Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #371


WBCC Newsmail 371, Volume 8, September 20, 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. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Filipe Simao (WBCC member #306), Portugal
E-mail: no loger available online)
Age: 27
Profession: Inkjet Media Specialist
Hobby: World coins including many Bi- and Tri-metallics
Goal: World Coins
Against: Fakes and tokens

2. My new E-mail Ivan Florin, Belgium

Please notice my new E-mail address, Ivan Florin (WBCC#12):(no loger available online)

3. The WBCC at a Dutch Coin Event ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Today September 20th 2003, the biggest one-day coin event of Holland will be held in the Mercure Hotel Haren-Groningen, Netherlands The event, is called "Noordelijke Muntmanifestatie", and the WBCC wil be present with their own booth. You can meet WBCC members Frans Dubois, Jean Verleg and Martin Peeters at the WBCC booth #30.

4. Bi-metallic Euros from Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week the Sweden became the first country to say no to the euro since the currency went into circulation at the beginning of 2002. So no official Bi-metallics 1 and 2 Euros for many years. Next vote in Sweden will be in about 10 years.

5. Bi-metallic 10$ from Australia (1) Rod Sell, Australia

The Royal Australian has released for sale today the Sydney Mint Centenary Pattern $10. Mintage is 10,000. The coin is 99.9% silver with gold plated centre. The cost is about US$70.

6. Bi-metallic 10$ from Australia (2) Jose Ramirez, Spain

If you see in the royal Australian Mint webpage you can see the new bi-metallic coin of Australia.

I saw this coin on Ebay auction and try to buy it on the mint online shop, the coin is available now.

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

The Newsmail of May 17, 2003, listed and described the following newly issued US bimetallic municipal trade tokens. These American towns had followed the numerous Canadian towns in issuing commemorative tokens.
Leadville, CO
Sugar City, ID
Meeker, OK
Ft. Supply, OK
Gleason, TN
Hillsborough, NC

You can see these pieces in the "New Images" section of the WBCC website, under the April - June 2003 category.

The following additional US towns have also issued their own tokens, which can be seen in this week's New Releases:
LaSalle, IL
Fordland, MO
Lakeville, IN
Demarest, NJ
Reardan, WA
Mackinaw, IL
Nyssa, OR (2)

All of these are fascinating because they feature local vignettes and anecdotes. LaSalle displays a downtown building and a heraldic eagle seal. Fordland also sports an eagle, apparently in honor of their local high school. Lakeville's seal bears what looks like an onion.

Demarest in curious because it does not mention its state. The only town currently named Demarest in the US is in the northeast corner of New Jersey. Its buildings on both sides of the token are interesting. Reardon's piece is beautifully engraved to show ducks flying over an agrarian scene and other icons of their area mixed with "100" candles. And Mackinaw's pictorial also combines images of fishing, deer hunting and falconry.

Notice that the Nyssa piece shows a covered wagon, emblematic of the town's location being on the Oregon Trail. This piece has two reverses, one being an enameled geode because that area is where a lot of those globular stones with beautiful crystalline centers are found. People in Nyssa call these geodes "thundereggs". But the town also produces sugar beets and onions, so they also call the town "home of the sweet and strong".

I understand that these MTTs, or some of them, are still available. Any members wishing to order any or all of these pieces, contact Cliff Andersonand I can further guide your requests.

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

The elephant belongs to the order, Proboscidea, and family Elephantidae. An elephant is in the design of the 1996 Thailand Bi-metallic 10 Baht that commemorates the 50 year reign of King Rama IX. Which species of elephant is larger?
a. Loxodonta, Africana (African elephant)
b. Elephas maximus (Indian elephant)
c. Indian and African elephants are the same size.
d. Mammutidae angustidens
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 #368. Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (Nymphaeaceae) This is the botanical name assigned to the Lotus Blossom. Which country started circulating a Bi-metallic coin in 1993 that shows a lotus blossom?
a. China
b. Iran
c. Taiwan
d. Thailand
Answer to Question #370 is "b"; Iran Mr. Paul Baker has done some research into the nature of the flower portrayed on the Iranian coin and discovered that most likely it is not a lotus blossom but the flower from a pomegranate. The Iranian Mint website says this is a pomegranate blossom. I looked for pictures of that blossom and discovered that the coin flower looks much more like a lotus than the pomegranate. All players who answered lotus get credit for a correct answer.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #369: 9 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 (#371) will be a Bi-metallic coin from Thailand. 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 Chilean 500 Pesos 2003 (WBCC Newsmail #369) is Javier Oraindi (WBCC member #280).

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

The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:New Releases
New listed are:
* Birmingham Mint 34mm and 30mm Medals
* Australia $10 2003 sesquicentenary of Sydney Mint Pattern in Silver and Gold plated Silver
* Reardan WA; Mackinaw IL; Nyssa OR
* LaSalle IL; Fordland MO; Lakeville IN; Demarest NJ

11. WBCC Auction 60 Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am accepting lots for WBCC Auction 60. You only have 2 weeks until this auction starts, so please list your lots now. The lots listed so far can be seen at: Auction 60. Please note this Auction will close at 11.30 PM Sydney time on Saturday 11th October. This is early Saturday morning in the USA and mid afternoon in Europe.

12. Bi-metallics from Ivan Florin, Belgium

Regarding new issues, I am just back from Africa and got some new extemly rare Bi-metallic commemoratives. The ones illustrating in the WBCC New Releases are from Benin, Cameroun, Ivory Coast and Niger 150.000 CFA 2003 Bi-metallics with Sterling silver in the centre and a golden crown around (24 carats). Mintage is only 25 pcs ! There is also for each of those types a vesrion in Copper-Nickel and Bronze issued at 500 pcs each. In addition I have you can see in the WBCC New Imges section one of the national newspaper from Benin as I was there on the day of issue ! I have managed to get some of each types. The precious metal ones I am selling them at 250 Euro each (face value is already 230 Euro !) (of those I only have a couple left !!) and the ones in base metals at 50 Euro. (there I have about 100 pieces left) (normal price for collectors is 65 Euro).

"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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