World Money Fair- Report


World Money Fair 2016 Picture Report

Here are some pictures from the World Money Fair, February 5-7, 2016 in the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany


Jack Hepler (USA), Frans Dubois and  Martin Peeters (The Netherlands), Gary McCormack (Canada) and John Veltmeyer (Australia) at the WBCC Booth


Martin Peeters and WBCC member Alexei Malyhk from Russia
 
 
Jack Hepler and Martin Peeters with WBCC members Andrzej Kasprzyckl and Jacek Stacel from Poland
 

WBCC member Anthony Lee from Hongkong and Martin Peeters


WBCC member Joaquim Sabino from Portugal


In the evening together in a cosy restaurant



Need some blanks?


Dutch 1 Euro 2016 with Mintmaster sign with star (interim Mintmaster)
 

Some pictures of Bi-metallics showed on the WMF floor



The French Mint with a vending machine to get the new Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2016 commemorate European Soccer Championship


The view we had from the WBCC Booth.

The following WBCC members also visited the WBCC booth:, Gerhard Schoen from Germany, Wolfgang Schuster from Austria,
Robert Kennedy from USA, Mikolay Bogdanov from Russia, and Jeff Starck from the USA

Next 46th World Money Fair from 3 - 5 February 2017


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World Money Fair 2015 Picture Report

Here are some pictures from the World Money Fair, 30 January to 1 February 2015 in the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany


The WBCC Booth


John Veltmeyer, Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and Martin Peeters


Martin Peeters and Alexei Malyhk from Russia


Wolfgang Schuster from Austria and Andrzej Kasprzycki from Poland


Jeff Starck from the USA and Nattwut Ekaparit from Thailand


In the evening  a meal in a cosy Greek restaurant


We want to get these Bi-metallics !!


Holding a Bi-metallic


All Bi-metallics in our head....


Looking at Bi-Metallics


WBCC Advertising



The following WBCC members also visited the WBCC booth:, Gerhard Schoen from Germany, Jeff Starck from USA,
Andrzej Kasprzyckl from Poland, Wolfgang Schuster from Austria, Nattwut Ekaparit from Thailand and Alexei Malyhk from Russia.

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World Money Fair 2014 Picture Report

Here are some pictures from the World Money Fair, 7 to 9 February 2014 in the Estrel Concention Center in Berlin, Germany

From Gouda to Berlin over the Autobahn.....




Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters and Jack Hepler at the WBCC Booth


WBCC Booth


Martin with Mister WMF, Mister Albert Beck


Jack Hepler, Swiss 10 Franken 2014 and Frans Dubois 




Relaxing with Bi-metallics at the Bulgarian booth.
 

And at the Mexican Bank Booth


Holding Bi-metallics

 

How many blancs do you want?


Say Cheese


 



Krause Publications is fan of the WBCC


The Portugal Mint is fan of the WBCC


Schuler Pressen is fan of the WBCC



 
Japanese 500 Yen Bi-metallics


Some other bi-metallics


A cosy dinner at the Leonardo Hotel with: Frans Dubois and Jack Hepler

The following WBCC members also visited the WBCC booth:, Gerhard Schon from Germany, Jeff Starck from USA, Pabitra Saha, UK, Andrzej Kasprzyckil and Jacek Stacel from, Poland


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WBCC  WMF 2013 picture report

Here are some pictures from the World Money Fair, 1 to 3 February in the Estrel Concention Center in Berlin, Germany


Andrzej Kasprzyckil, Poland, Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters


Jacek Stacel, Poland, Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters



Hideo Futahashi, Japan, Jack Hepler, Martin Peeters


Mr. Albert Beck is signing book for Hideo Futahashi


Martin is talking with Mister WMF, Albert Beck


Swiss 10 Franken 2012



Jack Hepler, Swiss 10 Franken 2013 and Frans Dubois



Pabitra Saha, UK and Martin Peeters



Pabitra Saha has received the Certificate of Appreciation: WBCC New Bi-metallic Issues Reporter


Several bi-metallics


Hideo Futahashi received his Certificate of Appreciation for visiting the WBCC booth


Lisa Bellavin, Online editor and Coin of the Year coordinator of Krause reveives the Certificate…


Jack and Frans


Jack and Frans showing the new bimetallics.










A cosy dinner at the Leonardo Hetel with: Martin Peeters, Jack Hepler, Ms en Mr Hideo Futahashi from Japan


The following WBCC members also visited the WBCC booth: Wolfgang Schuster from Austria, Gerhard Schon from Germany, Jeff Starck from USA

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WBCC Special report from the World Money Fair, February 3 to 5 2012 in Berlin Germany


Thursday, February 2
Very early in the morning Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and myself drive to Berlin, from Gouda about 670 kilometers.

