Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #302


WBCC Newsmail 302, Volume 7, May 25, 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,

And for now I hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. A New WBCC Member ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you.

Name: Patrick Ghazalian (WBCC member #262), Canada
Age: 31
Profession: Computer Programmer
Hobby: Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
How did I know about the WBCC: A friend who is a member with WBCC

2. My new E-mail address ... by Juan Correa, Spain

Please read mt new E-mail address: Juan Correa, (WBCC member #132), Spain

3. Bi-metallic 5 Dinar from Tunisia ... by Paul Baker, UK

There is a new country using Bi-metallic coinage. I found detailed at: Tunisia's new bi-metallic coin, that the 2nd of April 2002 was the first day of issue in Tunisia of Bi-metallic 5 Dinars coins for circulation. The page also gave a link to further details of the new coin at: Tunisia.

That page has an image of the new coin, a description of the design (remembering the life of the late Tunisian leader Habib Bourguiba) and the basic physical characteristics (inner alloy CuNi, outer alloy CuAlNi, diameter 29mm, mass 10 grams, edge 6 reeded and 6 plain sections). The dates on the coin are 2002 and 1423. 1423 is the "AH" date and AH1423 just started on 15th March 2002, just over two weeks before the issue of the coin. The face value of this coin is particularly high for a circulation coin. Possibly the USD equivalent of this coin (around 3.35 USD) is higher than that of any other bi-metallic coin currently in circulation. Of all coins currently in circulation the Japanese 500 Yen coins do work out higher (around 3.80 USD) but they are not Bi-metallic.
Who can get hold of one of these new coins first !

4. Bi-metallics 2002 from Russia Planned ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

In this year, Russian Bank planned to issue 11 new different Bi-metallic 10 Roubles coins - Brass/Copper-Nickel: 3 coins in series "Ancient Russian Towns" - DERBENT (Republik of Dagestan); STARAYA RUSSA (Novgorod Region); and Kostroma (Date of issue unknown); and 8 coins in series "The 200th Anniversary of the Manifesto of Alexander I of September 8, 1802" (Date of issue - III Quarter: July - September 2002. All coins have mintage 5 million of each kind (type).

The Website of Coin issues planned by the Russian Bank is: planned issues. Please, see numbers 24-26 (IX) and 37-44 (XI).ed

5. Tri-metallic One Crown from Pobjoy Mint ... by Jose Raminez, Spain

In the Pobjoy Mint webpages one can read about a new Tri-metallic commemorates the Queens 50th anniversary:

The year 2002 marks the 50th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Accession to the Throne. This will be an occasion both to look back at the role that The Queen has played in the affairs of the United Kingdom and the commonwealth over the last 50 years and to look forward and to commemorate the event, the Isle of Man has issued a unique Tri Gold coin. This superb coin consists of three different coloured sections of 18ct gold: red, white and yellow gold, with each colour on this superb coin symbolising the three Millenniums. Gold 999.9 proof 18ct Golden Jubilee (Yellow, Red and White Gold) coin in box £846.81 ADD

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: A picture can be seen in the WBCC Website: New Releases.

6. Bi-metallic coin from the Turkish Mint ... by Mehmet Taner, Turkey

In the Website of the Turkish Mint, one can read:

--Quote One of the retired but well maintained machine is allocated for this purpose. Visitors of the Mint can also mint their own Bi-metallic coins which will bear the minting date. --Unquote

This means each visitor of the Turkish State of Mint can strick his own Bi-metallic commemorative Legal Tender coin, face value of 1 million Lira and dated that day. A picture of this unusual Bi-metallic coin can be seen in the WBCC Website at: New Releases.

7. Bi-metallic 500 Tolar from Slovenia ... by Martin Peeters

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 301 item 3 about the new Bi-metallic 500 Tolar from Slovenia, I received a letter from Brane Bertoncelj of the Slovenian bank.
Ref: 25.00-0296/02-MS
Date: 21st May, 2002
Dear Martin Peeters!
Thank you for Thank you for your e-mail letter of May 15th, 2002 in which you expressed interest in Slovenian currency - coins, namely the new bimetallic commemorative coin 500 Tolar 2002 World Cup FIFA.

