Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 240, Volume 6, March 17, 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,

This is the 240th WBCC Newsmail and I hope you really enjoy reading this
weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. Bi-metallic from Bolivia...by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

According to the latest MRI-bulletin (Montetary Research Institute) the 5
Bolivianos note will gradually be replaced by a Bi-metallic coin. Coins and
notes will co-circulate

2. WBCC T-shirt??.........by Ray Lockwood, USA

Would you like to have an unique WBCC T-shirt? If there is anough interest I
can get them for a price one for 11$ and 2 for 20$ (Postage costs not
included), made of heavy cotton with our logo on the upper chest/pocket.
Till now 5 WBCC members did want one. Please notice we need many more WBCC
members to show interest in the t-shirts OR we cannot get the lower price.
Please let me know if you are interested, E-mail: sunray@comteck.com

3. Bi-metallic 5 Franc 2001 from Switzerland...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following message I received from the Swiss Mint:

Dear Sir,
We have pleasure in sending you the pictures of the new Bi-metallic Coin
"Zürcher Sechseläuten". The guilds of Zurich celebrate "Sechseläuten" -
their traditional spring festival - each year on the third Monday in April.
The name refers to the six strikes of the bells at the Grossmünster - the
Minster - that once tolled to signal the end of the working day in summer as
laid down by the guilds.
On "Sechseläuten Sunday", the charming children's procession with over 2,000
young, costumed revellers, numerous music corps and many original floats
weaves its way through the streets of the inner city. The carnival
procession on the Monday afternoon sees the guilds marching towards the lake
with horses, floats and flags, accompanied by their own bands. Here, over
7,000 participants don their costumes and together with some 500 horses and
countless brightly-decorated and original floats make the event a festival
of colour. The procession's final destination is the Sechseläuten Square,
where winter is to be burned. A 3-metre snowman - the "Böögg" - is placed at
the top of a 13-metre high bonfire. At the stroke of 6 o'clock in the
evening, the fire is lit, and the guildsmen on horseback gallop around the
growing fire to the sound of the "Sechseläuten March". The "Böögg", which is
fitted out with a generous amount of firecrackers, is consumed by the fire
amid loud explosions - and the quicker it burns, the better are the
expectations of a fine summer.
Effigy: "Zürcher Sechseläuten"
Artist: John Grüniger, Zurich
Technical data:
Alloy: outer ring in cupro-nickel, core in Nordic-gold®
Weight: 15 g
Diameter: 33 mm
Legal face value: 5 Swiss francs
Date of issue: 2nd February 2001
Standard coinage, uncirculated: 170'000 coins
Proof coin in presentation case: 20'000 coins
Coined and issued by:
swissmint, Official Mint of the Swiss Confederation, CH-3003 Bern
Yours faithfully,
Hanspeter Koch
Tel. +41 031 322 61 73 / Fax +41 031 323 09 42
E-Mail: hanspeter.koch@efv.admin.ch

4. Bi-metallic MTT from Switzerland.........by Jack Hepler, USA

The following text I received from WBCC John Beckman, USA:

Der Doppelstäbler in Bimetall, Umlauflmünze

Es werden höchstens 100'000 Münzen zur allgemeinen Verwendung in Umlauf
gebracht. Die beiden Kantonalbanken, die diese Münzen an allen ihren
Schaltern anbieten werden sowie zahlreiche Geschäfte und Restaurants,
Mitglieder der Gewerbevereinigungen beider Kantone, die mit grosser
Begeisterung zugestimmt haben, an dieser Aktion teilzunehmen, werden die
Münzen in Umlauf bringen. Die In-Umlauf-Setzung wurde auf den 3. Februar
2001 festgelegt, den Eröffnungstag der WORLD MONEY FAIR, der Internationalen
Basler Münzmesse. Unsere Aktion verfügt somit über eine Verbindung zu einer
wichtigen internationalen numismatischen Veranstaltung. Die Münze wird bis
zum 31. August gültig un jederzeit bei allen Schalter der beiden
Kantonalbanken eintauschbar sein.
* Nominalwert Fr. 10.00
* Legierung Bimetall (CuAl6Ni2/CuNi25)
* Durchmesser 38.6 mm
* Gewicht 23 gr.
* Auflage 100'000 Stück
Der Doppelstäbler ist keine Münze im Sinne des Bundesgesetzes über die
Währung und die Zahlungsmittel vom 22. Dezember 1999. Niemand kann dazu
verpflichtet werden, ihn als Zahlungsmittel zu akzeptieren oder zu

