Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #300


WBCC Newsmail 300, Volume 7, May 11, 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,

With this WBCC Newsmail 300, the WBCC has made history in the Internet. It is now for 300 weeks in a row, the WBCC Newsmail is made by WBCC members and send to WBCC members, Rec.Collecting.Coins Newsgroup, Coinmagazines, Coindealers, Minthouses and many other people who are interested in news about Bi- and Tri-metallic coins, medals, tokens and others. It is because of the WBCC members who send me the articles about Bi-metallis news, to let it happen. Thanks to all !!

To celebrate this milestone in the WBCC history, Rod Sell has started a new project called:
The WBCC Encasement Celebration Project, please read more about this unique WBCC project in item 2. And for now I hope you 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: Mehmet Tolga Taner (WBCC member #259), Turkey
Age: 28
Profession: PhD student
Hobby: world coins including bimetallic coins
Goal: To complete my collection
Against: Bad traders
How did I know about the WBCC: through a member friend

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Mehmet is the first WBCC member from Turkey.

Name: Martin Blau
Country: Deutschland
Age: 31
Profession: Elektromonteur
Hobby: Bi- and Tri-metallic coins and medals of the world/coins and medals of South Africa

2. The WBCC Encasement Celebration Project ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The WBCC has embarked on another Project.
To encase all the 1 and 2 Euro bi-metallics in a WBCC copper ring. Full details of this project can be seen at: Encasement Celebration Project.

Encased euros of 2 countries will be issued each month commencing with the Euros of Austria and Ireland which only have a date of 2002. The cost of the set of these 2 coins is US$15 each set, postage is extra. Next month June we will encase the euros of Portugal and Spain. Spain has 4 different dates on their euros and members can select sets from each year or all years. Please email your requests or orders to me, Rod Sell.

The above encasement page will be updated with the information of the number of sets of each year and country that have been encased, for member information.

This is an on going project and it is anticipated that as the euros appear with new dates we will encase them for members wishing a set. The only restricting factor is our ability to obtain the euros. In future years when all the euro countries have been encased, we will encase bi-metallics from other counties that have a similar size to the euros. Thailand Bi-metallic 10 baht springs to mind. When we encase these, can we call them adver-Thai-sing. If members have any other ideas or suggestions please email me the details.

3. 300th WBCC Newsmail (1)... by Jack Hepler, USA

I started subscribing to the WBCC Newsmail in September 1997. It soon became the highlight of my Saturday mornings as I looked forward to information about new issues and stories about the old ones. It was a wonder to me that there could be so much information and interest in Bi-metallic coins. I became member #47 when my good friend Norm Bowers introduced me to the club. He is member #42. It was nearly two months after I became a member that I discovered I could get the Newsmail every week. Then I started sending messages and asking questions of Martin Peeters and Frans Dubois about things. My interest and enthusiasm grew each week. I found out about entertainment tokens, encased coins, the worldwide issues of Bi-metallics, coal scrip, and transportation tokens. I could see by the messages and the Newsmail that interest of other collectors was quite strong. Now we are at issue number 300, nearly six years after it all began. Club membership has grown and the Euro has been introduced, adding 12 new series and a whole new category to the world of Bi-metallics. I am looking forward to great things in the future of Ringed Bi-metallic coins and when they happen, I can be assured that I will find out about them first in the WBCC Newsmail.

4. 300th WBCC Newsmail (2)... by Cliff Anderson, USA

On trying to compose something on the occasion of WBCC's 300th newsmail I can't help a feeling of pride, being a part of this organization. For me, the WBCC fulfills many needs: scratching the well-known collector's itch; communicating and communing with good friends with like interests, all over the world (and not only about coins); and providing that sense of pre-eminence in our narrow and exclusive (?) field of bimetallics. (Pretty good elements of pride?)

Have any of us found or seen ANY other group or organization exclusively addressing bimetals? No, not even partially. But, the several websites that members and dealers have created featuring bimetallics seem to be a direct result of the WBCC.

Do we feel that we materially benefit from associating with the WBCC? Maybe I should just speak for myself on this one, and my answer is yes, not only knowledge but also good reference material and assistance in cataloguing. Is the WBCC significantly promoting the interests of bimetallic collectors, including younger numismatists? Yes indeed. And doesn't this mean that numismatics at large benefits from such activity? Of course. Do I want this to continue indefinitely? Certainly. Am I going to stop this ranting? Right now.

5. 300th WBCC Newsmail (3)... by Rod Sell, Australia

It is hard to believe that we have been going for 300 weeks, with a newsmail each week. This club does represent the W in the WBCC, as it is truely a Worldwide membership.

To make it even better we need your assistance. Send Martin the bi-metallic information from your part of the world. Please share your information with the rest of us. The more we each contribute the better the total will be. With your help reaching Newsmail 500 or even 1000 should be easy. It is pleasing to read the contributions from so many of our members, but there are even more members that have not told us their bi-metallic stories, so please take a few minutes and share them with the rest of the membership. Thank you all for your friendship and happy collecting.

