WBCC WMF 2013 picture report
from the World Money Fair, 1 to 3 February in the Estrel Concention
Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters
Jacek Stacel, Poland, Frans
Dubois, Martin Peeters
Jack Hepler, Martin Peeters
Albert Beck is signing
book for Hideo Futahashi
is talking with
Mister WMF, Albert Beck
Swiss 10 Franken 2012
Jack Hepler, Swiss 10
Franken 2013 and Frans Dubois
Pabitra Saha, UK and
has received the
Certificate of Appreciation: WBCC
New Bi-metallic Issues Reporter
his Certificate of Appreciation for visiting the WBCC booth
Bellavin, Online editor and Coin of the Year coordinator
of Krause reveives the Certificate…
and Frans showing the new bimetallics.
A cosy dinner at the
Leonardo Hetel with: Martin Peeters, Jack Hepler, Ms en Mr Hideo
members also visited the WBCC booth: Wolfgang Schuster from Austria,
Schon from Germany, Jeff Starck from USA
WBCC Special report
Fair, February 3 to 5 2012 in Berlin Germany
early in the morning Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and myself drive to
Gouda about 670 kilometers.
day for the public of the WMF opening at 10 o’ clock
Peeters & Sean Moffat.
The following new Bi-metallics were
available at the WMF:
Jack Hepler, Andrew
Kasprzycki & Frans
Frans Dubois &
Frans Dubois & Jack
Monaco 2 Euro 2011 (standard type)
France, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium,
Finland, Spain, Austria 2 Euro 2012 "10 years Euro"
Germany 2 Euro 2012 depicting
Schloss Schwanstein with Mintmark A, F, D, G and J
Singapore BU set 2012 with the
Bi-metallic 5 dollars
Dutch WMF set with the 1 and 2 Euro 2012
Spain WMF set with the 1 and 2 Euro 2012 and the 2
comm. 2 Euro coins
set with the Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2012
Slovakia BU set with the 1 and 2 Euro
Czech BU set 2012 with the Bi-metallic
Swiss Bi-metallic 10 Franc 2012
South Africa BU set 2011 with the
regular 5 rand
Additonal images from Jacek Stacel.
Martin Peeters, Frans Dubois &
Jacek Stacel. Image
from Jacek Stacel
Martin Peeters, Andrew Kasprzycki & Frans
from Jacek Stacel
Martin Peeters & Andrew Kasprzycki. Image
from Jacek Stacel
WBCC Special report from the
World Money Fair, January 28 to 30 2011 in
Thursday January 27
Early in the morning
Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and Martin Peeters drive with the special
mobilehome to Berlin.
Friday January 28
Open for the public
the World Money Fair.
Team at the
WBCC booth: Martin Peeters, Jack Hepler, Frans Dubois and Max Aiello
Jack Hepler and
Martin Peeters at the Swiss Mint booth
Saturday January 29
From Poland visited the WBCC booth Andrzej Kasprzycki and Jacek
WBCC members Pabitra Shaha, Gerhard Schoen and Wolfgang Schuster
of Appreciation were given by Jack Hepler to:Krause
Publications representatives at the World Money Fair
Lisa Bellavin, online editor
and Coin of the Year coordinator and
Tom Michael, world coin
market analyst, Standard Catalog of World Coins
Starck Senior Staff Writer of Coin World
Sunday January 30
Schuler Pressen from
Goppingen, Germany reported a new
procedee of making 11 corner shaped Bi-metallics. 11 corner shaped of
outside of the but also on the inside of the ring and center.
Here a blanc piece
And a real Bi-metallic
for the 26th Mint Directors Conference
World Money Fair, January 29 to 31 2010 in Berlin Germany.
* Thursday January 28
Earlier in the afternoon Frans Dubois
and myself arrived at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. Later
that day Jack Hepler and Cliff Anderson joined us and we had a
nice diner at our Hotel Leonardo
Later that night Alexei Malykh and
friend from Russia joined us too and we met WBCC member Wouter
Beerekamp from The Netherlands
* Friday January 29
Going to the Estrel Convention Centre
and we arrived there we build up our WBCC booth.
