Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #292


WBCC Newsmail 292, Volume 7, March 16, 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 members ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Wouter Beerekamp (WBCC member #249), Netherlands
Age: 39
Profession: Trainer at the Social Insurrance Bank
Hobby: World Coins especially Bi and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Being the initiator of the numismatic event called "Noordelijke Muntmanifestatie", now trying to make it the best and largest one-day numismatic event in the Netherlands.
How did I know about the WBCC: I read an article about it in the Dutch coinmagazine; de Muntkoerier.

Name: DaniŽlla van Bendegem (WBCC member #250), Netherlands
Age: 30
Profession: Administrator
Hobby: European Coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: To collect all Euro's in UNC from all participating countries and from all years.
How did I know about the WBCC: Peter Jencius introduced me to you website, I read some of it and became immediatly enthousiastic.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Now we have reached a new milestone in the excistance of the WBCC, the 250th WBCC member, Congratulations go to DaniŽlla van Bendegem. Please notice, not the the amount of members is important BUT how WBCC members participate in the WBCC !!

2. Bi-metallic from Sri Lanka ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

I received information from Kavan Ratnatunga living in Sri Lanka about the Sri Lanka Bi-metallic 10 Rupee 1998. This also can be read about here.

1998 - Sri Lanka - 10 Rupee - Bi-Metal
50th Independence Anniversary
Three commemorative coins and a plastic note were issued by Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 1998, February, 4th to mark the 50th Anniversary of Sri Lanka regaining Independence. A Bi-metal 10 rupee coin that circulated was issued together with a five thousand rupee gold sovereign proof coin, and an one thousand rupee crown-sized silver proof coin.

Denomination Rupees Ten
Alloy Cupro-Nickel
Diameter 27.0/18.0 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 9.0 gms
Shape Round
Edge Grained incuse lettering
Die-Axis 0į
Issue 50,000,000
Mint Royal,Wales

Obverse : Depicts an image of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy with the Pattirippuwa (Octagon) in the forefront. The numeral `50' in numerals and the words 'INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY' in Sinhala, Tamil and English against the figure 50 on right side appear below the image. The period `1948' `1998' is depicted on either side of the apex.

Reverse : Depicts the numerals `10' at the center with `TEN RUPEES' in Sinhala, Tamil and English on either side, and in Braille above, and the year of issue `1998' below. `Sri Lanka' in Sinhala. Tamil and English at the top center. The periphery of the coin is surrounded by a traditional Sinhala design in motifs.

The coin has been struck in Bi-metal. The 18 mm inner circle of the coin is Nickel-Brass and outer ring is in Cupro-Nickel. The edge of the coin is grained with the incuse letters CBSL four times in English.

The art work of the coins has been done by the Central Bank artist, Mrs Padmanjalee Karunatillake. The coins were minted at the Royal Mint, Wales, United Kingdom. It was issued to collectors in plastic coin sheets with 10 coins each.

The Rs 10/- coin in general circulation is the first Bimetal coin from Lanka and also the first with Braille although I am not sure how practical it is to read in the presence of all the other raised text.

The coins were scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi. The uncirculated Rs 10/- coin was obtained from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

The CBSL leaflet on The History of Money describing this coin in the last sentence of the Text says The edge of this coin is milled with the letters CBSL in Sinhala, Tamil and English in incused letering.. The author probably never looked at the coin. I find it strange to not have the Sinhala and Tamil lettering like the standard Rs 5/- coin particularly on this independence issue. The current officers of the central bank was surprised when I pointed out this discrepency while meeting them in 2001 December.

3. Bi-metallic Amusement Tokens ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

If you take a look in the WBCC's New Images page, you can see 2 Bi-metallic Amusement Tokens from the Shinsoony Component Industries company in the city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The following information I received from Edmund Tan of the company:

--Quote Good morning Mr. Martin, our company website is We are proud to introduce ourselves as an unique tokens manufacturer with consistent quality for all coins operated machines in the gaming industry. With years of craftmanship experience and continuously invests in the latest production techniques, we have the capabilities to produce token coins of various types, eg. Fun, Commemoratives or Promotions according to customers specifications at extremely competitive prices. We also manufactured Bi-metallic token in various sizes according to customers requirements. Currently we only have a few Bi-metallic tokens with different sizes as our local market demand is not high. Our set of metal alloys is as follow:
Outer Ring - Stainless Steel or Brass
* Inner Circle - Brass, Nickel Plated or Stainless Steel.

4. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #292 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Eva Peron died in 1952 but remains today as a well-known figure in Argentine history. She is featured on the One Peso Bi-metallic of 1997. This coin was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Argentine womenís right to vote. What was Eva Peronís maiden name?
a. Eva Perez.
b. Maria Borges.
c. Eva Sanchez.
d. Maria Duarte.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #291.
In 1994 Australia honored a woman on a five-dollar Bi-metallic coin. She was an Irish immigrant who had seven children and lived to the age of 89. During her 30 years in Australia, she constantly fought for womenís rights and is forever remembered for the voting rights for women movement. Little is known about the personal life of this woman of destiny. What is her name?
a. Mary Reed.
b. Mary Lee.
c. Susan B. Anthony.
d. Olivia Newton-John.

Answer to Question #291 is "b" Mary Lee.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #290: 83.33 % correct. Six players. You may be able to see the answer to many questions in earlier Newsmail issues.

5. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Images
New listed are:
* Tokens "Vip Games" & "Portafortuna"
* Netherlands Dancing Token "De Morgenzon" dated 2002
* Netherlands Dancing Token "Ambianz" dated 2002
* Canning Mint encased Australian Bicentennial Medal
* Hong Kong 1994 $10 with die cancel lines
* Canning Mint 20th Anniversary of Modern Bi-metallics Medal
* Malaysian Amusement Tokens
* Australian 1962 6pence encased in 1935 penny
* Australian 1960 3pence encased in 1935 halfpenny
* Canadian 1997 $2 error

6. WBCC Auction 42 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am now accepting lots for Auction 42 in April. Please email your bid to me: Rod Sell.

7. My Bi-metallic offers ... by Joel Anderson, USA

I can offer the following Bi-metallics:
* 1 Peso 2001 Jose de Urquiza Bimetal Unc. 3.75
* 5 Pula 2000 Bimetal Unc 7.50
* 100 Pesos 2001 Unc. Bimetal 3.00
* 100 Forint 2002 Kossuth Bimetal $2.00
* $5 K104 1997 Unc. bimetal 12.50
* 5 Francs 2002 Escalade Bimetal Unc. 9.00
* 5 Hryven 2001 Armed Forces Unc. Bimetal 7.50
* 20H. 2001 Scythia Bimetal gold/silver PF $199
If you have interest in one or more of these Bi-metallics, contact me: Joel Annderson.

"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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