Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #383


WBCC Newsmail 383, Volume 8, December 13, 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. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Illan Glasner (WBCC member #313), USA
E-mail: (No Longer Available Online)
Age: About 40
Profession: Eng.
Hobby: World Banknotes and Coins with intrest in BiMetalic and Tri-Metalic.
How did I know about the WBCC: I belive I'm aware about your club probably from the very early, and recently the name pop again.

2. Bi-metallic from Michael Ayrapetov, USA

In Coins Issue Plan for 2004 of The Central Bank of Russia I found 7 Ringed Bi-metallic coins:

The Series "Ancient Russian Towns"- 3 coins Brass/CuNi 10 Roubles:
* 49 Dmitrov
* 50 Riyashsk
* 51 Kemy
All 3 Bi-metallic coins will be issued in October 2004.

The Series "The Golden Ring - 4 coins Gold/Silver:
* 13 Rostov Veliky - 5 Roubles;
* 14Rostov Veliky - 100 Roubles;
* 15 Uglich - 5 Roubles;
* 16 Uglich - 100 Roubles.
All 4 Bi-metallic coins will be issued in November 2004.

The URL of Russian Plan 2004 is: HERE.

3. Bi-metallic from the West African Paul Baker, UK

This week the Central Bank of the West African States (La Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (BCEAO)) announced details of the forthcoming release of two new Bi-metallic circulation coin types - a 200 F-CFA and a 500 F-CFA. It was earlier this year that the bank announced that they had plans for these two coins and this week a contact in the region told me that a release date of 24/Dec/2003 had been set for these new coins. With a quick look on the bank's site at I soon found a new press release (dated 9/Dec/2003) on new issues of coins and notes: HERE along with this some images.

Basic descriptions of the new types are:- 200 F-CFA centre is colour as per Aluminium-Bronze, outer is colour as per Copper-Nickel, mass 7.00 grams, diameter 24.50mm; 500 F-CFA centre is colour as per Copper-Nickel, outer is colour as per Aluminium-Bronze, mass 10.60 grams, diameter 28.00mm. The denomination appears on the pieces as "200 FCFA" and "500 FCFA" respectively - something new for circulation types. Finally - the privy marks and designer marks of the Monnaie de Paris cannot be seen on the pieces in the images - should the issued coins be like this then that would be a first for West African States coins, as far as I am aware.

4. Bi-metallics from San Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The Republic of San Marino will issue in 2004 the Division Mint set including the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2004. Costs of the set is 40 Euro.

5. Bi-metallic medal from Slovakia Denis Buric, Croatia

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 382 about the Bi-metallic medal in the mint sets for 2003 from Slovakia, you can see a picture of this Bi-metallic medal in the WBCC New Images section.

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

A member of the horse family, found in eastern Africa is the Zebra. There are three species of Zebras, some of which have been hunted to near extinction. This beautiful animal lives is groups and is very afraid if separated from the herd. It has been reported that zebras have died of fright when left alone for an extended time. Which country features a zebra in its crest and on its Bi-metallic coins?
a. Algeria.
b. Botswana.
c. Ghana.
d. Zimbabwe.
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 #382.
Polar bears belong to the family Ursidae. They are Ursus maritimus. A polar bear has a long body, neck, and head; short, furry ears; and sharp teeth. Adult male polar bears measure from 2.4 to 3.4 meters (8 to 11 feet) long. Some of them weigh more than 450 kilograms (1,000 pounds). Which is the only country to feature a polar bear on its standard issue Bi-metallic coins?
a. Canada.
b. Finland.
c. Russia.
d. Ukraine.
Answer to Question #382 is "a"; Canada.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #381: 13 players.

7. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#383) will be a Bi-metallic $5 of Zimbabwe. 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 1000 Sucres of Ecuador (WBCC Newsmail #381) is Jim Snider (WBCC member #148).

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

The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at: New Images. New listed are:
* Slovakia 2003 sets with bi-metallic medal
* Benin, Cameroun, Ivory Coast and Niger 60.000 CFA 2003

9. WBCC Auction 62 last Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 62 in it's last hours. The 114 very interesting lots listed can be seen at: Auction 62. Please email your bids 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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