. The first day is a
special day for the Minthouses and the public and coindealers are not
allowed in. The day is ment for information exchange between the several
Mints and producers of coins and other coin related goods (in totall 200
exhibitors were present). Precisly at 9.30 AM the President of the WMF Mr.
Albert Beck started his speach in the Media Forum. Mintmasters of the Mints
did the same and it was about the future in coins. For this years World
Money Fair we had a special limited made Encased Coin of the Bahamas. You
can read more about how to get one or more in item 4.

--Day 2, Saturday Feb 3

Exact at 9 AM the doors of the World Money Fair opened for the public. All
the incomming people passed a Gräbener striking machine (see for a picture
in the WBCC Homepage), on which they could strike a (Bi-metallic !!)
commemorative which is designed and issued by Huguenin and Kramers
Medaileurs of Switzerland. This special medal called the Basel 1
Doppelstäbler 2001. One could buy (10 Swiss Franken) a blank Bi-metallic
went to to striking machine and struck your own.

For the WMF event we wearing all special made WBCC T-shirts (see for a
picture:http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html  At the
WBCC booth we had running a slideshow on a portable computer. It showed some
facts about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club and pictures of the
future 2002 Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of all the 12 EU countries.

WBCC member Hans Bucek (Switserland), Christan Dolt (France) and Stanislav
Stiblar (Slovenia) visited the WBCC booth. They received a WBCC certificate
and a WBCC T-shirt (limited edition of 10 pieces). Offcourse we had a great
time talking about Bi-metallics.

Bi-metallic news from several Mints and Banks:

* The Austria Mint: The Austria Mint showed for the first time to the public
the new Bi-mewtallic 100 Schilling 2001, "Mobility". It was offered by an
related firm and costs 35$.

* The Royal Canadian Mint: This year "Guest of Honor" of the WMF, showed the
complete range of Bi-metallic 2 Dollar pieces. At their booth I met Andy
Czajkowski of the RCM and some good talks

* The Slovakia Mint: A representive of the Slovakia Mint offered the 2001
Mint set with, as every year, a Bi-metallic medal, this time depicting the
Slovakia Mint.

* The Singapore Mint: The 2001 Mint set was available. Again with a
Bi-metallic 5$ with the latent 2001

* The Czech Mint: A really nice team in the Czech Mint booth. They offered
the 2001 Mint set with the Bi-metallic 50 Korun 2001 for 9 US$.

* The Britsch Royal Mint: The new Bi-metallic 2 Pound 2001, Marconi, was
shown is a proof set.

* The Poland Mint: The Polish Mint showed the Poland 2001 tri-metallic.
Three different alloys of gold 900 (red with admixture Cu, yellow with
admixture Cu and Ag, and white with admixture of palladium). For a picture
look at: http://members.nbci.com/RodSell/wbccp-z/wbccp-r.htm. At the Polish
booth one could strike a medal using a big hammer and hit the die, a really
nice idea.

* The Royal Dutch Mint: In their booth they showed the future Bi-metallic 1
and 2 Euro 2002 in a set. Unfortunally it was not for sale.

* The Swiss Mint: For sale was the Swiss, Bi-metallic 5 Franken 2001, called
the Zurcher Sechselauten.

* The Finland Mint: They announced a new Bi-metallic 25 Markkaa 2001, which
will be issued on February 12th. A picture can be seen at:

* The Turkisch Mint: They offered a Bi-metallic 150 Million Lira 2001 in
Gold and Silver (price 275US$), for a picture look at:

* The National Bank of Ukraine: For the first time they were at the WMF.
Really new was the Ukraine Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2000 and 3 Bi-metallic
commemoratives coins of 20 Hryvnias (look for a picture of all in the WBCC
Homepage:http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html. More
about these 3 Bi-metallic commemoraties you can read in WBCC Newsmail 232,
item 3. The Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2000 was available for 8 Swiss Franken.
More to read at: http://www.kpnews.com/displaypr.php?arid=7321. All these
Bi-metallics are Legal Tender in the Ukraine.