(Special WBCC T-shirts)
And here is a picture of the complete
WBCC team at the WMF 2010
Frans Dubois from The Netherlands, Max
and Carlo Aiello from Italy, Cliff Anderson and Jack Hepler from the
USA and Martin Peeters from The Netherlands
Here also a picture with the Poland
Martin Peeters, Max and Carlo Aiello,
Andrzej Kasprzycki and Jacek Stacel from Polasd, Alexei Malykh
from Russia and Cliff Anderson
The following news (or non
news) about Bi-metallic we can report today:
* The Luxemburg Bank had NO 2 Euro's
for sell !!
* The Dutch Mint had a special WMF Set 500 limited to 500 sets,
price 25 Euro
* The Spannish Mint had a special WMF
set with the 2 Euro 2010 commmemorate Corduba, price
Jack Heppler and Cliff Anderson with
chocolates and WBCC leaflets given to the visitors of the WMF
* Saturday January 30
The following news (or non
news) about Bi-metallic we can report today:
* The Swiss Mint had the new
Bi-metallic 10 Fanken 2010 commemorate the Marmot
* The Poland Mint had a Mini-coin
mintset dated 2010, price 20 Euro
* The Canadian Royal Mint had a 2010
UNC mintset, price 18 Euro
* The Royal UK Mint had a 2010
set with the Bi-metallic 2 Euro commomorate Florence Nightengal
for 25 Euro or the Florence Nightengale in folder for 8 Euro.
Carlo and Max Aiello with chocolates
and WBCC leaflets given to the visitors of the WMF
* Sunday 31 January
The following news (or non
news) about Bi-metallic we can report today:
* A coin dealer had a mint set with
Bi-metallivc from Palestine (NLT)
* The Hungarian Mint had a BU and
Proof set 2010 with the Bi-metallic 100 and 200 Forinf, price 20 and 25
Euro. Also the Bi-metallic 200 Forint in creditcard for 5 Euro
* The Germin Mint had the 2 Euro 2010
commemorate Bremen with Mint letters A, D, G, F and J
* The Austrian Mint showed the
Bi-metallic 25 Euro 2010 (available May 2010) dedicated to
* The French Mint had also a special
WMF mintset 2010, price 35 Euro.
Jeff Starck, Staff writer of Coin
World and WBCC member came to our booth.
Cliff Anderson Carlo with chocolates
and WBCC leaflets given to thevisitors of the WMF
In the 3 days of the World Money Fair the following WBCC did also
visited the WBCC Booth:
* Wolfgang Schuster WBCC member #50, Austria
* Gerhard Schoen, WBCC member #60, Germany
* Mikola Bogdanov, WBCC member #379, Swiss
At about 12 o'clock we all say goodby to the WMF and all went
home or other places.....
WBCC Special report from the World Money
Fair, February 6 to 8, 2009 in Berlin Germany
February 6, 2009
First day of
At first, the WBCC Team at the booth
are Frans Dubois, Max and Carlo Aiello Martin
Peeters and Jack Hepler, with special shirts with the
WBCC logo. We started building the WBCC booth early Friday morning
Another picture at the big Bi-metallic
2 Euro commemorate the 10 Years EMU. Now you can see the special made
caps (Max) woth the WBCC loge
And special picture of our youngest
WBCC member Carlo Aiello
From Poland the WBCC Ploand Team
visited the World Money Fair.
Middle WBCC member Andrzej
Kasprzycki, right WBCC member Darek Matyja and at the
bottom WBCC member Jacek Stacel
At the WBCC booth we had a
microscope connected to my laptop, with which one can more closely
examine the coins.
In the near future will take more
pictures with the microscope and use them in the WBCC Newsmails.
Also WBCC members Wolfgang Schuster
from Austria, Bruce Tupholme from Portugal,
Alexei Malykh from Russia, Jeff Starck (Coin World editor)
from the USA visited the WBCC booth.
And now the Bi-metallic news:
February 7, 2009
day of the WMF
The German Mints were selling the 5
pieces (5 different Mintmarks) Featuring the Federal state of
The Luxembourg Bank was selling the 2
Euro 2009 commemorate
The Japan Mint was selling 3 pieces
(each 10 Euro) of the 100 Yen 2008 pieces of Prefecture Series.
