Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #282


WBCC Newsmail 282, Volume 7, January 5, 2002 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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 Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 2 new WBCC member. Let me introduce them to you:

Name: Ron LaSpisa (WBCC member #235), USA
Age: 58
Profession: University Professor
Hobby: World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Promote bi-metallic $5 coin for USA
How did I know about the WBCC: Coin club friend one year ago

Name: Shardul Kulkarni, India (WBCC member #236)
Profession: Student
Hobby: World coins especially Bi/tri metalics
I know the WBCC from the internet.

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

Please read my new E-mail address: Joel Larouche (WBCC Member #159)

Please read my new E-mail address: Kathy Beacham (WBCC member #208)

3. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (1).by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

In 3 weeks time the WBCC will attend, like last year, the World Money Fair in Basel, held from February 1 to 3. This is the first pre-report about this event. The World Money Fair in Basel is the biggest of its kind in the world. At least 30 Minthouses will be present, and this year the South African Mint is the Guest of Honors with a special booth. The WBCC will attend for 3 days the WMF with 2 persons; Frans Dubois and Martin Peeters. The WBCC will have its own booth which is sponcored by The Portuguese Mint and Schuler Presses. In Next weeks edition of the WBCC Newsmail more news about the World Money Fair.

4. Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2001 of Manuel Gonzalez

In the Webpage of the National Bank of Ukraine ( section Banknotes and coins/Jubilee and commemorative coins/Bimetal non-precious metals) one can read about a new Bi-metallic 5 Hryvnias 2001 of Ukraine:
Jubilee Coin "10 Years of the Armed Forces of Ukraine" In circulation since November, 29, 2001. Jubilee coin of 5 Hryvnias denomination is dedicated to 10 Years of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The coin is minted according to modern minting technologies for bimetal coins. Embedding metal: cupronickel. Ring metal: Nordik (CuAl5Zn5Sn1). Ordinary quality. Overall weight: 9.4 g. Coin diameter: 28.0 mm. The rim of the coin is sector incised. Mintage 50,000 pieces. Artists: Oleksander Muraviyov, Sviatoslav Ivanenko. Sculptor: Sviatoslav Ivanenko.

On the coin obverse within the internal ring and upon the glass background the small State Emblem of Ukraine is depicted and the crossed batons (symbols of colonel's power in Cossak army) within the frame of oak garland, as well as 2001, the coin mintage year and the Mint logo of the National Bank of Ukraine. Within the external ring there are circular inscriptions: ???????, 5 ???????.

On the coin reverse within the internal ring there is a depiction of an equal-armed cross with broadened ends inframed with laurel wreath; in the centre of cross there is a medallion with a picture of small State Emblem of Ukraine; in external ring there are circular inscriptions: ??????? ???? ???????, 10 ?????.

5. Bi-metallic 5 Maloti from Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I received a new Bi-metallic from Lesotho (Africa). It is a 5 Maloti dated 1995 and commemorates 50 year United Nations. For it very surpising the excistance of this Bi-metallic piece. Who knows more about this piece, like how much are struck. A pictire of this 5 Malotti can be seen in the WBCC Webpage: New Releases

6. Bi-metallic Euros from Paul Baker, UK

The list currently near the end of the page: EUROS is the WBCC's image list of Bi-metallic Euro coins expected to appear in early 2002. This list was last updated in February 2001, so it really is just what was EXPECTED to appear and NOT what has appeared in circulation. A quick look at this list shows how several dates of each of the Bi-metallic coins are expected for each of several different countries. It was believed at that time that all the Greek Euro coins to appear in 2002 would be dated just 2002. So that would mean just two different Bi-metallic Euro coins would exist for Greece, at least until the end of 2002. Well it does seem that that first piece of information was correctly determined all that time ago i.e. it seems quite certain now that all Greek coins of the Euro denominations are dated 2002. However information I have from a contact in Greece, is that already there are actually FOUR Bi-metallic Euro coins to collect for Greece. (My contact is Apostolidis Christos who has a "Euro Report" page on his website. The address for his website is .) All four are date 2002, additionally some of the 1 Euro coins and some of the 2 Euro coins for Greece have a small incuse letter "S" on the five-pointed star in-between the 2nd and 3rd digits of the date. Of the other denominations of Greek Euro coins:- the 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 Eurocent coins can be found with or without an incuse "F" on one of the stars on the "country side" and the 20 Eurocent coins can be found with or without an incuse "E" on one of the stars on the "country side".

