WBCC Newsmail 150, Volume 4, June 26, 1999
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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, martinp@westbrabant.net
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Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Celebration time !! With this 150th WBCC Newsmail we have reached a
milestone in the history of the WBCC. 150 Weeks in a row news about
Bi-metallics. Some facts: The 150 WBCC Newsmails are made on 685 pages, with
38.134 lines and a total of 269.320 words.
As mentioned in last weeks WBCC Newsmail a very special offer
from our member Joe Kocian of the US. An offer you can't refuse.
Further, more exciting news about new Bi-metallics and fine "Bi-metallic
Stories" from several WBCC members. I realy hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. WBCC CR ROM...by Joe Kocian, USA

Great news WBCC members, I have the WBCC CD ROM completed. I will be adding
a few current items but for all major purposes it is finished. Thanks to the
assistance of Martin, and Larry and their contributions to the CD. I plan to
have CD's for purchase in Chicago (ANA convention August 14th) but also
through the mail for those who desire one that will not make the convention.
Ok, the CD what is it?
a. It is a compilation of the WBCC documentation of Bi-metallics coins with
Graphics.
b. The early Introduction and Use of Bi-metallics from Larry Friemel's "All
That Is Bi-Metallic" webpage with graphics.
c. It has the complete set of all WBCC Newsmails from beginning to current
date.
d. It has the catalog "The World Of Bi-metallics" on it.
e. It has a super demo software program specifically designed for
collectors.
And it is all on one CD.
Cost: This the best part, I made this for the WBCC members so cost is just
to cover the expenses.
By Mail: US$14.00 including shipping.
At the Chicaco ANA show: US$12.00

So WBCC members let me know or Martin if you would like one. I need to know
the number of copies I will need at the Show.  Also if you want one mailed,
I will start taking orders. I will not send mailed CD's until after the
Show. But I will start producing them now.
Contact me via e-Mail (jkocian@cvi-usa.com) and I will send you an order
form. I will also make it available throughout the year to the group since
we have new members all the time.

2. A new WBCC member....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name:        Ed Feltcorn, USA
E-mail:       thefeltcorns@erols.com
Age:          37
Profession: Envirnomental Scientist/Engineer
Hobby:       World Banknote and coin collecting as well. Especially
Bi-metallics
Goal:         To have the latest and greatest banknotes and coins as soon as
they come out

3. My new E-mail address...by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain

Please read my new e-mail address, Manuel Gonzalez: manuelcoins@mixmail.com

4. Bi-metallic tokens from the Netherlands..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

a. The 'Liberated Church' in Dutch cities Katwijk and Valkenburg issued a
new Bi-metallic collection-token for their members. The goal of these tokens
is that people can use it in the collections in church on Sunday and the
profit for the members is that they get a bill when they buy the tokens.
There is a tax-law that says that you may deduct gifts from your tax when
you have a bill of the gift. So there is a proffit for the church and for
the members of the church. The two cities are symbolised on the tokens by
two little marks: a fish for Katwijk (That is a fishermans-harbour) and a
falcon for Valkenburg (A falcon = valk) You can see the pictures on the WBCC
Homepage (http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html).

b. There is also a new Bi-metallic token from Dutch city Driebergen. This
token was issued last Wednesday to raise funds for the restauration of
monuments in the city of Driebergen. Picture can be seen on the WBCC
homepage (http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html).

5. Bi-metallic Swiss 5 Franken 1999 (1)...by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

If you look in the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) you can see images
of the new 5 Francs 1999 "Fete des Vignerons" 1999 from Switzerland for
circulation and in Essai. For the year 2000, the Bi-metallic 5 Francs from
Switzerland will be dedicated to the "Carnival of Bale". It will be the
second piece of the serie "Coutumes".

