Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #273

WBCC Newsmail 273, Volume 6, November 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

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Valery Liskovets (WBCC member #226), Belarus
E-mail: Valery Liskovets
Age: 57
Profession: Mathematician
Hobby: Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: To collect as many available coins as possible
Against: Coins issued not for circulation
How did I know about the WBCC: by Web search (Google/AltaVista)

2. WBCC and Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I received a message from Schuler Presses*) in Germany, that
Schuler Presses sponsors the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
for attending the World Money Fair at Basel, 2002 held from February 1 to 3.

*) Schuler Presses is the technological and world market leader in the field
of metal forming. The scope of their product range is unique Schuler supply
complete production systems, dies and process know-how from a single source
for the whole metal-working industry. Schulers major customers are auto
manufacturers and their suppliers, the electrical industry, the household
equipment industry and last but not least to Mints all over the world. The
Homepage of Schuler Presses, Germany is:

Schuler Presses did strike several Bi-metallic German commemorative
coins, but also 2 different commemorative coins for Uzbekistan on the
occasion of the opening of the New Mint in Tashkent in 1997. Since 1984,
Schuler delivered around 85 Bi-metallic presses to 26 countries all over the

3. Bi-metallic Euro Jack Hepler, USA

Information about the Bi-metallic EURO design I got from the following site:

Crete no longer on Euro
Crete has disappeared off the map on the front side of the official 1 Euro
coin. We do not know why. Anybody?

The answer why Crete in the end was left out from the 1 and 2 Euro coins:
this seems a decision of the Greek government itself! The winning design of
the Euro coins was done by the Belgian Luc Luycx. In 1997 this design was
given the opportunity to be changed a) for technical reasons and b) for
aesthetic reasons: every country involved could decide to change the way
their country was represented on the map on the European side of the coin.
The European Council in June 1997 decided to incorporate the suggested
change(s) during a meeting in Amsterdam. I am not sure about this, but
obviously Crete was 'deleted' from the map and if you have a close look to
the original design (see right) one must conclude that the position of Crete
towards the mainland is somewhat strange. The right place would interfere
with one of the 12 stars, which represent the 12 countries involved in the
Euro, and also serve as an aid to visually handicapped people. I could not
find more details about this then above. And it's a pity! Erno.

-- Remark WBCC Focal Point: The future will tell IF we will have 2 different
designs for the common Bi-metallic 1 Euro 2002. Most of the Bi-metallic 1
EUROS are already struck. The mentioned website was updated December 16,

4. Bi-metallic Michael Ayrapetov, USA

I have found two different Bi-metallic Amusement Tokens called "Wonderland",
which look like they are bi-metallic. I wanted to buy these two tokens, so I
called the company, and they said that these two tokens are Bi-metallic. The
only problem is that they sell these tokens in a minimum quantity of 5000.
If somebody can find theses two tokens, please let me know. The website is:
The name of the website is: Amusement tokens - stock and custom. The
Bimetallic "Wonderland" tokens of Kuwait (struck in the USA) are on the page
1 & 2

Here is the address of the company
Van Brook of Lexington Inc.
P.O. Box 55044
Lexington, KY 40555 USA
Phone: 1-859-231-7100
Fax: 1-859-231-7108

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Much more Bi-metallic tokens are shown other
section of the mentioned Website, like Bi-metallic Parking, Carwash and
Gaming Tokens

5. The WBCC Auction 36 is Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 36 is closing very soon. The latest bids can be seen at
Auction 35
Auction 36 is now open at
Auction 36

Items listed are:
* Gibraltar 2 Pounds 2000- Reserve $7.00
* Indonesia 1.000 Rupiah 1993- Reserve $2.00
* USA Southeast Pennsylvania Token Reserve $4.00
* Italy GL Studio Marketing Reserve $2.00
* North Ireland, 25 Ecu, Tri-metallic, Reserve $20.00
* WBCC Encased 2000 New Zealand 5 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2001D USA 1 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2001P USA 1 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2000 Mexico 20 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2000 Poland 5 Groszy Reserve $2.00
* Australia 1998 $5 Royal Flying Doctor $5.00
* Australia 2000 $5 Phar Lap $4.00
* NZ 1994 UNC set with Bi-metallic 50 Cent Reserve $15.00
* Australia 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens X 2. Reserve $5.00
* Australia 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens X 2. Reserve $5.00

Please E-mail me any items you have for Auction 36.

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

Which legal tender Bi-metallic circulated coin had the highest value when
it was released?
a. Great Britain 2 Pounds
b. Croatia 25 Kuna
c. Mexico 50 Pesos
d. France 20 Francs
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler Next week you can
read the correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #272.
The national emblem of Mexico is an eagle holding a snake in its beak
standing on a nopal cactus plant. . This emblem appears in various forms
on the obverse of almost all Mexican coins since 1823. The emblem is
based on an Aztec legend that described the place where the Aztecs had to
settle as they migrated from the north. This emblem appears on
Bi-metallic coins of Mexico. In what year did Mexico introduce
Bi-metallic coinage for general circulation?
a. 1982
b. 1986
c. 1992
d. 1996
Answer to Question #272 is "c", 1992. See item in Newsmail #265.