An educated guess would be that these letters relate to where the coins have been made. Perhaps the "S" is for Italy, as the letter "S" is the serial number prefix letter on the Euro banknotes issued in Italy. The letters "E" and "F" are not allocated as prefix letters for the Euro banknotes, just maybe these will refer to countries outside the EU. It is known that non-EU countries have been involved with the production of this new coinage.

7. Bi-metallic Euros from Finland…by Jack Hepler, USA

Designer, Raimo Heino, elected to use flora or plants on his design of the Bi-metallic Finnish 2 Euro. The design features cloudberries and cloudberry flowers. The 1 Euro Bi-metallic coin has incorporated flying swans into the design. This coin was designed by Pertti Makinen. The smaller denominations of the Euro cents will have a heraldic lion. Finland will not be circulating the 1 and 2 Eurocent pieces. Finns do not bother with the Finnish coin of equivalent value, the 10 Penni piece. Finland will also be distributing fewer coins and notes than other countries, relative to its size, because it already has the lowest amount of cash in circulation, relative to GDP, than any other European country. That is because Finns already pay for so much with plastic cards and through the Giro system.

8. Bi-metallic Euros from Martin Peeters

WBCC member Manuel Gonzalez reported the following new Bi-metallic (Non legal tender) Euros from Italy:
* 2 Euro International Mint. Convention Numismatic in Bologna 18-19-3-2000
* 1 Euro S. Vito. City Modena year 2001
* 2 Euro "Tempo del Billardo" Different central metal
* 1 Euro "No Cash Value" Inverted colour and small size

Pictures can be seen in the WBCC webpages: New Releases

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

A tree, drawn by artist Joaquim Jiminez, appears on these Bi-metallic coins, symbolizing life, continuity and growth. It is contained in a hexagon and is surrounded by the motto of the Republic. This is the design of the Euros of which country?
a. France
b. Germany
c. Luxembourg
d. Belgium
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #281. Luc Luycx, a professional coin designer won the international competition for the design of the common side of the Bi-metallic Euro. Luc Luycx chose abstract design as the theme. In his design, he presented growing European unification. The countries of the economic union are shown on the coins and 12 stars represent those countries converting to the common currency. His initials, LL may be seen on the one and two Euro coins. In which country’s mint is Luc Luycx employed?
a. Germany
b. France
c. Luxembourg
d. Belgium
Answer to Question #281 is "d" Belgium.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #280; 100% correct. Six players. You may be able to see the answer to many future questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

10. WBCC Auction 39 is Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 39 is now open. The lots can be seen at: Auction 39 This auctions will close on Saturday 12th at 10PM Sydney time.
Included in the lots are:
* Blank Bi-metallic, Reserve $1.00
* Dutch Eurokit, issued December 2001, containing 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1 euro, 2 euro. Reserve $3.00
* Australia 1998 $5 Royal Flying Doctor Reserve $5.00
* Australia 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens X 2. Reserve $5.00
* Australia 2001 $10 The Future Reserve $30.00
* Twin Towers medal - 1oz Ag .999 / ring Gold plated 24 Kt. Reserve $45.00
* Twin Towers medal - 1oz Ag .999 / ring Gold plated 24 Kt. Reserve $45.00
* Holed tokens, set of 3 pieces. Reserve $6.00
* Car wash tokens, set of 3 pieces. Reserve $4.50
* Play tokens, 2 pieces black jack. Reserve $3.00
* Portugal 1 and 2 Euros 2002, Spanish 1 and 2 Euros 2001. Reserve $5.50
* Portugal 100 escudos 2000 unc. Reserve $1.00

I am now accepting lots for Auction 40 which will open when we have sufficient lots or at the latest on February 2nd. Please email details or bids to me: Rod Sell

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

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Releases
New listed are:
* 2 Euro International Mint. Convention Numismatic in Bologna 18-19-3-2000
* 1 Euro S. Vito. City Modena year 2001
* 1 Euro "No Cash Value" Inverted colour and small size
* 2 Euro "Tempo del Billardo" Different central metal
* Lesotho 1995 5 Maloti
* USA Crown Tuning Token
* Ploand 2001 20 Zlotych with Zircon
* France, Jeton bi-métallique 27 - 1609
* France, Jeton bi-métallique 28 - 1588

"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
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WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
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