WBCC Newsmail 391,
Volume 9, February 7, 2004
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,
Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. I really hope you enjoy
reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail.
1. New WBCC members.....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have 2 WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Nels Olsen (WBCC member #323), USA
Profession: software developer
Hobby: Encased Coins, World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: create an encased coin for my coin club, acquire or create encased
Name: Harold Schuetz (WBCC member #324), USA
Profession: Retired Engineer
Hobby: Encased Coins, World coins including all Bi-and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Create a happy and harmonious family
2. World Money Fair Basel final report...by Martin Peeters, WBCC
With report more about attending of the WBCC to the World Money Fair in Basel
On thursday evening January 29th, WBCC member Frans Dubois, Eelco Soeteman
and myself went to Basel. Arriving early in the morning we directly start
with building the WBCC booth.
Later in the morning WBCC members Cliff Anderson of the US and Max Aiello
of Italy did join us.
The first day of the World Money Fair is as usual for meeting of National
Mints, Privat Mints, International coindealers and Mint related industry.
We had some very intersting meetings that day.
The second day was open for the public who had to pay 10 Swiss Frank to attend
the fair. This day WBCC members Hans Bucek from Switserland and Wolfgang
Schuster from Austria did join us at the WBCC Booth.
In the evening all the 7 WBCC members had a very cosy diner at Hans Bucek's
The third and last day there were no fees to enter the WMF.
In these 3 days I got the following information about Bi- and Tri-metallics:
* Swiss Mint: Available in Unc (costs 10 Swiss Frank) and Proof the
new Bi-metallic 10 Frank 2004 commemorate the Matterhorn (famous montain
* The German Mint and the Dutch Mint issued together the WMF set with the
2004 Dutch Euros. One can now order the set at (German language):
http://www.eurosets.de/ . The maximum is 2 sets per person, 20 Euro per set.
* The Turkish Mint can with 3 Bi-metallics dated January 30, 31 and Fabruary
1st. Available for 1 Euro a piece
* The Romanian Mint had a 6 sided Bi-metallic
* The Ukrainian Mint had the 5 Hryven 2003 commemorate Bandura for sale.
* The Mexican Mint showed in the booth the Gold/Silver 100 Pesos 2003 commemorate
Zacatecas, Yucatán, Veracruz and Tlaxcala. They were not for sale.
In 2004 in totall of 14 new 100 Pesos pieces will be issued. The 100 Pesos
pieces are made in curculating pieces and in Gold/Silver.
* The Dutch Min/Belgium Mint and the Luxembourg Central Bank had for sale
(60 Euro) The BeNeLux set available with the 2004 Euros of the mentioned
* The National Bank of Kazakhstan had for sale a set with the four 100 Tenge
2003, commemorate 100 years of the national currency of Kazakhstan.
* The Singapore Mint had for sale (9 Euro) the 2004 Anual set with Bi-metallic
5 Dollor 2004
* The Czech Mint showed the new 3 set 2004 with Bi-metallic 50 Korun 2004.
The sets could be ordered for 9 Euro per set.
* The Austrian Mint showed the new 25 Euro 2004 commemorate 150 year Semmeringbahn.
Unfortunally not for sale at their booth.
* The Greece Mint showed the new Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2004 commemorate the
Olympics. Only 50,000 will be issued. Unfortunally not for sale at their
* The British Royal Mint showed the new 2004 Bi-metallic 2 Pound commemorate
200th anniversary of the first railway locomotive
There was much more to see about Bi-metallics at several National Mints,
International dealers and privat Minthouses.
At Last I want to thank Schuler Presses, Germany and The Portugal Mint
who made it possible for the WBCC to attend with an booth the World
3. Bi-metallic from Lithuania.....by Michael Ayrapetov, USA
In 2003, the Bank of Lithuania issued Ringed Bimetallic silver/gold 200 Litas
coin to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the crowning of Mindaugas. Diameter
of coin is 27 mm, Weight 15 g (core 7.9 g). Designer of the coin is Petras
Repsys. Mintage is 2,000. The URL of Website of Lithuania's Bank is: http://www.lb.lt/eng/banknotes/coins_mindaugas750.html
4. Bi-metallic from Australia...by Rod Sell, Australia
Each year the Royal Australian Mint produces what they call a subscription
coin. Dealers and subscribers have a limited time to order the coin and the
number minted is only that ordered. This year the subscription coin commemorates
the 40th anniversary of the last penny produced in 1964. The 1964 penny will
be encased in a silver ring which has the reverse of the first penny issued
in 1911 as well as the obverse portraits of George V, George VI and
Elizabeth II. The subscription is opened until 12th March 2004 and the cost
of the coin is A$77.
The url for the RAM is http://www.ramint.gov.au
5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #391...by Jack Hepler, USA
The Porpoise or Black Sea Bottlenose Dolphin appears on the Russian 50 Roubles
of 1993. Most people know that this is not a fish but a mammal. To
which biological family does this animal belong?
Please send your answer to me: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #390.
The crest or shield of Chile features an endangered species
of gazelle or deer that is native to Chile and Argentina.
This animal has the biological name of Hippocamelus Bisulcus
and has the common name of Huemul. What bird shares the crest
design of the Bi-metallic Chilean 100 Pesos?
d. Andean Hawk.
Answer to Question #390 is "a"; Condor.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #389: 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 (#391) will be a Bi-metallic Russian 10 Roubles(Murom).
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 Russian 10 Roubles (Dorogobush) (WBCC
Newsmail #389) is Jim Snider, (WBCC member #148).
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
New listed are:
* Royal Australian Mint 2004 $1 encased 1964 penny in silver ring
* Swiss 10 Frank 2004, Matterhorn
* Romania representation medal
* France, medal dated Feb 22, 23 and 24 1848. Image from
* Turkish Mint, 3 dated coins, Jan. 30, Jan 31, Feb. 01, 2004
* WMF Euroset, with Dutch Euros 2004
8. WBCC Auction 64 is open now...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 64 is now opened.The 134 very interesting lots listed can be seen
Please email your bids to me at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
This auction will close at 11.30 pm on Saturday 14th February, Sydney time
"See you" in 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 Webmaster & Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois,
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker,
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler,
WBCC ANA Focal Point: Ray
WBCC Focal Point: Martin
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.