Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #353


WBCC Newsmail 353, Volume 8, May 17, 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. I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC

1. Bi-metallics from Barent Springsted, Thailand

Want to report that this past week the Thai Mint released 2 new commemorative bi-metals:
* 80th Birthday of Princess Galiyanee (sister of the current King)
* 100th Anniv. of Army Inspector General Department
No pictures available yet

2. Bi-metallic 2 Pound DNA coin in Paul Baker, UK

This year's circulating commemorative 2 Pound coin for the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA has at last appeared in change here in England. There is still no sign of any standard design 2 Pound coins in circulation with last year's date 2002 - I would think that it is now quite likely that they will never appear in circulation, just in the sets from the mint. The only circulation 2 Pound coins with date "2002" were those marking the occasion of the Commonwealth Games - they are seldom seen in change.

3. Bi-metallic 'error' in Danish Frans Dubois

After the 'euro'set that was issued with the new 'euro's' of The United Kingdom there was also issued a set with the Danish 'euro's' and soon there will be a third set from Sweden. All these sets are produced by the same company and so it could happen that something went wrong....
In a number of the Danish sets is a 1 euro coin with the reverse of the U.K 1 euro. If this is a real mistake or if it is done intentional....As far as I am informed there are about 500 of these sets with the error 1 euro coin.

4. Bi-metallic US Municipal Trade Cliff Anderson, USA

As seen in this week’s new images, these six Bi-metallic commemorative MTTs have been issued by various towns in the USA. Yet all of these six were minted using blanks from Bonvita in Canada, where all the recent Canadian MTTs were produced. And thanks to Ray Desjardins of Bonavita for alerting me to these items. All of them are 1 ¼ inch and have the cupro-nickel center with the brass outer ring. The mintages for these pieces are not known, but it can be presumed that they are probably equivalent to the Canadian MTTs, that is between 50 to 5,000, and more likely around 1,000-2,000.

a (1). Leadville, CO
Obverse: "Leadville, Colorado / Elevation 10,152" [feet], schoolhouse and mountain scene. Reverse: "125th Birthday / 1878 – 2003 / America’s Highest City", mining buildings and mountain scene.

The display card accompanying the piece reads:
"Happy 125th Birthday! February 7, 1878 - February 7, 2003 This commemorative coin was conceived, designed, and minted in order to mark the celebration of the 125th Birthday of the City of Leadville, Colorado. The coin was minted in Canada from brass and a nickel/silver alloy. It's gold and silver coloring represents the vast gold and silver mining that helped make Leadville the "gem" that it was, and continues to be. The obverse includes the year of incorporation for the City of Leadville and Kris Kustra's rendering of a view to the east with the Mosquito Range over a traditional mine's buildings. Kris is a 16 year old sophomore at Lake County High School.

The reverse pictures the Malta schoolhouse, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Colorado's two highest peaks, in a view to the west, and Colorado's State flower, the Columbine. This side was designed from artwork by Catrina Parr, a Senior at Lake County High School who just turned 18.

We hope you enjoy this little souvenir of Leadville's glorious history, and welcome you and yours to come and stay with us often… far into the future." Can be ordered from Carrie Kroschel, 460 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461, 719 486-3718 ($10 each plus $5 shipping).

b (2). Sugar City, ID
Obverse: "Sugar City Idaho / Celebrating 100 Years", with pictorial of buildings, water tower and smokestack. Reverse: "Good Neighbors Forever / 1903 Centennial 2003", pictorial of shaking hands. Can be ordered from Lawrence Nielsen, 208 356-7561; price unknown.

c (3). Meeker, OK
Obverse: "Meeker Oklahoma / 1903-2003", with pictorial train alongside railway station. Reverse: "Town of Meeker / Home of Carl Hubbell", with pictorial of baseball player, presumably Carl Hubbell, throwing a baseball, and showing his signature. Can be ordered from Carol Watson or Marlene Barnett, Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 720, Meeker, OK 74855, 405 279-2363 ($5 each plus shipping).

d (4). Ft. Supply, OK Observe: "Town of Fort Supply, Oklahoma Centennial / 1912" with steam engine pulling train alongside the station which bears the sign "Supply". Reverse: "Celebrating the Roots of Our Heritage / 100 Years / 1903-2003"

The folded leaflet accompanying the piece reads: "The development of the railroad was one of many factors that helped the furtherance of our town. Old timers told of families arriving with their meager belongings and some with a few livestock. Also, it enabled pioneers to have easier access to their families and to market their cattle and crops. Opening the outside world to Supply with the ribbons of rails was a true enhancement to our town.

