Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #275

 
WBCC Newsmail 275, Volume 6, November 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
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Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

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

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

We have 2 new WBCC member. Let me introduce them to you:

Name: Gabriel Iliescu (WBCC member #228), Romania
E-mail
Age: 40
Profession: Bank Clerk
Hobby: World coins especially Bi/Tri-metallics
Goal: To collect maximum Bi-metallic coins
Against: High value coins
I came to know about the WBCC through a friend of mine.

Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro circulating before 15/12/2001...by Anonymous

I have received from a friend the original Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro coins
dated 2002 from Austria. I can say that they are very very nice. I have
thought they were bigger than they are really. I was surprised because it
was opinion that until 15th of December 2001 they could not circulate
(illegal). But I have made a little research and I have discovered that
already in Germany the first kits (coins and banknotes) have been
distributed to who already had been reserved and in Italy some bank is
distributing in advance the Euro coins to the old persons, in order to allow
they to have more time to understand better the change-over. And since 15th
of November 2001 it will start the big distribution to great commercial
centers (like Carrefour, Auchan) and supermarkets. So I think that it is not
so incredible to find Euro coins before one months their distribution.
Anyway, in 30 days, we will be full of (Bi-metallic) Euro coins and I am
sure it will be very funny to hunt all them.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: In the Netherlands it is illegal for the
(Bi-metallic) Euros to have them in person before January 1st, 2002..

The Bi-metallic Euro.......…by Jack Hepler, USA

Luc Luycx, designer of coins at the Belgian Mint won the international
competition for the design of the common side of the Bi-metallic Euro.
The European Commission, responsible for choosing the design gave the
competing designers three themes from which to select their work:
architecture, famous Europeans and an abstract design. Luc Luycx chose
the last. In his design, he presented growing European unification. The
countries of the economic union are shown on the coins and 12 stars
represent those countries converting to the common currency.

On the coins of 1 and 2 Euro, Luycx tried to take into account as much as
possible the needs of the viewing-impaired. The nominal value of the
coins is shown in big, clear figures. Each coin has a number of lines in
a certain pattern, left or right of the value; and different
cross-section, weight, material, color and thickness;

There were serious considerations about public health and the use of
nickel in the coinage of the Euro conversion. Long-term contact with
objects made of nickel-alloys (e.g. jewelry), can cause allergies in
certain circumstances. In a vast majority of member countries, nickel is
widely used in alloys used to produce coins; about 75% of all coins
currently circulating in the European Union contain nickel. The smaller
denominations of Euro coins have completely eliminated nickel. The
member countries have agreed that in the 1 and 2 Euro coins nickel may be
used since this will represent an overwhelming reduction in the amount of
nickel used in European coinage and will give greater variety in the
design of the Euro.

Bi-metallic Austria 10 Euro Casino Token..by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

In the past, Casinos Austria, the company which runs all 12 casinos in
Austria, used to produce several commemorative silver and gold jetons with
denominations of 100 and 500 schilling. The next (and first commemorative
casino jeton in Euro) will be a Bi-metallic strike with a face value of 10
Euro. Center will be silver gold clad, ring is aluminium. The piece is
available in a limited number beginning of December. Any WBCC-member
interested in this piece can let me know by E-mail
costs will be face value plus reasonable handling, i.e. in the range of $
15.- to 18.- depending on postage

Bi-metallic Commemorative Euros...by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

For honouring Lira and commemorating Euro, the Italian society "EURONUMMUS"
has strucked two encased medal using the Italian Lit. 5 coin. The first one
is a Bi-metallic with gr. 8 of Gold (750/1000) for the outter ring and a
diameter of mm. 28. Price is € 147,70 (US$ 130.26). The worldwide issue
limit is 10.000 pieces. The second one is in Silver with gr. 5 (925/1000)
for the outter ring and the same diameter of the previous. Price is € 17,56
(US$ 15.49). The worldwide issue limit is 15.000 pieces. Shipping & Handling
costs: € 6,46 (US$ 5.70). Important: the encased medals are in a box, but
without plastic capsule. For ordering the items (it's possible to pay
through credit card): by phone 0039*02*781919 and by fax 0039*02*784009 or
by E-mail euronummus@euronummus.it. The pictures of the items are on line
at: http://www.euronummus.it/set_offerte_novita.html

Bi-metallic Tokens from the US?..by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

In Website of Van Brook of Lexington, Inc. (http://www.vanbrooktokens.com/)
I find 25 Bi-metallic Parking, Carwash, Ammuseement, Vending, and Casino
Tokens.
The 8 Bi-metallic Tokens are :
* Carwash Token "Ficha De Lavacoches. Sin Valor".
* Vending Token "Mabel Skiny S".
* Vending Token "SA-1 Sin Valor B".
* Vending Token "Maquinas, Expendedoras.B"
* Vending Token "Vale 1 Cerveja nas maquina de Kaiser.K."
* Vending Token "Kaizer. K."
* Casino Token Inscription on Chinese or Japaneses.
* Casino Token "Good Luck Token".

Maybe some of our members can help to find countries that issued this
Bi-metallic tokens. If you know please e-mail me.

