Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #320


WBCC Newsmail 320, Volume 7, September 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
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. Trip Report, Australia ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Tuesday, 24 September. Folks, my vacation is great!! I'm in Cairns now; this is really a great city. The day after tomorrow I go to the Great Barrier Reef, this will be my last day here, Friday I go back to the Netherlands and Saturday I'm home.

This vacation has really been wonderful, well organized, like hotels, bus tours, taxis, etc.

Thursday, 26 September. Folks, this the last E-mail I send from Australia. Today I had a dive in Barrier Reef, Great!!! The final day the best of Australia. My next E-mail will be from my home, September 28/29th.

It will be a hard way back home: fly from Cairns to Brisbane, then fly from Singapore to Frankfurt, then fly on to Amsterdam and a 1 1/2 hour drive back home. I have to change planes twice.

BTW This vacation was one of the best!!

But, starting on September 29th, I will be back, ready to take any and all Bi-metallic information for the next Newsmail.

See you folks, Martin

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

You have just one week 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 Please email me your lots now at

3. Encased US States Quarters ... by Rod Sell, Australia

We have started a page for the WBCC encased US Quarters. The striking for these will be limited to 25 for each State for each Mint Marking. WBCC members will have the first opportunity to order these encase pieces before they are offered to other collectors.

Images of the encased Quarters and details can be seen HERE.

I am now taking orders. The cost is US$6.50 per coin. I am encasing them by year starting with the 1999 issues. Both P & D mint markings will be encased. If you are interested please email me: Rod Sell.

These will be offered to other collectors after WBCC members have had first chance of obtaining them, so be quick or you may miss out.

4. Slovakia Bi-metallic Token ... by Michael Arypetov and Jack Hepler, USA

Slovakia issued 2002 BU Set with seven coins and new Bimetallic token. I do not know what is depicted on this token. This information is from the Website of the Royal Scandinavian Mint, Inc., of Salt Lake City, Utah (page 2):

The currency of the Slovak Republic is the Slovak Koruna, which is divided into 100 Halier. The set contains seven coins of the nominal value 10 Sk, 5 Sk, 2 Sk, 1 Sk, 50 hal, 20 hal and 10 hal. The obverse of the coins all show the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic. On the reverse of the coins, there are, in addition to the nominal values, various historical motifs from Slovakia. The designer of all the coins, produced by Kremnica Mint, is Drahomir Zobek.

Each set since 1996 has been issued with a Bi-metallic token. These tokens are listed in The World Of Bi-metallics catalog published by the WBCC.

5. San Marino 500 Lire ... by Jack Hepler, USA

By Permission

D/Nella parte centrale e il Santo Marino a d.; nella corona circolare e la leggenda: REPUBBLICA DI SAN MARINO/LIBERTAS R/Nella parte centrale e una figura umana che scioglie ed infrange i legami che la avvincevano, in alto a s.: Grilli e in basso a d.: R; nella corona circolare, in alto 1985, e in basso L. 500. Bordo: godronato

Translation by Martin Purdy, New Zealand

Obverse: The central part of the coin shows the St. Marinus to right; on the outer ring, the legend REPUBBLICA DI SAN MARINO / LIBERTAS. Reverse: The central part of the coin shows a human figure loosening and breaking the bonds that tied him. At top left, the name Grilli, and at bottom right, R; the outer ring contains the date 1985 at top, and L.500 at the bottom. Edge: Reeded.

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #320 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Which of the following countries depicts a feline (Felidae) image on a Bi-metallic coin?
a. Algeria
b. Austria
c. Gibraltar
d. Kenya
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 #319.

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
Answer to Question #319 is "d"; depending on how one interprets faces, the number may be 12, 13, or 14, I accepted any of these numbers for this question.

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #318: 83.33% correct, six players.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images. Newly listed are:
*Monaco 2002 1 & 2 Euros
*Slovakian Medals in the 2000 & 2001 sets
*Ralph Hall encased coins.

8. Bi-metallic Euro Coins Could Be Hazardous To Your Health ... JD White, USA (and also suggested by Larry Firemel)

Even before the release of the new Euro coinage, concerns surfaced about nickel content and it's effects on the general population, particularly those allergic to nickel. This may be old news to the people of Europe, but it wasn't until September 2002 that it made news in the United States. After searching only a short while, I turned up dozens of articles on the Internet. It's starting to sound like children arguing, scientist and dermatologists saying there is a problem and the Nickel Development Institute insisting there isn't.

Whether you're concerned because you must use these coins or if you're just interested in what's going on, have a look a the articles linked below and make up your on mind. Several questions come to my mind. How could a group of nations that so strongly regulate the use of nickel allow this to happen? What will the EU do about it? Does this mark the death of the bi-metallic 1 & 2 Euro coins? What would I do if I had to use these coins on a daily basis, wash my hands often, switch to plastic or simply ignore it? You make the call.

From the 20th July 2001 it will become illegal to sell to a consumer any product that is made or imported into the European Union after 20th January 2000 and intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin which releases from the parts of these products coming into contact with the skin more than a set limit of Nickel ions.

This legislation was introduced because statistically at least 10% of the female population and 1% of the male population suffer from an allergic reaction to Nickel. Read this report HERE.

UNEXPECTED REACTION TO EURO, NATURE SCIENCE UPDATE, 5 September 2001 Despite assertions that they are 'hypo-allergenic', Euro coins contain enough nickel to cause contact dermatitis, an Austrian dermatologist is warning. Read this report HERE.

EURO COINS COULD CAUSE SKIN DISEASE, Reuters Report, November 23, 2001 Two of the eight euro coins due to come into circulation in January release so much nickel that people allergic to the metal could develop hand eczema, according to a study obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Just five minutes of contact with one-euro (88 cents) and two-euro coins containing nickel alloy could trigger symptoms, including skin inflammation or itching, the study by a Swedish dermatologist and British laboratory scientist said. Earlier studies which tested French, British and Swedish coins containing nickel were also found to have the potential to cause nickel allergies, it said. Fifteen percent of all women and two to five percent of men in the industrialized world are prone to nickel allergy. Read this report HERE.

CONCERNS ABOUT NICKEL IN EURO COINS UNJUSTIFIED, NiDI Report, November 28, 2001. Read this report HERE.

SAFE COINAGE AND NICKEL, NiDI Response, January 07, 2002. Read this report HERE.


Euros break the European Union's own rules. The currency, adopted by most of Europe at the beginning of this year, can release up to 320 times the amount of nickel that European Union (EU) regulations say triggers skin reactions in people allergic to the metal. Read this report HERE.


NiDI respond to article in "Nature" on nickel and euro coins September 12, 2002. Read this report HERE.

Euro coins 'trigger allergy', BBC NEWS, September 12, 2002. Read this report HERE.

Euro coins are linked to allergies, September 12, 2002, International Herald Tribune. Read this report HERE.

Euro coins can irritate those with allergy, September 12, 2002, Chicago Sun Times. Read this report HERE.

Euro causes allergic reaction, September 13, 2002, Local Government Information Bureau, United Kingdom. Read this report HERE.

New coins may cause a Eurorash, September 19, 2002, Gannett News Service. Read this report HERE.

Why was the European Directive 76/769/EEC invoked, undated report. Read this report HERE.

(Ed. So a word of warning to members; don't wear your Bi-metallic Euro against your skin when you are sweating.)

9. International Mint Websites ... by Jack Hepler, USA

You may be able to contact your favorite mint by using the links found: Here.

"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.
WBCC ANA Focal Point: 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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