6. Bi-metallic Swiss 5 Franken 1999 (2)...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The Swiss Mint has issued (June 25th) the Bi-metallic 5 Franken 1999 (Fete
des Vignerons) in 3 qualities.
* Uncirculated, CuNi/Nordic Gold (CuAlZnSn), 160.000 pieces, price 5 Swiss
Franken
* Proof, CuNi/Nordic Gold (CuAlZnSn), 16.000 pieces, price 20 Swiss Franken
* Essai, Nordic Gold (CuAlZnSn)/CuNi, 770 pieces, price 100 Swiss Franken
As you can you can read the difference in composition Unc/Proof and Essai.
Postage costs 10 Swiss Franken
(1 Swiss Franken is about 1.22 US Dollars)

Order adress:
Swiss Mint, Marketing
Bernastrasse 28
CH 3003 Bern
Swiss

7. Bi-metallic news from Czech Republic...by Pavel Frouz, Czech Republic

I have been on the last meeting of the Prague section of the Czech
Numismatic Association and I have two interesting news for you.

a. The bad one is, that the Czech National Bank not plane to issue any mint
sets and any common gold coins next year. So probably there will be no 50 Kc
Bi-metallic coin 2000.

b. The good news is that there will be issue new Bi-metallic coin of 2000 Kc
as a commemorative Millenium coin. The bi-metallic coin will be made from
gold and silver. The issue price will be about  3000 Kc plus VAT (this year
the VAT tax for services is 5% but from next year it will change to 22%,
nobody can confirm today if the coin will be issue in December 1999 or in
January 2000).

The number of issued coins of 2000 Kc 2000 pieces will be limited because
the coins will be strike for subscribers only. To subscribe (and pre-pay)
this coin is allowed to members of both Czech numismatic associations and
perhaps also to other big dealers. No amount limit for each person was
reported.

I don't know how official and how exact are these information. But on next
meeting of Prague section of the Czech Numismatic Association (which will be
in September) everybody who wants to buy 2000 Kc Bi-metallic Millenium coin
must pay deposit of 3000 Kc.

8. Bi-metallics from Romania...by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

a. In the last ICB auction of May 19th in London, several Romanian
Bi-metallic 100 Lei patterns have been offered. All these had the
denomination on one side. Now it is known that all 1996 Atlanta as well as
1998 Nagano pieces also were made as medals, where the "100 Lei" is replaced
by the year and the Romanian Coat of Arms.

b. Furthermore, the following  Bi-metallic pattern strikes of  Romanian coin
types (which have been released in silver as commemorative issues) were
produced
* 100 Lei 1998, Anniversary of Independance
* 100 Lei 1998, Andrei Saguna
Both patterns are listed already in the WBCC-catalog. Via my source in
Romania I can supply them for 100 German Marks per piece.
c. Also known now, the following Bi-metallic Pattern 100 Lei commemorating
the Soccer Championship in France 1998 exist. Coins of this type have not
been struck.
* 100 Lei 1998, Franta '98, depicting the Eifel tower and a cock
* 100 Lei 1998, Franta '98, depicting the Eifel tower and 2 soccer players
* 100 Lei 1998, Franta '98, depicting the Eifel tower and 1 soccer player
Via my source in Romania I can supply them for 100 German Marks per piece as
well.
d. At last Romania recently issued an aluminium Bi-metallic 500 Lei 1999
circulation coin. This type exists also as Bi-metallic patterns dated 1996
and 1998.
Via my source in Romania I can supply the 500L Bi-metallic patterns 1996 and
1998  for 150 German Marks each.
If interested, let me know at: Wolfgang.Schuster@aua.com