Many mints and dealers were selling of
the available 2 Euro commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Euro
February 8, 2009
and last day of the WMF
At the Dutch Mint availble one of the
limited to 500 World Money Fair Euro set with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2
Most impressing was Mr. Enzo Bianco
from International Mint. He had many Bi-metallic pieces with him, and a
special one made Quad or Tetra-metallic for this
Also available at the WMF Berlin, the 2009 issue of the
Swiss Mint Bi-metallic 10 Franken showed here behind us.
The Italian coinpaper Cronaca Numismatica
had made a special MFW isuue of their coinpaper
What I saw at the WMF: New to the internet is: Les Amis
de L'Euro. The orginal French founders did made an Internet community.
I want to thanks Barbara Balz for an excelent
organisation and the German Firm Francom It-Service to use their
The next World Money Fair will also be in Belin and held
from January 29 to 31, 2010
WBCC Special Report from the World Money Fair,
February 1 to 3, 2008 in Berlin, Germany
February 1, 2008, first day of the WMF
At first, the WBCC Team at the booth are Cliff Anderson, Martin
Max Aiello and Frans Dubois, with special red colored poloshirts
by Max) with the WBCC logo. We started building the WBCC booth early
morning February 1.
At 10 o’clock the Fair opened for the public and they all went to the
Bank to buy a roll of the new 2 Euro 2008.
Several WBCC members visited our booth: Benjamin Swagerty, from the
Jose Lopez from Spain, Andrzej Kasprzycki, Jacek Stacel both from
Reijo Saine from Finland, Gerhard Schoen from Germany and Wouter
from the Netherlands. Also potential new WBCC members came at our booth.
Now the Bi-metallic news so far:
The Luxembourg Bank was selling the new Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2008,
Chateau de Burg.
The Dutch Mint was selling a special WMF Mint Set with the 2008 Euro’s
it. Price 23
At the South African Mint available the 5 Rand 2007 Proof, price 20
The Czech Mint was selling the new 2008 Mint Set, 13 Euro.
At the World Money Fair everybody could vote for the new Bi-metallic 2
2009 commemorating 10-year anniversary of the launch of EMU and of the
of the Euro.
One can also vote at: www.ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/vote
WBCC Team member Max Aiello had made special red colored poloshirts
the WBCC logo (See picture abov
Saturday February 2, 2008, second day of the WMF
Early start for the WBCC Team to go to the Estrel Convention Center,
a good breakfast at our Hotel Park Blub.
At the opening hour, 10am, a lot of people rushes in to buy new coins.
Bi-metallics, we can report the following news:
At the Polish Mint was available a set with tiny polish coins in it,
the tiny Bi-metallic 2 and 5 Zloty. This miniature set is very nice..
The German Mint offered the Bi-metallic 2 Euro commemorating the church
in Hamburg. As in previous years, this new German design is packaged in
set with pieces from all 5 pieces German mints.
The Singapore Mint representative had the 2007 and 2008 annual Mint Set
An Egyptian dealer had available the new Bi-metallic 1 Pound for 2007.
The 2006 Bi-metallic 50 Kurus from Turkey,though not officially issued,
still available at the WMF. In addition, the complete 2007 set with the
1 Lira and 50 Kurus was sold.
The Krause and Mischler publishers gave away both an Encased Buffalo
and the US Georgia quarter, also Encased, for free.
(Encased Buffalo Nickel)
Never could buy it, but now I could get the Ebay's series of
Germany depicting the Branderburger Tor
Today WBCC member Wolfgang Schuster from Austria visited our booth, and
the new Bi-metallic 1 Euro 2008 from Austria with the new European map
A coindealer had the Venuzuela Bi-metallic 1 Bolivar 2007 available
Two journalists visited the WBCC booth, one from Russia, and one from
(Cronaca Numismatica), and they interviewed us about the Worldwide
Collectors Club. Pictures were also made.
We also welcomed Mr. Albert Beck at our booth. He is the founder of the
Money Fair 36 years ago!
