Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #341


WBCC Newsmail 341, Volume 8, February 22, 2003 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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,

Come into the World Of Bi-metallics. I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. New WBCC Member ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name: Venancio Recalde (WBCC member #291), Spain
E-mail: (No Longer provided online)
Age: 74
Profession: Veterinay
Hobby: European coins and world coins Bi-metallic from France, Spain, Portugal and so on
How did I know about the WBCC: Searching in Internet and by some magazines.

2. My new E-mail address ... by Luciano De Castris, Italy

Please read my new E-mail address: Luciano De Castris (WBCC member #237), Italy, (No longer provided online).

3. The WBCC attending ANA 2003 ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCC will attande this years ANA at Baltimore from 07-31 till 08-03. We could arrange a meeting special for WBCC members. The day is Saturday, August 2, at 1:30 P.M. in Room 312 of the Baltimore Convention Center. If there is enough interest, then we can do so. Please send a message to WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA, if you will come to this meeting, otherwise we cancel the room.

4. Bi-metallic from Russia ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

On Februery 25, 2003 The Central Bank of Russia will issue new Bi-metallic 10 Roubles coin Pskov in series Ancient Russian Towns. The coin will have the Brass Ring and Copper-Nickel Center, Diameter of 27 mm. Mint Mark - SPMD, of Saint-Petersburg Mint House. The image of coin can be seen in Website of Russian Bank (Russian Version).

5. Bi-metallic from Togo ... by Manuel González, Spain

There are 3 new Bi-metallic pieces from Togo.
* 6000 CFA, Naked Girl, 1200 Pieces, Br/CuNi
* 6000 CFA, President Eyadema 36 th Anniversary, 1200 Pieces, Br/CuNi
* 150000 CFA, President Eyadema 36 th Anniversary, 50 Pieces, Ag*Au/Ag

6. Bi-metallic Canadian 25 cents piece on eBay ... by Frans Woons, Canada

An interesting Bi-metallic Canadian 25 cents piece is being sold on eBay. It seems to me that this piece was created by genuine dies but on an illegal planchet. I imagine that a Royal Canadian Mint employee at the mint in Winnipeg created a phoney planchet, tossed it between the genuine planchets, and recovered the phoney coin. Next it was smuggled out of the mint. I believe that the actions of the mint employee are not sanctioned by the Royal Canadian Mint and that the employee could be fired, if caught... I believe it is neither a trial piece nor an error but a deliberate fabrication.

7. Bi-metallic from Joquim Sabino, Portugal

Many numismatic catalogues refers to the 10 Pataca 1999 bimetallic coin as a legal tender circulating coin. This happens for example with Alberto Gomes's most credible Portuguese coin catalogue (note that Macau was under Portuguese government till 1999).

When I first saw the reference to that coin, I soon have tried to get one in the usual market. When that task seemed to be impossible, I have contacted a friend of mine who, at that time, lived in Macau, and he succeed to get it included in a bu mint set in an acrylic case, giving me also the information that those commemorative coins has never been issued for circulation.

The surprise arises now when I saw the reference to the 10 Pataca 1999 in the WBCC catalogue. Either there is no reference to the bu mint set, either the image we can see at the image library is not of a bu coin in an acrilic set case, but a single specimen inside a cardboard alveolus. So, the 10 Pataca 1999 was or it was not issued for circulation?

I search for a clarification of this question contacting the source, the Monetary Authority of Macau (view it HERE), who promptly gave the answer: all the commemorative 1999 coins were issued in bu mint sets. Now, I am sure the coin shown in the WBCC image library is that of a specimen which has been taken from an original case (why?). For ilustration, one can see an image of my mint set in New Releases section of WBCC site.

8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #341 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Sir George Alan Thomas (1881-1972) was born a Baron and became a champion chess player. He played in over 80 chess tournaments and was the London Chess Chanmpion 16 times. He was also a champion badminton player and was one of the founders of the International Badminton Federation. In fact, Sir George was the first President of the Federation and the award for the Championship games is called the Thomas Cup. The Championship Games were commemorated in 2000 on a Bi-metallic coin issued by which country?
a. United Kingdom
b. Indonesia
c. Korea
d. Malaysia
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 #340
Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. He has been honored by history in many ways and in 2002 was honored yet again on the Bi-metallic Euro of Italy. In what year was Leonardo da Vinci born?
a. 1422
b. 1452
c. 1472
d. 1502
Answer to Question #340 is "b" 1452
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #339: 100.0% correct, four players.

9. WBCC Quiz Game Prize ... by Jack Hepler, USA

This week a special prize will be awarded to some lucky person who plays the WBCC Quiz Game. The WBCC will award a three-piece set of the Turkish Daily Bi-metallic Coins to a player of the game who answers the question correctly. If more than one member gets the question right, a drawing will be conducted to select a winner.

10. WBCC Auction 53 lots Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 53 will open next week. You just have 1 week left to list your lots. The lots listed can be seen at: Auction 53. E-mail your lots to me: Rod Sell.

"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 Webmaster, & 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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