Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #287


WBCC Newsmail 287, Volume 7, February 9, 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. Final report World Money Fair 2002 in Basel .. by Martin Peeters

On Thursday February 1st, late in the evening Frans Dubois and I started the trip to this years World Money Fair at Basel. This 3-day event is one the biggest in the Numismatic world. Many Minthouses are represented, several coin dealers have their own booth. The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) is the only Internet collectors club at Basel with its own booth. Many thanks go to the WMF organization (Mr. Albert Beck, President and Mrs Karina Voggel, Managing Director) who made it possible for the WBCC to attend the WMF. Also thanks go to the 2 sponsors (Schuler Presses from Germany and the Portuguese Mint) we had this year, without them it was not possible for us to go to Basel. As said the WMF is the biggest event of its kind for coin collectors, coin wholesalers, minthouses and coin related businesses. Getting in contact with these people is very interested and informative. We arrived Friday morning 8 o'clock at the Baseler Convention Center and WBCC member, Hans Bucek joined us to help set up the WBCC booth. Please read now my story fromday 1 to day 3.

Day 1, Friday February 1 The show is not open to public on the first day but as an exhibitor, the WBCC was admitted. We heard the following news regarding Bi-metallics:
* Australia:
In 2 weeks, the Austrialian Mint will issue a new 5 Dollar Bi-metallic to commemorate the Battle of Sunda Strait many years ago. The 5 Dollar will be packed in a credit card, with 2 different card designs; with the ship USS Houston and with Hmas Perth. Unfortunally I was not allowed to take pictures if the samples the Australia Mint had in their booth.
* Croatia
At the Croatian Mint thay had the newly issued 2002 Bi-metallic 25 Kuna 2002.
* Czech
The Czech Mint offered as every year a new annual 2002 set with the Bi-metallic 50 Kurun 2002. The Bi-metallic 50 Korun is famous for its combination of colors (red copper collered ring, and yellow copper collored centre). The sets commemorates
* Great Britain:
The Royal British Mint showed at their booth for for first time the set with four 2-Pound Bi-metallics commemorating the XVIIth Commonwealth Games in Manchester. In the WBCC website is a picture of this set.
* Netherlands
The Dutch Mint reported to me that the Mint master Mr. Bruens has left the Dutch Mint last year. This means the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros struck this year will have the Mintmaster sign with a star.
* Singapore:
The Singapore Mint showed and offered the new 2002 Anual set with the same design Bi-metallic 5 Dollars as last year and the date 2002 latent struck. The Singapore Mint also offered the Taiwan anual 2001 set with 2 Bi-metallics in it: A Bi-metallic 20 and 50 Dollar both dated 2001. The set is part of the series that commemorates Aboriginal Culture.
* Switzerland:
The Swiss Mint struck and issued in tradition of Swiss Festivals a 2002 dated Bi-metallic 5 Swiss Franc, commemorating the Festival Escalade of Geneva (more about this Bi-metallic next time). At the Mint booth the Bi-metallic was available in UNC, Proof, in an annual Mint set and in a Baby set.
* Turkish Mint:
The Turkish Mint gave away a Bi-metallic medal for First Meeting Of Mint's Collectors, dated 2002
* Ukraine:
At the booth of the Ukrainain Mint they offered the 5 Hryven dated 2001 commemorating 10 Year Armed Forces. They had also the Gold and Silver Bi-metallic 20 Hryvnias dated 2000 commemorating Moments of Ancient Cultures series. The series contains five coins depicting: Paleolithic Age, Tripolyse, Olbia, Scythia and Kyiv Rus. A picture is available in the WBCC website.
* San Marino:
A very hot item at the San Marino booth was the annual 2002 Euro set with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro. Many collectors wanted the set, But they only showed it, it was not for sale!!
* Vatican:
Also a hot item was the Vatican Euro set with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro. A sample could be seen at the booth, but also not available. They informed me that the set will be available March 1st, and only 60.000 sets will be made!! Price is set at 12 Euro.
* New Bi-metallics:
- Egypt will issued a Bi-metallic 50 Piastre this year. Issue date not known yet.
- At the Westham Coinage Products booth they showed a Bi-metallic 5 Colones dated 1996. According to Westhan El Salvador has ordered at the Norwaigan Mint, but not issued the Bi-metallic 5 Colones 1996, earlier dates (1997) were known already, but this one is new. BTW all the El Salvador Bi-metallics are still at the banks and not used. (read more about a Ebay offer of a 1997 piece in another item of this WBCC Newsmail.)

