Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #284


WBCC Newsmail 284, Volume 7, January 19, 2002 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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 members .. by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Allan Gibbens (WBCC member #239), Canada
Age: 33
Profession: Sales/manager
Hobby: Coin collecting, focus is bi and tri-metallic coins and tokens from around the world
Goal: To have the most complete bi metal coin set
Found out about the WBCC from the internet checking for bi metals

Name: Stanislav Souslov (WBCC member #240), Russia
E-mail Homepage: not yet (very soon, please wait a little...)
Age: 28
Profession: Senior researcher and project manager in a little scientific-production company
Hobby: World coins and tokens especially Bi- and Tri-metallics
Goal: To make near complete collection of modern Bi- and tri-metallic coins and tokens
Against: Greedy and malicious coindealers
How did you know about the WBCC: about 1 year ago searching web for Bi-metallics

2. WBCC Bi-metallic engraving project .. by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCC starts with a new WBCC Bi-metallic Engraving project. Each (and ONLY) WBCC member can have his own Bi-metallic (Red copper ring and nickel center) engraved. The combination of the metals is used by the Dutch Mint and now I can obtain these blanks. A sample engraving could be:
  Martin Peeters
  WBCC Member # 1
The cost for 1 blank is $1, and engraving each letter costs $0.50. So with the example it would be about $1 + 25X$0.50 = $13.50. Also possible instead engraving your name, you may want to use initials; M.P. WBCC #1. This would cost $6 (1+10X$0.50). Please notice that postage costs are not included.
Please look for an expample in: New Images or Bi-Metallic Products. So If you have interest in your own WBCC Engraved Bi-metallic coin, Email me: Martin Peeters.

3. Bi-metallic Euro service by the WBCC .. by Martin Peeters and Frans Dubois

Several WBCC members made requests to send Bi-metallic Euros to them. As a service of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club to all WBCC members we try to compose complete sets of all Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of each country. We ask WBCC members who want to have a complete set (ONLY Bi-metallics) to send us a E-mail message to: Martin Peeters or Frans Dubois.

Please notice:
* You have to have patience before we have many complete sets of all Bi-metallic Euros. We will go to the World Money Fair in Basel on February 1st. We think we can get a lot of Bi-metallics there.
* The costs of 1 set per country Bi-metallic 1 Euro and 2 Euro (the available euro's) will be US. $ 3,-
* The sets will be send by registrated post only.
If you are interested please send a reaction to Martin Peetersor Frans Dubois.

4. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (3) .. by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

As mentioned last week, now the third and last Re-report about the World Money Fair in Basel, from Feb 1 to 3. For attending the WMF, the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club is sponsored by the Portuguese Mint and Schuler Presses from Germany. We (Frans Dubois and myself) will leave the Netherlands on Thursday January 31st late in the evening and after a 8 hour night drive we arrive Feb. 1st 8 AM at Basel, Zwitserland. After build up the WBCC booth (we will have a slideshow running on a LapTop) we will visit all 30 Minthouses, the 200 coindealers All WBCC members who will visit the the WBCC booth (#268) we have a nice gift for visiting the booth. So you are welcome in Basel.

5. Bi-metallic 5 Peso from Cuba .. by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

If you look into the New Images section of the WBCC Website ( you can see a picture of a Bi-metallic 5 Peso from Cuba, depicting "Che Guevara". The text on the observe say: Republica de Cuba - Cinco Pesos Convertibile. The reverse say: Ernesto Che Guevara De La Serna - 5 (near the portrait of Che) - 1979 (?). The date is difficult to read. If somebody knows more about this Bi-metallic from Cuba, please E-mail me at: Massimiliano Aiello. Thanks!

6. Bi-metallic token from Charlotte .. by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina issued new 2002 Bi-metallic Transportation token in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Charlotte-Arequipa Sister Cities.
The Bi-metallic Token is available at:
Park It!
229 S. Brevard Street, Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-375-3177

7. Bi-metallic Ecu from Greece .. by Manuel González, Spain

One coindealer from Netherlands offers a Bi-metallic Ag/Au 200 Ecu from Greece year 1994. This coindealer is Fred de Schrevel and this is his website. He sells this piece for 57.50 Euros and you can see a picture in WBCC's New Images.

8. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada .. by Manuel González, Spain

I send you information about a new Bi-metallic MTT from Canada.
La Crete, Alberta - The La Crete & Area Chamber of Commerce issued, late in 2001, a 10-Dollar municipal trade token. First established as a Hamlet in 1979, La Crete is located some 700 kilometres north of Edmonton and boasts being the "Agricultural Centre of the North" and Alberta's most northern agricultural community. Mennonites came to this region in the mid-1930's looking for fertile farm land, fur and a place to practice their religious and cultural beliefs without government interference.

As in the past, agriculture continues to be one of La Crete's main industries. Due to it's rich soil and long daylight hours in the main growing period, La Crete is particularly well suited to growing canola, alfalfa and other grains. However, other industries have sprung up to make La Crete an important centre. These include livestock production, logging and other services. La Crete also boasts many smaller businesses. There are restaurants, grocery stores, two banks, a motel and numerous other businesses to provide it's residents with their needs.

The obverse show the town's logo which is three pines in front of a sun with two ears of wheat at the bottom. "$10" is uperimposed on the middle pine. LA CRETE & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is at the top and REDEEMABLE AT PARTICIPATING / MERCHANTS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2002 is at the bottom. The reverse show the logo of Norpine Auto Supply which is the word NORPINE in which the "I" has been replace by a pine tree. The letters have been enamelled in black and the tree in green. Above the logo the legend reads: SERVING THE NORTH SINCE 1972 / 2002. Below the legends shows: AUTO SUPPLY / AUTO, FARM, TRUCKS & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY.
The token was struck in the following metals:
Metal / Mintage / Price
Enamelled Bimetallic / 950 / $15.00
Enamelled Gold Plated / 50 / $42.50

9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #284 .. by Jack Hepler, USA

The Euro being introduced in Europe brings together on one common monetary system, the pictures of European royalties. It may also be noted that the introduction of the Euro will be the first circulating Bi-metallics of each of these countries. I know of no other monetary system that includes members of royalty from different countries. The Euro concept is truly revolutionary. Monarchs from how many of the 12 European Economic Union countries will be portrayed on these coins?
a. Two.
b. Three.
c. Four.
d. Five.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #283.
There was a controversy over the use of nickel in the Bi-metallic one and two Euro coins. 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 agreed that in the 1 and 2 Euro coins nickel may be used. What was the nature of the controversy?
a. Shortage of raw materials.
b. Health risk.
c. High cost of production.
d. Religious objections.

Answer to Question #283 is "b" Health Risk.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #282: 75% correct. Four players. (See Newsmail #277) You may be able to see the answer to many questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

10. WBCC Auction 40 .. by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am still collecting items for Auction 40 which will open on the 2nd February. If you have any lots you would like to list please email me, Rod Sell the details. To make these auctions a success we need sellers as well as buyers. Some of you dealer members must have some more unusual bi-metallics that you can list. We don't charge any commission so list it for the members.

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

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Images
New listed are:
* Greece 2002 1 Euro with S (Finland) mint mark.
* Greece 1999 200 ECU ICB piece.
* 5 Pesos "Che Guevara" from Cuba.

12. TWOB-40 .. by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The next issue of The World Of Bi-metallics catalog was planed February 1st, but because my preparation for attanding the World Money Fair at Basel, the next issue will be planed now April 1st, 2002.

"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club

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, Australia.
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
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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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