Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #319


WBCC Newsmail 319, Volume 7, September 20, 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
Assisted this week by Jack Hepler, USA

Dear WBCC Members and Non WBCC Members,

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

1. Guess where Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point May Be ... by Rod Sell

Martin is currently in Alice Springs and today he is heading out to Palm Valley, which is almost the centre of Australia.

It gets hot out there past the MacDonald ranges in rugged canyon country. The current temperature for The Alice is 30.9 C so Palm Valley would be a few degrees higher, about 100 F or 38 C.

2. WBCC Auction 48 ... by Rod Sell, Australia

You have just 2 weeks to submit lots for Auction 48. Auction 48 will open on the 5th October with newsmail #321. The lots listed at present can be seen at Auction 48. Please email me Rod Sellyour lots now.

3. New Bi-metallic Thailand 10 Baht Coins ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

From a reliable source, someone who has close connections with the Thailand Mint, I heard that three new Bi-metallic 10 Baht pieces will be issued:
* 10 Baht 2002, commemorate 100 Year Military Hospital
* 10 Baht 2002, commemorate the Highway Department
* 10 Baht 2002, not know yet what it will commemorate

The standard 10 Baht for 2002 has already been issued and may be seen at the Royal Australian Mint site.

The coins have a mintage of 10,000 and are retailing at A$85 or slightly less for international buyers. At the current exchange rate this works out at about US$48.

The central portion of the coin is the famed Adelaide Pound Type 1 gold piece. This is a very rare coin and is the first gold coin minted in Australia. This coin is the largest size minted by the Royal Austalian Mint at 50mm. It is anticipated that the very low mintage of 10,000 will sell out very quickly, so don't wait long to purchase yours.

The coin was released on 16 September. A scan of this coin may be seen in the New Images section of the WBCC website.

5. New Bimetallic Transportation Tokens ... by Cliff Anderson, USA

The New Images page on the WBCC website shows three newly issued Bi-metallic transportation tokens issued by two separate transit authorities.

On July 1, 2002, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, California, issued two different tokens, and at about the same time, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) in San Diego, California, also issued a new piece.

The American Vecturist Assn. (AVA) has already classified these. The VTA pieces are now classified as CA 775P&Q, and AVA further describes them as follows:

CA 775P (the larger one on the new images page) is marked Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority/VTA (with logo), Redeem For Day Pass/Adult/A. It is 23mm in diameter, and the 8mm brass center is surrounded by a stainless steel ring. The token has both a face and catalog valued at $4.

CA 775Q (the smaller one) is marked Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority/VTA (logo), Redeem For Day Pass/Youth/Y. It is 20mm in diameter, and the 8mm stainless steel center is surrounded by a brass ring. Its value is $2.50.

Both these San Jose tokens are plain edged, and their mintages are unknown. I do not see any obvious mintmark, but they do not look like RWM designs.

Though it does not show the tokens themselves, check out the VTA's website at One can order tokens by mail to VTA, 3331 North First Street, San Jose, CA 75134-1906. A package of 5 adult tokens costs $18.00, and a package of youth tokens (both adult and youth are in mint condition) costs $11.25, and they charge an additional $3 for shipping. They take checks but not credit cards.

The AVA describes the San Diego piece as follows:

CA 745AE is marked Metropolitan Transit System MTS (incuse in logo), One Urban Fare 1 (incuse) (streetcar & bus pictured). It is 23 mm in diameter and the 8 mm brass center is surrounded by white metal. Its value is $2.00. It is plain edged and its mintage is not yet known, and I don't see any obvious mintmark on this one either.

Just as with the VTA, the MTS website at does not picture the token. Order tokens by mail to MTS Transit Store, 102 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. A package of 11 costs $20, plus $3 postage.

6. New Bi-metallic Real From Brazil ... Antonio da Silva, Brazil

Issued in September 12 by Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian Mint), new bimetallic 1 Real commemorating the birth centennial of Juscelino Kubitschek, former Brazilian president (1956-1961). Brasilia was founded for him in 1960.

Specifications: Outer ring bronze plated stainless steel
Inner circle stainless steel
Weight 7.00g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Edge Alternating plain and milled
Designer Alzira Duim
Obverse Juscelino Kubitschek face

See this coin and other new issues by going to the WBCC New Images section.

7. New Bi-metallic From Bulgaria ... by Michael Arypetov, USA

On October 19, 2002 the Bulgarian National Bank will issue a new Proof Bimetallic 1 Lev coin. The image of coin from Ivo Shahanov can be seen in WBCC New Images, and a clearer image of this coin (SAMPLE) can be seen in the Webpage of the Bulgarian National Bank (Bulgarian Version).

