Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 206, Volume 5, July 22, 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,

In this weeks WBCC Newsmail, several interesting items about Bi-metallics.
So, 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.


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. Bi-metallic from Jamaica...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the Homepage of the Bank Of Jamaica
(http://www.boj.org.jm/releases/20000704.html ) one can read the following
about a new Bi-metallic of Jamaica 20 Dollar.

Bank Of Jamaica
New Releases

BOJ to issue $20 coin
The Bank of Jamaica advises that a $20 coin, bearing the portrait of
National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, will be released into
general circulation on Wednesday, 12 July 2000. The $20 coin will replace
the existing $20 note, and both coin and note will circulate concurrently
until the stock of notes is depleted.

The new $20 coin is bi-metallic, in that it has an inner core made from
cupro-nickel and an outer ring from nickel-brass. As such, the coin has two
colours – the inner core is silver in colour, similar to the other high
denomination coins in circulation, ($10, $5, $1), while the outer ring is
brass- coloured.
In recent years the rising cost of high security paper and metal has had a
significant impact on the country’s expenses for notes and coins. In an
effort to contain these costs, the Bank of Jamaica has, over the years,
reduced the variety of coin denominations as well as the size of the coins,
used less expensive metallic blends and replaced lower denomination bank
notes with coins. Whereas coins have a life expectancy of up to thirty (30)
years, the life of a low value note is approximately eight months, so the
replacement of the $20 note with a $20 coin is expected to generate
substantial savings.

Below are the design, features and  specifications of the new $20 coin.
Obverse: The Jamaican Coat of Arms, as it appears on existing coins, is
featured on the inner core along with the denominational value ‘20’ above
the Coat of Arms. At the top of the outer ring is the inscription  ‘JAMAICA’
, while the denominational  value, ‘Twenty Dollars’, is below.
Reverse: A portrait of National Hero, Marcus Garvey is featured on the inner
core with the inscription, ‘The Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey – National Hero’
surrounding the portrait, and the date, 2000 on the outer ring.

Inner core: Cupro-nickel
Outer ring: Nickel-brass
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Shape: Round
Edge: Milled
The features of the coin are detailed in posters on display in public
The public should note that, with the issue of a $20 coin, the portrait of
National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey will appear on two
denominations in circulation, as it is also featured on the 25 cent coin.
The Bank, however, wishes to advise that as part of the on-going
rationalization of the currency structure, the 25 - cent coin will be phased
out over time.
The $20 coins will be available at the Bank of Jamaica and all commercial
banks as of Wednesday, 12 July 2000.
Bank Of Jamaica
4 July 2000

3. How find the WBCC........by Frans Woons, Canada

I learned about the existence of the WBCC through an article by Martin in
the RCC Newsgroup. I learned quickly that Martin's inventory of Bi-metallic
coins was much more complete than mine and therefore I dropped my inventory
in favour of Martin's...

--Remarks WBCC Focal Point: The inventory of Bi-metallics is called "The
world of Bi-metallics". It is a catalog of all known Bi- and Tri-metallics
from all over the world.

4. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada.........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

>From Serge Pelletier in Canada, I received the following press-release:

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival marks 35th anniversary with Canadian
DAUPHIN, MB – Canada's National Ukrainian Festival is celebrating its 35th
Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion it has decided to issue the
first circulating enamelled Bi-metallic municipal trade token, which will
have currency value, at participating merchants, until August 31, 2000. It
is also the first $3.50 token.
Each Festival brings with it a unique theme upon which we focus our
celebrations. In connection with our 35th Anniversary and the turn of the
Century, our 2000 theme is “Celebratng the Rainbow of Hope”. Like the
appearance of a rainbow after the rain, the Festival has blossomed into a
colourful array of dance, music and song. Through the years, the Festval has
evolved into an internationally known celebration of Ukrainian culture and
it is our hope that the Festival will continue to provide an opportunity for
future generations to celebrate their heritage. The new Millennium brings
with it new hope and a rainbow of possibilities.
The obverse of the token highlights this year's festival theme, by featuring
a slightly modified verison of the anniversary logo. The logo was designed
by Grade 12 student from the Dauphin Comprehensive Secondary School, Allison
Podworny as part of her Graphic Arts course. Four ribbons over the Ukrainian
trident are featured, the first three ribbons are enamelled respectively in
green, yellow and red while the fourth one is the theme itself. The ribbons
are derived from the traditional girl headdress.

