Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 167, Volume 4, October 23, 1999
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

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Again a great WBCC Newsmail this week. So I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. New WBCC members....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 2 new members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name:         Tomas Uribe (WBCC member #151), Colombia
E-Mail:        tomas@intic.net
Age:           37
Profession: Numismatic
Hobby:       Collecting coins and bank notes

Name:        Mário Baptista, Portugal
E-mail:       mc_veneno@hotmail.com
Age:           48
Profession: Official (I work in a departement of the Port. State)
Hobby:       Numismatics
Goal:         To have a very good Bi-metallic coins collection

2. My new E-mail address..........by Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre

Please read my new e-mail address and new Homepage URL, Paul Baker, WBCC
Reserch Centre: 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk and http://www.wbcc.fsnet.co.uk/ . My
homepage, by the way, has been updated with some more world coin & token

3. Bi-metallic Transoptation Token.........by Cliff Anderson, USA

The blue centered transportation token shown on the WBCC Homepage
(http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html) this week is
marked Delaware Turnpike on one side, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hwy. on
the other side. It is not dated, but must have been made after 1963. The
circular seam between the central plug and the outer ring is clear, but the
plug piece seems to be colored only on the surface. I do not see a mintmark
anywhere, but the style looks like it was made by the Roger Williams Mint. I
do not have an Atwood-Coffee token catalog, but the piece came in a holder
marked DE-300-B.

4. Counterfeit GB Bi-metallic 2 Pounds.......by Mr Paul Baker, UK

Last weekend in coins other than my change I came across a Lead counterfeit
of the Great Britain 1998 Bi-metallic 2 Pounds coin. Whether it started off
as a better copy or not I couldn't be sure, but there is no way that in its
current state it could have passed as a true coin. The edge lettering is not
there, the coin isn't even properly round, the reverse design looks about
right just not very clear, but the obverse is rather rough and looks more
like a hammered coin (a clue to the counterfeiters methods ???). Also the
coin rather seems to be all one piece (mono-metallic) and there isn't any
sign of a colouration having ever been on the surface of the lead - so
perhaps it had always looked a horrible dull grey. I have not heard in the
national news of any problems with counterfeit 2 Pounds coins though pieces
such as the one I have seen couldn't exactly cause any problems.
Counterfeits of our 1 Pound coins have caused some problem - I once got one
of these in change but instantly noticed it and gave it back - I naturally
look at all change when I get it but never thinking of counterfeits.

5. Bi-metallic from Thailand......by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain

While looking on eBay I saw a new Bi-metallic 10 Bath 1999. From a USA
friend Chaiyod Soontrapa I received a message that this new Bi-metallic
celebrates the 72th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (born in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, USA, on Monday the 5th of
December 1927). A picture of this new Thailand 1999 Bi-metallic can be seen
in the WBCC Homepagehttp://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html
Chaiyod Soontrapa(USA, E-mail: chaiyod@andrew.cmu.edu) and
Michael Duran (USA, E-mail:dorannumismatics@yahoo.com) offer all Bi-metallics from Thailand.

6. Bi-metallic from Australia.........by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I have received this from The Perth Mint about Australia 2000 Bimetal "Third
Millennium" coin:

This spectacular bi-metal proof-like coin is released by the Perth Mint to
celebrate the new millennium. The coin features a 99,99% pure gold
centrepiece, with a reverse design depicting a satellite view of Earth, from
one million kilometres above the most northerly point of Australia. The
centrepiece is surrounded by a 99,99% pure silver border carrying the
inscription "Third Millennium First Day 2000". The image of the Earth in the
gold centrepiece is divided into two areas separated by the International
Dateline. The area to the west is experiecing the first day of the third
millennium and is pad printed with the date 01/01/2000. The area to the
east, which is still in the last day of the 20th century, is pad printed in
deep ocean blue, with the date 31/12/1999. The coin is official coinage and
lawful currency of Australia, and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, and has a face value of AUD 20.00 Only
7.500 proof-like Australia Bi-metal Millennium coins will be issued. The
cost of this coin is AUD 310.00 (plus postage).

7. Bi-metallic Control Tokens........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I could obtain 3 Bi-metallic Control Tokens. They can be seen in
the WBCC Homepage. Now I have some question about these pieces. Maybe a
member can answer these: Where do these Control Tokens come from, and who
issued them?

8. Bi-metallics from Colombia......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Colombia has issued the Bi-metallic 500 Peso in 1993 till 1996. According
our new WBCC member Tomas Uribe no new Bi-metallics are issued after 1996.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homapge:

* Australia.  Perth Mint Gold and Silver $20 Millennium coin
* Australia.  Perth Mint Silver $1 with gold inlay
* US 25c & 50c Trade Tokens from Clark Coal Co. of Wilsonburg  W.VA
* US Delaware Turnpike Token
* US Control Token 3 different Sizes
* Thailand 10 Baht 1999, 72th birthday of King Bhumibol

10. Meeting WBCC members......by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

Once again I'm going to a coinshow, this time in Toronto Ontario. If there
are any WBCC members attending the Torex show in Toronto this weekend that
would like to meet up just send me a message at  my e-mail address or leave
a message at the reception desk at the show. I'll be at there on Friday
afternoon and on Saturday afternoon. The Torex show is at the Primrose
Hotel, 111 Carlton Street, Toronto Ontario. Hope to see you out there. My
e-mail address is kmutcher@mb.sympatico.ca Happy Collecting Everyone! Kyle
Mutcher, Manitoba Coin Club

"See" you next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange
Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC 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