The Bimetallic 1 Lev coin with image of Saint Ivan Rilski and word BULGARIA on the reverse will have a ring of yellow alloy (24.5 mm), and center of white alloy (16 mm). It will weigh 7 grams, and edge will have reeded sections. The obverse will have the denomination 1 LEV and date 2002. The coin will be dull(matte)/polish. St. Ivan Rilsky - Saint John of Rila (c876 - 946) - depicted on the new Bulgarian Bimetallic coin, is the first Bulgarian hermit and the founder of the grandest monastery in Bulgaria.

Proof mintage will be 10,000. The circulation version was released on September 2, 2002.

8. San Marino 500 Lire Bi-metallic 1984 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

By Permission.

D/Nella parte centrale della moneta, e lo stemma stilizzato della Repubblica, nella corona circolare in alto la leggenda: REPVBBLICA DI S. MARINO, in basso: LIBERTAS fra rami di alloro e di quercia; R/ Vi e raffigurata l'immagine di Albert Einstein nella parte centrale con in basso: 1984, a d.: R e a s.: E. Manfrini // GROSSI INC.; nella corona circolare in alto: ALBERT EINSTEIN, in basso L. 500. Bordo: godronato

Translation by Martin Purdy, New Zealand

Obverse: The central part of the coin shows the stylised arms of the Republic; on the outer ring, the legend REPVBBLICA DI S. MARINO at top, and, below, LIBERTAS between branches of laurel and oak. Reverse: A portrait of Albert Einstein, with the date 1984 below. At right: R; at left: E. MANFRINI // GROSSI INC.; the outer ring contains the words ALBERT EINSTEIN at top, with L.500 at the bottom. Edge: Reeded.

9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #319 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

The 1996 Argentine Bi-metallic, KM 95, commemorates UNICEF and features a child with a doll. How many faces appear on this coin? (Suggestion contributed by Hans Bucek).
a. 1
b. 3
c. 4
d. 13
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 #318. A woman's figure is featured on the 2001 Two-Pounds of Gibraltar. Images of this woman may be found on coins dating back as early as 1714 in the United Kingdom. What is this woman's name?
a. Britannia
b. Queen Boudicca
c. Brittany Spears
d. Queen Elizabeth I
Answer to Question #318 is "a"; Britannia. I apologize for the misstated date of this coin, it should have been 2001, not 1999. Jo van Tilborg sent reference to a coin of Hadrian (117-138) that shows the image and the word Britannia. Information provided by Martin Purdy, New Zealand and Hans Bucek, Switzerland shows that the image of Britannia also appeared as early as the administration of Antoninus Pius (154-155). In a modified form the figure appeared on pattern coins of the United Kingdom with the Britannia reverse made in 1665, and circulation coins in 1672 of a regal halfpenny and farthing in copper.

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #317: 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.
*San Diego bimetal token
*Brazil Centenary of Juscelino Kubitschek, former Brazilian President.
*Australia $10 150th Anniversary of the Adelaide Pound.
Http: for full details and purchases.
*Bulgaria 2002 1 Lev. Image of St.Ivan Rilski
*Martin Peeters talking to the ANS members on the Euro.
*Martin checking his notes.
*Martin giving out samples.
*Martin being presented with a Certificate of thanks and ANS Medals.

11. French Bi-metallic Semi-numismatics ... by Bernadette d'Aramon, France

The website is dedicated to a series of French semi-numismatic pre-launch Euros which I ordered from La Monnaie de Paris.

The low denomination "Live Euro" series coins have been historically supplied to participating retailers, and used as a valid and legitimate means of payment, over a limited period in several specific French towns, at the exchange rate of 6.5 French Francs to the Euro. Their present moderate sales price makes them easily affordable for the large genre of curious collectors, willing to acquire unusual items on reasonable terms.

The high denomination "Collectors Euro" series coins, in contrast, are made of silver, silver-gilt, gold, and also includes piédfort, produced in scarce quantities, though. The coins have been treated as valued collectors items from the beginning, and are offered in mint condition.

The website features this collection much in detail, coin by coin and shows both sides of each item. Moreover, our semi-numismatic Euro coins are now available to all international collectors, either through a secure online ordering process, or else a traditional paper orderform. Full contact details are available for any type of inquiry.

"See you" next week, Jack Hepler for
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.
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