Those interested in getting some of these tokens should contact the
exclusive distributor:  Bonavita Ltd, Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, ON K2H
7V1 (Tel: +1-613-823-3844 / Fax: +1-613-825-3092) E-Mail: bonavita@eligi.ca,
MASTERCARD and VISA accepted.
For more information on Canada's National Ukrainian Festinal visit their web
site at http://www.infoukes.com/Canadas_National_Ukrainian_Festival.

Tchnical data
Obverse: Four ribbons over the Ukrainian trident, the first three ribbons
are enamelled respectively (bottom to top) in green, yellow and red while
the fourth one is the theme itself CELEBRATING THE RAINBOW OF HOPE. The
ribbons are derived from the traditional girl headdress. Around the rim, the
Reverselogo, a Ukrainian trident on a maple leaf over the dates 1965 - 2000
Issuing Agency: Canada's National Ukrainian Festival
Designer: Allison Podworny, Serge Pelletier
Mint: Eligi Consultants Inc.
Diameter: 32mm
Edge: Plain
Composition Mintage Price
Enamelled Bi-metallic* 2,075 $5.00
Enamelled Nickel-Silver 75 $13.00
Enamelled Gold Plated 75 $16.00
* The Bi-metallic piece has a heart of cupro-nickel (silver coloured) and a
ring of aluminium-bronze (gold coloured)

5. Encased Oak Forest Coin Club coin.....by Michael Doran, USA

In 1997, the Oak Forest Coin Club of Oak Forest, Illinois, issued an encased
coin commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the club. A small number of these
encased coins were made, and were issued to members (current and new). The
obverse has the legend "OAK FOREST COIN CLUB" and below it "20th
ANNIVERSARY". At the bottom are the dates "1977-1997". The reverse has a
horseshoe design with a four-leaf clover at the top center and has the
legend "KEEP ME AND HAVE GOOD LUCK" while below there is a necklace design
and has has the legend "I BRING GOOD LUCK". The center coin used is a 1977
United States Lincoln Cent. The encasing part of the coin is made of
Pictures of this encased coin can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#206)...by Jack Hepler, USA

Q#206 In 1992 Algeria issued the 20 Dinar ringed bi-metallic coin composed
of two white metals. What are the two metals.
a. White gold and silver
b. Copper-Nickel and White Brass
c. Aluminum and Titanium
d. Copper-Nickel and Aluminum
Please send your answer to me: leslie.j.hepler@saic.com Next week you can
read the correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #205:
What political landmark is portrayed on the Australian $5 ringed Bi-metallic
coin of 1994?
Answer "b" Women's Voting Rights
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #204: Responses; 100% Correct

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* A drawing of the WBCC Encased coins
* Canada 2000 $3.50 Coloured Bi-metallic MTT for Dauphin Manitoba

8. World coin News article...........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the frontpage of the World Coin News paper of May 2000, one could read
the following:

Error captures Ed Jencius' eye
A 1993 bimetallic 500 lire (left and center) with a misstrike at the center
planchet is the first one he has seen, says dealer Edward A. Jencius of
Brooklyn, N.Y. He has handled over 10,000 coins. Another coin is an essai of
the future euro (right), which collectors will not see until 2002. To find
out more about these Vatican coins, contact Edward A. Jencius at P.O. Box
41, Brooklyn, NY 11228-0041 or call (718) 836-0674.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Soon pictures will be available in the WBCC
Homepage. In the article though is a mistake. The 'Essai' is infact a 1 Euro
medal of Pope Johann.

"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