Day 2, Saturday February 2
The public can enter the event for 10 Swiss Franc. Overwelming was the public asking for Euros coins. Even at the WBCC booth I had to tell people many times that we are an Internet Bi-metallic collectors Club and just showing samples of the 1 and 2 Euros of most of the 12 EU countries and of course many more samples of Bi-metallic coins, medal and tokens. Several WBCC members visited the WBCC booth: Massimiliano Aiello from Italy, Gerhard Schon from Germany, Hans Bucek from Zwitserland, Belgium coin dealer Wouter Eversdijk and many other mint representives. Summer Douglass, Coin World Staff Writer also visited the WBCC booth.

Day 3, Sunday February 3
Without fees for entering the show, many collectors came in. A very hot item was the Euro. In the WBCC booth we showed most of the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro. Most visitors wanted to buy them and ask if we had the San Marino and Vaticane Euros, unfortunally we didn't have them. Several dealers offered some (Bi-metallic) Euros but the price was too high, I think.

Most of the Mints present at the World Money Fair had no Euros to sell. They showed their new annual Euro sets of different years. I'm sure the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) will attend the next year World Money Fair at Basel. It will be from January 31 to February 2, 2003.

2. Schuler set for WBCC members .. by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

One of the WBCC sponsors, Schuler Presses from Germany has made a very nice German Euro Mint set with their name on it. The set contain the German Euro dominations with the Mint mark D, (Munchen) Schuler is offering the set to WBCC members for 18.50 Euro. If you are interested in this unique set (a picture can be seen in the WBCC website), please E-mail me: Martin Peeters. This offer closes at February 16, 2002.

3. Bi-metallic El salvador 5 Colones in ebay .. by Francisco Jovel, Chile

If you look in: ebay auction you can bid on a Elsalvador 5 Colones 1997, which was never issued.

4. Bi-metallic 1/2 Sheqel from Israel .. by Otto Komornik, Israel

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 281 item 6, about the Israel Bi-metallic 1/2 Shekel I can report the following: I finally received news from a releable surce. All the information he could come up with was: The 1/2 Shekel coin was a private initiative of somebody within the Chilean Mint, which has comertial ties with the Bank of Israel. The coin is not an official issue and it is not unique. According to the information source, one additional coin exists. I have no information if the additional coin was made at the same time from the same dice, or it was coined at some later occasion.

5. Bi-metallic 100 Piso from Philippines .. by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Republica of Philippines has issued a Bi-metallic coin to commemorate the Birth of Central Bank on 1993. The value of the coin is 10 Piso and on the obverse there are the portraits of Mr. Apolinario Mabini and Mr. Andres Bonifacio. On the reverse there is the symbol of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. They have issued the coin dated 2000 and dated 2001. The outline border of the coin has 8 sectors: 4 plan and 4 milled. A curiosity: looking at the obverse of the coin (year 2000) you can see that the first sector from left to right starting from the word NG is plan. I have found another coin (year 2000) where the first sector from left to right starting from the word NG is milled. No news anymore about the 2002 Bi-metallic coin.

6. Bi-metallic from Canada .. by José Luis Ramírez, Spain

In Canadian Mint one can read about a new Bi-metallic cameo coin from Canada:
Year of the Horse - 2002 Sterling Silver Lunar Cameo Coin This year the 24-karat gold-plated central cameo features the often boisterous horse, the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac series. The perfect gift for anyone born in a year of the horse. Years of the Horse: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002. --Unquote

7. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros and the edges .. by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Looking to the edges of the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros of all EU and NON EU countries there are many differences. The edge of the 1 and 2 Euro is so called the country-side, so each country can put the lettering what they want. If you take a look at: you can read a very nice overview of all edge inscrption.

