Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #279

WBCC Newsmail 279, Volume 6, December 15, 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 !! Because the
(Bi-metallic) Euros are comming, from now till December 31, the WBCC
Newsmail will start with news about the Bi-metallic Euros

1. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro from the Martin Peeters

Yesterday, December 14th, I got my first Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro from the
Netherlands in a free so called Eurokit (all dominations in it), which
everybody above 6 years gets for free. I could manage to get more of these
Eurokits and the dates are different (I've got date 2000 and 2001). Further
I both so called consumer packages containing all the Euro dominations
including the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro dated 1999 and 2001. If you look into
the WBCC New Image page you can see how the Eurokit looks like.

Please notice: To get a complete overview of all the dates of all EU
Countries and NON EU countries of the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro, please send
a message to the Bi-metallic Coin Forum pages of the Dates/Mintmarks of each
country you have really seen. Thanks!

2. Bi-metallic Euros from Spain…by Jack Hepler and Jose Luis Ramirez

The Spanish 1 and 2 Euros were designed by Luis José Díaz. These
bimetallic coins show the head of the king of Spain, Juan Carlos de
Borbon y Borbon. Don Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon was born in Rome May
14, 1962, where the King Family lived since the proclamation of the II
Spanish Republic in 1931. His father was Don Juan de Borbon y
Battenberg, Count of Barcelona, The second son of the King Alfonso XIII.
Battenberg is the real family name of the famous Lord Mountbatten, the
last Indian Viceroy. His mother is Dona Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon
y Orleans. She was born in Athens, and is the first born of the kings of
Greece Pablo I and Federica. She has a beautiful hobby: she collects

3. Bi-metallic Euros from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

The following news (unfortunally in German language) I have about the
(Bi-metallic) Euros from Monaco:

Monaco stellt eigene Geldstücke vor
Monaco nimmt aber nicht an der Währungsunion teil =

Monaco (APA/AFP) - Gerade noch rechtzeitig vor der endgültigen
Euro-Umstellung hat auch Monaco seine eigenen Euro-Münzen
vorgestellt. Auf den am Dienstag präsentierten 2 Euro-Stücken prangt
das Siegel der herrschenden Fürsten-Familie Grimaldi und das Bildnis
von Kronprinz Albert. Die 1 Euro-Münzen zeigen Fürst Rainier III. mit
dem Kronprinzen.

Monaco nimmt nicht an der Währungsunion der zwölf EU-Staaten teil.
Dass der zwischen Italien und Frankreich liegende, winzige Staat an
der Côte d'Azur mit seinen gut 30.000 Einwohnern dennoch eigene
Münzen prägen könne, die in ganz Europa gültig seien, bezeuge die
Souveränität Monacos, sagte der für Wirtschaft und Finanzen
zuständige Berater Franck Biancheri.

Insgesamt darf Monaco nach einem Vertrag mit der EU rund vier
Millionen Münzen für insgesamt 3 Mill. Euro (41,3 Mill. S) auf den
Markt bringen. Sie stammen aus der südwestfranzösischen Prägestätte
Pessac - genau wie die Euro-Münzen Frankreichs, mit dem das
Fürstentum eine Zollunion eingegangen ist.

4. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Ottó Vizi (WBCC member #233), Hungary
Age: 32
Profession: Disaster management
Hobby: Just Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: Bi- and Tri-metallic money-coins only
Against: Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins and tokens
How did know about the WBCC: From internet

5. New E-mail Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Please read my new E-mail address: Tom Galway (WBCC Member #36)

Please read my new E-mail address: Michael Ayrapetov (WBCC Member #9)

6. Bi-metallic 5 Bolivianos of Bolivia... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Last September 10th I visited the Royal Canadian Mint at Winnipeg. I saw in
production the new Bi-metallic 5 Bolivianos of Bolivia ! Till now there was
no article about this new Bi-metallic. Today I received from Robert Brokl of
the Czech Republic the following information:

Estimado SeÓores Coleccionistas
Escribo para informarles que en Bolivia ya salio en circulacion la nueva
moneda de 5 Bolivianos, el billete de 5 bolivianos dejara de circular en
reeeplazo por la moneda, espero la informacion sea util. Cualquer
informacion escriban.

