Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #311


WBCC Newsmail 311, Volume 7, July 27, 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,

I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. WBCC 6th Anniversary September 14th 2002 ... by Rod Sell, Australia

To commemorate the WBCC 6th Anniversary September 14th we will be encasing the full type set of Thailand 10 baht Bi-metallic coins. This consists of 14 commemoratives and the regular 10 baht issued in 2002. The cost will be US$100 for the full 15 encased coins or US$7 for individual encased coins. I currently have 11 sets available for encasing. Preference will be given to members wishing the full set. Should demand exceed the 11 sets I currently have, I will try to obtain additional coins. The encasement price will be determined by the cost of these extras.

If you are interested in the set or individual coins, please contact: Rod Sell.

2. Bi-metallic 2003 From Slovenia ... by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain

Searching about news of bimetallics coins I have read in the National Bank of Slovakia's website that they have planned to issue a Bi-metallic coin made of gold and palladium. Only one problem this coin will be issue in 2003, for this reason there are no more data. We will be patient for obtain more news.

In the webpage goto MENU, SLOVAK CURRENCY, The issue plan of Slovak commemorative coins in 2003, in this page you can see this data:
Bimetal (Au, Pd) commemorative coin of nominal value 10,000 Slovak crowns the formation of the Slovak Republic – the 10th anniversary

3. Bi-metallic Coins San Marino ... by Wouter Beerekamp, Netherlands

Being on hollidays in the North of Italy, last week I visited San Marino twice searching for coins of this small European State. I noticed that the Euroset 2002 of 8 coins (with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro) could be bought everywhere although officially this set is sold out. But the prices are high even in San Marino, price is still around EUR 200 (European coin dealers have prices up to EUR 250). Being a WBCC-member and just interested in just 2 (Bi-metallics) of the 8 coins.Single coins of 1 and 2 Euro I could not find, only coins in sets.But there is good news ! There is a new coin set 2002 of San Marino with only 4 coins (20 cts - 50 cts - 1 Euro - 2 Euro), so the Bi-metallics are in these set but the price is about one-third of that of the set of 8 coins. I managed to get about 10 of these 4-coin sets, for WBCC-members that are interested, contact me: Wouter Beerekamp. A picture of this set can be seen at: New Images.

4. Bi-metallic Medal From Portugal ... by Jorge Cunha, Portugal

I have information that I have about a new beautiful Bi-metallic medal (Gold plated medal) for Portugal:
It is a proof medal in silver (925) with selective gold plated (24k). It commemorates the 90 years of the “escudo” (1911-2001). In one side it has the first escudo, 1991 that was made of silver, and the other side it has the last escudo, that is made of gold. Diameter, 33mm and Weight, 13,5gr Issued by the INCM (Portuguese national mint). A picture of this Bi-metallic medal from Portugal be seen at: New Images.

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #311 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

The 1997 Bi-metallic 500 Lire of San Marino includes the design of a woman. What is the woman doing?
a. Playing music
b. Dancing
c. Holding a Child
d. Singing
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 #310.
No capital city, no airport, no harbour, no cars, no banks, no guns and no tourism, but there are plenty of islands; 127 at last count in three clusters. Administered by New Zealand, it is not the easiest place to reach: only one boat a month travels there from Samoa. The main industry is Philately, but in 2000, it issued a Five Dollar Bi-metallic coin honoring the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother. What is the name of this Polynesian paradise?
a. Cook Islands
b. Niue
c. Solomon Islands
d. Tokelau
Answer to Question #310 is "d"; Tokelau. There were several who answered Cook Islands. Although Tokelau is located in the same area as the Cook Islands and administered by New Zealand, it is considered a separate country. The best clue comes from the first line because Tokelau has no capital. The Cook Islands’ capital is Avarua, it has two harbors and seven airports one of which is paved. (Source; CIA Workbook) Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #309: 100 % correct, four players.

