WBCC Newsmail 365, Volume 8, August 9, 2003 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Composed with help from members of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) and published weekly by Martin Peeters, Netherlands, Focal Point of the WBCC, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl Assisted this week by Jack Hepler, USA heplerj@juno.com -------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear WBCC members and non-WBCC members, I really hope you enjoy reading this week's WBCC Newsmail! 1. WBCC Newsmail #365 and #366...by Jack Hepler, WBCC Development Center Martin is at this moment in Mexico and will return home on August 20th. This means I will be composing WBCC Newsmail #365 and #366 and Cliff Anderson will send it out to both WBCC and non-WBCC members . 2. WBCC Report from the Baltimore ANA...by Martin Peeters, Focal Point While you are reading this, I'm already in Mexico continuing my vacation. Before that I first visited WBCC member Kathy Beacham who lives in Toronto. We had a great time together and went to Niagrara Falls. The rainbow we saw above the falls was more than a Bi-metallic. On July 31, I flew to Baltimore for the 112th anniversary ANA's World's Fair of Money held from July 31 'til August 3rd in the Baltimore Convention Center. Here is my report to you. Thursday, July 31st. Arriving at 4 AM at the bourse floor, I first met Fran and Ray Lockwood. Ray already had done a great job. He took care of displaying many Bi-metallics in the showcase at the WBCC booth #150 and many WBCC leaflets were laying there ready to hand out to the ANA public. Please notice; This ANA numismatic event in Baltimore is one of the biggest I ever have attended. The bourse floor is so large at least a soccer field would fit in it. Friday, August 1st. Starting early in the morning the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club had its ANA meeting in Meeting room 313 at 10 AM. Present at the meeting were: -Ray Lockwood, WBCC member #30 -Al Boulanger, WBCC member #150 -Ron LaSpisa, WBCC member #235 -Gary Lewis, Newly elected ANA President -Jeff Stark, correspondant of Coin World -Martin Peeters, WBCC member #1 While running a slideshow of all Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro for the 12 EU countries on my laptop, I told about why the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club was started in 1996 and told stories about the different Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of the EU and non-EU countries. Many questions were asked of me about the WBCC. The meeting was successful. For each of the WBCC meeting attendees, I had made a nice laminated "WBCC Certificate of Appreciation" and a free blank Bi-metallic. After the WBCC meeting, I walked on the bourse floor and met some interesting people like Mr. Albert Beck, President of the Basel World Money Fair, Bill Bright of Krause Publications (publisher of World Coin News). I met many representatives of several Mints who I had met at earlier coin shows. At the WBCC booth (#150), Bob Fritsch came by and said hello. Now some news about Bi-metallics I heard today. -Lithuania issued a Bi-metallic 5 Litai dated 2002. According to the Lithuanian Numismatic Association, Lithuania will join the European Union and it will at least take 'til 2007. They will then be using the Euro instead of Litas. -Mexico will issue a Bi-metallic 100 Pesos dated 2003 in October this year. -Singapore Mint had their 2003 annual set with the 2003 Bimetallic 5 Dollars with the latent year 2003 for sale for $10. Saturday, August 2nd. Opening for the public at 10 AM, I visited the booth of The Elongated Collectors (TEC) just across from the WBCC booth. There I met the famous 67 Year old Raymond W. Dillard famous for his elonged US Cents. I gave him a Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro dated 2003 from the Netherlands and a Bi-metallic blank for elongating. Results can be soon seen in the WBCC website. Just after 11 AM, Jack Hepler arrived at the WBCC Booth and we had a great talk; seeing him after 2 years. Later that day, WBCC member #200, Roy Roper of the US and WBCC member #256, Kavan Ratnatunga of the US/Sri Lanka arived. In the afternoon, I had a conversation with a Representative of the Bank of Mexico and told him about my travel to Mexico after the ANA convention. I told him I was trying to visit the Mexico Mint located in the city of San Luis Potosi about 400 kilometers northeast from Mexico City. Because I have one day off in Mexico City before my tour he will try to get me a reservation to visit the Mexico Mint on Tuesday, August 5. Well let's hope I can make the visit. In one of my next reports I can tell you if I really visited the Mexico Mint! Sunday, August 3rd. To be honest, not very many dealers at the ANA had Bi-metallics for sale. One of them, and also a WBCC member, Al Boulanger had many displayed and for sale at his booth. WBCC member #45, Steve Andrews and his two kids visited the WBCC booth today. Both kids got