Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 204, Volume 5, July 8, 2000
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. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

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

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

Name: Paul Wiley (WBCC member #177), USA
E-mail: pwiley9514@aol.com
Age: 72
Profession: Retired Highway Engineer
Hobby: Collecting (Bi-metallic) coins and golf items
Goal: Collect 1000 different Bi-metallics
Against: Not much of anything

2. Bi-metallics from Thailand for 2000...by Larry Friemel, USA

Thailand issued their first Bi-metallic  2000 10 baht coin to mark the 50th
Anniversary of the Office of the National Economic and Social Development
Board 15 February 2000.

It shows on the obverse the portrait of His Majesty the King with the
inscription "King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ninth Reign and Thailand".  On
the reverse is the symbol of the Board with the inscription "the 50th
Anniversary of the Office  of the National Economic and Social
Development Board, 10 baht and 15 Fevruary 2000".

The Symbol of the Board features three Hindu gods.  In the middle is God
Indra who is referred to as "the Giver".  On the left is God Narai or
"the Exterminator of Distress" while on the right is God Erawan, who is
the Creator.  The three Gods signify the nature of the Board's
responsibilities, which aim to initiate national programs for the well
being of the Thais and the development of the country.

The next Bi-metallic coin of Thailand to be issued is to mark the
Centenary of the Princess Mother's Birthday on 21 October 2000

3. Bi-metallic 500 Pesos Chile...by Francisco Jovel, Chile

Here is some information on the new Chile Bi-metallic 500 peso coins..
We had our Monthly Chilena Numismatic Asociation (ANUCH) meeting last
saturday. We had the visit of one of the engravers from the Santiago Mint.
He was able to confirm that only 50.000 coins have been made. This will be
used to send to the vending machine industry, public telephone, and others
to test the new coins. They are very scarce and difficult to get from the
central bank. He stated that more will be struck in the  near future. He was
not sure if they will be dated 2000. There will be minor differences. The
early ones were struck from 2 pieces (one ring and one center), the next
ones will be struck using a full Bimetallic cospel. The cospel will be
provided via a Chilean company called Armat.
You can see a picture of the Bi-metallic 500 Peso in the WBCC Homepage.

He also told me that there are plans to make a 100 peso Bi-metallic coin
next year. It will depict a Mapuche Indian Girl.

4. Bi-metallic inlay coins...by Joe Raminez, Spain

Last week I have buyed this five Bi-metallic inlay coins of the "Royal
Golden Wedding series" one of this coins (Fakland Islands) are showed in the
webpage of Great Britain, the other four coins I looking for in the webpage
and I don't saw neither. Of this coin I only knows the diameter=38mm and the
metal=silver. If you know anything else of this coin please send to me the
feature of this coins. This are the coins:
* Belize 5 dollars
* Cayman Islands 2 dollars
* East Caribbean States 10 dollars
* Fakland Islands 5 pounds
* New Zealand 20 dollars

I have made for my webpage a photograph of the 1000 Liras of Italy of the
year 1997. I think that these images are better than the images showed in
the WBCC Homepage. if you think the same put the images on the Italy page.
The files have a letter at the end of the filename, this is the meaning of
these letters:
a - obverse
r - reverse
e - error

5. Encased pieces.........by Cliff Anderson, USA

Look at the 6 Delaware Turnpike (or John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway) tokens
appearing on this week's WBCC Homepage. The Atwood-Coffee Catalog describes
how the issuing authority designated different colored centers and encasing
rings to be used for different purposes. The are all designated "DE300" and
are lettered A through G.

A, red center in white metal, to be used by Delaware State Police (not shown
on the webpage)
B, blue center in white metal, to be used by Turnpike administrative
C, green center in white metal (see both light and dark green), to be used
by machine repairmen
D, purple center in white metal, to be used by Highway Department employees
E, red center in bronze, to be used by Exxon  Service Station employees
F, blue center in bronze, to be used by Texaco Service Station employees
(not shown on the webpage)
G, green center in bronze, to be used by Hot Shoppes Restaurant employees

Though the catalog doesn't indicate that these tokens are obsolete, the
Delaware Turnpike website http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~mn2n/tolldel.html shows
that tolls are now paid in cash or by prepurchased pass, which indicates
that the tokens are no longer in use.