9. Bi-metallic Canada 2 Dollar 1999..by Frans Woons, Canada

From 1949, when Newfoundland ceased to be a British colony and joined
Canada, to April 1st of this year Canada consisted of ten provinces and two
territories. The territories, the Yukon Territory and the Northwest
Territories, in contrast to the provinces, are directly the responsibility
of the Federal Government seated in Ottawa, Canada's capital. The
territories are mainly found north of 60 degrees north latitude. The
Northwest Territories were a large area (3.3 million square kilometres;
e.g., 80 times The Netherlands) and home to only about 64,000 people, mainly
Eskimos or, to use a modern term, Inuit.
On April 1st of this year the Northwest Territories were split, more or
less, down the middle. The western portion is still called the Northwest
Territories while the eastern half is called Nunavut (Inuit name for
"homeland"). The capital of Nunavut is Iqualuit, a small Inuit village in
the high north.  On the occasion of the creation of Nunavut, the Canadian
Government decided to strike a special Bi-metallic $ 2 piece. This coin
shows on the reverse, among other things, an Inuit drumming and the words
Nunavut in "normal" writing and in syllabics (symbols). The Inuit speak many
local languages.

10. Coin Universe article...by Larry Friemel, USA

The following article I could read in Collectors Universe pages:

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Bimetallic Coins Prove to be Durable and Collectible
Bob Reis - April 21, 1999
Bimetallic coins have become increasingly popular with the world's issuing
entities since their inception over a decade ago. I believe it was the
French who first produced these lovely innovations in 1988, and now several
dozen countries have issued several hundred types. There are more than a few
world coin dealers who have a subspecialty in bimetals, and a few who are
attempting to trade in nothing else. Though the normal scheme of bimetal
issue is to reserve them for the high denominations, most of them are still
cheap enough to be affordable to the low budget collector - a few dollars
each on average. And, with a few exceptions, most of them were made in large
quantities for circulation, so they are reasonably easy to obtain. The big
worry when these coins were introduced was that they'd fall apart in use,
but that hasn't happened. Hundreds of millions of them are in circulation
around the world, and that problem just has not occurred. There are very few
mint errors of missing rings or missing centers, few enough that those which
do show up (as was the case in the first year of the Canadian polar bear
two-dollar coins) The story made the front page in World Coin News. I'm a
dedicated browser of WCN, and I can't remember seeing mention of other
bimetal errors since then. It would appear therefore, that the error rate of
bimetals worldwide is lower than that for the more  conventional coinage of
the United States as a whole. Could this possibly be so? Along with the ever
increasing number of circulation issues are a few struck in precious metals
for the edification and amusement of collectors. As with the circulation
strikes, the French led the way with these confections, striking a collector
version of the regular 1988 10 francs coin with a gold ring and a center of
silver-palladium alloy. Other types followed. The basic market situation
with these is that you can look around for them all year long and not find a
single one. They are rare and expensive, but probably the potential buyers
are even more rare. Certainly no one has ever asked me about them. In terms
of expressed collector interest the prom queen of the Bimetals is probably
the Mexican 50 pesos. A crown-sized coin with a silver center and a catalog
value of $25.00, these have possibly been the most frequently demanded coins
in my experience over the last few years. They are hard to get and easy to
sell. Given the outstanding success of these coins throughout the world, one
has to wonder about the prospect of American bimetals at some point. It is a
well-known fact that our mint officials are extremely conservative, and that
a decade of experience would mean next to nothing to them. Look how long it
took them to change the paper money! It seems reasonable to hope, however,
that after sufficient observation and study, say thirty to fifty years, that
a cautious essay might be attempted - a "quarter eagle" perhaps. I'll plan
to check back on this subject around 2025.
--Unquote

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: This text is reprinted with permission of
Collectors Universe, Misha Houser, Managing Editor Collectors Universe.
http://www.CollectorsUniverse.com

11. Bi-metallics from earlier times..by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

The following article I could read in June 1999 issue of the Numismatics
International Bulletin:

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Great Britain's 19th Century Model Coinage by Akio Lis, YN, Omaha, Nebraska

One of the consistent policies of pre-20th century British. economic policy
was the insufficient issuance of coinage. During the reign of strong Kings
and Queens coinage was seen as a way to collect taxes as opposed to a means
to facilitate trade. Afterwards, under the Mercantile Theory, a government
only issued the amount of  coins needed to facilitate its business, allowing
foreign coins to be used in commerce and in paying taxes, thereby increasing
the governrnment's wealth. During the 18th and 1l9th centuries, in
particular, privately produced token coinage was used to make up for the
lack of small denomination coinage in commerce. In addition, model and toy
coinage, which were initially produced as a play money series, was able to
play a role in 19th century British commerce as another type of generally
accepted token.

