Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #362


WBCC Newsmail 362, Volume 8, July 19, 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 Newsmail.

1. WBCC at the ANA Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

If you take a look at: this web apge one can read the the WBCC ANA meeting will be on friday August 1 at 10 AM in Meeting Room 313. Please notice the room number in last WBCC Newsmail I did mentioned 315 and it was wrong. The WBCC has its own booth at the ANA, Booth #150, I'm looking forward to meet you there.

2. WBCC Newsmail 364 till Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Sunday July 27th my vacation will start. This means that Jack Hepler will compose WBCC Newsmail 364 till 366 and Cliff Anderson will send out those WBCC Newsmails. So please send you item about Bi-metallics after July 27th to Jack Hepler.

3. Bi-metallic commeratives 2003 from Swiss.. by Cliff Anderson, USA

The images appearing in the WBCc New Images section are the obverse and reverse of the latest Bi-metallic issues by Faude & Huguenin from Zwitserland.

* The presentation card that encloses the piece is in French. It describes how the piece commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the Canton of Vaud joining the Swiss Confederation, and the Swiss poet and songwriter ("chansonnier vadois") Jean Villard-Gilles (1895-1982). Vaud is the canton or province furthest west in Switzerland, forming the beak sticking into France's border, and encompasses most of Lake Geneva and the city Lausanne. The accompanying card describes Vaud's ancient culture circulated its own money for the last 2,000 years, and how this homeland of the Helvetians was conquered by Caesar.

* The card further describes Villard-Gilles (whose photo is also shown) as having treated this literary subjects with simplicity and humor. The piece is inscribed with a line from his work called "La Venoge": "a beautiful canton, with its calves, cows, mountains, peaks, swans, lakes, orchards, forests, even a glacier."

This piece is a medal or municipal trade token like most of the previous Swiss issues. The inscription reads "Valeur 10 Frs Jusqu'au 30.09.2003", which makes it equivalent to a "Good For" token. But also in honor of Villard-Gilles, this piece is denominated as a "Gilles".

I was able to order this piece (plus the Bauernkrieg piece shown by Martin Peeters two weeks ago) by responding to Faude & Huguenin's flier. (I must be on their list from previous orders.) Their address is
Faude & Huguenin SA
Bellevue 32, 2400 LeLocle
Or try ordering through their website

4. Bi-metallic 10$ 2003 from Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

If you take a look in the WBCC webpage, New Images section you can see a $10 Pesos 2003 Bi-metallic, "O'Higgins" from Republica of Chile. I have received this very beautiful new pattern. These are the characteristics of the coin:
Metal: Bi-metallic
Inner core: CuAl (95% Copper, 5% aluminum)
Outer ring: Alpaca (70% Copper,15% nickel, 15% zinc)
Weight: g. 3,50
Diameter: mm. 21
Edge: Serrated
The main figure is the effigy of Bernardo O'Higgins. Around it the words "REPÚBLICA DE CHILE" (Republic of Chile). To the effigy's right, in small letters and on two lines, the phrase "LIBERTADOR B. O'HIGGINS" (liberator, B. O'Higgins). On the left, the Mint mark or manufacturer's symbol.
In the center, the number "10" located in the upper half of the field; underneath, on one line, the word "PESOS" and the year minted. All surrounded by a laurel wreath.

5. Bi-metallic error 100 Pesos from Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

If you take a look in the WBCC webpage, New Images section you can see a Chile Error $100 Pesos 2003 "Mapuche" Bi-metallic. These are the characteristics of the
Inner core: CuAlNi (92% copper, 6% aluminum, 2% nickel)
Outer ring: CuAlNi (92% copper, 6% aluminum, 2% nickel)
Weight: g. 7,58
Diameter: mm. 23,5
Edge: Divided into sixths, alternating smooth and serrated.
The main image consists of a Mapuche woman, at the inner core and crowned with the phrase "REPÚBLICA DE CHILE" (Republic of Chile) on the outer ring. At the bottom of the outer ring the phrase "PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS" (native). To the figure's left, in small letters, the term "Mapuche". Mint mark to the right of the inner core.
At the inner core, positioned for symmetry, the National Coat-of-Arms, underneath the year minted, the figure "100" and the world "PESOS", superimposed on the outer ring. Surrounded by a laurel wreath, located on the outer ring.

6. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2003 Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I received Vaticane one BU 2003 Euro set (price 15 Euro, = 17US$) AND one Proof Euro set (price 78 Euro, = 87US$) with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro. The design is the same as in 2002. I did send the orderform Feb 28th and my creditcard was charged on June 5th. I have decided to put the Vaticane 2003 Proof set in the next WBCC Auction 58 with a start price of 87US$. This offers is only for WBCC members, so no new WBCC members are accepted till Auction 58 is ended.

7. Bi-metallic 2 Pounds Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Finally I have the Uk 2 Pounds 1999 Strike Error in my hands. It's in uncirculated condition and it's possible to see the following errors: There is a little space between the two metals, behind the Queen's head. There is a raised rim but at the opposite the coin is also too thin. The beginning of the edge inscription is completely missing (there is only written "Shoulders of Giants"). A really very interesting Bi-metallic.

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

In 1966, Portugal featured an animal that spends most of its life in the water but is in fact a mammal. Some species are migratory, travelling as much as 8000 km annually, further than any other mammal. Some species yield a highly desirable fur often used for coats. Which animal was featured on the Bi-metallic 100 Escudos of Portugal?
a. Porpoise.
b. Seal.
c. Kazarka.
d. Bear.
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 #361. The name for the rhinoceros is derived from two Greek words meaning nose-horned. As unlikely as it appears, the rhinoceros is a distant relative of the horse. There are five distinct kinds of rhinos, three in Asia and two in Africa. Which country featured the image of the rhinoceros on a Bi-metallic coin?
a. Kenya.
b. Somalia.
c. Zimbabwe.
d. Zaire.
Answer to Question #361. Answer "c", Zimbabwe One other country features a Rhinoceros, Burkina Faso. Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #360: 100% correct, 24 players.

9. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#362) will be 1 Lev, Bulgaria 2002. 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 UK 2 Pounds (WBCC Newsmail #360) is Jim Lawniczak (WBCC member #183).

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic image shown at: New Images section.
New listed are:
* Canning Mint Zodiac Keyrings
* Canning Mint Zodiac medals
* Vatican 2003 mint and proof sets
* Morocco 5 Dirham 1987 error
* Chile 2003 10 Pesos
* Swiss 2003 Gilles/Vaud medal

11. WBCC Auction 57 last Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 57 is now in it's last day. The 97 interesting lots listed can be seen at; Auction 57. Please email your Bids to me now: Rod Sell.

Auction 58 will start in 2 weeks on the 2nd August, so please email your lot details to me now. The lots listed can be seen at: Auction 58 members are allowed to list up to 20 lots in this and future auctions.

"See you" next weeks,
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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