WBCC Newsmail 274, Volume 6, November 10, 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. New WBCC member......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Marc Awodey (WBCC member #227), USA
Hobby: World coins and older Bi-metallics, especially british model tokens
Goal: To have a broad enough sampling of model pennys, half pennys, and
crowns to be aware of all (or at least most) varieties and known errors- and
to perhaps participate in documenting them.
Against: Single-handedly driving up the cost of models on ebay!
How did know I about the WBCC: From researching british model tokens
2. Bi-metallic 2002 from Argentine...Claudio A. Revello, Argentine
The Central Bank of the Argentine Republic, in execution of the willing for
the Nº Laws 25,418 25.419, provided the emission of commemorative coins of
the bicentennial of the birth and of the 150º of the pronouncement of the
The emissions consist quality in a coin "Circulation" with a face value of
$1, of similar characteristics to the now in course, and a coin of gold
quality "Brilliant Uncirculated," with facial courage $5. From the first,
Bi-metallic, with ring of CuNi and nucleus of copper-aluminum-nickel, 6.35
grams and a module of 23 mm, the coin quantity will be of a million (995.000
with grooved edge and 5,000 with flat edge.
The coin of $1 will put on in circulation in date to confirm (it is
estimated that before end of year) and it will be exchanged for their facial
courage, while their presentation in case will ascend $6 each one.
The design, carried out by Carlos Pedro Rodríguez Dufour, artist plastic of
the Bank, present the face of the Gral in the obverse of both pieces.
Urquiza looking at of front; in horizontal line, to the left, the year of
their birth "1801" and to the right, "2001." In the inferior arch are read
"Gral. JUST JOSE de URQUIZA" and in the superior arch "REPUBLICA ARGENTINA".
The reverse illustrates a sector of the Stay San José, to the right show
the facial courage in numbers and the word "PESO" ó "PESOS" according to the
denomination and, round, the year of minting" 2001" in opposition to" 1851,"
year that remembers the pronouncement of Urquiza. In inverted form are read
"SAN JOSE". The axis of turn of the coin is vertical. The modeling and you
fit them are carried out by Juan Domingo Castillo and Patricia Mónica
Galera, both of the Sociedad del Estado Casa de Moneda de Argentina
3. Bi-metallic 2 Poud 2002 from the UK...by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy
I have received from the British Royal Mint this news:
A special 2 Pound coin to honour the XVIIº Commonwealth Games in Manchester
is currently in production and in recognition of the four teams representing
the United Kingdom there will be FOUR versions issued during 2002. The coins
will be available in both PROOF (Issue limit 25.000) and Brilliant
Uncirculated (Issue unlimited) standard as 4 coin sets for which advance
orders are now being accepted".
4. Bi-metallic tokens.......by Sean Moffatt, USA
Reffering to WBCC Newsmail 273, item 4 about the two different Bi-metallic
Amusement Tokens called "Wonderland", I checked out Van Brook with the sales
staff and found that they do not make their own metal tokens anymore. I was
told that they are just a reseller or marketing orginazation. They
outsource most if not all of their products to outside vendors. Their tokens
are made by Osborne Coinage in Cincinnati, Ohio. I knew of only 2 facilities
that had capacity to make large quantity Bi-metallic tokens in this country.
One is Osborne and the other is Roger Williams Mint (Attelboro Mass.). It
does not surprise me that Osborne is the supplier because they are close to
Van Brook (<100Km). We buy "Token" stickers from Van Brook and have a small
business relation with them. Unfortunately since we are "competitors" it is
not possible for me to get their Bi-metallic tokens as samples, as well as
finding out how many were made, that would be a conflict of interest problem
on their end. I do know one of the outside salesmen for Osborne and next
time we meet I will ask about samples (although he still has not gotten me
the Bi-metallic keytag I asked for ~2 years ago). I did go to the Van Brook
website and saw the Bi-metallic tokens mentioned and I will watch for any
that might of been used in sample sets to potential customers. We send out
hundreds of sample sets a month so it might be possible that they have done
the same. Interestingly enough we recieved a quote request from Kuwait
today, but no Bi-metallics were involved.
5. The WBCC Auction 37 is open...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 36 is closing very soon. The latest bids can be seen at:
Auction 37 is now open at:
Items listed are
* Australia 1998 $5 Royal Flying Doctor $5.00
* Australia 2000 $5 Phar Lap $4.00
* Australia 1997 $5 Bi-metallic. This date was only available in this
special envelope. It is very difficult to obtain and now retails at about
$15. Reserve $9.00
* I.C.B. Peru 1996 Berlin 1936 Pattern 20 New Soles. Reverse 3 with thick
milled edge. Reserve $30.
* I.C.B. Peru 1996 Athens 1896 Pattern 20 New Soles. Reverse 3 with thin
milled edge. Reserve $30.
* Macao 10 yuan 1999, Return of Macao, skyline, bridge & tablet. Reserve
* Macao 10 yuan 1999, Return of Macao, junks, St.Pauls. Reserve $8.00
I am now accepting lots for auction 38. Please email your lots to:
Jack Hepler Next week you can
read the correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #273.
Which legal tender Bi-metallic circulated coin had the highest value when
it was released?
a. Great Britain 2 Pounds
b. Croatia 25 Kuna
c. Mexico 50 Pesos
d. France 20 Francs
Answer to Question #273 is "c", Mexico. At the time of release, the face
value was $17.50. Inflation, which has now stabilized, eroded the value
of 50 Pesos until it is now about $5. The 50 Pesos coins are not found
in circulation now.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #272; 100% correct. Seven
players. Somewhere in past WBCC Newsmails, TWOB or Website, you will
find the answers to most future Quiz Game Questions.
7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi-metallic images shown at:
"See you" next week,
New listed are:
* Gibraltar 2001 2 Pound.
* Beijinh 2001 Expo Medal with hologram
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
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