Friday, February 3
First day for the public of the WMF opening at 10 o’ clock

The WBCC Booth H72-73. 


 
Serge Pelletier. 


Martin Peeters & Sean Moffat. 


 
Martin Peeters. 


 
Jack Hepler, Andrew Kasprzycki & Frans Dubois. 


 
Jacek Stacel. 


 
Frans Dubois & Wolfgang Schuster. 


 
Frans Dubois & Jack Hepler. 

Saturday, February 4
The following new Bi-metallics were available at the WMF:

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


Canada
WMF set with the Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2012
Slovakia BU set with the 1 and 2 Euro 2012
Czech BU set 2012 with the Bi-metallic 50 Korun

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 Dubois.  Image from Jacek Stacel


 
Martin Peeters & Andrew Kasprzycki.  Image from Jacek Stacel






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WBCC Special report from the World Money Fair, January 28 to 30 2011 in Berlin Germany.


Thursday January 27

Early in the morning Frans Dubois, Jack Hepler and Martin Peeters drive with the special WBCC mobilehome to Berlin.


Friday January 28
Open for the public the World Money Fair.


The WBCC 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 Stacel

Also WBCC members Pabitra Shaha, Gerhard Schoen and Wolfgang Schuster


Several Certificate 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

Also
Jeff 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 the 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


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WBCC Special report from the 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.

                         (The WBCC Booth)                                                                                          (WBCC Mugs)
 

                        (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 WBCC members:

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 Renewable Enenergy

* 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.....
 
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WBCC Special report from the World Money Fair, February 6 to 8, 2009 in Berlin Germany

February 6, 2009 First day of the WMF
 
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 February 1.

 
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 Second day of the WMF
 
The German Mints were selling the 5 pieces (5 different Mintmarks) Featuring the Federal state of Saarland

 
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 third 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 Euro

 
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 year’s WMF.
 
  
 
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.

Take a look at: http://www.amisdeleuro.org/?lg=en for the English version
 
Finally
 
I want to thanks Barbara Balz for an excelent organisation and the German Firm Francom It-Service to use their Internet facilities.
The next World Money Fair will also be in Belin and held from January 29 to 31, 2010

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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 Peeters, Max Aiello and Frans Dubois, with special red colored poloshirts (sponsored by Max) with the WBCC logo. We started building the WBCC booth early Friday morning February 1.

At 10 o’clock the Fair opened for the public and they all went to the Luxembourg Bank to buy a roll of the new 2 Euro 2008.

Several WBCC members visited our booth: Benjamin Swagerty, from the USA, Jose Lopez from Spain, Andrzej Kasprzycki, Jacek Stacel both from Poland, Reijo Saine from Finland, Gerhard Schoen from Germany and Wouter Beerekamp 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, commemorating Chateau de Burg.


The Dutch Mint was selling a special WMF Mint Set with the 2008 Euro’s in it. Price 23 Euro.               

At the South African Mint available the 5 Rand 2007 Proof, price 20 Euro.

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 Euro 2009 commemorating 10-year anniversary of the launch of EMU and of the creation 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 with the WBCC logo (See picture above).

Saturday February 2, 2008, second day of the WMF

Early start for the WBCC Team to go to the Estrel Convention Center, after a good breakfast at our Hotel Park Blub.

At the opening hour, 10am, a lot of people rushes in to buy new coins. Regarding Bi-metallics, we can report the following news:

At the Polish Mint was available a set with tiny polish coins in it, including 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 Michel in Hamburg. As in previous years, this new German design is packaged in a set with pieces from all 5 pieces German mints.

The Singapore Mint representative had the 2007 and 2008 annual Mint Set for us.

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, was still available at the WMF. In addition, the complete 2007 set with the Bi-metallic 1 Lira and 50 Kurus was sold.



The Krause and Mischler publishers gave away both an Encased Buffalo Nickel 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 Bi-metallic, Germany depicting the Branderburger Tor


Today WBCC member Wolfgang Schuster from Austria visited our booth, and had the new Bi-metallic 1 Euro 2008 from Austria with the new European map design.

A coindealer had the Venuzuela Bi-metallic 1 Bolivar 2007 available


Two journalists visited the WBCC booth, one from Russia, and one from Italy (Cronaca Numismatica), and they interviewed us about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club. Pictures were also made.

We also welcomed Mr. Albert Beck at our booth. He is the founder of the World Money Fair 36 years ago!

 (Mr. Albert Beck receiving a choclate Bi-metallic coin from Martin)

Most impressing was Mr. Enzo Bianco from International Mint. He had many 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 Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro pieces.
 
