Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #305


WBCC Newsmail 305, Volume 7, June 15, 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: Milorad Popovic (WBCC member #197), Serbia
Age: 21
Profession: Student ( Civil Engineering )
Hobby: Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: Find out as much as possible about Bi-metallic and Tri-metallic coins.
How did I know about the WBCC: I simply searching the net for some sites about coins and find out the WBCC.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Milorad is the first WBCC member from Serbia.

2. WBCC Members Lost ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have lost 2 WBCC members:
* Hartmut Schoenawa (# 197), Germany
* Christos Apostolidis (#201), Greece

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

I am currently encasing the Bi-metallic 1 & 2 euro coins of France. I do not have any coins of France with the 2002 date. Can I please ask your help. If you have any 1 or 2 euros of France with date of 2002 in nice condition (AU or UNC) can you please put them aside for me.

4. Bi-metallic 5 Franc 2002 Switzerland ... by Hans Bucek, Switzerland

I just received the latest bulletin of the Swiss Mint, announcing on its last page a new 5 Franc Bi-metallic for 2003. It is the fifth in a row about Swiss folk festivals. This time about CHALANDAMARZ a children festival in the canton of Graubünden (southeast of Switzerland, bordering with Austria and Italy). No picture in the bulletin

5. Bi-metallic 5 Nuevo Pesos, Peru 2001 ... by Jack Hepler USA

After winning an eBay auction and receiving a 2001 Peruvian 5 Nuevo Pesos, I discovered that the design has been significantly modified. Compared to the 5 Nuevo Pesos of 1995, the core or center appears to be a fraction smaller on the new piece. This modification allows more room on the outer ring for larger lettering. In addition, the National Emblem has been redrawn to make the shield and wreath larger. There may be other changes as well. I don’t have a specimen dated 2000 as listed in TWOB (The World of Bi-metallics) for comparison but this date may have the same changes. The 2001 date is new to TWOB and a scan may be seen by going to the New Issues section of the WBCC website.

6. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro from Portugal ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the Bi-metallic Forum pages, I read the following message:
Hello people!!!
I have received an email with a news about a possible variation on the
Portugese 1 euro coin.
I just have confirmed!!!
There are some coins with:
- 3 x 28 stripes on the edge, and on other
- 3 x 29 stripes.
Kind regards,
Carlos Loureiro
(of course from Portugal!)

7. Bi-metallic 2 Pound Commonwealth Games ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I have received this from British Royal Mint:
2002 Commonweath Games 2 Pound Bimetallic Coins Proof Version
2002 Commonwealth Games 4-Coin Display Proof Set
The four versions of the Commonwealth Games coin are brought together in these beautifully presented Proof collections, the coins struck in their base metal alloys and encased in acrylic to display them to their best advantage. The Standard set comes complete with an outer box an illustrated booklet, while the Gift set stands alone as a great memento for any sports enthusiast this year.
Price £ 32.50
Alloy Cupro-nickel/nickel-brass
Diameter 28.40mm
Weight 12.00gms
Issue Limit 25,000

2002 Commonwealth Games 4-Coin Standard Proof Set
The four versions of the coin are brought together in these beautifully presented Proof collections, the coins struck in their base metal alloys and encased in acrylic to display them to their best advantage. The Standard set comes complete with an outer box an illustrated booklet, while the Gift set stands alone as a great memento for any sports enthusiast this year.
Price £ 24.95
Alloy Cupro-nickel/nickel-brass
Diameter 28.40mm
Weight 12.00gms
Issue Limit 25,000

8. Bi-metallicc Euro Blanks ... Sean Moffatt, USA

I thought that I would pass along to the WBCC some news concerning Westaim coinage ( Westaim coinage produced plated (bonded) steel coin blanks, including bimetals. I was called by David Branco a sales manager I work with at Westaim and he informed me that Westaim coinage division was being shut down by the parent company Westaim Corporation. At first this came as a surprise to me as I had just spent some time with the general manager of coinage products while in Japan. This should not have been too surprising when looking back at the summary from the MDC. Most of the worlds government mints production levels were down 20-40% from the previous years. With the end of the Euro run up, and the slow global economy the demand for news coin materials is down drastically. I felt this would be of interest because there is one less source for bimetal blanks in the world.

9. Bi-metallic Inlay from Australia ... by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain

I obtained more information about this Bi-metallic Inlay in:

2002 Melbuorne Mint Proof $1.00 Coin
Establishment of the Melbourne Mint in 1872
Issue: 13,328
Mass Silver: 1 troy ounce
Gold: 0.25 grams
Diameter 31.51mm
Denomination: $1.00
Metal Coin: Pure Fine Silver (99.9%)
Inserts: Fine Gold ( 99.99%)
Price: $100.00 (inc GST)

10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #305 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

The United Nations General Assembly Created the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 1946 to help children after World War II in Europe. Its name was shortened to the United Nations Children's Fund, but it retained the acronym "UNICEF". In 1996, Argentina issued a Bi-metallic Peso to commemorate the 50th anniversary of UNICEF. The coin features a young girl. What is the object the young girl is holding?
a. Doll
b. Ball
c. Dog
d. Flute
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #304.
Archaeological evidence shows that the islands were probably settled 4,000 - 5,000 years ago by people from South-East Asia. Archaeological evidence also shows that one group of people who settled on the islands were Polynesian. European contact was made in 1568 by the Spanish explorer, Alvaro de Mendana. He discovered gold on Guadalcanal and, perhaps thought he had found the source of King Solomon's great wealth. Many of the islands in the group bear original Spanish names. Great Britain declared a Protectorate in 1893 over the southern islands, then added the Santa Cruz group in 1898 and 1899. The remaining islands of the group were transferred by treaty from Germany to Great Britain in 1900. Queen Elizabeth II is the titular head of state. The capital is Honiara. In 2000, a 10 Dollar Bi-metallic commemorative was issued to honor the Queen Mother. What is the name of this South Pacific nation?
a. New Zealand
b. Solomon Islands
c. Niue
d. Fiji Islands
Answer to Question #304 is "b".
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #303: 83.33 % correct, six players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images.
New listed are:
* Peru 1995 & 2001 5 Soles
* Hungarian Conquest 1100 th Anniversary
* Unidentified Medal
* Belgium 26th Gymnastics Championship Souvenir Medal
* Australia Manchester Games Lapel Badge

12. WBCC Auction 45 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 45 will open on the 6th July with WBCC Newsmail 308 and closes July 14th.. Please email me: Rod Sell, your lots for Aucion 45 today. The more lots the better the auction, lets try to get another good auction.

"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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