The three most extensively studies series are the Joseph Moore "Model"
series, the "German" series distributed by Adolph Weyl and the "Decimal
Currency" series. All  three series primarily featured the profiled head of
a young Queen Victoria and were well designed and produced. Indeed, Joseph
Moore was subsequently offered a  position with the British Mint though he
turned it down. The half and one penny issues of the former two series, in
particular, saw extensive commercial use as tokens. Other possible economic
uses of this play money will be discussed later.

The "Model" coinage of Joseph Moore was produced primarily in 1844 and 1848.
The 1844 issue consisted of one-half and one penny coins, while the 1848
issue consisted of coins denominated at 1/32,1/16,1/8,1/4 and 1/2 farthings
and crown in addition to one-half and one penny. Most 1844 one-half and one
penny coins were made with silver, copper, copper/brass or copper/white
metal with an inner plug containing a Young Victoria head and either V R or
VICTORIA REG. on the obverse, and either 1/2 or 1 on the reverse, and an
outer ring containing either HALFPENNY MODEL or ONE PENNY MODEL,
respectively, on both obverse and reverse. A few one penny coins were
produced in brass or copper/white metal with the inner plug having VICTORIA
REGINA as the legend on the obverse, and the outer ring containing the
legend ONE PENNY 1844.

The coinage of 1848 eliminated the inner plug/outer ring style for all
denominations except the crown. The copper 1/32, 1/16 and 1/8 farthings, and
1/2 penny had obverses with a young Victoria head and the letters V R, while
the copper 1/4 farthings and the one penny had obverses with a young
Victoria head and either VICTORIA REG or VICTORIA REGINA in the legend. The
copper I/2 farthing and the silver/gilt crown (inner plug) coins had
obverses containing a crowned head of Victoria and the legends QUEEN
VICTORIA, VICTORIA REGINA (when a legend was present) respectively. The
reverse of the 1/32 and 1/16 farthings, the 1/2 penny and crown (outer ring)
had the legend MODEL with the stated denomination, while the reverses of the
1/8,1/4 and 1/2 farthings, and the one penny had MODEL, the denomination as
well as the year. In addition, the outer ring of the crown coins had
different ornate designs on both obverse and reverse. <snip.
--Unquote

12. Bi-metallic from Italy............by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

Now available the following Bi-metallic from Italy the new Italian 500 Lire
1999, commemorative european voting 13 June. The price is 1.00 US$ each. If
you have interest, please E-mail me at: guerrie@tin.it

13. New Bi-metallic images......by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

New Bi-metallic images this week.
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html)

Because of troubles accessing Geocities to update the WBCC pages.
I think the trouble is at their end so I don't know who long it will last.
The new images ready for updating are

* France 1999 1 Euro MTT for Centenary of Harmonie D'Homecourt
* Italy 1999  500 Lire for European Voting.
* Milan Italian Soccer Champions Token
* Netherlands  Church Tokens
* Netherlands Driebergen Monument Restoration Token
* Swiss 1999 5 Franken Unc and Essai

14. My Bi-metallic Story (1)..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

After 150 weekly Newsmails there are a few conclusions I can make. The
first, and I think the most important, is that in this period I got a number

of good friends all over the world! Some of them I already met in the last
months and I hope to meet all the others I have contacted through the WBCC.
A second conclusion is that this is the most pleasant way to work on my
collection of bimetallic coins and tokens. The existance of many
Bi-metallics should not be clear to me if there had not been so much
information in all the WBCC Newsmails.
But there is a third reason. I think the enthousiastic way Martin invests so
much time and energy made me continue my hobby in the way I did it since
WBCC Newsmail no. 1
I think the way in which we are a Worldwide club is an example how to bring
people together on the net! Let's hope there will be a lot of WBCC Newsmails
after no 150 and I think with the contribution of all members that will
certainly be a fact!

