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

WBCC Newsmail 202, Volume 5, June 24, 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,

In this week WBCC Newsmail the start of the WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game. I
hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. WBCC and ANA..........by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club will attend the ANA World's Fair
of Money® in Philadelphia held from August 9-13, 2000. WBCC member Ray
Lockwood has the possiblity to get all the arrangments we need to expose the
WBCC to the USA numismatic communities, coindealers and the US public. Ray
is now the WBCC Focal Point ANA Convention 2000. The WBCC ANA member number
is C185724. The annual dues are $29.00 which Ray has paid.

IF YOU AS WBCC MEMBER WISHES TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARD THE DUES;

simply send Ray a FREE-WILL DONATION! Thanks!  If you want to know about it
or make an donation,  just E-mail Ray: sunray@comteck.com

2. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#202)...by Jack Hepler, USA

As announced in WBCC Newsmail 200 we now start the WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz
Game. Here we go:

#202. One of the most beautiful of the circulating ringed Bi-metallic coins
is the Czech Republic 50 Korun. A bronze ring around a brass center is an
artistic approach for the famous city scene in Prague. The coin is, however,
fashioned from three metals, not two. What is the third metal?
a. Nickel
b. Copper-Nickel
c. Steel
d. Silver

Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com
Next week you can read the correct answer.

3. Bi-metallic Euros from Greece?....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In a press release in the Homepage of the European Central Bank
(http://www.ecb.int/) and the side of Central Bank and the Bank of Greece
(http://www.bankofgreece.gr/en/announcements/) I could read the following:

--Quote
ECB PRESS RELEASE
Communiqué of
the European Central Bank and the Bank of Greece
19 June 2000
Following the determination of the euro conversion rate of the Greek drachma
by the Council on 19 June 2000 by way of an amendment to Regulation (EC) No.
2866/98, which is to become effective as of 1 January 2001, the European
Central Bank and the Bank of Greece will monitor the convergence of the
market exchange rate of the Greek drachma against the euro towards its euro
conversion rate, which should be completed at the latest by 29 December
2000.
--Unquote

Si it can happen that Greece will also have the Euros (including the
Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro) in 2002, this would mean not 11 but 12 EU
countries will have the Bi-metallic Euros.

4. Historical Canadian bimetallic...by Cliff Anderson, USA

The old looking bimetallic medal on this week's WBCC webpage is a relic
piece from the wreck of the S. S. Beaver.  As indicated in the wording on
the piece, the steamship Beaver was built in 1835, apparently in England,
and operated by the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.  The ship crossed the
Atlantic in that same year and then was credited as being the first steamer
in the Pacific.  It was wrecked at Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1892.  A
companion piece (not pictured here) also indicates that the metal for these
medals "was taken from the wreck of the S. S. Beaver, Santa Maria (ship)
1492 Columbus' ship."  But no other information is given to explain that
comment, though it seems to mean that the Beaver itself was made from
material from the Santa Maria.  This doesn't sound right.  One historical
source says that Columbus ran the Santa Maria aground off Cap-Haitien,
Haiti, and the material from the wrecked ship went into the building of a
fort there.

Note that the bimetallic iron center is inset into just the one side, and
doesn't appear on the other side of the piece.

I would welcome more information from any Canadian members who may have more
information on this piece, especially on the history of the Beaver and the
pieces made from the wreck.

5. My Bi-metallic Story...Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain

I started to collect coin in the 80s when I was a teenager. I only collect
the coins of my country and the coins of the other coins that give to me the
family or friends, when I obtained my first bimetallic coin (the 500 liras
from Italy) I think that these coins were very beautiful. In the 90s when I
have bought my first computer I have make a database of all my coins, with
the making of this database I began to collect coin seriously: I clasified
the coins by countries, by value, etc.
Later when I know that there are other countries that issued bimetallic
coins I began to obtain all the coins that I knowed, but I don't have any
information, I need more information.
One day in spanish coin magazine I read on the classified announcement the
magic words (Worlwide Bimetallic Collectors Club), quickly I bought a modem
and I visit the webpage: I think that is wonderful, in this webpage there
are all the information about bimetallics that I need to make my collection
bigger. I have joined quickly to the WBCC. All weekends I know more about
bimetallics.
Well when I think that I know all about bimetallics I visit the last day 16
of June a coinshow in the city of Valencia, I see coins that I have, I
bought the new 5 Soles year 2000 from Peru and five inlay coins of the Royal
Golden Wedding of Elizabeth II . I was very dissatisfied whit the coinshow
when I find two great coins to my collection: one penny model and 1/2 penny
model dated in 1844. Two new ones to my collection and the oldest coins in
my bimetallic collection. I think that this coinshow is the best of the all
coinshow that I visited.

I understand this week that the world of the bimetallics have a new thing to
show to me all the days: News coins in the world, new coins in my collection
and a new friends to swap information about bimetallic coins.

6. 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

* Canada Huson Bay Co.  S.S. Beaver Medal
* Euro of the Italian city of Chivasso
* Euro Reverse of the Italian city of Fiessole
* 2 Euros of the Italian city of Como
* Laos 1997 50 Kip
* 500 Pesetas of the RASD (Western Sahara
* Canadian 1939  encased 10 cent by General Motors
* Egypt Medal of God Tutan
 
 
 

"See" you next weeks,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
martinp@westbrabant.net
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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@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 ANA 2000 Convention, Ray Lockwood, USA, sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net