When the bourse floor was closed (5 PM) we went to Hans Bucek house, where
we had a wonderfull dinner together with Hans's wife and 2 lovely dauthers.
Late in the evening we arrived at our hotel in Weil An Rhein and some very
nice dreams about the day.

--Day 3, Sunday, Feb 4

This day is a free entrance to all the public and although that it was less
busier than yesterday. Still several interesting people did visit the WBCC
booth: Paul Gilkes senior staff writer of Coin World, Ulrich "Rick" Groth
and Clifford Mishler of Krause Publications, Charles Chammartin of Huguenin
and Kramers Medaileurs. Also WBCC members Gerhard Schon from Germany and
Wouter Eversdijk (Bosch Coins) from Belgium visited to the WBCC booth.

News for this day:

* Huguenin and Kramers Medailleurs (Zwitserland) offered not only the new
Bi-metallic MTT 1 Doppelstäbler 2001 (value 10 Swiss Franken) but also all
earlier issued Bi-metallics MTT's they have issued.

* VDN Eurocoin, specialists in services within the coinage industry showed
some blanks of the Future Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2002, but they had also
several scambled (defaced) Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro blanks.

The World Money Fair closed its doors at 4 PM, and this years WMF was ended.

--Day 4, Monday, Feb 5

On invitation of Dieter Merkle, Alexander Gaiser and Iris Blickle of Schuler
Presses located in the German City Göppingen, we went to the Schuler Plant.
Schuler is one of the 2 sponsors of the WBCC who made it possible attending
the World Money Fair. Just in time for lunch we arrived at Göppingen.
Schuler Presses is the World leader of making strikingmachines, which is 10%
of the Schuler activities. Schuler developes and construcs also presses for
the Car industry. Dieter Merkle and Alexander Gaiser did give us a 3 hour
guided tour to the Schuler factory. THE Bi-metallic strikingmachine
worldwide is Schuler's "Ringmaster MRV 150". The press can be used for
coining of round, multi-sided and Bi-metallic coins, for joining, piercing
and for recycling of used Bi-metallic coins by separating ring and centre
and get edge lettering. The speed is 700 coins per minut. We saw this
Ringmaster MRV 150 working, woooow what a speed !! Late in the afternoon we
say goodby from Schuler factory and drive back to the Netherlands


The World Money Fair is an unique and world bigest event in the Numismatic
world and if you have the oppertunity, come to Basel next year and
experience the event. Next year the World Money Fair will be held February 1
till February 3, 2002. The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club will attend
it in 2002 and THE hot item will be the just introduced (Bi-metallic 1 and
2) Euros !! This Basel report and all pre-reports and all pictures of the
WMF event can also read at:

4. WBCC Encased Bahamas.........by Jack Hepler, USA

A limited number of Bahamas Cents were encased for the 2001 World Money Fair
in Basel. They are now available for WBCC members of the Worldwide
Bi-metallic Collectors Club. To the best of my knowledge, these are the
first coins of the Bahamas that have been encased and they are being offered
to the WBCC membership before offering them to other collectors. The cost to
WBCC members is $5 (Postage outside US $1, Insurance or registration is
extra). Please send your request to Jack Hepler at: heplerj@juno.com. A scan
of the encased Bahamas Cent can be seen on the WBCC Homepage:

5. Bi-metallic token from Czech Republic.by Rod Sell, Australia

The following message I received from Paul Neumann (Non WBCC member) of the
Czech Republic:

I have just explored the website of the WBCC. I would like to inform you
about the Bi-metallic token, which (I think) is not public known. Mentioned
token design is based on unique Bi-metallic medallion of emperor Commodus.
This token was produced for 35. auction of the Czech Numismatic Society Brno
in limited edition. Material was Copper/Brass, dies by Petr Sousek, hand
struck. For your information I enclose a scan of this token. If you are
interested in more information and better image I can acquire that, because
this time I don´t own that piece. You can also visit my website Ancient
Coins & Artifacts eproductions on http://acar.hyperlink.cz/, where can be
found more information about my friend engraver Petr Sousek and his work.
Pavel Neumann