(Mr. Albert Beck receiving a choclate Bi-metallic coin from
Most impressing was Mr. Enzo Bianco from International Mint. He had
Bi-metallic pieces with him, and a special one made for this year’s WMF.
Sunday February 3, 2008, third and last day of the WMF
The Slovakian Mint displayed the new 2009 Euro design, including the
1 and 2 Euro pieces.
The Swiss Mint was selling the new Bi-metallic 10 Franken 2008,
the Golden Eagle. The Swiss Mint’s representative said that the next 10
issue for 2009 will depict a Deer and the next 10 Franken dated 2010
depict the Marmot, to complete the National Park series.
(The WBCC Team at the Swiss Mint with a huge Bi-metallic 10
Here is at last an overview of only one of the conventions exehibition
Next years World Money Fair will also held in Berlin, from
6 to 8, 2009.
See you there !!
WMF WBCC Team from Berlin
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) at the WMF 2007
Berlin 2007 Reports
World Money Fair Berlin
Thursday February 1:
by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
While Frans Dubois, Frans Woons and myself left The Netherlands for a 7
houres drive by car to Berlin, the same time Max Aiello from Italy and
Alexei Malykh from Russia, left by plain for Berlin. Altogether we met
in the evening in the Park Hotel Blub were we stay for 3 days.
Max Aiello had made special for the WMF keycords for the kids and a
waistcoat for the WBCC Team at Berlin. And as every year Martin had
made WBCC T-shirts.
WBCC 10th Anniversary keycord
The WBCC Team (Alexei Malykh not on the pictures) with the special
made waistcoat at the Slovenian booth, holding the Bi-metallic Euro in
At the Swiss booth.
Friday February 2:
* The first day of the World Money Fair we got good news. Just for
opening the Coin Fair we got a sponsor. Hasse Wiersma of Muntplaats.nl
( http://muntplaats.nl/index2.php ) gave some money for the costs we
have. Thanks Hasse !!
* The fair opened at precisly at 10 o'clock and most of the peolpe went
strate to the German Mint to get their new 2 Euro's 2007 commemorate
Schweriner Schloss. The German Mint sold them only in a pack of the 5
Mintcities (A, J, D, G and F).
The price was 16 Euro in UNC quality.
Some dealer had later at the fair loose 5 pieces and the lowest price
was then 13 Euro in UNC quality
* Another "hot" Bi-metallic was the Luxembourg 2 Euro 2007 commemorate
A very long line of collectors waited at the booth of the Luxembourg
Bank to collect their piece, but the Luxembourg Bank only sold them in
a roll ! At sunday the rolls were sold out.
* The Mint of Kazakhstan, who was the Guest Of Honour of the Worlf
Money Fair 2007 showed the set new Bi-metallic 100 Tenge 2006. Also
for sale the Bi-metallic 500 Tenge 2006.
Saturday February 3:
* At the Swiss Mint booth was avalable the new Bi-metallic 10 Franken
2007 depicting the Ibex. Price 10 Euro in UNC quality.
Also we heard what will be the theme for the 10 Franken 2008: Montain
* At the Slovenian Booth they sold the new Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro
* At the booth of the Czech Mint one could buy the 2007 annual set with
the Bi-metallic 50 Korun. Price of the set was 12 Euro. The set
commemorate the Unesco Herritage List of the Czech Republic
* A representive of the Singapore Mint had for us the 2006 annual Mint
set with the Bi-metallic 5 Dollar.
* The Italian International Mint ( http://www.internationalmint.it/ )
had struck special for the WMF some medals depicting the Estrel
Convention Center, with different metals and different second side. The
ring of these Bi-metallics is very small.
* The following WBCC members did visit the WBCC Booth, Gerhard Schon,
Michael Reissner, Hasse Wiersma
Sunday February 4:
The Italian coinpaper Cronaca Numismatica made a special WMF edition.
It this edition they mention about new Bi-metallic 2 euro 2007 for San
Marino commemorate Giuseppe Garibaldi
* From the Vatican City booth we heard that the next 2 Euro 2007 will
Commemorate 80 Birthday of the Pope Benedict XVI
* This last day of the World Money the WBCC Team had to leave the Fair
at 13.00 Hours.
