W.B.C.C.
Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 192, Volume 5, April 15, 2000
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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,

Again a great WBCC Newsmail with Bi-metallic news. So I hope you enjoy
reading it !!

1. Bi-metallic Australia 5 Dollar 2000.......by Rod Sell, Australia.

The Royal Australian Mint has announced they will  release the year 2000 $5
Bi-metallic on Friday 14th April. These will be continually minted for many
months to come so they will not be a scarce item.

This Bi-metallic features our most famous race horse "Pharlap". The size and
composition is similar to the earlier $5 Bi-metallics
Diameter 28.12 MM
Thickness 2.6 MM
Weight 10.6 Grams
Outer Ring Austenitic Stainles Steel
Centre Aluminium Bronze

Any WBCC member who wants 1 or more please email me. The cost is US$5
including normal airmail postge. Registered airmail $4 extra. If you are
interested E-mail me at:mailto:Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

2. Bi-metallic from the US available..........by Jim Snider, USA

In coin world dated april 17, 2000 it reads that the united states mint will
begin sales of its first ringed Bi-metallic coin on april 24, 2000. It will
be a platinum and gold $10 commemorative marking the bicentennial of the
libraty of congress. The US mint will mail order forms and and promotional
literature that day to more than 1million potential customers. It will also
lanch sales on its web site at http://www.usmint.gov/ and take orders through its
telephone ordering lines at 1(800)usamint and (202)283-2646 (customer care
center). The Bi-metallic $10 coin has an outer quarter ounce .900 fine gold
ring and a quarter ounce .9995 platinum core. The diamrter of the coin is
27mm with a weight of 16.25 grams. It will have a reeded edge.The pre-issue
price is $395 for the proof and $380 for the uncirculated. After june 9 th.
regular issue prices are $425 for the proof and $405 for uncirculated. There
are no shipping charge if ordered over the mints web site.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The first time mentioned about the new US
Bi-metallic 10$ was in WBCC Newsmail 181, item 12. A picture can be seen in
the WBCC Homepage Section US Tokens:
http://members.xoom.com/RodSell/ustokens/ustokens.htm
I think the US Mint is making a lot of money of these Bi-metallics.

3. Bi-metallic Mexico 10 and 20 Peso 2000..by Luis Wulschner, Mexico

The Mexico Mint has struck the Bi-metallic 10 and 2 new 20 Pesos 2000. The
first new Bi-metallic 20 Pesos 2000 depicts the portrait of the poet Octavio
Paz, Literature Nobel Prize winner. The second Bi-metallic 20 Pesos 2000
depicts the portrait of the New Year's Aztec God (Xiuhtecuhtli). Both coins
face value is $20.00 pesos. The new Bi-metallic 10 Pesos 2000 is similar to
the actual common issue, but it has the legend ANO 2000 (Year 2000), besides
it has four symbols of the Aztec Century. Pictures can be seen in the WBCC
Homepage http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

4. Bi-metallic Isle of Man "inlay" coin...........by Mr Paul Baker, UK

If you go to the site of the Pobjoy Mint http://www.pobjoy.co.uk/ then
select "Search by category" - "Millennium" and then choose "Isle of Man
Brass Meridian Line 2000" you can then read.

--Quote
Isle of Man Brass Meridian Line 2000
The Treasury of the Isle of Man, has approved the release of a most
extraordinary coin to celebrate the new Millennium. The coin, which will
only be produced in Proof Silver, depicts the clock at the Old Royal
Observatory in Greenwich, the Home of Time surrounded by a circle of dates
from 1000 to 2000. The unique feature about this coin, is a small brass
strip which runs through its centre and represents the Meridian Line.
However unlike any other coin, these coins actually bear a piece of the
original Meridian Line thanks to a special arrangement entered into between
Pobjoy Mint, the Old Royal Observatory and Times Newspapers. There is no
doubt that this coin will be a most sought after item and will prove to be a
unique heirloom for the future. THIS ISSUE IS SOLD OUT.
--Unquote

Also stated on the page is the issue price from the mint of 49.95 Pounds and
the page shows an image of the piece.
A few questions to the Pobjoy Mint gave a few more details. The coin is of
28.28 grams of Sterling Silver (92.5 per cent) and 0.075 grams of Brass from
the Meridian Line. The issue limit is ten thousand pieces.
The image on the website and the "0.075 grams" info from the mint, helps me
to estimate that the thickness brass inlaid in this coin is about half a
millimetre.

5. Bi-metallic or Bi-colour?.......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following question I received from WBCC member Manuel Gonzalez of Spain:

--Quote
I have doubts with two Bi-metallics pieces:
* 2 Pound Falkland Islands
* 3000 Forint Hungary
Are these pieces Bi-metallics or bicolour?
--Unquote

Some Mints (like the Royal Dutch Mint) use the word 'Bi-colour' in stead of
Bi-metallic. Both Bi-metallics mentioned in Manuel's question are ringed
Bi-metallics.
 

6. Bi-metallic future 2002 Euros from Monaco..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

As you know in 2002, 11 EU countries will have the Euro. The 1 and 2 Euro
will be Bi-metallic. The princedom Monaco, a non EU member, but strongly
related to the EU will also have the Euro in 2002. Now we are looking for
pictures of the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of Monaco, depicting Prince
Rainier. Who can provide the WBCC the picture so we can put them in the WBCC
Homepage. Send the pictures to the WBCC Homepage Provider Rod Sell in
Australia, E-mail: Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

* Israel fake 10 Shekel
* Bahamas.  Paradise Island Bridge Nassau, same both sides
* USA Delaware Turnpike  JFK Memorial Highway
* USA  Florida  Sunshine Skyway Token
* Somalia 1998  250 Shillings Maritime Series
* Mexico  2000 10  Peso & 20 Peso
* Brazil 1999  1 Real

8. Bi-metallics I offer..........by Joel Anderson, USA

Please look at: http://www.joelscoins.com/bimetal2.htm for an updated my
Bi-metallic List

9. Bi-metallic Poland 2 Zloty 2000...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

I received directly from the Poland Bank several Bi-metallic 2 Zloty 2000
pieces. If you have interest in one of them, just let me know.

"See" you next weeks,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
martinp@westbrabant.net
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was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
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Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
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 Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA, leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net