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #271; 89% correct. Nine players.
Somewhere in past WBCC Newsmails, TWOB or Website, you will find the
answers to most future Quiz Game Questions.

7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi-metallic images shown at:
New Images
New listed are:
* Vatican 2002 1 Euro
* Vatican 2001 500 Lire and 1000 Lire

8. Coin World article (1) Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright 2001 by Amos Press Inc., reprinted by permission from the November
5, 2001, issue of Coin World

Royal Belgian Mint to release sets of 1-euro coins from each country

Collectors will have the chance to obtain circulation euro coins with a
12-coin set from the Royal Belgian Mint. The Mint has reserved 100,000
examples of 1-euro coins from each participating country (Austria, Belgium,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) to place in the sets.
The set includes two medals designed by Luc Luycx and struck by the Royal
Belgian Mint. Luycx designed the euro coins' obverses. All euro coins share
the same obverse, differentiated by denomination. Individual countries
selected the coins' reverses.

The Luycx medals honor a "Presidency of the European Union" theme. The EU
presidency is a position that rotates every six months among member nations.
Spain and Denmark (which is not participating in the euro coin program) will
claim the presidency in 2002, and the medals salute those two nations.
The sets are also accompanied by a CD-ROM containing European images and

Reservations for the 100,000 sets are being accepted on a first-come,
first-served basis. The coins will not be delivered until January, following
the euro's official Jan. 1 release date.
The sets are priced at $47.50, plus $4.50 in shipping and handling fees. New
Jersey residents must add 6 percent sales tax.
View the coins online at
To order, contact The Coin & Currency Institute Inc., P.O. Box 1057,
Clifton, NJ 07014. Telephone (800) 421-1866, fax (973) 471-1062 or e-mail

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: This commercial set is not made by the Belgium
Mint by but by the Belgium firm Eurocollect ( The price
45 Euro.

9. Coin World article (2) Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright 2001 by Amos Press Inc., reprinted by permission from the November
5, 2001, issue of Coin World

WBCC releases what's thought to be world's first encased ringed bimetallic
The World Bi-metallic Collectors Club has released what it says is the
world's first encased ringed bimetallic coin.

The encased 100-sucre coin of Ecuador commemorates the WBCC's participation
in the 2001 World Money Fair in Basel, Switzerland, and at the American
Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Atlanta.
An encased coin is one that is placed into a central hole in a round, blank
piece of metal.
The coin and encasement combination is stamped in a press, forming designs
or inscriptions on the outer encasement, and locking the coin in the center
through the compression of the encasement's "hole" around the coin.
A ringed bimetallic coin is composed of two pieces, generally of different
compositions and color. It is created in the same way most encased coins are
The WBCC's encased coin is the first known encased coin from Ecuador,
according to the WBCC. One hundred pieces were produced.

The ringed bimetallic encased coin is priced at $5, which includes postage.
View the coin online at the WBCC's homepage, To order,
contact Jack Hepler at

10. Bi-metallic Zdravko Bosnjak, Croatia

I can offer the following Bi-metallics. If you are interested please E-mail
me at:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
* KMnew 2 KMarka 2000 XF
* KM47 25 Kuna 1997 AU
* KM48 25 Kuna 1997 AU
* KM49 25 Kuna 1997 AU
* KM63 25 Kuna 1998 AU
* KM64 25 Kuna 1999 AU
* KMnew-milen. 25 Kuna 2000 AU
* Proof mint set 1 KM47,48,49 25 Kuna 1997'97'97 Proof
* Proof mint set 2 KM63,64,new(milen-embrio) 25 Kuna 1998'99'00 Proof
* KM96 100 Sucres 1995 XF
* KM101 100 Sucres1997 XF
* KM160 500 Lire 1993 VF
* KM167 500 Lire 1994 VF
* KM181 500 Lire 1996 VF
* KM193 500 Lire 1998 VF
* KM190 1,000 Lire 1997 UNC
* KM194 1,000 Lire 1997 UNC
* KM194 1,000 Lire 1997, 1998 XF
* KM645.1 100 Escudos 1991 XF
* KM655 200 Escudos 1991 XF
San Marino
* KM195 500 Lire 1986 VF
* KMnew 5 Grivniya 2000 UNC Millenium
* KMnew 5 Grivniya 2001 UNC Moth with baby

"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
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The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
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 Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction Provider, Rod Sell.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: ANA Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands WBCC Website All That Is Bi-metallic website

Bi-metallic Forum Page
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.


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