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:
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.
At the Croatian Mint thay had the newly issued 2002 Bi-metallic 25 Kuna
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.
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.
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.
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
* Turkish Mint:
The Turkish Mint gave away a Bi-metallic medal for First Meeting Of Mint's
Collectors, dated 2002
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
* 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!!
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
- 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:
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.
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:
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 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.
* 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?
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
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
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
I am now accepting lots for Auction 41 which will commence on 2nd March
14. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images .. by Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi-metallic images shown at:
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
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
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.