15. My Bi-metallic Story (2)..by Rod Sell, Australia

What does the WBCC mean to me?
It is with a sense of happiness and satisfaction that I look back on my
association with the WBCC. I think we can all be congratulated on what we
have achieved. This club is a true representation of what can be achieved on
the internet with the shareing of information to the benefit of all.
We all have our small areas of specialisation, however in total the
knowledge available is Encyclopaedic. When I seriously started collecting
Bi-metallics 3 years ago I had little knowledge of the items produced or the
wide range that they covered. The historic items had never crossed my mind,
but with information from our many members, each piece of information was
received and the Bi-metallic items searched for. Members are still finding
references and information on Bi-metallics of yesteryear.
Bi-metallics are here to stay. They are a very popular series to collect,
perhaps in part due to our association, as we have provided a reference
where collectors know what has been produced and are kept as up to date, as
any other part of numismatics, with new items from around the world.
For myself the WBCC has provided me with many new friends who have helped me
with all my collecting interests. I can honestly say without the WBCC my
Bi-metallics would only consist of a few items slotted in with their Country
of origin. With the help of members around the World we can all look forward
to a new Century of Bi-metallics. Thank you all for your assistance.

16. My Bi-metallic Story (3)..by Cliff Anderson, USA

The WBCC certainly is the best source for obtaining Bi-metallic pieces. In
fact, I know of no other source that is as complete or up-to-date. And
through the WBCC connections, I appreciate the ability to meet new people
and form new friendships.
For the 100th newsmail, I said that, for me, collecting Bimetallics
"scratches the numismatic itch", in many ways. And clearly the WBCC is the
best way to scratch. It may be the only comprehensive authority that
includes all forms of Bi-metallic coins, tokens, pieces of all descriptions.
Being online, it adds the whole element of fun, making collecting what it
should be, a real diversion from everyday concerns.
I don't know if Martin can keep it up for future members who want to visit
Amsterdam, but I'll have to say that he and Frans Dubois were great hosts
when I visited them last month.
It seems that the WBCC has created a certain momentum in numismatic circles
which will keep attracting interest and members. I'm proud to be a part such
a unique club, and I expect that it will prosper and continue to grow
indefinitely.

17. My Bi-metallic Story (4)..by Paul Baker, UK

Earlier in the year I became the "WBCC Research Centre". This caused me to
put even more effort into researching modern Bi-metallic coins and tokens.
Of particular interest recently have been investigations of what
Bi-metallics have been made in Great Britain (where I live) and also where
the world's modern bi-metallic coins have been made.
Regarding British made pieces, you may remember information about the
Birmingham Mint a few weeks ago - I have some more to say about this maker -
I have slowly got more and more information and in the next few weeks it
will have to be time for me to let you all know where I have got upto.

As for the subject of "where the world's modern Bi-metallic coins have been
made" - the source of many Bi-metallics is easy to find out, for others it
is not quite easy and for some it is not easy at all. Looking into this
subject has made me realise that many mints sub-contract the production of
the Bi-metallic coin-blanks since this process is a little special - so it
is also interesting to try and determine the source of the blanks too. In
many cases appearance of coins give us clues to which pieces may be from a
common source - try comparing a Morrocco 5 Dirhams AH1407 with a Bi-metallic
500 Lire from Italy. If you have information on this subject of which mint
has made which Bi-metallics, that you think it perhaps not obvious to me
then please let me know. Of course the easy way is to look in books - but it
can be more interesting to ask mints directly - I have done a little of
this. At the moment I am only interested in circulation Bi-metallics for
this particular bit of research.

Perhaps when the source of most pieces is worked out a good idea would be
for us to put together a list of dates (not just years) of when each country
first put its first Bi-metallics into circulation e.g. the first day of
Great Britain having Bi-metallics in circulation was 15th June 1998 (when
both 1997 and 1998 dated 2 Pounds pieces were released). Or perhaps someone
else would like to do this ? Just start with the easiest first, then start
asking a few members about the pieces in their countries etc...

