Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #280


WBCC Newsmail 280, Volume 6, December 22, 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 now really available to the people, from now till December 31, the WBCC Newsmail will start with news about the Bi-metallic Euros

1. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Last thuesday I went to Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany to collect the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros. Now I know more about the dates off each country: Belgium
* 1 Euro only dated 1999
* 2 Euro only dated 2000
* 1 Euro only dated 2002, but with different Mintmarks: A, D, F, G, J
* 2 Euro only dated 2002, but with different Mintmarks: A, D, F, G, J
* 1 Euro dated 1999, 2000 and 2001
* 2 Euro dated 1999, 2000 and 2001
* 1 Euro only dated 2002
* 2 Euro only dated 2000

And, according the Bi-metallic Forum Page.

Manuel Gonzalez reported:
* 1 Euro dated 1999, 2000 and 2001
* 2 Euro dated 1999, 2000 and 2001

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 2 Euro and the 10 Paul Baker, UK

The following I did find on the Internet at... [snip] about the new Bi-metallic 2 Euro and the Thailand Bi-metallic 10 Baht piece. (Original in French language and translated by WBCC member GerhardSchon). --Quote Some vending machines, produced in anticipation of the euro introduction on 1st January 2002, will not only accept euro coins but also Thai Baht pieces, as the producer of those vending machines found out on Monday. The Thai 10 Baht pieces are virtually identical to the 2 Euro coins which those machines can't tell apart, said Stefan Mesch, owner of the "S+M Schaltgeraete" company who produces about two third of the vending machines in Germany. "During the tests, we have discovered that some machinces would accept the baht for the euro", he found out. "But we are working on a new software to make the machines distinguish between the two coins", he added. People in Germany who own Thai money can be happy: rather than 2 Euro, a 10 Baht piece is worth only 25 Cents. --Unquote

It would seem perhaps that some of the machines have not been designed very well. The Bi-metallic 2 Euro denomination coins have a ring of Magnimat (as used in the cores of the Austria Bi-metallic 50 Schilling coins) and it is slightly magnetic. The Cu-Ni of the ring of the Thai 10 Baht coins is non-magnetic.

3. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of San Martin Peeters and Paul Baker

So of course San Marino will offer a set of their own (Bi-metallic) Euro coins. They will use Euro coins following a monetary convention with Italy, an agreement approved on the 12th October 2000. Looking under "Italian" or "English" language sections (which ever suits you) and then under the heading/link "Numismatic" and then under the link "Divisional Set 2002" you will find the set of 8 coins offered for 8.78 Euro per set, with a limit of 120 thousand sets, to be issued 31st January 2002. In the Website of AASFN (Azienda Autonoma Di Stato Filatelica E Numismatica), of San Marino ( you can order the 2002 annual Euro set, with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro for 8.78 Euro (inclusing registrated postage costs) In you can order the set. In the same page one can read:

--Quote Set Of Divisional Euro Coins 2002 For all the countries involved in the Euro changeover, the first major innovation of 2002 will be the introduction of new coins. The Republic of San Marino will also have its own eight metallic Euro coins. Even if only a limited amount of these coins will be minted according to the quota which the European Union has agreed upon, they will have purchasing power in the 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Portugal, Spain) which have adopted the single currency and also in the Vatican State and in the principality of Monaco. The eight San Marino coins, carefully selected to ensure that they are in mint condition, will be displayed in a special coin container, which is suitable to conserve them. The images on the face of the coin, which are the same in every country, represent the position of Europe in the world (1, 2, and 5 eurocent), the European Union as an ensemble of nations (10, 20 and 50 eurocent) and Europe without borders (1 and 2 Euro). The graphic symbol of the Euro, the glyph, is modified by the Greek letter ‘epsilon´; the two parallel lines symbolize the stability of the currency. The reverse of the eight coins displays images linked to San Marino, its culture and history. --Unquote

4. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Last Thursday the Dutch TV programm NOVA showed a test, done by the Dutch Technical Universaty Delft, about the differences in the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of 7 of the 12 EU countries. Here you can read the result

The official measurements of the Bi-metallic 1 Euro coin: Thickness: 2.33 mm, Conductivity (ms/m, *), Weight: 7.5000 gram, Diameter:23.25 mm
Differences in % between the highest and lowest: 4,40%, 2,58%, 0,90% and 0,09%

The official measurements of the Bi-metallic 2 Euro coin Thickness: 2,20 mm, Conductivity (ms/m, *), Weight: 8,5000 gram, Diameter: 25,75 mm
Differences in % between the highest and lowest: 2,61%, 4,67%, 1,57%, 0,23%

They also reported that the Bi-metallic 10 Bath of Thailand fits into the range found of the test 7 Bi-metallic 2 Euro pieces

*) is secret but Conductivity is very important for using the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro in vebding machines

5. Bi-metallic Euros from Greece…by Jack Hepler, USA

In May 2000, the Minister of National Economy and the Governor of the Bank of Greece decided on the national side of the Greek coins, choosing from a set of proposals pre-selected by a special advisory committee and >the Monetary Policy Council. The designer of the national sides of the coins is the sculptor George Stamatopoulos, who works at the Bank of Greece Mint. Greece is one of only four EU countries that has designed the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro coins with a different design. The national sides of the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro cent coins feature the >word "LEPTO" or "LEPTA" (in Greek), a generic term denoting a subdivision >of a currency unit.

6. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro (kits) and Martin Peeters, Netherlands

If you go to Ebay ( and type in the Search field "Eurokit*" you will find offers of several Eurokits, and please watch the prices!! I think much to high for some offers.