La moneda del corte de 5 Bolivianos es bimetÂlica. El centro de la moneda
est cubierto de bronce y es de color dorado. El anillo externo es de acero,
de color plateado. Su borde tiene ranuras que permiten identificarla
fÂcilmente al tacto. Tiene un espesor ligeramente mayor al de las otras
monedas. Su peso es de 5 gramos, el diÂmetro externo es de 23 milÎmetros, su
nßcleo es de 16 milÎmetros y el espesor es de 1,9 milÎmetros. La moneda de
Bs5 es de acero inoxidable, su anillo interno es chapeado en bronce. Fue
acuÓada por la Royal Canadian Mint. Fue puesta en circulaciÕn en diciembre
de 2001 En la parte superior del anverso detalla la leyenda LA UNION ES LA
FUERZA En la parte superior del reverso detalla la leyenda REPUBLICA DE
Victor H. Soliz Ayala
Oruro - Bolivia

WBCC member Manuel González of Spain was so kind to translate the text into
English language:

Dear Gentlemen Collectors.
Write to inform them that in Bolivia the new currency of 5 Bolivians already
came out in circulation, the note of 5 Bolivians stopped to circulate in
substitution for the currency, I expect the information it is useful. For
any information they write. The currency of the cut of 5 Bolivians is
bimetallic. The center of the currency is covered with brass and it is of
golden colour. The external ring is made of steel, of silver color. Their
border has grooves that allow to identify it easily to the tact. It has a
lightly bigger thickness to that of the other currencies. Weight is of 5
grams, the external diameter is of 23 millimeters, its nucleus is of 16
millimeters and the thickness is of 1,9 millimeters. The currency of Bs5 is
made of stainless steel, its internal ring is veneered in brass. It was
coined by the Royal Canadian Mint. It was put in circulation in December of
2001. In the superior part of the obverse it details the legend THE UNION it
is THE FORCE In the superior part of the reverse it details the legend
Victor H. Soliz Ayala
Oruro - Bolivia

A picture of this new Bi-metallic from Bolivia can be seen in the WBCC
website -New Images -

7.Bi-metallic from Hong Kyle Mutcher, Canada

Here is some interesting info I found at the RCM site,

Press Release
Royal Canadian Mint To Design, Produce and Market Coins For Hong Kong
Monetary Authority
December 11, 2001

Ottawa - The Royal Canadian Mint announced today that it will design,
produce and market a commemorative five coin set celebrating the fifth
anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (HKSAR).

The 2002 Five Blessings Commemorative Coin Set represents the first time in
more than sixty years that Hong Kong has issued a commemorative silver coin.
The last silver issue for Hong Kong was struck in 1933.

"Our participation in Hong Kong's coin program builds on the Mint's strong
reputation for providing coinage to countries around the globe," said Royal
Canadian Mint President Danielle Wetherup. "I am extremely proud that the
Royal Canadian Mint was selected to commemorate this important milestone for
the Hong Kong regional government."

Each Five Blessings Commemorative Coin Set includes five silver coins
portraying design themes of traditional Chinese blessings. The standard
Bauhinia design representing the Regional Emblem of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region appears on the obverse of each coin. The coin set also
features a gold medallion with a symbol depicting "five blessings coming to
one's door" on the reverse and the Bauhinia design on the obverse.

Mintage of the Five Blessings Commemorative Set is limited to 60,000
worldwide, with 38,888 sets allocated to Hong Kong. Each coin has a face
value of HK$50.00 and contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper with a gold
plated inner core. The accompanying medallion is composed of 24-karat gold.
The Royal Canadian Mint will design, produce, distribute, and market the set
in Hong Kong exclusively.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting
and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. The Royal Canadian Mint is
recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world,
offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and
related services on an international scale. The Royal Canadian Mint has
established a global distribution network to bring the coins it produces
directly to its customers worldwide.

