WBCC Newsmail 258, Volume 6, July 21, 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
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. Bi-metallic 10 Piso 2000 Philipines...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Portuguese WBCC member Jorge Cunha brought my attention to the release of a
new circulation Bi-metallic coin. It is the first Bi-metallic of the
Philippines and is denominated 10 Piso.
WBCC Newsmail 223 Item 1 gave us the first details of this coin's
specification. Jorge's hint about this coin having been released led me to
find a full press release about this new Bi-metallic 10 Piso on the website
of The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The text at:
http://www.bsp.gov.ph/news/2001-07/news-07102001a.htm is as follows.
10 July 2001
Bangko Sentral Issues 10-Piso Coin
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a new 10-piso coin for
general circulation to commemorate its 8th year anniversary. This is an
additional denomination to the current coin series in circulation consisting
of 5-piso; 1-piso; 25-sentimo; 10-sentimo; 5-sentimo and 1-sentimo.
The 10-piso is bi-metal, creating a two-color combination with the ring made
of cupro-nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel) that surrounds the golden color
inner core made of aluminum bronze. It is a little smaller in diameter but
thicker than the existing 5-piso coin, making it easily identifiable even by
the blind and sight-impaired.
The new coin is also round and intermittently reeded with a diameter 26.5 mm
and has the following features:
Profiles of both Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini in a con-joint or in
tandem manner. Bonifacio is at the front of Mabini with the words "
REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS" inscribed along the periphery of the coin while the
year is placed below the profiles.
Seal of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas which is consistent with the common
reverse design of the existing six-coin series.
The new 10-PISO coin and the existing 10-PISO banknote, which also features
Bonifacio and Mabini, including the 5-PISO note are legal tender and
acceptable in daily transactions.
2. 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 Atlanta held from August 8-12, 2001. WBCC member Ray
Lockwood has the possiblity to expose the WBCC to the USA numismatic
communities, coindealers and the US public. Ray is the WBCC Focal Point ANA
Convention 2001. At his booth of the Central States Numismatic Society Ray
will give all information about the WBCC to the public. So if you go to
Atlanta visit the WBCC booth #3.
3. 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. 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.
4. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #258...by Jack Hepler, USA
The Swiss Mint has released several Bi-metallic Five Franc coins during the
past three years. Each coin portrays a theme that has special meaning for
Swiss nationals. The Five Franc coin of 2000 features a honeycomb design
with eight bees around the border. The bees represents what characteristic
of Switzerland? Be careful, this is not the same as Quiz Question #244
a. Hardworking Swiss people.
b. Stable government.
c. Durability of the Swiss Franc.
d. Traditional design of Swiss jewelers.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler Next week you can read the
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #257.
What is the name of the ship pictured in the design of the ringed
Bi-metallic 50 Cents coin of New Zealand?
Answer to Question #257 is "a", Endeavor
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #256; 15% correct. Seven
5. Bi-metallic Commemorates Australian Sportsman..by Jack Hepler, USA
In 1996, Australia issued a Five Dollar Bi-metallic coin honoring Sir Donald
Bradman. Sir Donald Bradman is an Australian sporting hero. He's the only
Australian ever knighted for services to his sport of cricket. The boy who
became a legend was born in 1908. His family lived in the country, not far
from Sydney. Don Bradman was a small boy who was very quick on his feet. His
school didn't have much sport, so Don invented games to amuse himself. One
of his favorites was to hit a golf ball against a tank stand with a cricket
stump. Don left school when he was fourteen and didn't start playing
seriously until he was sixteen. His achievements from 1928 to 1948 are still
among the world's best. He was knighted in 1949. He'll be long remembered
for his sporting skill, gentle manner and good humor. Sir Donald Bradman
died of pneumonia at his home in Adelaide on 25 February 2001
6. Bi-metallic Euros offer...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
I can offer the following commemorate Bi-metallic Euros:
* 10 Euro 1996, Barentsz, $5
* 10 Euro 1996, Huygens, $5
* 10 Euro 1997, v. Hooft, $5
* 10 Euro 1997, Oldenbarnevelt, Silver ring, $7
Postage cost not included. If you have interest in one, please E-mail me :
7. Coin World article...............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Copyright 2001 by Amos Press Inc., reprinted by permission from the July 23,
2001, issue of Coin World www.coinworld.com
Dangerous precedents in proposal
By Beth Deisher
Coin World Staff
There is great sentiment among Republican members of the U.S. Congress to
honor former President Ronald Reagan on a United States coin. Indeed, Sen.
Phil Gramm, R-Texas, former chairman and current ranking minority member of
the Senate Banking Committee, has publicly announced his desire that
Reagan's likeness, upon his death, be accorded the honor of being on a
However, some apparently aren't willing to wait and follow the custom of not
portraying living individuals on U.S. coins.
On June 29 Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., introduced a bill (S.
1143) calling for a massive commemorative coin program in 2005 mandating
that Reagan's likeness be on the obverse of all the coins and that the
Family of Eagles design depicted on American Eagle gold bullion coins be
used on all of the reverses.
The legislation would authorize up to 100,000 $5 gold coins or up to 200,000
$10 gold/platinum bimetallic coins and up to 500,000 silver $1 coins with
surcharges of $35, $50, and $10 respectively.
Campbell's proposal would set two dangerous precedents:
First, portraying a living individual on U.S. coins. Some may rationalize
that Reagan, now 90 and incapacitated by Alzheimer's disease, is not likely
to be alive by 2005. Speculating on a person's death is in poor taste. But
the greater issue is that of breaking a time-honored tradition collectors
have long respected. Witness the firestorm and poor sales of the most recent
example when Eunice Kennedy Shriver's portrait was mandated on the 1995
Special Olympics silver dollar.
Second, the surcharges would be diverted to a government agency to fund what
is in essence a social welfare program. The bill mandates that all
surcharges generated from sales of the Reagan commemorative coins be paid to
the Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of "providing
grants to charitable organizations that assist families in their efforts to
provide care at home to a family member with Alzheimer's disease; and
increasing awareness and educational outreach regarding Alzheimer's
If this bill becomes law we predict that organizations seeking funding for
research to combat every dread disease known today will line the halls of
Congress for "their" commemorative coin programs. Nor would we be surprised
to see other government agencies join the battle for "free money" from
commemorative coin sales. If the Pentagon wants more funding for aircraft
not approved in the budget, imagine the Defense Department seeking coins
depicting historical aircraft.
If President Reagan were cognizant of the way his name is being invoked to
tax coin collectors for involuntary contributions for a social welfare
program, we do not believe he would approve.
If Congress wishes to fund research, educational outreach and programs to
help families of victims of Alzheimer's, it should do so through the budget
If coin collectors wish to donate to Alzheimer's causes let them do so
voluntarily through their individual contributions directly to the
appropriate foundations and organizations.
If America wishes to honor President Reagan on a U.S. coin, let us do so
with dignity and at the appropriate time.
8. TWOB-38 is ready...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
TWOB-38 (The World Of Bi-metallics) cataloque is ready. In this November 1st
issue you will find:
Section 1: WBCC Activities
Section 2: 1261 Coins from 98 Countries
Section 3: 213 Ecus/Euros from 23 Countries
Section 4: 658 Tokens from 34 Countries
And information on varieties, errors and related Numismatic Literature.
It will send as an attachment on August 1st. or by Airmail to WBCC members
who requested it.
"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
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