7. WBCC Website Membership Page JD White, WBCC Webmaster

I have completed a new version of the WBCC website's Membership page. I know many WBCC members have their own website and I would like to ensure that they get listed. Please check the new page to see if yourwebsite is listed. If it is not listed, email your website's information to me and specify if it is a business or personal site. Please note, your website must contain bi-metallic related collecting information or images to be listed. Business website owners should let me know if they offer any purchase discounts to WBCC members.

8. 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: Julio Alzatti (WBCC Member #212)

9. Bi-metallic 500 Pesos 2001 from Yossi Barzelay, Israel

I just got the Chilean Bi-metallic 500 Pesos coin of 2001. Comparing it to the 2000 dated coins of this type, I see that there is a difference. On the 2000 dated piece, the date is far from the outer-ring and on the 2001 dated piece, the date is near the outer-ring and, in fact, almost touches it.

10. Bi-metallic 100 Pesos 2001 from Francisco Jovel, Chile

In the Webpage ( of the Chile Centrak Bank I could read:
Desde el 14 de diciembre se encuentra circulando en el país la nueva moneda de cien pesos que que rinde homenaje a los pueblos originarios de Chile. En la cara se exhibe la imagen de una mujer mapuche con sus atuendos tradicionales: el trarilonko y el sekil o pectoral. En el sello aparece el escudo nacional, la cifra 100 y la palabra pesos. Para su diseño se consideró un menor tamaño y peso que facilita su manipulación tanto en el uso personal como comercial. Al mismo tiempo, se incluyeron elementos estéticos de manera de contar con piezas más atractivas en el cono monetario nacional. La moneda de $100 está compuesta por una aleación bimetálica, que combina un núcleo plateado de cobre, zinc y níquel (alpaca) y un anillo dorado de cobre, aluminio y níquel (cualni). De esta manera, sigue la tendencia de la moneda de $500 que presentaba una aleación bimetálica, de manera invertida: el núcleo dorado y el anillo plateado. La puesta en circulación de la nueva moneda se realizará en forma gradual en un plazo que contempla cerca de cinco años, tiempo en el que coexistirá con la moneda actual. Este proceso se llevará a cabo con el reemplazo de las piezas actuales que estén deterioradas y a través de una inyección de nuevas monedas de acuerdo al aumento de la cantidad de circulante de esta denominación que exija el crecimiento económico. Esta puesta gradual en circulación tomó en cuenta el tiempo que requerirán las máquinas validadoras para adoptar la nueva pieza.

I translated into English language:
Starting december 14th the new 100 peso coin is circulating. This new coin pictures an image of the original Chilean people. The face of the coins shows a Mapuche girl with traditional clothing: the Trarilonko (head piece) an the Sekil (chest piece). The reverse show the chilean national shield, the number 100 and the word pesos. The design is smaller in size an weight than the old 100 peso coin. This makes it easier for people to use for commercial activities. At the same time the change in design makes for a more appealing coins. The coins is made of a bimetallic nature. The inner part of silver color is made of copper, zinc and nickel. The outer ring is make of copper, aluminum and nickel. This is similar to the 500 peso coin but inverted. The circulation of the coin will replace in a period of years the old 100 peso coin. Both coins will have legal tender. The process will take place by replacing old and deteriorated coins and by increasing the number of new coins in the market. This process is also performed in this manner so that the vending machines can be worked on to accept the new coins.

A picture can be seen in the WBCC New Images page: New Images

11. Bi-metallic MTT from Manuel González, Spain

Today I got information about new bimetallic MTT from Canada. This is the information:
Date of Issue: December 16, 2001
Manitoulin Issues Friendship Token To Remember The Victims Of The September 11 Attacks Ans Raise Funds For Their Survivors Little Current, Ontario- The Little Current Lions Club will be issuing a 2002 dated 2000-cent token to honour the victims of the September 11 attacks and raise funds for their survivors. "This token is meant as a memorial to all those who perished in the September 11 attacks: children, women and men, both civilian and military, from all walks of life, air crews, passengers, firefighters, policemen, rescue workers, teachers, students..." said Rolly Racicot, the Token Program Coordinator for the Lions Club, "they will always have a special place in our hearts". "It is also meant as a token of our thanks to all those who are helping in the recovery process" Racicot continued, "that's where the denomination comes from, 2000 cents for 2000 thanks!".
The token will have currency value, at participating merchants, until May 31, 2002. The Little Current Lions Club has been issuing such tokens as a means of raising funds for community projects since 1969 but this is the first time funds so-raised will be sent outside Manitoulin Island. Produced by Eligi Consultants Inc. the token will be struck on 38-millimetre Bi-metallic blanks and will have both the Canadian and American flags in full colour. Only 1,000 pieces will be struck. "We are expecting this token sell out quickly" said Serge Pelletier, president of Eligi Consultants, "given the track record of the two special pieces struck in 2000 and 2001." Metal / Mintage / Price Bi-metallic / 1,000 / $26.50

12. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler and Fabio Maggiore

The Italian Bi-metallic one Euro – features a drawing called the Vitruvian man based on a study of human proportions. The drawing, not dated but probably was made in 1490 AD, and may be found in the Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia. The artist was born in the Republic of Florence in 1490 and died 2 May 1519. He was simply a genius: painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer. His Mona Lisa and the Last supper were among the most influential paintings of the Renaissance, while his spirit of scientific inquiry and mechanical inventiveness were centuries ahead of his times. What is the name of this coin´s designer?
a. Dali
b. Da Vinci
c. Bottacelli
d. Rembrandt
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler Next week I will be on vacation so you may read the correct answer when I return.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #278. 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
Answer to Question #279 is "b" Crete.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #278; 100% correct. Three players. You may be able to see the answer to many future questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

13. 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.

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

The new Bi-metallic images shown at:New Releases New listed is:
Argentina 1995 1 Peso with different date fonts from mints A, B & C .

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

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