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

6. Bi-metallic from Niue.........by Keith Beaumont, UK

I have just recieved this months Queen Mother issue, details as follows.
Country of issue. Niue
Denomination $5
Obverse Raphael Maklouf
Reverse Robert Elderton
Diameter 38.61mm
Weight 28.10 gms
Alloy. Stirling Silver
Outer ring plated fine gold
Quality Proof
Mint British Royal
Issue 10,000
A scan is available in the WBCC Homepage:

7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #235...by Jack Hepler, USA

This South American country produced six different designs of Bi-metallics
in three denominations during the years; 1995- 1997. The main theme of the
coin series was to honor three of its national heroes. The three men so
honored are Antonio de Sucre, Isidro Ayora and Eugenio Espejo: whose names
appear on the coins.  What is the name of this country?
a. Brazil
b. Ecuador
c. Peru
d. Chile
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #234.
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
Answer to Question #234 is "a", Rugby.

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

WBCC  Auction 13 has closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC Auction 14 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time February 16,
2001.Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Swiss, Blank of the 2001 Basel 1 Doppelstäbler 2001, Reserve $7.00
* Germany, Schuler Presses, 7 June 1997, Open Day, Reserve $1.00
* Germany, Bi-metallic Blank, Schuler Presses , Reserve $1.00
* Australia  2000 $10 "The Present". Reserve $45.00
* NZ 1994 Mint Set with 50 Cent Endeavour Bi-metallic, Reserve $18.00
* France 1.5 Euro from Carcassonne 1997, scarce. Reserve $10.00
* France  3 Euro Air France 1996, scarce. Reserve  $10.00

WBCC Auction 15 details can now send to Rod Sell at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Italy 1 Euro MTTs from  Lanzo D´Intelvi and  RI.SA.NO
* France 6 of 10 Euros MTTs Tours Of Touraine
* 3 Ukraine Commemorative coin of 20 Hryvnias with common reverse
* Some Images from The Basel Show
* Defaced Blanks
* China test piece (dated 1993) by Schuler Presses in Germany
* Ukraina 5 Hryvnias 2000
* Swiss, 5 Franken 2001, Zurcher Sechselauten
* Swiss, Basel 1 Doppelstäbler 2001
* Swiss, a blank of the Basel 1 Doppelstäbler 2001
* Niue 5 Dollar for the Queen Mother's Centenary

10. Bi-metallics available........by Joel Anderson, USA

The following new Bi-metallics are in my list and I can offer them:

Aland (Finland)
* 50 Daler 1994 Bimetal Unc. $48.00
* 3000 Forint 1999 Bimetal Unc. $39.50
* 100 Escudos K645.1 2000 Bimetal Unc. $2.50
* 200 Escudoe K655 2000 Bimetal Unc. $4.00
* 500 Escudos 1999 Macao to China Unc. $8.50
* 1000 Lire K286 1998 Bimetal Unc. $6.00

Joel Anderson
PO Box 3016
Merced, CA 95344-1016
E-mail: orders@joelscoins.com

11. Bi-metallic from Ukraine available..by Ivan Florin, Belgium

Just a short note to inform WBCC members that I can offer the new
Bi-metallic Ukraine 5 Gryvnia 2000 first Bi-metallic coin in BU (Brillant
Universal) quality at the special price of 4 USD + P&P (condition that
buyers buy minimum another Bi-metallic coin from our list
http://catalog.miascris.com/ ). Non WBCC Members pay 9 USD. Mia Scris,
E-mail: info@miascris.com

12. Bi-metallics for sale..........by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

The following new Bi-metallics are availble:

* 1 Euro Lanzo d'Intelvi city (CO) $4.50
* 1 Euro RI.SA.NO. (attention this is a pair of Euros) $7.00
* 10 Franc 2000 $3.00
* 5 Dollars 2001 $18.00
* 5 Gryvnia 2000 Millennium $5.00
If you are interested obtaining them, please E-mail me at: guerrie@tin.it

"See you" next week,
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