6. 300th WBCC Newsmail (4)... by by Paul Baker, UK

So another milestone in the life of the Newsmail has arrived. Here we are at "Newmail 300". So thanks to all who help put the "life" into this great sender and sharer of news, information, quizes, new member details, trade offers, show reports etc... etc.. The lifetime of the Newsmail has seen many countries introduce bi-metallic coins into circulation - what once at first a minority in the 1980's must now be approaching a majority. What a great change over that time. The introduction of just over 5 months ago of the 1 and 2 Euro coin was of course one of the more important introductions of new bi-metallic coins - in term of numbers of countries involved and of the political and economical backgroud to this change. Looking into the future.... will ever have as big a story as that ever again for the newsmail to follow ? Well I hope so - but it could be a long time. What about the first phase of additions to the Eurozone countries... we will have to be patient. Not quite so far into the future - as reported earlier this year in the newmail - the future is also due to bring us an Egyptian circulation bi-metallic, this new type is expected some time this year and since it is not only bi-metallic but also African (another of my favourite numismatic themes) it is perhaps the bi-metallic I most eagerly await this year. Who knows where the "bi-metallic" will have got to after another 300 newsmails - it could be everywhere by then !

7. 300th WBCC Newsmail (5)... by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

More than 5 years ago the WBCC was founded by Martin. Goal was to exchange knowledge and news about all that was bimetallic. And the most efficient way to do this was by a weekly newsletter which was called 'The Newsmail'. A new word for a new phenomenon in our club. From the very first week it was issued and till today there was no week without! It was composed each week by Martin and I think he earns our congratulations but as Martin always says "It is made by the members" and that is why it is the ultimate newschannel for our club. Every week there is bimetallic news in it and sometimes dealers ask me how it is possible that we have news about new bimetallic stuff before they know.... I hope that number 300 (!) is just one in a long row that will follow and that I can keep starting my weekend reading the newsmail every Fridaynight! Thanks to Martin and all the members that made it possible so far!!

8. 300th WBCC Newsmail (6)... by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

I have been collecting coins since about 1980 and in 1987 I had come across my first bimetal coin, an Italian 500 Lira. That one coin started me on collecting world coins and especially bimetal coins. I still collect many things and sometimes when I snoop through my collection it rekindles the excitement of the chase for an elusive coin. I had a few on my wanted list that seemed impossible to find at that time, the 20000 zloty from Poland, the 50 cent from New Zealand, the 4.2 Ecu bimetal from Gibraltar, and the Montesquieu 10 Franc from France (still looking for the base metal version). Eventually I managed to find these coins and soon found others to search for. The search was 50% of the enjoyment and the other 50% was getting to show it at my local coin club meetings.

I've had the good fortune to meet Martin three times, the first time was in Los Angeles California in September of 1997 where we held the first meeting of the members (some what unofficial) Larry Friemel, my self and Martin attended. Second meeting was at the American Numismatic Association Show in Philadelphia in 2000, and the third was when Martin came to visit me at my home in Canada. His stay was too short, I had only time to show him 2% of Manitoba, so he promised to come back to see the rest of it. While in Winnipeg Martin and I were treated to a never before inside tour of the Royal Canadian Mint. It was amazing to say the least, and according to the director of production it was the first time for a tour to go inside of the production area. We were not sure it would happen but three days before we finally got official permission.

Since joining the club in 1996 I've met lots of the members during my travels in the USA and have to say that everyone I have met has been wonderful. Norm Bowers was a terrific host when I visited St.Louis Missouri, Jack Hepler was fun to meet and visit with when ever I was in Virginia, and all of the folks that I have met at the coins shows all over the place, made working away from home a lot more fun. Thank folks! I hope to meet more of the members in the next year or two and hopefully I will get over to Europe this upcoming winter (2003) and meet some of the members there too.

9. 300th WBCC Newsmail (7)... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

Bi-metallic Statistics
I am collecting Bimetallic world coins struck from base metals. From 1982 to present was struck 316 of this coins by 75 countries, territories, and one Monetary Union. If we will count the 7 countries of West African States, it will be 81. There are 189 members in United Nations (UN). 71 members issued Bimetallic base metal coins (37.6%): 27 countries of Europe, 16 of Asia, 15 of Africa, 11 of all America, and 2 of Australia and Ocean States. The Switzerland will be member of UN in September, 2002. The best year of issue was 2000 - 42 Bimetallic base metal coins. In this year was issued 38 Bimetals and some coins are planed. I have in my collection 290 Bimetals (92%) struck by 73 countries. Who are interested with any Statistics of Bimetallic coins, please, send me message. My new E-mail Address is: Michael Ayrapetov.

