Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 238, Volume 6, March 3, 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 members......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 3 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name: Roy Roper (WBCC member #200), USA
E-mail: royroper@hotmail.com
Age: 25
Profession: Substitute teacher
Hobby: Bi-metallics, World coins - all ages
Goal: Make lots of friends in the numismatic community so we can all enjoy
this great hobby together (everybody send me a letter!)
Against: Overproduction of commemmoratives to fund personal pet projects

Name: Hartmut Schoenawa (WBCC member #201), Germany
E-mail: msilto:Hartmut.Schoenawa@t-online.de
Age: 49
Profession: (Bi-metallic)coin & banknote dealer

Name: Robert Kennedy (WBCC member #202), USA
E-mail: comrade1985@yahoo.com
Age: 15
Profession: Don't work
Hobby: Post1871 german coins and Circulating Bi-metallics
Goal: 15 german coins and 10 Bi-metallics a year.

2. Tri-metallics from Gibraltar...by Frans Woons, Canada

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 236 item 3, here is more information on the
Gibraltar 1 Crown pieces.
The Tri-metalic 1 Crown piece of Gibraltar dated 2001 and containing
platinum has the following configuration: Ag / Au / Pt outer ring / inner
ring / centre). The silver weighs 11.70 g, the gold weighs 14.20 g, and the
platinum weighs 5.20 g for a total weight of 31.10 g. The coin has a
diameter of 38.6 mm and 999 pieces were struck. All coins were bought from
the Pobjoy Mint by a single distributor. This distributor can be reached
(toll free in North America) at 1-800-905-4635.
The second Tri-metallic 1 Crown piece of Gibraltar dated 2001 is struck in
silver. The outer ring is blackened, the inner ring is gold plated, while
the centre in unaltered (sterling?) silver. The weight of this coin is also
31.10 g. Price of issue (in North America): US $ 85.00.

3. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar Bahamas...........by Keith Beaumont, UK

The Bi-metallic 2 Dollars of the Bahamas is Issue eight of Queen Mother
Centenary just received, details same as last issue except reverse design. A
picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

4. Bi-metallic transit token, NY 632 D,Triborough....by Cliff Anderson, USA

The Bi-metallic transit token shown on this week's WBCC Homepage is 28mm,
marked "Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority", "Staten Island Resident",
and "Verrazano Narrows Bridge", and is not reeded. It is similar to several
other TBTA pieces that were produced in 1982. The only reference in
Atwood-Coffee Catalogue that comes close to this item is the designation of
"NY 998", which is a 29mm pattern, labelled NY 630 BD. But this one is not
NY 630 BD. It is definitely a NY 632 D, since it has the "Staten Island
Resident", and "Verrazano Narrows Bridge" wording, issued 9/26/93, and is
28mm. Even though the stripe looks like it has worn off a bit, it was
clearly incorporated into the original token.

5. Interesting Web Site...by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

While reading the coin news groups I came across an interesting website
about Tesla coils and Pulsed Power Devices, what does this have to do with
coins and especially Bimetal coins? Well let me tell you.... The website is
all about Bert Hickman's hobby of conducting experiments with electricity
and making people say "oooooo, ahhhhh" His Tesla coil can produce a spark of
14 meters (45 feet) in length. He has another piece of equipment that he is
proud of, it is a pulsed power device that creates a powerful magnetic
field, he calls this his "Quarter Shrinker" (Quarter = 25 cent coin in the
USA). The magnetic field created by his device is so strong that it causes
an incredible compression force and the coin is compressed into a smaller
size. The density and composition of the coin do not change, the compression
causes the diameter of the coin to shrink but the coin's thickness
increases. I have sent pictures to the WBCC web page of a bimetal Canadian
$2 coin that has been shrunk and a very interesting bimetal Mexican 10 peso
that had the center shrink more than the ring, so much so that it fell out.
A month later the ring spontaneously cracked apparently from internal
stresses. The bimetal pictures are only available at the WBCC site but Burt
Hickman's website shows other coins that have been "Shrunk". His site
provides a fascinating read.

