!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.1 Transitional//EN"> WBCC Newsmail #352
Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #352


WBCC Newsmail 352, Volume 8, May 10, 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,

Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. Much new about Bi- and Tri-metallics this week. I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC

1. Meeting WBCC members at the ANA 2003..by Ray Lockwood

The WBCC will be present at this year ANA in Baltimore. We have a WBCC meeting will be held on Friday, August 1, 10 A.M. in Room 313 of the Baltimore Convention Center. Looking forward to a good attendance as our meeting is open to the public and will be advertised on the ANA website convention schedule.

2. Bi-metallic 10 Sheqalim 2003 from Israel..by Yossi Barzelay, Israel

In circulation in Israel is now the Israel k-270 Bi-metallic 10 Sheqalim 2002

3. Bi-metallics in Italy Euro set... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

About the Italy 2002 original Euro BU set the following:
Finally it's possible to order the new Italy 2002 original BU Euro set 2002. It will contain the usual eight Euro coins, no commemorative 5 EURO silver coin inside. Every set is numbered. 150.000 sets worldwide
You can order it sending a fax to Italian Mint (I.P.Z.S.).
The fax number is: 0039*06*85083710
You can order a maximum of 10 sets for person.
The cost is € 20,00 for set. Shipping cost: € 7,20 (1 to 7 sets) - € 10,20 (8 to 10 sets)
You will receive the sets directly at home and you will pay directly to the Postman.

4. Bi-metallic Car Wash Roken from the USA..by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

In "The Fare Box" April 2003 of American Vecturist Association I found one Bi-metallic Car Wash Token (by Harold V. Ford): Hondo, Texas, TX 443 A (ex inidentified 494), PUMPHOUSEr CAR WASHES (PUMP)r, Car Wash Token, No Cash Value $1.00. 25 mm White Metal Ring, 15 mm Brass Center. Reeded Edge.

5. Bi-metallic mistrike by the Dutch Mint..by Egbert van Keulen, Ebay

As mentioned in WBCC Newsmail 245, item 2 about the Bi-metallic collection from Ebay, you can find a picture in the WBCC New Images section, of a mistrike of a Bi-metallic designed by Ebay Netherlands. Unfortunally the Dutch Mint made an error. They did forget the date. Now all 5000 pieces are distroyed, and new pieces with date will be made.

6. Bi-metallic gaming token. New?......by Paul Baker, UK

About a week ago a new Gaming Token image was added to the new images page on the WBCC site. The image is of a piece I got a few weeks ago from a nearby coin shop. The centre of the first side features what looks a little like the Islamic falcon to be found on some Egyptian & Syrian coins, but featuring just a single star on the central shield. The centre of the second side features just a large dollar symbol ("S" with two vertical line through it). The legends appear just on the ring and are the same on each side - they are "ONE DOLLAR GAMING TOKEN" above and "NO CASH VALUE" below. Two five-pointed stars separate the legend's two parts, one at each side of the coin. The piece has a diameter of 26mm. Which country this piece is from is a bit of a mystery - but remember that the U.S. Dollar is used in casinos in a number of different parts of the world, especially where they are just for the use of tourists/visitors. Has anyone seen one of these pieces before ? Please let me know is you have.

7. Bi-metallic token of 1,75 euro named "Profijtwinner"..by Frans Dubois

The Dutch Electricity Company "Eneco" started an action in which they offer different services for 1,75 euro in a month. To their customers they sent a Bi-metallic token with a value of 1,75 euro which has a similair design as the regular coin of 2 euro. The reverse of the token shows the name of the company "Eneco". An image of the token will be shown on the WBCC New Images section

8. Bi-metallic Plastic Euro coins in UK....by Paul Baker, UK

Added to the WBCC images this week were images of a couple of new play money pieces I have acquired. They can currently be bought from Early Learning Centres (big chain of shops selling play things and toys for younger children). The set includes play versions of both Sterling and Euro coins and papermoney. So of course there are several full sets of the 8 Euro coins. They are all a little larger than the real thing, the 1 Euro has the colours of the respective alloys the wrong way around (i.e. both the 1 Euro and 2 Euro have yellow/brown centre and grey ring), the 1, 2 and 5 Eurocent are the same yellow/brown as the 10, 20 and 50 Eurocent instead of being red/brown. Notably the 1 Euro and the 2 Euro are the first play versions of bi-metallic coins I have seen that have been made from two pieces of plastic - previously I have just seen pieces made from one continuous piece of plastic with colouring added to either the centre or ring as appropriate. Unfortunately these sets do not include a play version of the British 2 Pound coin.