a free Bi-metallic. (Ed. Martin had several extra Bi-metallic coins which he passed out to kids who visited his table and showed interest in Bi-metallics) At the end. These four days of ANA, more than 15,000 people visited the show. Next year, the summer ANA's World of Money fair will be held in Pittsburg from August 18 'til August 22. Maybe the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club will be there too. Who knows? Tomorrow I will start my Mexico tour and hopefully I can visit the Mexico Mint and report it to you. 3. Bi-metallic on Vacation..by Martin Peeters, Temporarily in Mexico After the ANA in Baltimore I am now in Mexico City, whoow, what a city. Besides the beautiful buildings to see here, it is also nice to have Bi-metallics every time you get change back. I visited several coin shops here and could obtain several Bi-metallic 50 Pesos pieces for a very reasonable price, although they are not UNC but circulated pieces. So if anybody has interest in getting one or more please let me know. Please remember I will be at home after August 20th. Groetjes vanuit Canada/USA Of Mexico 4. Bimetallic Token...by Michael Ayrapetov In "The Fare Box" issue July 2003 of American Vecturist Association I found information about new Bimetallic Car Wash Token (by Harold V. Ford) : KANSAS Wichita 970. Little Joe's Car Washes. Car Wash Token. No Cash Value $1.00. 25 mm Brass Ring, 16 mm Aluminum Center. Reeded Edge. 5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #365...by Jack Hepler, USA One of the most widely used and recognized transportation tokens is the New York City subway token. There are at least three major varieties of this token. One is the Archer Avenue Extension token, a very difficult token to obtain. The other two are nearly identical, but may be distinguished by a three letter combination on one of the types. What are the three letters? a. AAE b. NYC c. GPS d. SJD Please send your answer to me: mailto:heplerj@juno.com Note: The images are in the WBCC Website USTransits page. They can be found at http://wbcc-online.com/tokens/us_tokens/ustransits.htm Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #364. The Bi-metallic Sega Game Token is shown in the WBCC new image page. It is from a theme park known as Joyopolis. This theme park is in: a) Hong Kong b) Taipei c) Tokyo d) Seoul Answer to Question #364 is "c"; Tokyo Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #363: 14 players. 6. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by Jack Hepler, USA The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#365) will be a Bi-metallic New York City Subway Token (with the three letters). If more than one member gets the question right, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of the Bi-metallic France 10 & 20 Franc (WBCC Newsmail #363) is Joaquim Sabino (WBCC member #285). 7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, Australia The new Bi and Tri-metallic image shown at: http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html Newly listed are: *GB Model Crown. Rare variety with just the St. George at bottom of the reverse ring. *GB Model Penny with brass centre and with medal alignment. *New York Subway Transit tokens. *Georg Fischer Company 200th Anniversary Employees medal. *A selection of images taken at the ANA Fair by Ray Lockwood. *Martin Peeters and Bob Fritsch at the WBCC stand at the ANA Fair Enjoy. 8. WBCC Auction 58...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider Dear Members, Auction 58 is now in its last day. By the time you read this message there may only be a few hours to the close. The 88 very interesting lots listed can be seen at http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction58.html Please email your bids to me now at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com Please note Auction 58 will also close 12 hours earlier than before. This is early Saturday morning for USA members and mid day Saturday for those in Europe and 11.30 PM in Sydney. Regards Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com "See you" next week, Jack Hepler for Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl -------------------------------------------------------------- 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 Webmaster: Rod Sell, Australia, rod.sell@elderwyn.com WBCC Auction Provider: Rod Sell, rod.sell@elderwyn.com WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, cliff38@earthlink.net WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk WBCC Development Center: Jack Hepler, USA, heplerj@juno.com WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA, sunrayofmarion@aol.com WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl WBCC Website: http://wbcc-online.com Bi-metallic Coin Forum page: http://www.network54.com/Forum/86625 The WBCC is sponsored for the Basel World Money Fair 2003, http://www.worldmoneyfair.com/ , by: * Schuler Presses, Germany, www.schulergroup.com and * The Portuguese Mint (INCM), http://www.incm.pt .