Max Aiello with Ezio Bianco of International Mint.
Frans Dubois and Frans Woons
Max Aiello with Robert Ganganelli of Cronica Numismatica
Martin doing the thumb test.
Martin with Ezio Bianco
Martin Peeters, Frans Woons, Max Aiello &
Frans Dubois at Berlin Money Fair.
Image from Roberto Ganganelli
Martin and the other WBCC Team members.
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) at the WMF
Berlin 2006 Reports
WBCC at Berlin Movie
from Eelco Soeteman
You can read now a little report about the Worldwide Bi-metallic
Collectors Club (WBCC) attending the World Money Fair in Berlin
World Money Fair Berlin
by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
--Thursday, February 2, 2006
While 3 WBCC members (Frans Dubois, Eelco Soeteman and Martin Peeters)
went by car from the Netherlands, the same time 1 WBCC member (Max
Aiello) did take his flight from Bari, Italy and 1 WBCC member (Alexei
Malykh) took his plane from Moscow.
All came together in the evening in the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin.
Max gave us all a "WBCC" cap, named for each person and the WBCC
logo and the text "10th Anniversay 1996-2006". Great idea !
--Friday, February 3, 2006
Early in the morning after a good German breakfast we went all 5
to the Estrel Convention Centre to build up the WBCC Booth. It was
located directy at the fair entrance. Everybody who came in, saw the
When the doors opened, most of the people went directy to the Germin
Mint, to collect their 5 * 2 Euro pieces commemorate "Holsteiner Tor".
Cost 10 Euro.
Eelco Soeteman, Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters, Max Aiello, Alexei
--Saturday, February 4, 2006
The following WBCC members visted the WBCC booth: Gerhard Schon
(Germany), Wolfgang Schuster (Austria), Tomas Serrano (Spain), Juan
Correa (Spain) and Kjetil Kvist (Norway)
Max Aiello gave an interview to the Italian Coinpaper Cronica
In the evening we had a cosy dinner at a Mexican resataurant, the foor
was very good. In Basel we had always the traditional WBCC diner at
Hans Buceks house and we missed it this time !!
Later that evening we had the annual WBCC meeting in our hotel. Present
were: Frans Dubois, Eelco Soeteman, Max Aiello and Alexei Malykh. The
follwing was discussed:
* WBCC 10th Anniversary and activities, the following is decided:
* Investigate WHEN, WHERE and HOW many WBCC members would come the WBCC
meeting to celebrate the 10 Anniversary. Martin will investigate
this and reports it to the Club members.
* Investigate to strike a WBCC token for the 10th anniversary. Frans
tolks to Mauquoi Mint (Belgium) and Max talks to International Mint
(Italy) and the costs and possible designs. They will report it to the
The meeting was closed with a large cold German Beer.
--Sunday, February 5, 2006
Normally sunday's are quiet at the WMF, but this time in Berlin even on
sunday there were many visitors at the WMF. At 12 a.m. Mr. A. Beck,
president of the World Money Fair visited the WBCC booth. At 2 a.m. we
closed the WBCC booth, and went back to the Netherlands, and say good
to Max and Alexei.
Bi-metallic news from the Berlin World Money Fair 2006......by
Martin Peeters, Netherlands
The following news we noticed at the WMF:
* The Germany Mint offered the 5 (Minthouses) * 2 Euro commemorate
"Holsteiner Tor", costs 10 Euro
* The Royal Dutch Mint offered as earlier years, the Benelux Set, with
Euros 2006 sets of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg), cost 60 Euro.
The RDM also offered "Good Goal Set" with the 2006 Euros, costs 20 Euro
* The Czech Mint ofered the 2005 and 2006 annual set with the
Bi-metallic 50 Korun. With the set of 2005 was also a CD with Czech
* The Greece Mint offered the official 2005 annual set with the
Bi-metallic 2 Euro, cost 25 Euro
* The Singapore Mint offered the 2006 annual set with the Bi-metallic 5
* The Slovakia Mint offered the 2006 annual set with a Bi-metallic
token, cost 10 Euro
* The Luxemburg Bank offered the 2 Euro 2006, only in rolls.
