Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 237, Volume 6, February 24, 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,

I hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

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

We have a WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name: André Grootjans (WBCC member #199), Belgium
E-mail: andre.grootjans@pandora.be
Age: 47
Profession: Belgium railwail
Hobby: World coins especially Bi- and Tri-metallics
Goal: To obtain the circulated modern Bi- and Tri-metallic coins
Against:  the over production of coins by the different countries because as
a collector its become almost impossible to keep up to date

2. Bi-metallic tokens from Czech Republic...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 235, item 5 about the Bi-metallic medallion of
emperor Commodus, I received from Pavell Neumann (Non WBCC member) of the
Czech Republic the following information:

Description of medallions: Reduced reproduction of very rare medallion of
emperor Commodus. Hand struck for the 135. auction of Czech Numismatic
Society at Brno, 29.1.1997. Dies by Petr Sousek.
Obverse: Jugate bust of Commodus and Marcia right, COMMODVS AVD PIVS FELIX
Reverse: Felicity standing in center over tripod altar holding cornucopia
and scepter, female figure standing left in right side of field, priest
leading right a bull in left side of field. AVKCE CNS BRNO, in ex. CXXXV.

a) Copper center and brass ring, weight 18.7g, diameter 30 mm, 80 pieces
b) Brass center and copper ring, weight 19.4g, diameter 30 mm, 10 pieces
c) Silver 900 center and brass ring, weight 22.1g, diameter 30 mm, 5 pieces
d) *Silver 900 center and copper ring, weight 21.8g, diameter 30 mm, 5
pieces - image in the WBCC Homepage:
e) Full Silver 900 piece, weight 28-30g, diameter 30 mm, 4 pieces

3. Bi-metallic Midnight Star $5 Gaming Token....by Cliff Anderson, USA

This week's version of the WBCC Homepage
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html shows a 44mm
Bi-metallic gaming token. Its obverse aluminum-bronze core reads: "First
Edition / Midnight Star / Deadwood, S.D.", and the nickel rim is marked
"Five Dollar Gaming Token - Acceptable Only at the Midnight Star." The
reverse has the same rim inscription, but the core reads "Five Dollars" over
the number "5". The size is the same and design is very similar to the
Teller House Casino, Central City, Colorado. This is definitely NOT a silver
strike; it's actually 2mm larger than the standard silver strike. It is a
true ringed Bi-metallic.

Deadwood, South Dakota, is a small town of about 2,000 population, about 30
miles northwest of Rapid City on I-90. Its cemetery (Boot Hill) holds the
remains of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Wild Bill (James Butler)
Hickok ended his life as scout and legendary peace officer when he was shot
to death in a Deadwood saloon in 1876. Frontierswoman Calamity Jane, Martha
Jane Canary, earned her nickname because she warned men that to offend her
was to court calamity. She lived in Deadwood from 1875 through the gold rush
there and considered a heroine for work during the outbreak of smallpox in
1878. She died there in 1903 and is buried near Wild Bill Hickok. Both
Calamity Jane and Hickok scouted for General George Custer, though at
different times, and obviously not when Custer perished at Little Big Horn.
In 1989, the town of Deadwood became the only non-Native American place in
South Dakota to legalize gambling, and within a year or two, 87 casinos
opened, including the Midnight Star in 1991. Movie star Kevin Costner bought
an 1880s three story building, and with its former owners Francis and Carla
Caneva, renovated it into the Midnight Star Casino.

The building itself had an interesting history. It was formerly called the
New York Store, a ladies clothing emporium. It had previously been a dry
good store, The Bee, where the first Deadwood City Council met in its third
floor meeting room. That building was Deadwood's first brick structure and
was called "The Phoenix Block" as it was raised from the ashes of one of the
fires that completely destroyed Deadwood in the early days.
Now there are about 60 other casinos in Deadwood. It is expected that
Costner will open a $240 million destination resort and casino complex just
outside Deadwood. By the way, the final winter scenes of Costner's film
"Dances with Wolves" were filmed in Spearfish Canyon, about 12 miles from
Deadwood, and other scenes were filmed near Pierre, the state capitol.