Images of the "Shrunk" Bi-metallic coins can be seen at
Bert Hickman's site

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

Austria recently issued a bi-metallic coin honoring an auto designer.  What
is the name of this famous European auto designer?
a. Porsche
b. Fiat
c. Healey
d. Daimler
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.
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
Answer to Question #236 is "b"; Grimaldi
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #235; 75% Correct

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

WBCC  Auction 16 has almost closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC  Auction 17 is open now, and closes 10 PM Sydney Time Saturday March
10, 2001 Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich (London)Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* France 25 Ecus Strasbourg 1994 - rare - ( silver ), reserve $40
* France 7 Euro Strasbourg 1996, reserve $13
* France Medal of DRAGUIGNAN, Foire de l'olive, reserve $11
* France 10 Euro 1998 Bordeaux,  Reserve  $10
* France 10 Euro 1998 Orleans,  Reserve  $10
* Token, Helvetia flag Center - Ag Ring - gold plated, Reserve $5
* Token, Deutschland flag Center - Ag Ring - gold plated, Reserve $5
* Token, Belgium flag Center - Ag Ring - gold plated Reserve $5
* Token, pattern of play token (mintage 8 pieces only) Center - Ag Ring -
nickel, Reserve $6

WBCC Auction 18 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:

* Bahamas 2000 2 Dollar,  Queen Mother's Centenary
* Botswana 2000  5 Pula
* USA Triborough bimetallic transit token, NY 632 D
* Thailand 2001 10 Baht. Centenary of Lands Department
* Turkey 150 Million Lira
* Germany 3 Euro from Neusäss
* France 30 Euro from Beaumont-Perigord
* Bi-metallics that have been shrunk by a pulser
* 1 Euro RI.SA.NO. Horseshoe
* 1 Euro Paris, European Capital
* 1 Euro Serra Fiorina

9. Visiting a Coinshow...by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

Just recently I was able to visit WBCC member Norm Bowers in St.Louis
Missouri and had a great time there. Norm graciously offered to have me stay
with him and his wife Brigette during my stay in St.Louis. I attended the
coin show on the Saturday and Sunday finding quite a few new bimetals and a
few seconds to add to my collection, many of which came from Norm's
extensive stock. While there I was introduced to some of Norm's friends in
the coin collecting business, to say the least, it was great fun. I had
mentioned to Jerry L. Morgan of Scotsman Coin and Jewelry that during
Martin's trip to Canada, I was hoping to arrange a tour of the Royal
Canadian Mint in Winnipeg for the WBCC members who can attend and the
members of the Manitoba Coin Club. He told me that he could help out and
offered to get in touch with the proper people at the RCM to arrange a
comprehensive tour ! Scotsman Coins is the Royal Canadian Mint authorized
dealer for the United States and as such they know all the right people to
talk to. So if there are any WBCC members interested in attending the
proposed tour of the Royal Canadian Mint between the days of September 6th
and September 10th in Winnipeg Manitoba please write to me at
mailto:kmutcher@earthlink.netand I will put your name on the list. There are many
things to see and do in Winnipeg so everyone will have a good time there.
The tour is only in the process of coming together, so no firm arrangements
have been made yet and the group size might be limited.

10. Bi-metallics available...by Hartmut Schoenawa, Germany

I am expecting a new Bi-metallic 10-Baht coin from Thailand very soon. It is
called: 100th anniv of Department of Lands". The price is similar to the
former issues (about 3 German Marks, postage not included). Soon a picture
is available in the WBCC Homepage. Further I have available Bi-metallic from
Algeria to West African States. If you want I can send you the list as an
Word File. Just E-mail me at: Hartmut.Schoenawa@t-online.de

11. Bi-metallic from Turkey..by Joel Anderson, USA

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 231 item 4 about the Bi-metallic Turkey 150
Million Lira (which seems like a lot until you look at the recent exchange
rate for the Turkish Lire) 2000 Commemorating US President Bill Clinton's
visit to Turkey in 1999. The design features a baby slapping the Presidents
face, probably because of something he did or said to the kid :-) The flags
of the United States and Turkey appear in the background.
The strange symbol on the reverse is the logo of the Turkish State Mint. I
don't know much about it, but it also appears on other non-bimetallic silver
coins Turkey issued in 2000. I guess they could not figure what to put on
the back so they used a huge mintmark.
Here are the specifications according to the "certificate of authencity"
ring .925 fine silver  17 grams
center 22 K. gold 24 grams
Mintage 10,000  Proof only
Designer H. Baka Cavusgil
size 38.61mm
In case you are feeling wealthy, I have one available for sale at USD 350.00
+ postage

Joel Anderson, E-mail: joel@joelscoins.com
Interesting World Coins & Paper Money
PO Box 3016
Merced, CA 95344  USA

"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