As for my other activities as a WBCC member..... it seems that most members
have other numismatic interests besides Bi-metallics. (How many don't ?). So
an amount of my communication with other members is about those "other"
numismatic things - these "other" things for me are often similar kinds of
things as I find out about Bi-metallics. Some of the members I communicate
directly with I do at least a little trading with too and a number of the
pieces traded are of course Bi-metallics. Regular and direct communication
with more than a handful of people I think would be not too easy so
thankfully we as a club have the Newsmail for circulating announcements and
news to all members. Does anyone think a mailserv list would be any use for
us to have as a club ? Perhaps it could be used for chat and trade of any
numismatic nature - it could NOT though include any "Newsmail-worthy" news -
it would still have be the Newsmail's task to circulate the important bits
of  information.

18. My Bi-metallic Story (5)..by Jim Alby, USA

Congratulations Martin on the upcoming 150th edition of the WBCC Newsmail. I
have spent many enjoyable hours reading these messages. The high point for
me was your success in issuing the club's own Bi-metallic piece. In my
opinion, it's the most impressive piece in my Bi-metallic collection and I
wouldn't dream of parting with it. I have had a chance to chat with some of
the members, however most are interested in trading Bi-metallics, and I
don't have any extras to part with.

19. My Bi-metallic Story (6)..by Jack Hepler, USA

It all started with Norm. Norm Bowers introduced me to the WBCC and I am
forever grateful for that. Norm's friendship goes back to earlier times when
I met him at a coin show in St. Louis. He has been a great source for the
addition of Bi-metallics to my collection and has Bi-metallics available for
all members. Because of the WBCC, I'll be taking my vacation to the
Netherlands and Finland. I've met Martin Peeters, Frans Dubois and Kari
Hurskainen via the WBCC newsmail and will now have the opportunity to meet
them for real. I had the great fortune to meet Kyle Mutcher and enjoy a
super visit with him near Washington, DC. These great adventures would not
have been possible were it not for the WBCC and the fine work of Martin
Peeters keeping the WBCC newsmail going for 150 issues. Will he have the
stamina to keep it going for another 150? I surely hope so.

20. My Bi-metallic Story (7)..by Frans Woons, Canada

A little over 3 years ago, around the time Canada introduced the Bi-metallic
$ 2 coin, I decided to make an inventory of all Bi-metallic coins known to
me as I have a need "to organize things" and as I am a coin collector. Some
time later, I think it was through Newsgroups, I came in contact with Martin
Peeters who also had made an inventory of Bi and Tri-metallic coins. As
Martin's inventory was much more complete than mine, I threw mine away and
adopted Martin's... I also became a member of the WBCC. The price was right:
a FREE newsletter every week; you don't see that too often!

Martin and I often corresponded on the topic of Bi-metallic coins, sometimes
in English and sometimes in Dutch (as a former Dutchman I master that
language). The only thing I don't like about collecting Bi- and Tri-metallic
coins is that there is a flood of pieces, both coins and medals in base and
precious metals which are often sold for very high (too high) prices (such
as the Canadian Bi-metallic test token). Most of us have limited funds and
it is impossible to acquire a complete collection. In other words, like most
collectors do, one must specialize, even in the very narrow field of
multi-metallic coins and medals.

Finally I would like to congratulate Martin (and his right-hand man Frans
Dubois and the other WBCC core people) on all the work they have done on
behalf of the WBCC. Their perseverance is amazing!  Many other people would
have given up long time ago, especially when no support is received from
other WBCC members.

21. My Bi-metallic Story (8)..by Leandro Tavares, Brazil

I'm very proud about being a member of WBCC. This club helped me to exchange
coins with people from whole world and helped me to find new friends. After
I became a member, my Bi-metallics duplicated. I may not have a lot of
Bi-metallic coins yet but that's not the point. Without WBCC, I would have
no interest about these fascinating coins. That's the most important part of
the club: it gives us knowledge and motivation to collect bi-metallics.
Congratulations for you and for Frans, Rod, Cliff and Paul. You are doing a
great job! Thank you.