6. 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.


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

The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#204)...by Jack Hepler, USA

Q204. In 1995, the Bi-metallic one Peso coins issued for circulation in
Argentina were minted in three countries. The British Royal Mint, UK and the
Paris mint in France were two of the three places where the ringed
Bi-metallic coins were produced. Which was the third location?
a. South-Korea
b. Italy
c. Mexico
d. Argentina

Please send your answer to me: heplerj@earthlink.net (Please notice my other
E-mail adress). Next week you can read the correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #203.  Mexico issued four new
denominations of circulating ringed bi-metallics in 1992.  The following
year, they introduced two more denominatitions for a total of six, more
than any other country.

The responses to Question #202 are not available yet and will be announced
when available

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Russia 1991 10 Rouble error
* Russia 1991 10 Rouble error
* Russia 1992 50 Rouble error
* France 1998 Grenoble 10 Euro
* 6 Delaware Turnpike (or John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway) tokens
* Belize 1997 5$ Royal Golden Wedding Inlay
* Cayman Islands 1997 2$ Royal Golden Weding Inlay
* East Caribbean States 1997 10$ Royal Golden Wedding Inlay
* Falkland Islands 1997 5 Pounds  Royal Golden Wedding Inlay
* New Zealand 1997 20$ Royal Golden Wedding Inlay

8. Bi-metallic mistrikes from Russia...by Marat Khairetinov, Russia

When you look in the WBCC Homepage you can see now pictures of 3 mistrikes
from Russia
* 10 roubles 1991
* 10 roubles 1991
* 50 roubles 1992
I have a bid of 20US$ for them. If you have interest for them and want to
bid more, please contact me before 12/07/2000 at:

9. Bi-metallic offers........by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

I have available new Bi-metallics from Malaysia and Switzerland also some
new Bi-metallic tokens, all listed at my site:

10. Coin World article...........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the July 3,
2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

RCM releases $2 Path of Knowledge coin
Gold and silver issue depicts female polar bear and her two cubs

The Royal Canadian Mint recently released the Path of Knowledge 2000 $2
coin, which depicts a female polar bear and two cubs. Commemorative Proof
gold and silver collector versions of the 2000 $2 coin are available
immediately. The 2000 $2 circulation coin was set to be launched July 1
during the Canadian citizen-ship ceremonies at Downsview Park in Toronto,
where more than 2,000 new Canadian receive the gift of Canada's newest $2
circulation coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is inscribed with
KNOWLEDGE - LE SAVIOR, reflecting the experience, wisdom aod knowledge that
are passed down from generation to generation that creates "an inexhaustible
strength to carry on, explore and excel," according to a RCM press release.
Canadian artist Tony Bianco created the design. The obverse of the coin
features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Dora de
Pédery-Hunt. The 2000 $2 coin is available in two commemorative collector
versions, with a mintage of 40,000. The 2000 Millennium Proof $2 coin is
made of sterling siIver, which features, a 24-karat gold-plated inner core
and is available for $16.95 in U S. funds. The 2000 Millennium Gold $2 coin
(mintagc of 5,000) has a 22-karat gold inner core with 4.1-karat gold outer
ring. It is available for $202.95 in U S. funds. Both the gold and silver $2
coins feature a Proof finish with frosted relief on a brilliant field. The
2000 $2 coin is also available in uncirculated sets for $ 10.95 U S., and in
Specimen sets for $23.95 U.S. The $2 coin in the Specimen set features a
briliant finish on the polar bear design, a frosted finish on the lettering
and a parallel finish on the field. The $2 coin in the Uncirculated set
features a frosted relief on the polar bears, with a Brilliant Uncirculated
finish on all other relief and the field. The commemorative collector $2
coins and the sets are available from the Royal Canadian Mint's global
network of coin dealers, or directly from the Mint by calling (800) 267-1871
in Canada and (800) 268-6468 in the United States. The coins are also
available for purchaae on line at http://www.rcmint.ca/ ©

"See" you next weeks,
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@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