Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #307


WBCC Newsmail 307, Volume 7, June 29, 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. WBCC Webmaster Offline ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

From our WBCC Webmaster, JD White, I received the following message:
To all my WBCC friends, This is for your information only. A reply is not necessary. I may not be able to read it anyway.

The Rodeo fire is a mere 20 miles from our home. Over 30,000 people have been evacuated in the area of the two fires, Rodeo and Chediski. And the two fires have merged into a 300,000+ acre fire - totally out of control - and coming this way. We are starting to have power fluctuations and may loose power and/or telephone service at any time. This monster fire has destroyed hundreds of homes and is about to enter the main city in this area, Show Low, AZ. We are only 15 miles out of town and awaiting evacuation orders. Please remove me from your collective email lists to prevent my email server from becoming overloaded with email that I cannot read. If and when I can get online again, I will let you know. If you are interested, the link below is Linda Diedrich's and my attempt to provide the displaced residents with information and images as we acquire them. PineTop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
Good bye my friends,... be well.

Of course we all wishe the best for JD and his familly and hope he will be online soon again.

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

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

Name: Ahmed Husain (WBCC member #265), USA
E-mail address: No longer provided online
Age: 36
Profession: Engineering
Hobby: Bi-metallic Coin Collection
Goal: Want to add more Bi and Tri-metalic coins

Name: Wolfgang Gerlach (WBCC member #266), Germany
E-mail address: No longer provided online
Age: 47
Profession: teacher
Hobby: Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: no specific goal besides enlarging my collection
How did I know about the WBCC: I read Martin Peeters' e-mail address in the Münzrevue (a German collectors' magazine)

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Wolfgang is official a WBCC member after July 15th.

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

Last 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 45 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 startprice of the bidding of the Vatican 2002 Euro set is 14$ (postage costs not included)

4. Bi-metallic Euro Errors ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I have received these three Bi-metallic Euro coins with errors:
* 1 Euro year 2002 from Italy with 50° twist to the left.
* 2 Euro year 2000 from Belgium with wrong coinage
* 1 Euro year 2000 from France with the center in bronze and the outer ring
in cupronickel.
Pictures can be seen in the WBCC Website, section: New Images.

5. Bi-metallic Brasil 1 Real 2002 ... by Antonio da Silva, Brasil

The Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian mint) issued today 1 Real 2002 Bi-metallic with new alloy: Outer ring bronze plated stainless steel (old alpaca) Inner circle stainless steel (old cupro nickel). New weight 7.00g (old 7.84g), Dimensions are the same diameter 27 mm and thickness 1.95 mm Design is the same Allegory of Republic

6. Bi-metallics From Russia ... by Stanislav Foumart, Russia

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 304, item 4 about the 11 new different Bi-metallic 10 Roubles coins, one can read in: the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

On June 27, 2002 the Central Bank of the Russian Federation puts into circulation the series of uncirculated commemorative coins of 10 Rubles denomination «Ancient Russian Towns» minted from non-ferrous metals and dedicated to Kostroma, Derbent, Staraya Russa (mintage 5 Mln pcs. of each kind).

The coins have a form of round pieces 27,0 mm in diameter. They consist of two parts: a disc made of white metal and an external ring made of yellow one. The rim is raised on both sides of the coins. The edge of the coins is corrugated and bears the inscription «?????? ??????» (TEN RUBLES) repeated twice and divided by asterisks.

The obverse of the coins: at the top - the inscription on the external ring of the disc - «???? ??????» (BANK OF RUSSIA), in the lower part of the ring - the date «2002» indicating the year of issue, to the left and to the right - pictures of a laurel and an oak twig correspondingly going over to the disc. In the center of the disc - the figure «10» and the inscription under it «??????» (RUBLES) indicating the denomination of the coins. Inside of the figure «0» - a security element in the form of the figure «0» and the inscription «???» (RUB - the abbreviation for Rubles) which can be seen at different angles of vision relatively to the plane of the coin. In the lower part of the disc - the mint mark.

