WBCC Newsmail 251, Volume 6, June 2, 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.
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. My Resignations as Auction Co-Ordinator..by Rod Sell, Australia
It has become apparant to me that the WBCC Website should be under the
control of 1 person, so as to be managed most efficiently. I am most
happy with the direction it is taking under JD's direction would suggest he
also manage the Auctions.
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The WBCC Auction is SUSPENDED for the next month.
You can read in the WBCC Newsmail when the WBCC Auction will start again. I
want to thank Rod for all the work he has done for allmost 5 years for the
WBCC. Without his work (updating the WBCC Homepage almost every day and
maintain the WBCC Auction), the WBCC would be not what it is now.
2. A new WBCC member......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: P.S.V.APPAJI (WBCC member #214), India
Age: 38 years.
Hobby: To collect world Bi-metallic coins.
Goal: To become a great collector of coins.
How did know about the WBCC: Through canadian coin news.
3. Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Italy.....by Manuel González, Spain
When you look into the Homepage of Fabio Guerrieri
(http://members.xoom.it/guerrie/) you wil find a picture of a new
Bi-metallic 1 Euro. This Euro, not dated but struck in 2001) has been issued
for picking up funds destined to the restructuring of the church S. Giorgio,
4. Bi-metallic inlay pieces from Albuquerque...by Cliff Anderson, USA
The two gold on silver inlay pieces on this week's WBCC homepage commemorate
the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiestas (KAIBF) for the years
1992 and 1993, the 4th and 5th Annual Special Shape Rodeo, respectively.
These are hot air balloons made in the shapes of animals, etc. The balloon
shapes on the 1992 piece are a cactus, bull, pig, and on the reverse, a
Santa, owned by Frank Prell of Louisville, KY. The 1993 piece shows a
parrot, penguin, what looks like the same pig from the year before, and on
the reverse what is called "Sulleyman the Magnificent", a balloon owned by
the Forbes Magazine of New York. Notice the balloon baskets suspended below
The pieces are not true ringed Bi-metallic, since the gold is layered or
inlaid, and only one side shows a concentric ring. But the detail is
interesting, and I suppose they qualify for quasi-Bimetallic status of
cameos. The "certificates of authenticity" for these pieces indicate they
were made by the International Mint, Ltd. The 1992 certificate says "This is
the first and only two sided, precision gold select commemorative coin ever
to be minted," and the 1993 text says "This two-sided, precision gold select
method is extremely rare." The 1992 mintage is 2,000 and the 1993 mintage
is 2,500. Each individual piece is numbered on the milled edge.
Check out http://www.balloonfiestastuff.com/ which is the KAIBF website, and
displays some of the more recent coins issued by the KAIBF (prices not
I cannot find the International Mint when searching the internet or the mint
list on the WBCC library pages. If any member knows of this mint, please
notify me, Cliff Anderson.
Of course, these pieces are reminiscent of the pair of 1997 Finnish
Bi-metallic 5 euro pieces, commemorating the 1st World Air Games in Turkey,
featuring various kinds of "aeromodelling" and "skysurfing". Each of those
Finnish pieces also featured hot air balloons, but not the specially shaped
balloons shown on these Albuquerque pieces.
I found these KAIBF pieces in the coin shop called American Coins &
Collectibles, 855 Pierremont Road, Suite 123, Shreveport, LA 71106, 318
868-9077. The owner, Richie Self, said he had several more pairs of these
pieces at $30 for the pair, or $20 for the 1992 piece, and $10 for the 1993
5. Future Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro (1)....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
One of the 12 EU countries who will have the (Bi-metallic) Euros in 2002 is
Germany. Because Germany has 5 Mints, they will all struck the 1 and 2
Bi-metallic Euro. In totall Germany will struck 1,7 Billion 1 Euros and 1
Billion 2 Euros. Split in the different Mints they struck:
The Bi-metallic 1 Euro (dated 2002):
* Berlin (Mintmark A), 340 Million pieces
* Munich (Mintmakr D), 357 Million pieces
* Stuttgart (Minmark F), 408 Million pieces
* Karlsruhe (Mintmark G), 238 Million pieces
* Hamburg (Mintmark J) 357 million pieces
The Bi-metallic 2 Euro (dated 2002):
* Berlin (Mintmark A), 200 Million pieces
* Munich (Mintmakr D), 210 Million pieces
* Stuttgart (Minmark F), 240 Million pieces
* Karlsruhe (Mintmark G), 140 Million pieces
* Hamburg (Mintmark J) 210 million pieces
6. Future Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro (2)....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Another of the 12 EU countries who will have the (Bi-metallic) 1 and 2 Euro
in 2002 is Austria. Austria has one Mint. The Vienna Mint will struck 206
Billion 1 Euro pieces and 200 Million 2 Euro pieces all dated 2002.
7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #251...by Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic coin celebrating 100 years of coinage was minted in 1991. The
inscription in the brass core of the coin reads in part, FESSALBIN TO ORKY.
Which country issued this very pretty coin?
Please send your answer to me, Jack Hepler. The answer will be shown in
the WBCC Newsmail next week.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #250.
What countries, if any, have issued a circulating Bi-metallic coin having a
value of 250?
a. Algeria, 250 Dinar
b. Chile, 250 Pesos
c. Iran, 250 Rials
d. West African States, 250 Francs.
Answer to Question #250 is "c and d", Iran 250 Rials and West African
States, 250 Francs.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #249; 100% correct
8. TWOB update...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
The World Of Bi-metallics (TWOB) catalog, issue June will not be published.
The amount of new Bi- and Tri-metallic issues are very low the past 2
mounths. So the next issue of TWOB will be August 1st.
9. Bi-metallics available.........by Joel Anderson, USA
The following Bi-metallic are available now:
* 50 Schilling 2001 Schilling Unc 9.00
* Baie Sainte-Marie, NS 2 Dollars 2001 Unc. 4.50
* Dauphine, MAN $3.50 2000 Enameled Unc. 6.50
* Nanaimo, BC $3 2000 Unc. Speedboat 5.00
* Nanaimo, BC $3 2001 Unc. Bathtub race 5.00
* Baymond, AB $2 2001 Unc. Branco rider 4.50
* 10 Rubles 2001 Yury Gagarin Unc. 2.75
* 5 Francs 2000 150th Year of Franc Unc. 9.00
* 10 Baht 2000 Queen's Birthday Unc. 2.50
* 10 Baht 2000 Land Dept. Unc. 2.50
* 5 Hryvni 2001 Mother & Baby Unc. 7.50
E-mail me, Joel
"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
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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
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WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
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* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint)
and Schuler Presses, Germany.