Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #285


WBCC Newsmail 285, Volume 7, January 26, 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,

Please notice: Next week's WBCC Newsmail will be composed and published by Cliff Anderson in the USA, WBCC Public Relations, email. So if you have interesting news this week about Bi-metallics, please send it to Cliff. I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. New WBCC members ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have three new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name: Christos Apostolidis (WBCC member #241)
Country: Greece
Age: 27
Profession: Webmaster & Content Manager for Fleamarket S.A
Hobby **1): Searching piles of old coins (and new) / * World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Having fun from my hobby/job and become a full time dealer soon
Against: Wouldn't like to become a bad overgrader/dealer
How did know about the WBCC: RCC

Name: Julio Lopez Lacalle (WBCC member #242)
Country: Spain
Age: 31
Profession: Computer Engineer, working in the University of Almeria.
Hobby: European Coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics, and very especially World Coins Commemorating the Third Millennium.
Goal: To have a complete collection of the coins commemorating the Third Millennium, specially the Bi-metallic coins.
How did I know about the WBCC: Finding Bi-metallic coins in Internet.

Name: Andras Elter (WBCC member #243)
Country: Hungary
Age: 36
Profession: biologist
Hobby: Coin collecting, World coins especially Bi-and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: To have coins from every country
Against: cheating in swapping
How did I know about the WBCC: Internet

2. WBCC 5 years Phonecard ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I have made a phone card commemorating the WBCC 5th Anniversary, our attending at World Money Fair 2002 in Basel and the coming of EURO. You can inform all the members that if they want to order the phone card directly to me the cost is US$ 10.00 (Shipping and Handling included). Email orders here

3. WBCC Bi-metallic engraving project ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCC starts with a new WBCC Bi-metallic Engraving project. Each (and ONLY) WBCC member can have his own Bi-metallic (Red copper ring and nickel center) engraved. The combination of the metals is used by the Dutch Mint and now I can obtain these blanks. A sample engraving could be:
  Martin Peeters
  WBCC Member # 1
The cost for 1 blank is $1, and engraving each letter costs $0.50. So with the example it would be about $1 + 25 X $0.50 = $13.50. Also possible instead engraving your name, you may want to use initials; M.P. WBCC #1. This would cost $6 (1+10X$0.50). Please notice that postage costs are not included.
Please look for an expample in: New Images or Bi-Metallic Products. So If you have interest in your own WBCC Engraved Bi-metallic coin, Email me: Martin Peeters.

Until now, only 14 WBCC members have ordered an Engraved WBCC Bi-metallic. It will take at least 4 weeks before the engraving will take place, so you have time till March 1st to order a Engraved Bi-metallic. After March 1st it is NOT possible to order a piece!!

4. Bi-metallic Euro service by the WBCC ... by Martin Peeters and Frans Dubois

Several WBCC members made requests to send Bi-metallic Euros to them. As a service of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club to all WBCC members we try to compose complete sets of all Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of each country. We ask WBCC members who want to have a complete set (ONLY Bi-metallics) to send us a E-mail message to: Martin Peeters or Frans Dubois.

Please notice:
* You must have patience before we have many complete sets of all Bi-metallic Euros. We will go to the World Money Fair in Basel on February 1st. We think we can get a lot of Bi-metallics there.
* The costs of 1 set per country Bi-metallic 1 Euro and 2 Euro (the available euro's) will be US. $ 3,-
* The sets will be send by registrated post only.
If you are interested please send a reaction to Martin Peetersor Frans Dubois.

PLEASE NOTICE: Frans has LOST ALL the messages/requests from WBCC members about the WBCC Bi-metallic Euro offer. Please send Frans a new E-mail.

5. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (4) ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

This is the fourth and last Pre-report of my attending to the World Money Fair in Basel next week. The programm looks at follows:

Date: 01.Feb.2002 International Media Forum, Free entry
* Convention Centre Messe Basel, 'Auditorium Montreal‘ 9.30am – 12.30pm
First launching of new coin issues and technical innovations from the coin producing front from all over the world. Presentations are in English.
* Opening Ceremony
Town Hall, Reception by the Government, dinner at the Restaurant 'Zur Safranzunft‘

Date: 02.Feb.2002 International coin show, Entry fee CHF 10.
* Convention Centre Messe Basel 9am – 5pm
Buying and selling of coins, medals, paper money of all periods and countries. * Speed Auction UBS Room Rio 2pm
* Symposium (SNG) Room ‘Osaka’ 3.30pm

Date: 03.Feb.2002 International coin show, Free entrance
Convention Centre Messe Basel 10am – 4pm
* Buying and selling of coins, medals, paper money of all periods and countries.