10. 300th WBCC Newsmail (8)... by Bill Arnold, USA

I am fairly new at collecting Bi-Tri-Metallics, but everywhere I look I find opportunities to collect these coins. I have read several articles in the major publications on this subject. I enjoy the Auction and the weekly question. Several members of WBCC have made contact with me, and likewise I have made contact with several members. It is always a pleasure to meet new people. We should be proud of this our 300th issue.

11. Tri-metallic from Australia ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The Royal Australian Mint (RAM) has just released a Tri-metallic $50 coin for the Commonwealth games. The coin has a copper outer ring, silver centre ring, and a gold centre. The issues price is A$435 which is US$236. The mintage is 5,000.

For an image have a look at the RAM site linked below. The Tri-metallic is on the cover page: Royal Australian Mint.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: This is the first ringed Tri-metallic from Australia ever issued.

12. Bi-metallic Inlay from Australia ... by Rod Sell, Australia

In our new images you can see a Silver $1 with Gold inlays to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Melbourne Mint.

The Melbourne Mint first struck Gold Sovereigns in 1872 followed in 1873 with Gold Half Sovereigns. The 1872 gold coins were struck with both the Shield and St. George reverses, 748,000 of each type.

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Melbourne Mint a special $1 silver coin with 2 gold inlays of both the reverses will be issued. This coin is due for release sometime in May, mintage figures are not yet available.

13. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro from Vaticane ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

I receive many question how to obtain the Vaticane Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro.
This is my story:
February 2, 2002, I received an official orderform from the Governatorato Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico. I ordered several sets and did send the orderform to them the same day. This week I received 2 sets for the price of Euro 28.40. There was no explenation why I did receive only 2 sets.

14 The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #300 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Have you ever wondered why the mother of the King of Thailand is called the Princess Mother and not Queen Mother as in the United Kingdom? Thai history provides the answer. She was married to a Royal Prince, a son of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Sawang Wattana, but he was never Queen. She is, however, the mother of two kings; the late His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the present King of Thailand. Although born a commoner, the Princess Mother now has the title of "Her Royal Highness Somdej Phra Sri Nakarindra Baromsaj Chonni". She was commemorated in the year 2000 on the Bi-metallic special issue 10 Baht of Thailand. What was the name given to the Princess Mother when she was born?
a. Kitiyakara
b. Sirikit
c. Sangwal
d. Sawang
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #299.
The Bíobío River springs from Icalma and Gualletué lakes, flows through steep and narrow gorges and forests of araucaria pine, passes through agricultural lands and cities, until it reaches the Pacific Ocean, 380 km from its source. Its watershed has a surface area of 24,260 square kilometers and is 380 km long. Over one million people use the resources of the Biobío for drinking and irrigation water, recreation, and fisheries. The Mapuche are an indigenous people who live along the Biobío River. The traditional Mapuche lifestyle is agricultural, but many Mapuche have moved to cities. A Mapuche woman, Ximena, was selected by Oscar de la Renta to model his clothes. The name Mapuche is composed of two words -- "mapu", which means "land", and "che", which means people. Their language is called "Mapudungun", and is composed of "mapu" and "dungun", which means "talk", or "speech". A Mapuche girl is pictured on the bi-metallic coin of what country?
a. Argentina
b. Brazil
c. Chile
d. Peru
Answer to Question #299 is "c" Chile.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #298: 85.71 % correct, seven players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images.
New listed are:
* GB Commonwealth Games cover
* Australia $1 Melbourne Mint 150th Anniversary
* Australia $50 Tri-metallic (Copper, Silver and Gold) for Commonwealth Games.

16. WBCC Auction 43 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 43 is in it's last day and closes 11AM Sunday 12th May Sydney time. Items listed can be seen at: Auction 43. Don't leave your bids till the last minute and miss out because of a delay in transmission. Send them now. Please email me: Rod Sell your bids.

The next WBCC auction 44 will be started a week earlier with WBCC Newsmail 302 on the 25th May. Please list your lots now.

17. Coin World Article ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright 2002, reprinted by permission of Coin World.

In the Website of Coin World one can read the following:

U.S. Mint to offer quarter-euro set - Set to contain 12, 1 coins, five 2002-D State quarters - posted 5/8/02 By Paul Gilkes, COIN WORLD Staff

The United States Mint will offer beginning June 12 a set combining five 2002-D State quarter dollars and one 1-euro coin from each of the 12 countries in the European Union using the universal currency. The euro coins are to be of mixed dates from 2000, 2001 and 2002, and Mint officials suggest that the sets to be offered will contain different assortments of euro.

The "50 State Quarters & Euro Coin Collection" set will be limited to 100,000 sets. The 50 State Quarters & Euro Coin Collection set is expected to sell for $49.95 per set. As of May 3, Mint officials were considering a 20-set limit but had not determined whether the restriction would be "per order" or "per household," according to Mint spokesman Matt Kilbourne. The offering will be included in the same U.S. Mint mailing to customers offering the 2002 Uncirculated Mint sets. The price of the Uncirculated Mint set remains at $14.95 per set. [snip] --Unquote

"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
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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