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WBCC Newsmail 322, Volume 7, October 12, 2002
Dear WBCC Members and Non WBCC Members,
I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. My new E-mail Address ... by Michael Doran, USAPlease read my new E-mail address: Michael Doran (WBCC Member #74) USA: No longer provided online.
2. My new E-mail Address ... by Ramon Luis, Puerto Rico
Please read my new E-mail address: Ramon Luis (WBCC Member #149), Puerto Rico: No longer provided online.
3. WBCC and Sponsorship ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
This week I received a message from The Portuguese Mint (INCM), http://www.incm.pt/, that they will sponsor the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) to attend to next year World Money Fair 2003 in Switzerland.
4. Bi-metallic Control Token ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 321, item 8, about an unknown Bi-metallic, Michael Ayrapetov has the answer: It is a Bi-metallic Control token. On the obverse of this token is the emblem of Van Brook of Lexington,Inc. of Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.
5. Bi-metallic MTT's from Canda ... by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain
Below describtion of 3 new Canadian Bi-metallic MTT's (Municipal Trade Tokens):
#1 TROIS-PISTOLES, QUÉBEC – The University of Western Ontario held its 70th "École de langue française de Trois-Pistoles" (Trois-Pistoles French Language School) this past summer in beautiful Trois-Pistoles, Québec, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
To commemorate this anniversary, the Centre local de développement des Basques has issued a 3-Dollar token, the seventeenth of this series. The obverse features the well known logo of the University of Western Ontario – a tower with the word "WESTERN". The legend reads: "70e ÉCOLE DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE DE TROIS-PISTOLES" at the top and "THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO" at the bottom. "VALEUR DE 3$ EN 2002" (value of $3 in 2002) is written below Western’s logo. The reverse is slightly modified from the previous years. It show an imaginary coin inspired from a Spanish- American cob dollar, thought to be the one called "pistole" in the 17th Century. Research has now revealed that the pistole was actually a gold dobla introduced by Charles Ist of Spain in the 1500s. But for the population of Trois-Pistoles, this is the real thing. A new legend has been added: "TROIS-PISTOLES/LES BASQUES, QUÉBEC" at the top and "3 PISTOLES", at the bottom. The latter points not only to the change of denomination of the token to a 3-Dollar piece but also translates directly into the municipality ’s name.
Now produced by Eligi Consultants Inc., the token was struck in reduced
quantities, with the circulation piece being a Bi-metallic one. "The change
did not come easy" admitted Ms. Denise Rioux, the programme coordinator for
several years, "but we thought we needed a new approach and were right as it
was extremely well received by everyone."
#2. LITTLE CURRENT, ONTARIO – The Little Current Lions Club released, last
May, their first token in a series of four celebrating the seasons on
Manitoulin Island. The 32-millimetre bimetallic 3-Dollar token features a
sailboat and a motorboat as a salute to the North Channel.
This Lions Club has been issuing such tokens as a means of raising funds for
their community projects since 1969, making this their 37th issue (two
pieces were issued in 2000 and 2001 and a special 2000-Cent piece to honour
the victims and heroes of the September 11 tragedy late last year). When
asked about the new theme, Rolly Racicot, program coordinator for the Little
Current Lions Club said "after saluting just about every landmark on the
island, we thought it was time to point out that Manitoulin is An Island for
All Seansons". The token has a heart of silver-coloured cupro-nickel and a
ring of gold-colour aluminium-bronze and is a whopping three millimetres
thick. As in previous years, collector versions were also struck in antique
commercial bronze and gold plated brass.
#3 The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society issued its 35th token, a 3-Dollar piece
saluting the Nanaimo 2002 B.C. Summer Games. Nanaimo is tied with Manitoulin
Island, Ontario, for the title of the Longest Canadian Series, both having
started in 1969. However, the Little Current Lions Club has issued a few
more pieces. Initially denominated 1-Dollar, the Bathtub Dollars, like
everyone else, had to go to a 2-Dollar value in 1992 and to 3 dollars in
2000, when it introduced its first Bi-metallic piece. The series also
included a 1999 5-Dollar piece which celebrated Nanaimo’s 125th Anniversary.
This series is also notable because it contains the only two octogonal
Canadian municipal trade tokens (1974 and 1975) and celebrated Man’s first
steps on the Moon twice. One thousand and nine-hundres and sixty-nine pieces
were counterstruck in 1969 with "JULY 10 ’69 / THE DAY MAN / REACHED THE
MOON". This piece has the distinction of being the first ever, worldwide, to
commemorate this achievement, and the only one to do so in the same year.
The second "Moon Commemorative" piece was struck in 1999 to celebrate the
30th Anniversary. A second die was cut and the legend "30TH ANNIVERSARY /
MAN'S FIRST STEPS ON THE MOON" was added.
All 3 Bi-metallics MTT's are available at:
6. Bi-metallic Medal in 2002 Slovakia Set ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 319, item 4, about the Bi-metallic Medal in the Slovakia 2002 BU Set, according Ola Borgejordet of the Royal Scandinavian Mint (where the set is available) the Bi-metallic Medal depicts the Chateau Bojnicky in Slovakia
7. Bi-metallic in Ebay ... by Jose Luis Ramirez Monleon, Spain
8. Bi-metallic Euros Listed in a Catalog ... by Martin Peeters, Nertherlands
WBCC member and publisher of German coin catalogs, Gerhard Schon, has
published a "Euro Muenzkatalog". In this catalog all Euro coins are listed,
included the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of all European Union Countries but
also the Non E.U countries. The catalog, in Geman language, is now issued
and updated in a second edition. The catalog is available for 5 Euro OR 5
US$ (postage not included) from:
9. WBCC Member and 2003 Standard Catalog of World Coins ... by Martin Peeters
The following WBCC member is aloso mentioned in the 2003 Standard Catalog of
World Coins, edition 1901 - present, in Contributors list:
10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #322 ... by Jack Hepler, USA
Argentina issued a Bi-metallic One Peso honoring a national political and
military hero. This hero rose to the rank of General but was assassinated by
a political rival in 1870. Who was this Argentine hero?
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #320.
11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Images ... by Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images. Newly listed is:
12. WBCC Auction 48 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
"See you" next week,
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WBCC ANA Focal Point: Ray Lockwood, USA.
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