 
The Swiss Mint was selling the new Bi-metallic 10 Franken 2008, depicting the Golden Eagle. The Swiss Mint’s representative said that the next 10 Franken issue for 2009 will depict a Deer and the next 10 Franken dated 2010 will depict the Marmot, to complete the National Park series.
 
 (The WBCC Team at the Swiss Mint with a huge Bi-metallic 10 Franken 2008)
 
Here is at last an overview of only one of the conventions exehibition rooms
 

 
Next years World Money Fair will also held in Berlin, from February 6 to 8, 2009.
 
See you there !!
 
Your,
WMF WBCC Team from Berlin

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Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) at the WMF 2007

 

Berlin 2007 Reports

World Money Fair Berlin Report
by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Thursday February 1:
 
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 its place.


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 Palace Grand-Ducal
 
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 they had 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 Eagle.
 
* At the Slovenian Booth they sold the new Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2007.

 
* 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

Greetz,
Martin and the other WBCC Team members.


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Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) at the WMF 2006
 

Berlin 2006 Reports

WBCC at Berlin Movie  from Eelco Soeteman

World Money Fair Berlin Report
by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

You can read now a little report about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) attending the World Money Fair in Berlin Germany.
 
--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 WBCC booth.
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 Malykh
 
--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 Numismatica.
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 Club members.
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 by 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 music.
* 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 Dollar 2006
* 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
 
Greetings,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
WBCC@kabelfoon.nl


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Basel 2001 Reports

World Money Fair Basel Report
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 Karina Voggel, of the WMF) had given booth 257 to the WBCC. The spot was really great. Just inside of the big room where all of the coin dealers were located.

Around that big room all the National Mints were located. The first day is a special day for the Minthouses, the public and coindealers are not allowed in. The day is for information exchange between the Mints and producers of coins and other coin related goods (in total 200 exhibitors were present). Precisly at 9.30 AM the President of the WMF Mr. Albert Beck started his speach in the Media Forum. Mintmasters of the Mints did the same and it was about the future in coins. For this years World Money Fair we had a special limited made Encased Coin of the Bahamas.

--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 your own.

For the WMF event we wearing all special made WBCC T-shirts (see for a picture: see below). At the WBCC booth we had running a slideshow on a portable computer. It showed some facts about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club and pictures of the 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.
 


 

 

Bi-metallic news 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 35$.
  • The Royal Canadian Mint: This year "Guest of Honor" of the WMF, showed the complete range of Bi-metallic 2 Dollar pieces. At their booth I met Andy Czajkowski of the RCM and some good talks.
  • The Slovakia Mint: A representive of the Slovakia Mint offered the 2001 Mint set with, as every year, a Bi-metallic medal, this time depicting the Slovakia Mint.
  • The Singapore Mint: The 2001 Mint set was available. Again with a Bi-metallic 5$ 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 US$.
  • The Britsch Royal Mint: The new Bi-metallic 2 Pound 2001, Marconi, was shown and it is a proof set.
  • The Poland Mint: The Polish Mint showed the Poland 2001 tri-metallic. Three different alloys of gold 900 (red with admixture Cu, yellow with admixture Cu and Ag, and white with admixture of palladium). At the Polish booth one could strike a medal using a big hammer to hit the die, a really nice idea.
  • The Royal Dutch Mint: In their booth they showed the future Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2002 in a set. Unfortunally it was not for sale.
  • The Swiss Mint: For sale was the Swiss, Bi-metallic 5 Franken 2001, called the Zurcher Sechselauten.
  • The Finland Mint: They announced a new Bi-metallic 25 Markkaa 2001, which will be issued on February 12th.
  • The Turkisch Mint: They offered a Bi-metallic 150 Million Lira 2001 in Gold and Silver (price 275US$).
  • The National Bank of Ukraine: For the first time they were at the WMF. Really new was the Ukraine Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2000 and 3 Bi-metallic commemoratives coins of 20 Hryvnias. More about these 3 Bi-metallic commemoraties you can read in WBCC Newsmail 232, item 3. The Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2000 was available for 8 Swiss Franken. More to read at: http://www.kpnews.com/displaypr.php?arid=7321. All these 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 the day.

--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 Clifford Mishler of Krause Publications, Charles Chammartin of Huguenin and Kramers Medaileurs. Also WBCC members Gerhard Schon from Germany and Wouter Eversdijk (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 issued.
  • 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 Plant.

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, woooow what a speed !! Late in the afternoon we say goodby from Schuler factory and drive back to the Netherlands.

SUMMARY

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 be held 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!!

WBCC Encased 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 Hepler.
 
 
 

The WBCC Table at the 2000 Basel Show


From left to right
Frans Dubois, Martin Peeters & Jack Hepler