The first post office for what was originally known as Supply was established on May 12, 1903. Territorial legislator and town founder, James P. Gandy, bought the land from a large rancher, H. H. Halsell. Gandy had it platted for a town site in 1903. Most of the original buildings of Supply were moved from the failed town site of Fitzgerald that had been established two miles to the southwest in 1902. Supply was the economic center for area farmers and ranchers. In 1908, the old army post one mile east of town became Western Oklahoma Hospital, the first state-operated mental institution. The dam and reservoir were built in the valley of Wolf Creek one mile southeast of Supply. Work started in October, 1938, and was completed in May, 1942. It was the largest earthen dam in the United States at that time. On May 1, 1943, the names of the post office and town were changed to Fort Supply. Fort Supply's population at 1907 statehood numbered 783; by 1980 the number had declined to 559 and in the year 2000 stood at 328. The community’s economic base is grounded in agriculture and employment at the Western State Psychiatric Center and William S. Key Correctional Center located on the grounds of nearby historic Fort Supply." Order from Thelma Burgess, Box 343, Ft. Supply, OK, 73841, 580 766-3491 ($5.00 each plus shipping).

e (5). Gleason, TN Obverse: "City of Gleason / 1903 – 2003 / Ball Clay Capital of the World / Celebrating 100 Years", with pictorial of backhoe filling the bed of a dump truck. Reverse: "Gleason Tennessee / 1903 sweet potatoes / 2003 / Tatertown Special".

The orange folded leaflet accompanying the piece reads: "Gleason was first organized in 1850 as the community of Oakwood. The name Oakwood derived from a prominent tree that grew beside W. W. Gleason’s general story. Nashville and Northwestern Railroad completed its construction through the town in 1860. Gleason was incorporated as a town in 1871. Gleason was charted as a City in 1903. Early in the 20th century the sweet potato became the city’s number one agricultural export. The popularity of the sweet potato brought forth a nickname for the city which is still used today, Tatortown. The 20th century also saw the introduction of the clay industry to Gleason, which made it the clay capitol of the world. Gleason at present has a population of 1402." Can be ordered from Donna Godwin, City of Gleason, Gleason, TN 38229, 731 648-5547 ($10 each plus shipping).

f (6). Hillsborough, NC Obverse: "Historic Hillsborough, 1752-2002, Clock Tower of the Old County Courthouse". Reverse: "Celebrating 250 Years, Diversity, Freedom, Preservation & Education" / "Orange County / North Carolina". Can be ordered from Meghan Fitzpatrick, The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Orange County Visitor Center, 150 East King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278, 919 732-7741 ($6.50 each plus $2.00 shipping).

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

Juscelino Kubitschek was honored on a recently issued Bi-metallic coin. What country issued the coin?
a. Argentina.
b. Brazil.
c. Chile.
d. Poland.
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. 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.
Answer to Question #352. Bertha von Suttner, answer "a". Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was born into nobility in Prague. Her full name following marriage was Bertha Sophie Felicita Kinsky von Chinic and Tettau von Suttner. She was a well-known author and activist for a peace movement that ended with the beginning of WW I. In fact, she won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. She lived most of her life in Austria but traveled extensively lecturing for the Peace Movement. Bertha von Suttner is featured on the Bi-metallic two-Euro coin of Austria. Some of the titles attributed to Bertha von Suttner:
a. Nobel Laureate
b. Countess
c. Baroness
d. Generalissimo
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #351: 91.67% correct, 12 Players.

6. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#353) will be a WBCC Bi-metallic 2000 Commemorative 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 Australia $5 Sundra Straits (WBCC Newsmail #351) is Claudio Revello WBCC member #207.

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

In the new images page you will see a Charles II tin farthing forgery that i received in the mail today. I have compared it to a genuine tin farthing in the images.

The forgery is the correct size but it is only half as thick as the genuine coin. The genuine coin weighs 5.48 gms and the forgery is 5.98 gms. I think the forgery is of iron or steel.

The tin fathings of Charles II were only issued in 1684 and 1685 with the date on the edge. Earlier copper fathings were issued with the date under Britannia up till 1679, so i thought this could be a trial strike. I am now sure it is a forgery, however i don't know if it was a contemporary forgery or a modern one. Luckily it did not cost a lot.

The new Bi and Tri-metallic image shown at: New Images section.
New listed are:

8. WBCC Auction 56 Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am now accepting lots for Auction 56. The lots listed so far 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


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