22. My Bi-metallic Story (9)..by Robert Brokl, Czech Republic

I collect coins from all over the world for 15 years. It is very nice to get
new coin to my collection. From the beginning of my collecting I liked the
most  Bi-metallic coins from San Marino (first I knew) and I was very happy
when I get new piece. It is the same till now, I enjoy to every Bi-metallic
coin  which I can input to my folders. Thanks for WBBC that it helping me to
know what I must have!!! in my collection and for a lot of new friends. I
must say that through WBCC I found a friend for whole life, I hope. Hallo
Leandro.

23. My Bi-Metallic Story (10)..by Ray Lockwood, USA

I have met on-line with several kindred souls who collect Bi-metallic coins
of the world. What has been more exciting is meeting these same persons at
coin shows to carry on our conversations and observations which were started
on-line! Also, I suggested some original research to one member regarding
the mint of origin for each Bi-metallic coin produced to date. This member
is hard at work producing a list of these mints.

24. My Bi-metallic Story (11).. by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I can say that I am very proud to be a WBCC Member. It's a fantastic group.
Nobody else in the world is like us. I got a lot f new friends (more than
130) and I had the possibility to find, to buy, to trade the Bi-metallic
coins I needed. The WBCC gives me the opportunity to write little articles
about Bi-metallics and I do it with happiness because I know that my friends
will read them and maybe I will help someone to find this or that coin. My
Bimetallic story started on 1982, when the first Italian Lit. 500 came out.
It was so particulary. My granmother gave me the first Bi-metallic and so I
started... Since 1990 it became more interesting, until 1993 when it
exploited. In these last years a lot of Bi-metallic coins have came out and
the "hunting" is always open. Now, I can say that mine is an "important
collection".

25. My Bi-metallic Story (12)..by Otto Komornik, Israel

The 150th week of the overall existance, and more or less the 55th for me as
a member, I came a long way, I would say. As I already mentioned on an
earlier occasion,  the Russian coin set of Animals, the set I acquired
first, became eventually the milestone of my Bi-metallic collection. The
unusual appearance and sudden impression at the time, took me so
unexpectedly, that it was my decision on the spot, to start a new and
refreshing numismatic subject - Bi-metallics. Ever since, with ups and downs
successes, I never stopped chasing  these nice little Bi-metallic objects
around the globe. Being suggested to join the Club, and so I did, I realized
how predominantly the club influenced my collection. Exchange of information
among members, even pictures of them,  small tips, advices, addresses,
announcements, facilities, and more, features in an easy-to-undererstand
weekly e-mail, worked wonders for me. Direct correspondence with some of the
club members, and others mentioned in the WBCC Newsmail, left its mark. The
accumulation of more than 330 Bi-metallic items, speaks for itself. Though
there might be good news, or sometimes even bad news, namely: missing
letters - all in all it is much more fun than frustration.

26. My Bi-metallic Story (13)..By Martin Peeters, Netherlands

I'm very proud and thankfull to all 139 WBCC members (and also the non WBCC
members) who helped me to compose the weekly WBCC Newsmail. Whithout your
help it realy was not possible. In this way I feel an intermediary to bring
together all the fine news about Bi-metallics.
I'm very proud of the new friends I met on the Internet and met some in
person. We had some enjoyable conversations about Bi-metallics (of course),
about the WBCC and other interesting stuff.
I'm very proud that after the robery many WBCC members helped me with new
Bi-metallics and the enthousiasme I did start again a new Bi-metallic
collection.
I'm proud to look into the future, with all the interesting Bi-metallics
news we will read in the next 150 issues WBCC Newsmails!
I'm proud to be a member of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club !

"See" you next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
martinp@westbrabant.net
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The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
has been 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 Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, chander@mciworld.com
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 113076.167@compuserve.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net