The reverse: Kostroma: at the top on the external ring - the inscription along the rim «??????? ?????? ??????» (ANCIENT RUSSIAN TOWNS), in the lower part of the ring - the inscription «????????» (KOSTROMA). In the center of the disc to the left, in the foreground - the image of the Ostrovsky bower against the background of a river and the Ipatievsky Monastery on the river, to the right - the image of the Coat of Arms of Kostroma.

Derbent (the most ancient Russian town): at the top on the external ring - the inscription along the rim «??????? ?????? ??????» (ANCIENT RUSSIAN TOWNS), in the lower part of the ring - the inscription «???????» (DERBENT), in the center of the disc - the image of the town-fortress against the background of mountains, at the top - the image of the Coat of Arms of Derbent and a stylized picture of the vine twig. Staraya Russa: at the top on the external ring - the inscription along the rim «??????? ?????? ??????» (ANCIENT RUSSIAN TOWNS), in the lower part of the ring - the inscription «?????? ?????» (STARAYA RUSSA). In the center of the disc, in the foreground - the image of a fountain of a medical spring against the background of the Resurrection Cathedral, at the top - the image of the Coat of Arms of Staraya Russa.

The coins are legal tender of the Russian Federation. They are obligatory for acceptance at their denomination for every kind of payments without any restrictions.

7. Bi-metallic 2002 Appear in British Change ... by Paul Baker, UK

Usually in Great Britain, the 1 Penny coins of a new year are the first to appear and over the last few years they have appeared by around March/April of the year they are dated. But this year, we are almost to July and still no sign of any 1 Penny coins. In fact I have still not heard of any 2002 dated low denomination coins in British change. However not directly from change, but with a dealer, (who, in turn, got them from people, who got them from change) I have seen 3 pieces of the Commonwealth Games bi-metallic 2 Pound coins. I saw two pieces last week and another piece the week before - all three have been the type with the English flag. Hopefully there will be more of these coins in change than there seemed to be of the Marconi 2 Pound coins - they soon stoped appearing as new in change.

8. Bi-metallic Blanks Available ... by Sean Moffatt, USA

I have recently acquired a large amount of Bi-metallic coin blanks. These have a 26.35mm diameterand consist of an aureate bonded steel ring, and a nickel bonded steel center. These blanks were used for tokens produced by the Dutch mint about 8-10 years ago, and are possibly the blanks that the original WBCC tokens were struck on. I am offering these blanks for USD 2.00 plus postage (~37 cents US domestic, or ~ 2.00 international depending on destination). Of course I am interested in any trades for equivalent bi-metallic or mono-metal coins. Also I was able acquire the last few samples of the Alltrista bimetal sample coins. I am offering these at the same price, first come first serve. Please respond to me at with any inqueries or offers.

9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #307 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

She was the Queen of the Amazons, a legendary tribe of women warriors. In a series of Bi-metallic coins, Gibraltar elected to recognize the trials of Hercules, a tale of Greek heroics and heroes. One of these Bi-metallic Two-Pound coins (KM 763) shows Hercules getting the Queen’s girdle, a waist belt that signified her authority as queen of the Amazons. The girdle was said to possess mystical powers, but the real power of the girdle was the recognition of the power within oneself and willingness to change. What was the name of this Queen of the Amazons?
a. Hippolyta
b. Antiopę
c. Glaucę
d. Melanippe
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hpler. Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website: WBCC Website.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #306.
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
Answer to Question #306 is "c"; Bermuda.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #305: 100 % correct, eight players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images New listed are:
* Belgian 2 Euro error strike
* French 1 Euro with wrong metals
* Italy 1 Euro with rotated centre
* WBCC encased French 1 & 2 Euros
* Netherland Antillies 2001 10G inlay coin
* Baie Sainte-Marie 3 Dollars
* Baie Sainte-Marie 3 Dollars
* Kenora 3 Dollars
* La Crete 10 Dollars
* Manitoulin 3 Dollars
* Manitoulin 2000 Cent
* Nanaimo 3 Dollars
* Zeballos 5 Dollars
* German produced silver medal encasing Turkmenian coin

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

Auction 45 will open with next weeks WBCC Newsmail. We have many quality items listed. There is something I am sure to tempt everyone. We can still list more items, so please check you spares and email me: Rod Sell, the details today.

"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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