Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #306


WBCC Newsmail 306, Volume 7, June 22, 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: David Marquez Lanzas (WBCC member #201), Spain
E-mail address: No longer provided online
Age: 29
Profession: I´m finishing Licenciature of Medicine
Hobby: Collect Bi-metallic world coins
Goal: To be a doctor in cardiology
Against: Injustice
How did I know about the WBCC: looking for Internet

2. My new E-mail Address ... by Anthony Lee, Hong Kong

Please read my new E-mail address: No longer provided online Anthony Lee (WBCC member #216), Hong Kong (July 1st).

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

This week I received an extra set (including the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro) of the 2002 Vaticane Euro set. This set will be put in the WBCC Auction 45M soon which starts July 6th and ends July 14th. To give ONLY the WBCC members give a change to bid on the item, WBCC membership entering is closed till July 15th 2002. The start price of the bidding of the Vatican 2002 Euro set is 14$ (postage costs not included).

4. Bi-metallic From Canada ... by Cliff Anderson, USA

One of the new Bi-metallic images this week is the 2002 Canadian $2 Bi-metallic coin. It has the same Queen Elizabeth portrait obverse and the single polar bear obverse (is it too irreverent to still say "bear behind"?). But what is new is the double date "1952-2002", commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II's reign.

5. Bi-metallic Off Centre 2 Dollar ... by Frans Woons, Cannada

This week I bought through eBay an off-centre Canadian $ 2 piece dated 1996. The heart of this coin is so much of centre that there is a gap (about 0.3 mm at its widest) between the ring and the centre. To show this gap, I made a back-lit photograph which is, unfortunately, not of high quality but the gap can clearly be seen. A picture of this off centre Bi-metallic can be seen in the New Images section.

5. Bi-metallic MTT's From Canada ... by Manuel González, Spain

This week I received new Bi-metallic MTT (Municipal Trade Tokens) from Canada from the year 2002. The following are issued:
* Baie Sainte-Marie, 3 Dollars, 2100 pieces, University Sainte-Anné
* Baie Sainte-Marie, 3 Dollars, 50 pieces, University Sainte-Anné
* La Crete, 10 Dollars, 950 pieces, Norpine Auto Suply. Ename
* Kenora, 3 Dollars, 10250 pieces, Trout. Huskey the muskey
* Manitoulin, 2000 Cent, 1000 pieces, Haweater friendship 11 Sept 2001
* Manitoulin, 3 Dollars, 4200 pieces, North Channel. Summer ships
* Nanaimo, 3 Dollars, 1000 pieces, Nanaimo 2002 Summer games
* Zeballos, 5 Dollars, Zeballos BC. Bears

Pictures (scans) of these new Bi-metallic MTT's can be seen soon in the WBCC Website, New Images section.

6. Bi-metallic From Romania ... by Jose Raminez, Spain

In the pages of the National Romanian Bank in the section News and date 23 May 2002, one can read about a new Bi-metallic from Romania.

--Quote Press Release - 23 May 2002
Numismatic issue: bimetal coin with face value of ROL 2,000 on "The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Writer, Linguist and Political Figure Ion Heliade Radulescu

In virtue of Law 101/1998 - The NBR Act, as subsequently amended and suplemented, and Ordinance No. 45/1998 issued by the Government of Romania, as approved by Law No. 244/1998 vesting the NBR with the power to put in circulation numismatic coins made of precious metals, the National Bank of Romania shall issue, as from 27 May 2002, one bimetal coin consisting of a silver core bordered with a golden ring, with face value of ROL 2,000 on "The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Writer, Linguist and Political Figure Ion Heliade Radulescu".

The features of the coin are the following:
shape: round;
composition: bimetal - silver core bordered with golden ring;
total weight: 25 g;
weight of silver core: 10 g;
weight of golden ring: 15 g;
fineness of silver: 999/1000;
fineness of gold: 999/1000;
diameter of coin: 35 mm;
diameter of silver core: 26 mm;
thickness of edging: 2.2 mm;
quality: proof;
edge: milled;
year of issue: 2002.

The obverse of the coin features:
The year of issue "2002", engraved vertically in the centre of the coin, on the silver core. On the right of the year of issue is Romania's coats-of-arms and on the left a poet's lyre with two crossed laurel twigs with pen shaped endings;
the inscription "ROMANIA" and the "2000 LEI" face value, separated by two groups of stylised rhombic adornments placed circularly on the golden ring.

The reverse of the coin features:
Engraved on the silver core, the portrait of the writer Ion Heliade Radulescu, as depicted in the painting in the assembly hall of the Academy of Romania and in other official publications;
the name of the writer "ION HELIADE RADULESCU", the year of birth "1802" and of death "1872" along the circumference of the golden ring, separated by a stylised rhombic adornment. The writer's facsimile signature is reproduced on the lower part of the coin.

