WBCC Newsmail 257, Volume 6, July 14, 2001
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
I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. WBCC New Encased set....by Jack Hepler, WBCC Developement Center
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) has developed encased coins
commemorating official WBCC representation at the World Money Fair, in
Basel, Switzerland, and the American Numismatic Association, Coin Fair in
Atlanta Georgia, USA. The four coins selected for this project are;
* Mexico, 2000, 20 Centavos
* New Zealand, 2000, 5 Cents
* Poland, 2000, 5 Groszy
* USA, 2001, Cent
The production run includes approximately 100 specimens of each coin. The
draft design may be seen on the WBCC Homepage, Section WBCC Annoucements:
Orders for individual coin encasements or sets are now being accepted at the
WBCC Development Center, Jack Hepler, (firstname.lastname@example.org). The four-coin set
costs $10 US, which includes postage for US orders. Insurance, and postage
outside the US is extra. A single specimen may be ordered for $3 US.
2. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #257...by Jack Hepler, USA
What is the name of the ship pictured in the design of the ringed
Bi-metallic 50 Cents coin of New Zealand?
Please send your answer to me Jack Hepler. The answer will be shown in
the WBCC Newsmail next week.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #256.
The image of Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of the United Kingdom, may be seen
on Bi-metallic coins of more countries than any other person. The latest
design is referred to as the Rank Broadley portrait. ow many countries
feature the image of Queen Elizabeth II on modern issue ringed Bi-metallic
Answer to Question #256: Actually, none of the choices is correct. At
latest count, there are at least 16 Countries with the image of Queen
Elizabeth portrayed. The list follows:
Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Fiji,
Gibraltar, Great Britain, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Niue,
Tokelau and Solomon Islands
This was not intended to be a trick question, I just didn't have all the
facts. As you know, this is a very active and dynamic field of numismatics.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #255; 100% correct. Seven players.
3. Bi-metallic 10 Dollar China Bridge, Hong Kong.by Jack Hepler and Anthony
One of the last coins issued by Hong Kong before returning to administration
by The Peoples Republic of China, was the 1997 Bi-metallic $10. This coin
features the Tsing Ma suspension bridge, internationally known and a major
Hong Kong landmark.
The Tsing Ma bridge is one of three components of the Lantau Link, a vital
connection in the transportation network serving the new Hong Kong airport.
The other two components are the Kap Shui Mun Bridge and the Ma Wan Viaduct.
The main span of the Tsing Ma Bridge is 1,377 meters long, making it the
world´s longest carrying both road and railway traffic. Construction of the
bridge was started in May 1992 and completed in May 1997. Each Bi-metallic
coin holds a wealth of history and information latent in its design.
4. Coin World article...............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Copyright 2001 by Amos Press Inc., reprinted by permission from the July 16,
2001, issue of Coin World www.coinworld.com
Library of Congress Unc. $10 sales below 7,000
Buyers purchased fewer than 7,000 Uncirculated 2000-W Library of Congress
$10 ringed bimetallic commemorative coins when that program was active last
According to data released by the United States Mint in late June,
purchasers bought 6,683 of the Uncirculated coins. The coin is the first
ringed bimetallic U.S. coin. It has a platinum core and a gold ring.
The final sales figure makes the Uncirculated coin one of the rarest U.S.
coins, in terms of actual numbers. Of the commemorative coin programs
produced since 1982, only one coin, the Uncirculated 1997-W Jackie Robinson
$5 gold coin, has had a lower sales figure (5,174). Both coins are
comparable, in numbers sold or struck, to rare 18th and 19th century U.S.
gold coins with mintages well under 10,000.
Mintage figures refer to the number of coins struck, while sales figures
represent the number of coins sold. Mint officials routinely release sales
figures for U.S. commemorative coin programs but not the actual mintage
figures representing the number of coins struck.
The Library of Congress sales figure released in June is actually lower than
a preliminary figure released Jan. 24 of 7,200 pieces. Sales figures often
change as returned coins are reflected in the final accounting.
Sales of the Proof 2000-W Library of Congress $10 ringed bimetallic coin
(bearing the same designs but a different finish due to the manufacturing
process) totaled 27,167, according to Mint data.
Sales of the Proof 2000-W Library of Congress silver dollar totaled 196,900
Sales of the Uncirculated 2000-W Library of Congress silver dollar totaled
All four versions of the coins were struck at the West Point Mint, as
indicated by the W Mint mark.
Congress authorized two coins for the 2000 Library of Congress commemorative
program, a silver dollar and the platinum-gold ringed bimetallic $10 coin.
The commemorative coins celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of the
Library of Congress.
Library of Congress
Proof silver dollar 196,900
Uncirculated silver dollar 52,771
Proof bimetallic $10 27,167
Uncirculated bimetallic $10 6,683
SALES OF THE Uncirculated 2000-W Library of Congress $10 coin totaled 6,683.
Shown is a Proof version, which has the same designs.
"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
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 Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: ANA Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands.
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