* The Finland Mint offered a 2006 Euro set with Bi-metallic 2 Euro,
costs 24 Euro
* The French Mint offered a special WMF Euro set with the 2006 Euros,
500 pieces made and the price was 39 Euro. The 2006 annual Euro set
costs 31 Euro
* The Swiss Mint offered the 10 Franc 2006 Unc, price 10 Euro. Also a
proof version price 24 Euro, the 2006 annual set, costs 25 Euro and the
annual proof set, costs 60 Euro
* The Royal Britsh Mint will issue a proof and Unc set with the 2
speical Bi-metallic 2 Pounds depicting Brunel
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
Basel 2001 Reports
World Money Fair Basel
by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Finally on Thursday
Feb 1st late in the evening, WBCC members Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler,
Martin Peeters and future WBCC member Roy Roper went by car from the
Dutch city Gouda to Basel. A drive of about 800 kilometers through 6
countries. Earlier in the norning of Feb 2nd we arrive in Weil Am Rhein
in Germany where we had our hotel. It is just over the border nearby
Basel, and here the story about the World Money Fair 2001 starts.
--Day 1, Friday Feb 2:
At 9 AM we arrived at
the Basel Convention Centre were the World Money Fair is held. Our
car was loaded with much material for building the WBCC booth (see the
picture below and to the right). The organization (Mr. Beck and Miss
Voggel, of the WMF) had given booth 257 to the WBCC. The spot was
great. Just inside of the big room where all of the coin dealers were
Around that big
the National Mints were located. The first day is a special day for the
the public and coindealers are not allowed in. The day is for
exchange between the Mints and producers of coins and other coin
goods (in total 200 exhibitors were present). Precisly at 9.30 AM the
of the WMF Mr. Albert Beck started his speach in the Media Forum.
of the Mints did the same and it was about the future in coins. For
years World Money Fair we had a special limited made Encased Coin of
--Day 2, Saturday Feb 3
Exact at 9 AM the doors of the
World Money Fair opened for the public. All the incomming people passed
a Gräbener striking machine on which they could strike a
(Bi-metallic !!) commemorative which is designed and issued by Huguenin
and Kramers Medaileurs of Switzerland. This special medal
called the Basel 1 Doppelstäbler 2001. One could buy (10 Swiss
Franken) a blank Bi-metallic went to striking machine and (you) struck
For the WMF event
all special made WBCC T-shirts (see for a picture: see below). At the
booth we had running a slideshow on a portable computer. It showed some
facts about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club and pictures of
future 2002 Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of all the 12 EU countries.
WBCC member Hans Bucek
(Switserland), Christan Dolt (France) and Stanislav Stiblar (Slovenia)
visited the WBCC booth. They received a WBCC certificate and a WBCC
T-shirt (limited edition of 10 pieces). Of course, we had a great time
talking about Bi-metallics.
Below are several more photographs for the 2001 WMF.
from several Mints and Banks
- The Austria Mint: The Austria Mint
showed for the first time to the public the new Bi-mewtallic 100
Schilling 2001, "Mobility". It was offered by a related firm and costs
- The Royal Canadian Mint: This year "Guest of Honor" of the
WMF, showed the complete range of Bi-metallic 2 Dollar pieces. At their
booth I met Andy Czajkowski of the RCM and some good talks.
- The Slovakia Mint:
of the Slovakia Mint offered the 2001 Mint set with, as every year, a
medal, this time depicting the Slovakia Mint.
- The Singapore Mint: The 2001 Mint
set was available. Again with a Bi-metallic 5$ with the latent 2001.
- The Czech Mint: A really nice team in the Czech Mint booth.
They offered the 2001 Mint set with the Bi-metallic 50 Korun 2001 for 9
- The Britsch Royal
Mint: The new Bi-metallic 2 Pound 2001, Marconi, was shown and it is a
- The Poland Mint: The Polish Mint
showed the Poland 2001 tri-metallic. Three different alloys of gold 900
(red with admixture Cu, yellow with admixture Cu and Ag, and white with
admixture of palladium). At the Polish booth one could strike a medal
using a big hammer to hit the die, a really nice idea.