6. Bi-metallic USA 1792 Reproduction ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

In Coin World of July 15th, in the section Shopping by Mail, an offer for a reproduction of an U.S. Bi-metallic 1792 Silver Center Cent. The offer is from the Gallery Mint Museum, P.O. Box 706, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, USA. The price is $20 postpaid.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images.
New listed are:
* Portugal commemorative medal
* Gibraltar 2 Pound 2001
* Denmark 1 Euro & 2 Euro
* GB 1 Euro & 2 Euro
* Sweden 1 Euro & 2 Euro
* Italy 2002 1 & 2 encased Euro Set
* San Marino 2002 set of 4 coins

8. WBCC Auction 46 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am now accepting lots for Auction 46 which opens on the 3rd August. Please note I am accepting up to 15 lots per member. We can still list more items, so please check you spares and email me: Rod Sell the details today. Auction 46 lots can be viewed at: Auction 46.

9. TWOB-41 is Ready ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The 41th edition of The World Of Bi-metallic (TWOB) catalog is ready. It will be send for free August 1st as an attached Excel file to WBCC members who did ask for it. The contents of this edition are:
* Section 1: WBCC Activities
* Section 2: 1305 Coins from 105 Countries
* Section 3: 223 Ecus/Euros from 23 Countries
* Section 4: 823 Tokens from 43 Countries
And information on varieties, errors and related Numismatic Literature.

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

Copyright 2002, reprinted by permission from the July 8, 2002, issue of Coin World.

British firm mints pattern UK euros
Designs feature new portrait of queen, new reverses
By Summer Douglass,Coin World Staff

As the euro's success makes the United Kingdom's conversion from the pound more likely according to some, pattern British euros have been struck for collectors by a private British mint.

England's International Numismatic Agency has struck nine euro patterns - the 1-cent, 2-cent, 5-cent, 10-cent, 20-cent and 50-cent patterns, and 1 Euro and 2 Euro patterns, the same denominations as on the coins that are currently circulating in the European Union. The agency also produced a 5 Euro piece.

According to INA Director Peter Jackson, the INA hopes to receive the contract to produce British euro coinage, should the United Kingdom opt to convert from the pound.

He explained that in the event of a conversion, the European Commission would solicit proposals from minting firms throughout Europe to strike the coins.

The coins were struck at a minting facility in Birmingham, England. "The British Royal Mint currently has various political constraints and is reluctant to mint pattern euro coins for distribution in advance of the UK taking the huge step of abandoning the pound and adopting the euro as national currency," according to Jackson, explaining why the INA chose to strike the private patterns.

The INA solicited and received the Lord Chamberlain's office's permission to feature a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the patterns. The patterns, with the exception of the 5 euro piece, are struck in alloys similar to those of the euros. The 5 Euro pattern, while struck in a golden alloy similar to Nordic gold like the 10-cent, 20-cent and 50-cent patterns and ringed bimetallic 1 Euro and 2 Euro patterns, is plated in gold. The patterns' obverses do not carry the current Luc Luycx designs, although the designs are similarly arranged.

The 1-, 2- and 5-cent obverses exhibit the scales of justice where a globe is found on the Luycx designs. A dove holding an olive branch in its beak replaces the map of Europe on the 10-, 20- and 50-cent patterns. A sailing ship appears on the 1 euro and 2 Euro pieces, instead of the European map. The 5's Euro obverse features Britannia flanked by a globe and the Cutty Sark. The obverses denote each coin's denomination. The reverses of the current denominations have been submitted to the EU as possible replacements for the Luycx designs.

The 10-, 20- and 50-cent patterns and 1 Euro and 2 Euro patterns' obverses read TRIAL ESSAI PRUEBA. The new portrait of the queen, designed by engraver Donald R. Golder, appears on each pattern's reverse.

The reverses read UNITED KINGDOM, ELIZABETH II, DEI GRATIA REGINA, 2002. "The first purpose of these innovative designs is to demonstrate how United Kingdom coins could look and to dispel the myth that UK coinage would lose its appeal or individuality if the euro were to replace the pound," according to the INA. "The other purpose is to propose new designs which could eventually succeed the Luc Luycx maps of Europe." All of the pattern pieces have plain edges. Their weights are close to the actual euros. A set of the nine patterns is available to collectors at $39. Twenty thousand sets will be released.
For more information, contact:
International Numismatic Agency Ltd.
P.O. Box 222, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4FY
United Kingdom.
Telephone 44 (0) 1625 820333
Fax 44 (0) 1625 820444
or e-mail

"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
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* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint) and Schuler Presses, Germany.

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