Let us inform you, that you can order Slovenian coins and banknotes at the Bank of Slovenia and they will be delivered to you after payment of the amount in EUR (including postage for the consignement). Order could be paid in favour of Bank of Slovenia SWIFT: BSLJSI2x, account with DEUTSCHE BANK AG, SWIFT: DEUTDEFF for payment in EUR (please quote the reference number NUMIZM02), without charges for us (all charges at your account). In your order please state not only the description of items, but also the quantities for each item you would like to purchase and your complete correct address where banknotes/coins will be sent after we receive your payment.

You are invited to obtain some more information about Slovenian currency at the Internet address.

For any additional numismatic issues about Slovenian coins and banknotes, please contact:
Numizmatično društvo Slovenije (Numismatic Society of Slovenia)
ulica 14, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
check the web site.

Sincerely yours, Brane Bertoncelj PhD Andrej Novak Banknote Department --Unquote

8. Bi-metallic Auction ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

From Michel Prieur of France of Cgb.Fr Numismatics, I received a messages about an auction with 3 Bi-metallics. The Auction ends May 31.

--Quote Here are some links on bi-metallics:
Lot 637 France 1848 Dijon 5 Centimes.
Lot 299 France 1806 10 Centimes.
Lot 1326 France 1992 fake 20 Francs

9. Bi-metallic German Medals from the 1880s ... by Cliff Anderson, USA

The new images showing in this week's images: New Releases are two rectangular (actually they could be described as diamond shaped) Bi-metallic medals from Germany. One shows King Karl of Wurttenberg and commemorates the visit to Wurttenberg of Kaiser Wilhelm II in September 1888, apparently just after he was made Emperor after the death of his father Frederick III.

The other one, dated 1888, shows the dual protraits of Albert and Carola, King and Queen of Saxony, commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Houses of Wettin. A pictoral image also shows what appears to be the castle or royal residence.

These two medals are very similar in style to the two medals already posted in the WBCC image library, under "Germany", one showing Prussia's King (not yet aclled Kaiser) Wilhelm I 1861-1886, and another from Saxony dated 1889 showing Albert alone with a pictoral image of Meisen.

All four have a small hole in one corner obviously made for a suspension chain. I suspect that more of them were made, but I don't know any more detail about these items. They may appear in some sort of catalog of German medals, which I do not have access to. I would welcome any input or further description from WBCC members on these four and any more in the same style.

10. Bi-metallic from Latvia ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Lettonia has a new Bi-metallic 1 Lats 2002 "Coin of Fortune"
Face value: 1 lats.
Weight: 15.00 g; diameter: 28.00 mm.
Metal: silver; fineness: .925; quality: proof.
Obverse: gold plated (.999).
Struck in 2001 (dated 2002) by the Austrian Mint.
Artists: Ilmars Blumbergs and Janis Ronis.

Obverse - The obverse is gold plated. It features the sun. Beneath the central motif, the inscription LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA (Republic of Latvia) is arranged in a semicircle.

Reverse - The reverse is in silver. In the lower part, a fragment of a waning moon is featured by applying frosting; in the upper part, a constellation is set out in relief. The year 2002 is inscribed near the edge to the left of the constellation. The inscription 1 LATS, arranged in a semicircle, is placed along the edge to the right of the constellation. Edge - Plain.

Coin of Fortune "Have you ever thought of the possibility that all your wishes could come true if only you would pick up a lost coin? Have you ever in your childhood told your fortune by tearing off the petals of a daisy: love, hatred... Have you ever encountered the power of Fortune, hearing it whisper: if only you would have chosen a different course of action, all things would have been different.

Divine interference, signs of fortune, fatal events and more than that is minted, encoded, burnished into the coin of Fortune. On the coin's silver reverse, the waning moon slides away lightly brushing against a wafting cloud. It vanishes, disappears without trace, leaving the sky wrapped in darkness and mystery, open to chance. On the coin's obverse, the golden sun reigns over the heaven. The circle that stands for its daily round is the logical and symbolic sign for the complete, confined and self-contained world?the powerful serpent of destiny. The overwhelming power of the sun leaves to man no choice, but to succumb, to willingly accept submissiveness and recognize his mission. The two sides of the coin signify the two aspects of man's existence - freedom and predestination".

11. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #302 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

In 2002, the Queen Mother was honored with a Commemorative Bi-metallic from this country. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus but first settled by wanderers from South America, the Lukku-cairi. Next came the Eleutheran adventurers and then pirates like Blackbeard and Henry Morgan who used the islands as a base of operations. The country achieved economic prominence during the US Civil War and has become a very prosperous nation. Queen Elizabeth II is the constitutional head of state for this Commonwealth nation. What is the name of this group of islands?
a. British Virgin Islands
b. Bahamas
c. Bermuda
d. Cuba
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #301. Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was born into nobility in Prague. Her full name following marriage was Bertha Sophie Felicita Kinsky von Chinic and Tettau von Suttner. She was a well-known author and activist for a peace movement that ended with the beginning of WW I. In fact, she won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. She lived most of her life in Austria but traveled extensively lecturing for the Peace Movement. Bertha von Suttner is featured on the Bi-metallic two-Euro coin of Austria. What were some of the titles attributed to Bertha von Suttner?
a. Nobel Laureate
b. Countess
c. Baroness
d. Generalissimo
Answer to Question #301 is "a, b, c, and d. At one time or another she was called or titled by all of these names. Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #300: 66.67 % correct, three players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New releases.
New listed are:
* Germany Medals from 1880s
* Latvia 2002 1 Lats, one side gold plated
* Isle of Man 2002 1 crown tri-metallic
* Turkey Mint coin with day of minting
* Slovenia 2002 500 Tolars
* France 1806 10 Centimes
* France 1848 Dijon 5 Centimes
* France 1992 fake 20 Francs

13. WBCC Auction 44 ...

by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 44 is now open.
The 52 items are listed in numerical order to make biding easier. The items pictures can be seen at Auction 44. Please email me: Rod Sell your bids today. Listed are:

Lot 1. Poland:10 Zlotych 2000 The 1000 Anniversary of the Convention in Gniezno (925/1000Ag), Proof. Reserve $25.00
Lot 2. Poland: 2 Zloty 2000 Year 2000 - the turn of Millenium. UNC. Reserve $2.00
Lot 3. Poland: 20 000 Zlotych 1991 225th Anniversary of Warsaw Mint. UNC. Reserve $12.00
Lot 4. Poland: 2 Zloty 1994. UNC. Reserve $1.50
Lot 5. Poland: 2 Zloty 1995. UNC. Reserve $1.00
Lot 6. Poland: 5 Zloty 1996. UNC. Reserve $3.00
Lot 7. Lithuania: 5 Litai 1999. UNC. Reserve $2.00
Lot 8. San Marino: 500 Lire "CHIMICA" 1998. UNC. Reserve $2.00
Lot 9. Austria: 1 and 2 Euro 2002. UNC. Reserve 3.00
Lot 10. Netherlands: 1 and 2 Euro 2000. UNC. Reserve 3.00
Lot 11. Australia 2002 $5 Battle of Sunda Strait Reserve $4.00
Lot 12. Australia 2001 $10 The Future Reserve $35.00
Lot 13. Australia 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens X 2. Reserve $8.00
Lot 14. NZ 1994 UNC set with Bi-metallic 50 Cent Reserve $15.00
Lot 15. Canning Medal. Aluminium ring and copper centre. Mintage 20. Reserve $10.00
Lot 16. WBCC encased Australian Test Tokens X 2 Reserve $14.00
Lot 17. Brazil. Rare, Pernambuco 1000 Reis Sugar Token. Reserve $35.00
Lot 18. PORTUGAL 200 Escudos, Expo 98, Reserve $1.00
Lot 19. ARGENTINA, 1 Peso, Eva Peron, Reserve $1.00
Lot 20. France, 10 Francs 1991 - Reserve $1.00
Lot 21. San Marino, 500 Lire 1995 - Reserve $1.00
Lot 22. Portugal - 100 Escudos 1995- 50 Anniv. F. A. O. Reserve- $4.00
Lot 23. France- 10 Francs 2000 Reserve- $5.00
Lot 24. Hong-Kong- 10 Dollars 1994 (Circulated) Reserve - $3.00
Lot 25. Argentina- 1 Peso 1994A Reserve- $2.50
Lot 26. USA- 2 Encased 1 Cent Reserve- $5.00
Lot 27. USA- 2 Encased 1 Cent Reserve- $5.00
Lot 28. USA. 2 Encased 1 Cent Reserve- $5.00
Lot 29. USA- 2 Encased 1 Cent Reserve- $5.00
Lot 30. Netherlands, Unique Eurokit, Reserve $4.00
Lot 31. Netherlands, 10 Euro 1996, Willem Barentsz, Reserve 2$
Lot 32. Blank, Reserve $1.00
Lot 33. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 1999 unc. Reserve $5.00
Lot 34. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 1999 unc. Reserve $5.00
Lot 35. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 1999 unc. Reserve $5.00
Lot 36. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 2001 not struck for circulation unc. Reserve $25.00
Lot 37. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 2001 not struck for circulation unc. Reserve $25.00
Lot 38. Vatican 500 and 1000 Lire 2001 not struck for circulation unc. Reserve $25.00
Lot 39. 100 escudos - Pedro Nunes - UNC - dated 2000: reserve US$1.00
Lot 40. 100 escudos - Unicef (error coin "portugusa") - UNC - 1999: reserve US$6.00
Lot 41. 200 escudos - United Nations - VF - 1995: reserve US$4.00
Lot 42. 200 escudos - Sidney 2000 - XF - 2000: reserve US$2.00
Lot 43. Great Britain 2 pounds 1998. (Circulated). Reserve $3
Lot 44. Filipines 10 Pisos 2001. (Unc) Reserve $3
Lot 45. Finland 10 Mk 1993 (Circulated). Reserve $1
Lot 46. France, 10 FR 1988/90/91.(Circulated) Reserve $1
Lot 47. Hungary 100 Forint, 1998.(Aunc) Reserve $1
Lot 48. Switzerland. 5 Fr 2002.(Unc) Reserve $7
Lot 49. Switzerland 5 Fr 2001.(Unc) Reserve $6
Lot 50. 100 Pesos, 2001 Mapuche Girl. (Unc). Reserve,$2
Lot 51. Chile 500 Pesos 2001. (Circulated). Reserve, $1
Lot 52. Algeria, 100 Dinar 1993.(not uncirculated). Reserve $14