8. Bi-metallic 1 Euro error .. by Fabio Maggiore, Italy

One Italian collector sent me these pictures of 1 Euro-error coin. I got permission to sent them to the club. He told me he got this coin as change. A picture of this Bi-metallic 1 Euro can be seen in the WBCC Website:

9. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros scambled .. by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

At the World Money Fair in Basel I could obtain from the German firm VDN some samples of scrambled Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros. VDN has abilities of the company's equipment for defacing coins.

11. 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 + 25 X $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.

Until now, only 14 WBCC members have ordered an Engraved WBCC Bi-metallic. It will take at least 4 weeks before the engraving will take place, so you have time till March 1st to order a Engraved Bi-metallic. After March 1st it is NOT possible to order a piece!!

11. Bi-metallic Euro service by the 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 must 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 Peeters or Frans Dubois.

12. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #287 .. by Jack Hepler, USA

What bird is featured on the Greek Bi-metallic One Euro? a. Eagle.
b. Dove.
c. Swan.
d. Owl.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #286.
One country has chosen to issue circulating Bi-metallic coins using aluminum (Aluminium for you Brits). Which country issued an aluminum-centered Bi-metallic?
a. Aland.
b. Algeria.
c. Andorra.
d. Armenia.
Answer to Question #286 is "b" Algeria
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #285: 75% correct. Four players. You may be able to see the answer to many questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

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

Austion 40 now has less than 24 hours to it's close. Listed are some difficult and new items. The latest bids can be seen at Auction 40. I am now accepting lots for Auction 41 which will commence on 2nd March 2002.

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

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Releases
New listed are:
* Mutilated 1 & 2 Euro damaged blanks
* Italian Euro error missing images
* Russia, blank of the 10 Rouble Yury Gagarin
* Turkey, medal given to WMF visitors
* 20 Hryvnias dated 2000 Gold/Silver of the Ukraine 3000 mintage
* Schuler Germany Euro set
* GB 2002 Commonwealth Games Set
* Images from WMF 2002 in Basel 2002
* 10 rouble 1991 SPMD error
* Hungary Bicentennial anniversary of Lajos Kossuth's birth

15. My Bi-metallic offer .. by Bronius Juozaitis, Lithaunia

I can offer the following Bi-metallic:
* Brazil KM#652 1 Real Bimetal. 1998 unc $2.00
* Czech Rep.KM#1 50 Korun -Bimetal, Prague City View, 1993 unc $ 5.00
* Austria 1 Euro -bimetallic 2002 unc $ 2.00
* Austria 2 Euro -bimetallic 2002 unc $ 3.75
* Netherland 1 Euro 1999 unc $ 2.00
* Netherland 1 Euro 2000 unc $ 2.00
* Netherland 1 Euro 2001 unc $ 2.00
* Netherland 2 Euro 2001 unc $ 3.75
* Spain 1 Euro 1999 unc $ 2.00
* Spain 1 Euro 2000 unc $ 2.00
* Spain 2 Euro 2001 unc $ 3.75
* Italy KM#160 500 Lire, Bank of Italy 1993 unc US$1.00
* Italy KM#190 1000 Lire, European Union (error map) 1997 unc $4.00
* Italy KM#190 1000 Lire, European Union (correct map) 1997 unc $3.50
* Lithuania 2 Litai 1999 unc $ 2.00
* Lithuania 5 Litai 1999 unc $ 3.00
* Poland Y#283 2 Zlote 1995 unc $2.00
* Russia FAUNA coins set
- Y#330 50 Roubles Bear 1993 unc
- Y#331 50 Roubles Gecko 1993 unc
- Y#332 50 Roubles Caucasian Grouse 1993 unc
- Y#333 50 Roubles Far Eastern Stork 1993 unc
- Y#334 50 Roubles Black Sea Porpoise unc
set of 5 coins US$ 6.50
* Russia 10 Rub. 55th Ann. of Victory in the War 2000 unc $2.50
* Ukraine 5 Hryven 1st Bimetal coin 2000 unc $ 3.75
* Ukraine 5 Hryven Mother with a baby 2001 unc $3.75
* Ukraine 5 Hryven 10 years of Ukrainian Armed Forces 2001 unc $ 4.00
If you want coins from this list please E-mail me at: Bronius.

"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
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WBCC Websmaster, JD White, USA.
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WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
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