So I hope to see you at the WBCC booth #268 !!

6. Bi-metallic 50 Dollars from Hong Kong ... by Anthony Lee, Hong Kong

I would like to let all the members to know Hong Kong has just issue five new silver Bi-metallic coins. The stories as below:- To commemorative the 5th year of the " Goverment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". They issue five different silver coins. (This is the first time of Hong Kong issue commemorative silver coins since 1863) The designs based on the themes of the Chinese traditional blessings representing "May you wishes come true" (Lucky), "May every year bring surplus" (Frish), "Speedy success" (Horses), "Flowers bloom for prosperity" (Flowers) and "May your stock turn over like a sprinning wheel" (Spring wheel). The obverse of the coins design is the Bauhinia Flowers ). Each coin has a face value of HK$50, contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper with 24-carat gold-plated inner core.
The five HK$50 silver coins are leagel tender. The coins was struck bt the Royal Canadian Mint and has a limiteed mintage of 60,000 sets world-wide. They give the name of the coins is (THE FIVE BLESSINGS COMMEMORATIVE). Pictures of these Bi-metallics can be seen in the WBCC Website: New Images.

7. Bi-metallic 20 Dollar from Australia ... by Rod Sell, Australia

Queen Elizabeth II automatically became Queen upon the death of her father King George VI on the 6th February 1952. Her official Coronation at Westminter Abbey was held in 1953. To mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee Australia will produce 2 coins one is bi-metallic.

The coin is of gold and silver and has a value of $20. The silver centre is modelled on the Order of the Thistle brooch. The gold ring has .22 troy ounce of pure gold and the centre has .15troy ounce of pure silver. The reverse shows a young Queen dressed for the Order of the Garter Service with Buckingham Palace in the back. The mintage is only 7500 and the cost is A$575 which is about US$300.

In 2003 there will be another Bi-metallic coin for the Golden Jubilee of her Coronation. A $20 silver ring and gold centre. The reverse will feature the 4 portraits of the Queen used in Australian coins. An image of the 2002 Bi-metallic coin is shown on the Perth Mint's new images page, and go to Shop Online and Special Issue

8. Bi-metallic 25 Kuna 2002 from Croatia ... by Jorge Cunha, Portugal

If you take a look in WBCC Website section New Images, you will see a picture of the new 2002 Bi-metallic 25 Kuna from Croatia. In next weeks WBCC Newsmail I will write more about it.

9. Bi-metallic medal from Hungary ... by Vízi Ottó, Hungary

New Hungarian Bi-metallic coin will release next week:
Name: Bicentennial anniversary of Lajos Kossuth's birth (Kossut Lajos születésének 200. évfordulójára)
Denomination: 100 HUF
Material: Ni/Cu
Gross weight: 8 g
Diameter: 23,8 mm
Date of Issue: 1 February, 2002
The rear cover of the coin similar the regular 100 HUF. In the front the arms of hungary replaced by Lajos Kossuth's portrait and a note "KOSSUTH 1802-1894".
qty: 1.000.000

10. Bi-metallic 2 Euro error ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

From WBCC member Stanislav Souslov I received this URL. It showes a in Russian language Forum Pages and one can see a picture of a Bi-metallic 2 Euro error.

11. Bi-metallic Euros from Ireland ... by Jack Hepler, USA

The Republic of Ireland emphasises it´s Celtic heritage as the unified theme for all Euro coins and used "Eire", as it is spelt correctly in Gaelic. The harp was chosen for the Irish Bi-metallic Euro coins as it is a well-known symbol of Ireland and already features on all Irish coinage. Each coin also shows the year it was minted. The harp illustration is by Jarlath Hayes. The harp is a traditional instrument since times of Bards and Druids. It can be traced to the Celts of the 8th. Century.

12. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros and KM numbers ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

From WBCC member Norman Bowers I received a list of all Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro and the new KM numbers (SCWC). Numbers are tentative, some numbers just might change when they appear in the SCWC:
* 1 Euro KM 3088
* 2 Euro KM 3089
* 1 Euro KM 230
* 2 Euro KM 231
* 1 Euro KM 104
* 2 Euro KM 105
* 1 Euro KM 1288
* 2 Euro KM 1289
* 1 Euro KM 213
* 2 Euro KM 214
* 1 Euro KM 187
* 2 Euro KM 188
* 1 Euro KM 38
* 2 Euro KM 39
* 1 Euro KM 216
* 2 Euro KM 217
* 1 Euro KM 81
* 2 Euro KM 82
* 1 Euro KM 240
* 2 Euro KM 241
* 1 Euro KM 746
* 2 Euro KM 747
* 1 Euro KM 1046
* 2 Euro KM 1047
* 1 Euro KM 173
* 2 Euro KM 174
San Marino
* 1 Euro KM 446
* 2 Euro KM 467
* 1 Euro Y 347
* 2 Euro Y 248

13. Encased Penny in Ebayb ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Saw in Ebay: Item # 1326346951
Title: British penny 1856 Bimetallic novelty encased
British penny 1856 (rare date) with inset Indian 2 annas one side, Belgian 50c 1866 the other side. Never saw this kind of Encased piece.

14. Bi-metallic 500 Lire 1984 from Italy error ... by Martin Peeters

Saw in Ebay: Item # 1326767311
Title: Italy 500 lire 1984 bimetallic misstrike RARE
Never saw this kind of 500 Lire mistrike.

15. USA Silver center Cent 1792 ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Saw in Cointoday
1792 Silver Center Cent Fetches $414,000
The Brock-Forman-Norweb Coin, a brilliant uncirculated 1792 Silver Center Cent topped Stack's recent 'Americana' Public Auction, crossing the auction block for $414,000. View The 1792 Silver Center Cent Here.

16. Bi-metallic token distibutor ... by Rich Hatzog, USA

If you look at ITD you can read information about a Belgium company The International Token Distributors. ITD Ltd. is a relatively new player in the gaming industry. As a Belgian company, it was established early 1997.
ITD Ltd. specializes in the production and worldwide distribution of metal tokens for all coin-op machines. In our own manufacturing plant, equipped with the most modern and fastest computer driven machines, we prepare the cad/cam drawings and moulds according to customers wishes and produce tokens in any size and metal imaginable. One of their products are Bi-metallic tokens.

17. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #285 ... by Jack Hepler, and Jose Ramirez

The Spanish 1 and 2 Euro Bi-metallic coins show the head of the king of Spain; Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon. The king was born in Rome May 14, 1962, where the King Family lived following 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. Who designed the national side of the Spanish Euro?
a. Luis José Díaz.
b. Joaquim Jiminez.
c. Luc Luycx.
d. Raimo Heino.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #284.
The Euro being introduced in Europe brings together on one common monetary system, the pictures of European royalties. It may also be noted that the introduction of the Euro will be the first circulating Bi-metallics of each of these countries. I know of no other monetary system that includes members of royalty from different countries. The Euro concept is truly revolutionary. Monarchs from how many of the 12 European Economic Union countries will be portrayed on these coins?
a. Two.
b. Three.
c. Four.
d. Five.
Answer to Question #284 is "c" Four Monarchs appear on the Bi-metallic Euro of the 12 EEU nations.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #283: 100% correct. Six players. You may be able to see the answer to many questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

18. WBCC Auction 40 .. by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

You only have 1 week to submit your lots for Auction 40 which starts on the 2nd February. Please email details of any items you would like to submit to me: Rod Sell

19. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images ... by Rod Sell, Australia The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Images
New listed are:
* Croatia 2002 25 Kuna
* Hong Kong 5th Anniversary of return to China
* Australia 2002 QEII Golden Jubilee gold & silver $20.
* USA Charlotte 2002 transit tokens
* 2 Euro errors. Image from Jose Ramirez

20. Bi-metallic offer ... by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

Now availables new Bi-metallic coins:
* Ukraina 5 H. 2001 at 5.00
* Chile 100 Pesos 2001 at 1.00
* Argentina 1 Peso 2001 at 1.50 reeded edge and at 4.50 the plain edge
Take a look at my site, New URL or write.

21. TWOB-40 ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The next issue of The World Of Bi-metallics catalog was planed February 1st, but because my preparation for attending the World Money Fair at Basel, the next issue will be planed now April 1st. 2002.

"See you", in 2 weeks,
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
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: ANA Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
WBCC Website
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC is officially sponsored for the Basel World Money Fair by:
* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint) and Schuler Presses, Germany.
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