14. TWOB-41 Posponed ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

TWOB-41 (The World Of Bi-metallic catalog) issue date for June 1st has posponed till August 1st 2002. This will be the last time it is possible to receive TWOB by mail. After August 1st 2002 TWOB will be send only as an attached Excel file by E-mail. The reason is that costs are getting higher to send it by mail and most of the WBCC members receive TWOB already by E-mail.

15. Bi-metallic Offer ... by Francisco Jovel, Chile

I am selling almost all of my non Latin American Bi-metallic Coins, Tokens, Medals and others through a chilean dealer on ebay (magnifics*collections).

16. My Bi-metallic Offer ... by Joel Anderson, USA

I can offer the following Bi-metallics:
* 100 Leke 2000 bimetal Unc. 4.00
* 5 Dinar KM155 1999 Bimetal Proof 35.00
* 20 Dinar KM122 1996 Bimetal Unc. 95.00
* 5 Bolivanos 2001 Bimetallic Unc. 5.00
* 500 Pesos K286 1996 Unc. Bimetal 3.25
* 5 Shillings K30 1995 Unc. Bimetallic 2.00
* 10 Sh. K27 1994, 1995 Unc. Bimetallic ea. 2.25
* 20 Shillings K32 1998 Unc. Bimetallic 3.50
* 500 Tolar 2002 Soccer Bimetal Unc.7.50

Joel Anderson
Interesting World Coins & Paper Money
PO Box 3016
Merced, CA 95344-1016
phone/fax: 1 209 722 5426

17. Bi-metallic Patterns Euro from UK ... by C.J.Burton, UK

I will have available for sale very soon the set of 8 pattern Euro coins (including the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro) for the United Kingdom, as pictured in the WBCC Website, the coins will be a set of 8 coins, struck to a prooflike finish. I can offer these to WBCC members for £22 (US$33, 36 Euro) per set (normal price for non-WBCC members £25) or £200 (US$302, 330 euros) for 10 sets. If you could please put this in the next newsletter, pictures will be at Pictures 1 or Pictures 2.

I will be taking orders for the sets but they will not be delivered for maybe a couple of weeks, depending on production going as planned...

12 Maud street

"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
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