Bi-metallic Chrysler token....by Cliff Anderson, USA

One new image on this week's WBCC website
is a 1940 Bi-metallic advertisement token from Chrysler automotive manufacturer. The
interior piece appears to be chrome or highly polished metal, encased into a
fairly standard aluminum ring. The ring reads: "Super Finish -The universal
ultimate finish developed by Chrysler. "The reverse says" Ground Surface -
1940."
The obverse image shows the interior as dark or black in the scan, but it is
actually bright and shiny. The interior on the reverse sice has been
brushed.

Bi-metallic Handy & Harman medallion...by Cliff Anderson, USA

Another new image of a Bi-metallic medallion shown on this week's WBCC
Website (http://www.wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html) is
described as "sterling silver inset in commercial bronze" piece
commemorating in 1967 the centennial of the founding of a US metal
manufacturing firm, Handy & Harman. The accompanying literature says "Handy"
Harman, once a banking house dealing in bullion and foreign exchange, has
become the country's leading processor of precious metal alloys for industry
and the arts." "As far as we know, this is the first time that a
Bi-metallic in this form has been used for a commemorative medallion."

"The figure at the left (on the silver insert) symbolizes alloy research.
The design on the right was developed from photographs of typical
manufacturing operation: At the top, an annealing retort is being lowered
over a furnace load. Below that, rod is being rolled on a three-high mill.
Immediately below is a 'bull block' or wire drawing capstan. To the left of
the capstan three cast bars are being ejected from cannon-type molds. At
the bottom is the runout table of our rundown mill for flat bars, and the
vacuum pick-up device for automatic bar transfer is just above and to the
left."

H&H now is a large group of companies dealing with metals of all kinds and
for all uses. See their website at http://www.handyharman.com/. However,
there doesn't seem to be any current interest in coining or medallions. I
have tried contacting the company through their email, but have not received
an answer.
The claim that "as far as we know, this is the first time that a bimetal in
this form has been used for a commemorative medallion" is arguable. But the
graphic detail and iconography make it an interesting piece, aside from its
inlay Bi-metallic nature. is described as
"sterling silver inset in commercial bronze" piece commemorating in 1967 the
centennial of the founding of a US metal manufacturing firm, Handy & Harman.
The accompanying literature says "Handy & Harman, once a banking house
dealing in bullion and foreign exchange, has become the country's leading
processor of precious metal alloys for industry and the arts." "As far as
we know, this is the first time that a bimetal in this form has been used
for a commemorative medallion."

"The figure at the left (on the silver insert) symbolizes alloy research.
The design on the right was developed from photographs of typical
manufacturing operation: At the top, an annealing retort is being lowered
over a furnace load. Below that, rod is being rolled on a three-high mill.
Immediately below is a 'bull block' or wire drawing capstan. To the left of
the capstan three cast bars are being ejected from cannon-type molds. At
the bottom is the runout table of our rundown mill for flat bars, and the
vacuum pick-up device for automatic bar transfer is just above and to the
left."

H&H now is a large group of companies dealing with metals of all kinds and
for all uses. See their website at http://www.handyharman.com/. However,
there doesn't seem to be any current interest in coining or medallions. I
have tried contacting the company through their email, but have not received
an answer.

The claim that "as far as we know, this is the first time that a Bi-metallic
in this form has been used for a commemorative medallion" is arguable. But
the graphic detail and iconography make it an interesting piece, aside from
its inlay Bi-metallic nature.

The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #275...by Jack Hepler, USA

Andorra has issued seven Bi-metallic coins but not for circulation and in
fact, not even the official currency of the country. The Andorran
Bi-metallics have been issued in denominations of the Diner. What is the
official currency of Andorra?
a. French Franc
b. German Mark
c. Italian Lire
d. Spanish Peseta
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler Next week you can read the correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #274.
There are now 98 countries that have produced coins or patterns for
Bi-metallic coins. Of these, 97 are UN member nations or are
confederated with member nations. Which of the following countries is
not a member of the UN?
a. Botswana
b. Croatia
c. Uzbekistan
d. Switzerland
Answer to Question #274 is "d", Switzerland. A referendum is scheduled
for March to see if the citizenship of Switzerland favors membership.

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #273; 71.42857% correct. Seven
players. Somewhere in past WBCC Newsmails, TWOB or WBCC Website, you will
find the answers to most future WBCC Quiz Game Questions.

WBCC Auction 37 is almost closing...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 37 is closing very soon. The latest bids can be seen at: Auction 37

Auction 38 will open on the 1st December or earlier if we get more lots.
Please list your spares.

New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Releases
New listed are:
* USA Handy & Harman medallion
* 1940 advertisement token from Chrysler
* Berlin Encased pfennig
* Van Brook Medal
* Italy 2 encased medal using the Italian Lit. 5 coin
* Encased German 1 Pfennig

Public Relations and the WBCCC...by Fabio Maggiore, Italy

In this month issue (November 2001) of the Italian coinmagazine Cronaca
Numismatica, there was a nice article about the Website of the Worldwide
Bi-metallic Collectors Club. The WBCC Website was reported by WBCC member
Massimiliano Aiello to Roberto Ganganelli who is responsible for a column on
Cronaca Numismatica about Numismatic internet sites.
the article is pretty much a presentation of the site and of it's content
and with particular attention to the history of bimetallics.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Great work, thanks go to WBCC members
Massimiliano Aiello and Fabio Maggiore from Italy

"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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