Randy Nelson from Burlington, WI, who sold me the token shown, describes
Deadwood as "the most relaxed, laid-back, home-town, casino place in
America." Randy commented that state law says you may not bet more that
$5.00 at a time, (per hand) on any game. But "they will set up a whole
table, just for you, if you want to play from 7 to 14 hands at a time!"
Since Randy was there last, the bet limits have been raised to $100 maximum.
Randy enjoys it enough to visit often, and last year spent only $110 a night
for three rooms with hot tub.

When I called the Midnight Star Casino (800 999-6482), Francis Caneva (see
above) said that the casino continues to use this $5 token in its $5 slot
machines. The token was produced by an unknown mint in Philadelphia that may
no longer be producing them. The Midnight Star has been using the
Bi-metallic token since they opened in 1991, and has a supply of them on
hand, but it is not know how many were minted or shipped to the casino.

But (good news for us WBCC members) the casino sells uncirculated tokens
from its gift shop. And even better, the token can be ordered with a credit
card by fax. See http://www.themidnightstar.com/giftscur.html for their form
and fax number. For the uncirculated piece the casino will charge $7.50 in a
presentation bag, plus $4.90 shipping.

Caneva added that the Midnight Star also boasts of  two restaurants, Jake's,
a four star one (see Jake's menu on The Midnight Star Web-Site
 http://www.themidnightstar.com/). Jakes is also the only restaurant in North or
South Dakota that has been listed in the annual restaurant edition of Wine
Spectator. It is so popular there, summer or any time, that reservations are
highly recommended.

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. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #237...by Jack Hepler, USA

The Principality of Monaco is headed by HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
His monogram is found on the 10 Franc Bi-metallic coins of this country. The
family of Prince Rainier has been in power here since the 13th Century and
there is no indication that will end any time soon. What is the Prince
Rainier’s family name?
a. Ghibellines
b. Grimaldi
c. Guelf
d. Monegasque
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #236.
This Asian Republic issued its first bi-metallic coin to commemorate the
Millennium.  Though produced as a legal tender coin, the issue was so
limited that few if any of the coins would ever get into circulation.  In
the past few months, there have been numerous indications that some of the
political and ideological differences between this nation and its neighbor
may be solved. What is the name of this country?
a. China
b. Macao
c. Thailand
d. South Korea
Answer to Question #236 is "d"; South Korea
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #235; 100% Correct

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

WBCC  Auction 15 has almost closed. Look for the result at:
WBCC  Auction 16,  Closes 10 PM Sydney Time Saturday March 3, 2001
Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich (London) Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Swiss, 37 mm round Blank of the 2001 Basel 1 Doppelstäbler 2001 Reserve
* Germany, Schuler Presses, 7 June 1997, Open Day, Reserve $1.00
* Australia  2000 $10 "The Present", Reserve $45.00
* Vatican 1992 500 Lire, Reserve $1.50
* Vatican 1993 500 Lire, Reserve $1.50
* Vatican 1994 500 Lire, Reserve $1.50
* Vatican 1997 1000 Lire, Reserve $2.50

WBCC Auction 17 details can now send to Rod Sell at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Netherlands 2001, Medal 'Queen Juliana' in Dutch Mint Set.
* Indonesia, 1000 Rupia year 2000
* 44mm Bi-metallic gaming token from Kevin Costner's casino in Deadwood, SD

8. CSNS Convention......by Paul Wiley, USA

The Associated Collectors of Encased (ACE) is holding a meeting during the
Central States Numismatic Show on April 7 at the Convention Center in
Indianapolis Indiana. The meeting will be in Room 147 at noon. Ray Lockwood
(WBCC member #30) is President of the Central States Numismatic Society.

"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