The bimetal coins are encapsulated in transparent plastic cases, and are accompanied by authentication certificates (in Romanian and English), bearing serial numbers and the signature of both the Governor and the Head Cashier of the National Bank of Romania, as well as by a prospectus.

The 500 coins are to be sold both on domestic and foreign markets. For numismatic purposes, the bimetal coins issued by the National Bank of Romania may be purchased by individuals or corporate entities, and either held or exchanged by observing the provisions of Art. 2 of Ordinance No. 45/1998 issued by the Government of Romania and approved by Law No.244/1998.

The bimetal coins with face value of ROL 2,000 - year of issue 2002 - on the 200th anniversary of the birth of the writer, linguist and political figure Ion Heliade Radulescu" are legal tender in Romania.

The design of the coins is protected by registration with the State Office of Trademarks (OSIM) in Romania. Forgery or counterfeiting of these coins is an infringement of the law and shall be penalised accordingly. The branches of the National Bank of omania are in charge of putting into circulation the gold coins for numismatic purposes.

7. Bi-metallic From Finland ... by Kari Hurskainen, Finland

The Finland Mint will issue a new Bi-metallic medal next mouth. It shows a Marathon sportman. No further details avalable, but a picture can be seen in the WBCC New Images section.

8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #306 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Admiral Sir George Somers brought the first settlers in 1609 and became the father figure of the Somers Islands. The islands are completely surrounded by the Sargasso Sea. Most of the original houses built on the islands were built of coral marble found on the islands. Law requires the house roofs to be white and the walls colored in pastels. In 2000, a One Dollar Bi-metallic coin was issued commemorating the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother.
What is the name now officially used by this nation?
a. Aruba
b. Bahamas
c. Bermuda
d. British Virgin Islands
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 #305.
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
Answer to Question #305 is "a".
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #304: 100 % correct, nine players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown in the WBCC New Images section. New listed are:
* Finland Paavo Nurmi bi-metallic
* WBCC encased French 1 & 2 Euros
* WBCC encased Monaco 1 & 2 Euros
* Canada 2002 $2 with Jubilee dates
* Canada $2 error with gap
* Vatican 2002 Proof euros

10. 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 your lots for Aucion 45 today to me: Rod Sell. The more lots the better the auction, lets try to get another good auction.

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

Copyright 2002, reprinted by permission from the June 10, 2002, issue of Coin World,

Slovenia releases three commems honoring its Cinderella soccer team In honor of the Slovenian National Football Team's participation in the 2002 Soccer World Cup, the Banka Slovenije (Bank of Slovenia) has released three commemorative coins.

Slovenia's soccer team is among 32 that will compete in the tournament. The team's inclusion in the tournament came as a pleasant surprise to many, and the team's success has been referred to as the "football fairy tale," according the Banka Slovenije.

Each of the coins exhibits a similar design. The obverse features a rising sun and a soccer player kicking a ball. The sun has five rays, representing the five continents participating in the games. An inscription encircles the player, and the date appears near the sun.

The reverses exhibit the denomination in tolar denominations and the inscription republika slovenija, tolarjev ("Slovenian Republic, tolars"). [snip]
A circulating ringed bimetallic 500-tolar coin completes Slovenia's World Cup program. The coin's center is composed of copper-nickel and the ring is struck in 78 percent copper, 20 percent zinc and 2 percent nickel. The coin weighs nine grams and has a 28-millimeter diameter. Mintage is limited to 500,000 coins.

For more information, contact the Banka Slovenije, Slovenska 35, 1505 Ljubljana, Slovenija. Telephone +386 (1) 471 9000, fax +386 (1) 251 5516, e-mail or visit online.

12. Bi-metallic Offer ... by CJ Burton, UK

I offer to the WBCC member the British pattern euro set. They are even better than I thought, in a nice case, with an additional 5 Euro coin, and a certificate of issue. The mintage will be 20000 only worldwide (much less than the Vatican sets!) and your set is reserved for you (or sets if you ordered more than one). I don't know if I will be able to supply any more after this lot, so hold on before ordering more. The sets weigh 276 grams in the case, so the total for 1 set including first class postage is:.

US/Canada US$42.00 (sorry no insured service available)
Europe EUR43.00 (please add EUR5.00 for registered post if required)
UK GBP26.00 (please add GBP3.15 for Special delivery if required)
Elsewhere please email me for total price.
To see what the sets look like, see British pattern euro set.
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
WBCC Website
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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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