9. Tri-metallics from London Mint Limited offer...by Martin Peeters

From Patrick Deane of the James Hughes of the London Mint Limited in the UK, I received the following message:
Please find a list with descriptions and prices of some extremely rare Uni-face pieces which you may wish to offer to you members. International Currency Bureau, stock of extremly rare Tri-metallic pieces: These pieces are from the archive of International Currency Bureau Ltd which was disbanded some years ago. They represent many of the dies that were produced during the period that collector issues of Ecu and Euro coins were minted. These coins were minted to test the quality of the dies before production commenced. Generally speaking, only 10 pieces were struck of each design, although there were 20 pieces struck for the ‘3 Graces’ 25 Ecu 1992 and about 30 pieces for the German Presidency Ecu with the Eagle design.
We list below the pieces starting at the top left hand corner and working across and down the page:
Greece 1993
Eire Squirrel 1996
Norway 1994
25 Ecu UK Sir Francis Drake 1994
Greek Ship 20 Ecu, Danish Presidency, Norwegian Reverse
UK Five Ecu 1992
England Ecu 1992
Scotland Ecu 1992
Germany Presidency UK Sir Walter Raleigh 1995
Norway 1994 10 Ecu
Greece 1996 English Legend
Greece 1996 Greek Legend
UK 25 Ecu 1992
Greece 10 Euro
Greece 5 Ecu
Eire Doormouse 1997
Norway Cat
Eire Ecu 1992 – plain reverse of each piece.

These pieces are all extremely rare and are priced at £25.00 each (or the complete collection of 21 pieces for £500.00). As we expect to sell these very quickly, we ask you to place your orders early
. Patrick Deane
Tel: +44 (0)1689 891989
Fax: +44 (0)1689 898008

10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #352...by Jack Hepler, USA

Austria has honored several national heroes on Bi-metallic issues. Which of the following was sometimes known as Generalissimo?
a. Bertha von Suttner.
b. Wolfgang A. Mozart.
c. Ferdinand Porsche.
d. Conrad Lorenz.
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 #351.
Juan Escutia, Fernando Montes de Oca, Juan de la Barrera, Francisco Marquez, Agustin Melgar and Vicente Suarez were honored as heros on a circulating Bi-metallic coin. What is unique about these heros?
a. They were all Priests.
b. Each came from a different country.
c. Each was a member of royalty.
d. Each was less than 17 years old.
Answer to Question #351. At the time I put this question together, I thought the answer was "d" All were less than 17. I have discovered that some of these students were as old as 20. I apologize for the inaccuracy of the choices. Therefore, any player who responded to the question will be eligible for the prize. Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #350: 100% correct, 12 Players.

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

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#352) will be a Bi-metallic Australia $5 Sundra Straits If more than one member gets the question right, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of the Bi-metallic 2003 Spanish Euro (WBCC Newsmail #350) is Jorge Cunha WBCC member #173.

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images. New listed are:
* Ebay Netherlands bi-metallic without year
* San Marino Euro set
* Plastic Easy Learning Centre play money
* Green Lantern Car Wash Token
* Italy 2002 set
* Dutch Electric Energy Company ENECO token
* Italian casino token
* Russian inlay medal "200 years of writer A.S. Pushkin birthday"
* Gaming Token

13. WBCC Auction 55 last day..by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 55 is now in it's last day. The 60 interesting lots listed can be seen at: Auction 55. Please email your lots to me now: 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
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