WBCC member Martin Purdy from New Zealand made the following translation:

The Bi-metallic “Doppelstäbler” Circulating Coin
A maximum of 100,000 of these coins are being issued for general
circulation. They will be circulated by the two Cantonal banks, which will
make them available at all of their counters, as well as by a large number
of businesses and restaurants, members of the trade associations of the two
Cantons, all of whom have very enthusiastically agreed to participate in
this promotion. The date of issue has been scheduled for 3 February 2001,
the date on which the Basle WORLD MONEY FAIR opens. The promotion will thus
benefit from an association with a major international numismatic event. The
coin will be valid until 31 August, and may be exchanged at any time at any
counter of the two Cantonal banks.
Face value SFR 10.00
Composition: bimetallic (CuAl6Ni2 / CuNi25)
Diameter 38.6 mm
Weight 23 g
Mintage 100,000
The Doppelstäbler is not a coin in terms of the Federal Currency Act dated
22 December 1999.
No-one can be forced to accept or use it as a means of payment.

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #240...by Jack Hepler, USA

One of the favorite themes for coin design includes ships. Bi-metallic coins
have also had ships incorporated in their design. Which of the following
countries have Bi-metallic coins with ships include in the design? (More
than one answer may be possible)
a. China
b. Cape Verde
c. Croatia
d. New Zealand
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #239.
This country introduced its first Bi-metallic coins in 1997. Each coin in
the series has an unusual theme. The theme for the issue in 2000 is the new
millennium, which is a theme common for many of the issues of the years 2000
and 2001. However, the design for the coin is unique; a fetus, or unborn
child. What is the name of the country that issued this coin in the year
a. Albania
b. Bosnia-Herzegovina
c. Croatia
d. Hungary
Answer to Question #239 is "c"; Croatia
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #238; 100% Correct

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

WBCC  Auction 18 has almost closed. Look for the result at:

WBCC  Auction 19 is open now, and closes 10 PM Sydney Time Saturday March
24, 2001 Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich (London)Time.

Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.

Listed are:
* Aland (Finland) RAF Casino, in Blue box, 50 Daler with Certificate and
Proof, Reserve $12.00
* Australia  2000 $10 "The Present", Reserve $45.00
* NZ 1994 Mint Set with 50 Cent Endeavour Bi-metallic, Reserve $18.00
* Thailand  2001 10 Baht "The Queen Mother", Reserve $1.50

WBCC Auction 20 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:

* Jersey  Encased 1950 Farthing from the Chelsea Hotel
* Switzerland 2001 5 Francs "Zürcher Sechseläuten

8. Bi-metallic offer...by Ivan Florine, Belgium

For WBCC Members only...Ukraine 5 Gryven 2000 Brillant Universal top
quality..so better than the usual "Uncirculated" quality !!! (in capsule)
"Path to the New Millenium" for 5 USD or 10 German Marks + P&P normal or
Registered. Info at:
Mia Scris, E-mail: info@miascris.com

"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
WBCC Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html
"All That Is Bi-metallic" Webside: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/9540/bmhome.html
Bi-metallic Forum Page: http://network54.com/Forum/86625
The WBCC is officially sponsored for the Basel World Money Fair by:
* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint)
and  * Schuler Presses, Germany