Coin Specifications
Silver Coins
Gold Medallion
HK$ 50
24-Karat gold Medallion
Ring: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.
Core: Sterling Silver Gold Plated
99.99 % fine gold
40 mm
25 mm
35.22 grams
7.8 grams

For information contact:
Eileen Melnick McCarthy
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: (613) 993-5092
Tel: (613) 991-5342
(613) 220 7325 cellular

8. Bi-metallic medals from Vízi Ottó, Hungary

And here's a minor update for the page, from me:
It is two hungarian medal released in year 2000.
Name: "2000 éves keresztény kultúra emlékérme" (Europe's 200 years)
Diameter : 65 mm
Weight : 4 uncia, (124,42 gr)
Material : Silver, Ag 999,9%o
Quality : Proof

Name: "2000 éves keresztény kultúra emlékérme" (Europe's 200 years)
Diameter : 42,5 mm
Weight : 1 uncia, (31,104 gr)
Material : Silver, Ag 999,9%o
Quality : Proof

Released by the Hungarian Mint Co.
Order from: Zsuzsa Kertesz,
Cost: 65 mm: ~ 95 €/42,5 mm: ~ 23 €

9. Bi-metallic Carwash Michael Ayrapotov, USA

I have joined the American Vecturist Association (AVA), and received the
Fare Box issue of November, 2001. In this issue, I have found information
about the USA Bi-metallic carwash token:

Supplement #4 to Car Wash Tokens of North America, 2nd Edition. By Harold V. Ford.
Carwash Chain Stock Tokens.
Group 360 F (Wiscousin)
Wonder Wash Car Wash Willy Wonder Wash
(Cartoon Character) Car Wash Token
For self serve bays
23mm Brass Token with 8mm stainless steel center

10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

A Europe without frontiers is the theme on the bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro
coins. The designer made complex modifications to the design of the coins
at the end of 1997, to take account of the requests made by the Member
States, with a view to improving the quality of the geographical
representation: Luxembourg was not visible on the 1 and 2 euro coins, the
problem was the same for Portugal on the 2 euro coin, Denmark was
surprised that the Island of Fyn was attached to the continent on certain
coins, Greece wished to have Crete depicted on the 1 and 2 euro coins,
Sweden wished to include the Island of Gotland, Finland the Island of
Aland and the United Kingdom the Hebrides, the frontier was missing
between Ireland and Ulster and between Spain and Portugal and the Spanish
wished the Canaries to be shown on the 1 and 2 euro coins.

The latest change in the one and two Euro removed an island from the
design. What is the name of that island?
a. Aland
b. Crete
c. Gotland
d. Hebrides
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #278.
Most of the Bi-metallic one and two Euro coins will feature the same
country (obverse) design. Of course, the reverse (common) side of all
countries will be the same. Five countries will have designs on the one
and two Euro that are different. Which of the following countries are
planning to have different designs on the obverse of the one and two Euro
a. Austria
b. Germany
c. Greece
d. Luxembourg
Answer to Question #278 is "a" and “c”. These countries have one and two
Euro coins with different designs.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #277; 100% correct. Five
players. You may be able to see the answer to many future questions in
earlier Newsmail issues.

12. WBCC Auction Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am now accepting lots for Auction 39 which will start when there are
sufficient lots or at the latest on the 5th January 2002.

13. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi-metallic images shown here.
New listed are:
* Netherlands 2001 Eurokit
* Swiss 2002 5Fr Fete de l'Escalade
* Hungarian 2000 medals
* Austria Casino 10 Euro
* Bolivia 5 Bolivianos
* USA United Airlines 2000 Medal

"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
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