- The Royal Dutch Mint: In their booth they showed the future
Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2002 in a set. Unfortunally it was not for
- The Swiss Mint: For
sale was the Swiss, Bi-metallic 5 Franken 2001, called the Zurcher
- The Finland Mint: They announced a
new Bi-metallic 25 Markkaa 2001, which will be issued on February 12th.
- The Turkisch Mint: They offered a Bi-metallic 150 Million
Lira 2001 in Gold and Silver (price 275US$).
- The National Bank
For the first time they were at the WMF. Really new was the Ukraine
5 Hryvnias 2000 and 3 Bi-metallic commemoratives coins of 20 Hryvnias.
about these 3 Bi-metallic commemoraties you can read in WBCC Newsmail
item 3. The Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2000 was available for 8 Swiss
More to read at: http://www.kpnews.com/displaypr.php?arid=7321. All
Bi-metallics are Legal Tender in the Ukraine.
When the bourse floor was closed (5
PM) we went to Hans Bucek's house, where we had a wonderfull diner
together with Hans's wife and 2 lovely dauthers. Late in the evening we
arrived at our hotel in Weil An Rhein and some very nice dreams about
--Day 3, Sunday, Feb 4
This day is a free entrance to all
the public and although that it was less busier than
yesterday. Still several interesting people did visit the WBCC booth:
Paul Gilkes senior staff writer of Coin World, Ulrich "Rick" Groth and
Mishler of Krause Publications, Charles Chammartin of Huguenin and
Medaileurs. Also WBCC members Gerhard Schon from Germany and Wouter
(Bosch Coins) from Belgium visited to the WBCC booth.
News for this day:
- Huguenin and Kramers Medailleurs Zwitserland) offered not
only the new Bi-metallic MTT 1 Doppelstäbler 2001 (value 10 Swiss
Franken) but also all earlier issued Bi-metallics MTT's they have
- VDN Eurocoin,
specialists in services within the coinage industry showed some blanks
of the Future Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2002, but they had also several
scambled (defaced) Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro blanks.
The World Money Fair closed its
doors at 4 PM, and this years WMF was ended.
--Day 4, Monday, Feb 5
On invitation of
Dieter Merkle, Alexander Gaiser and Iris Blickle of Schuler Presses
located in the German City Göppingen, we went to the Schuler
Schuler is one of
the 2 sponsors of the WBCC who made it possible attending the World
Money Fair. Just in time for lunch we arrived at Göppingen.
Schuler Presses is the World leader of making strikingmachines, which
is 10% of the Schuler activities. Schuler developes and construcs also
presses for the Car industry. Dieter Merkle and Alexander Gaiser did
give us a 3 hour guided tour to the Schuler factory. THE Bi-metallic
striking machine worldwide is Schuler's "Ringmaster MRV 150". The press
can be used for coining of round, multi-sided and Bi-metallic coins,
for joining, piercing and for recycling of used Bi-metallic coins by
separating ring and centre and get edge lettering. The
speed is 700 coins per minut. We saw this Ringmaster MRV 150 working,
what a speed !! Late in the afternoon we say goodby from Schuler
and drive back to the Netherlands.
The World Money Fair is an unique and world bigest event in
the Numismatic world and if you have the oppertunity, come to Basel
next year and experience the event. Next year the World Money Fair will
February 1 till February 3, 2002. The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors
Club will attend it in 2002 and THE hot item will be the just
introduced (Bi-metallic 1 and 2) Euros!!
Bahamas.........by Jack Hepler, USA
A limited number of Bahamas Cents
were encased for the 2001 World Money Fair in Basel. They are now
available for WBCC members of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors
Club. To the best of my knowledge, these are the first coins of the
Bahamas that have been encased and they are being offered to the WBCC
membership before offering them to other collectors. The cost to WBCC
members is $5 (Postage outside US $1, Insurance or registration is
extra). Please send your request to Jack
The WBCC Table at the 2000 Basel Show
From left to right
Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters & Jack Hepler