Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #390


WBCC Newsmail 390, Volume 9, January 31, 2004

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
the WBCC Newsmail.  Jack Hepler reporting this week.

1. Bi-metallic from Max Aiello, Italy
The new bimetallic from Ukraine 5 Hryvnia 2003, "BANDURA",
has been in circulation since December 23, 2003.
 This is the description received from National Bank of Ukraine:
 "The coin is dedicated to a Ukrainian folk stringed musical instrument.
BANDURA is one of the most popular Ukrainian folk instruments and is
famous since 15th century. Since the start of the 20th century Bandura
playing has been experiencing a revival. The coin starts "Folk Musical
Instruments" series.
 "On the OBVERSE relief surface, which symbolicaly depicts Bandura
strings, a Ukrainian song is reproduced as a conventionalized Baroque
ornamentation. Above there is the small State Emblem of Ukraine, conventionalized
inscriptions in Cossack type - ÓÊÐÀ¯ÍÀ; beneath: 2003, the coin mintage
year, 5 ÃÐÈÂÅÍÜ and the Mint logo of the National Bank of Ukraine.
 "On the coin REVERSE Bandura is depicted; around circumference there is
Baroque ornamentation and a conventionalized inscription in Cossack type
Outer ring:  Cupronickel
Inner ring:  Nordic Gold
Weight:      g. 9,4
Diameter:    mm. 28
Rim:         Sector incised
Mintage:     30.000 pieces
Artists:     Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk and Serhii Kharuk
Sculptor:    Volodymyr Demianenko"

2. Bi-metallic UKRAINE 5 Hryven (2003 year) Alexei Malykh, Russia
I have the new Ukrainian 5 Hryven, 2003, Bandura in uncirculated
condition available for WBCC members.  The price is $6.00 USD
+ delivery fee.  If you are interested, please contact me.
 Head of Sales Department
 Mr. Alexei Malykh

3. Bi-metallic from Manuel Diez, Spain
A new Probe (Proof) set Euro from Lithuania has been issued.
Lithuania is a new member of the EU.  You can see image at webpage:

4. US Bi-metal Library of Congress ... Coin World Report
In the Coin World February 2, 2004 issue the following item was reported: "No experimental pieces for ringed bimetallic U.S. coins were made using fantasy dies, and no ringed bimetallic experimental pieces have been saved, a U.S. Mint spokesman has said.
"The questions arose since Coin World reported in the Jan. 12 issue that experimental pieces for edge lettering, using Martha Washington fantasy dies, remain in Mint archives.  These experiments preceded the 1992 Olympic commemorative silver dollar; lettering was impressed thru reeded edges on the Uncirculated edition though not on Proofs.
"The only ringed bimetallic U.S. Mint issue was $10 commemoratives for the 2000 Bicentennial of the Library of congress.  These coins have a platinium center and an outer ring of gold.
"The manufacturing process was 'tested with real production dies, and no test pieces have been retained', Michael White, a Mint public information officer, told Coin World.
"Anthony Swiatek in Commemorative Coins of the United States Identification and Price Guide has written that production of the Proof version of this issue 'experienced a 40 percent rejection rate because of technological reasons.'
"In 1993, after Mexico had begun issuing ringed bimetallic coins for circulation beginning the year before, the Mint acknowleged experimenting with the concept.  Trial stikes had been made but had all been destroyed, the Mint said.
"Since then, Canada began issuing $2 coins with an aluminum bronze center and nickel outer ring in 1996 and the European Union has adopted circulating, ringed bimetallic coins." 
(Coin World, Monday, February 2, 2004)

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The crest or shield of Chile features an endangered species of gazelle or deer that is native to Chile and Argentina.  This animal has the biological name of Hippocamelus Bisulcus and has the common name of Huemul. 
What bird shares the crest design of the Bi-metallic Chilean 100 Pesos?
a. Condor.
b. Eagle.
c. Goose
d. Andean Hawk.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #389.
The International Rice Research Institute awarded a prize to the
world leader of rice exports.  In 1996, what country issued a
Bi-metallic coin to commemorated this event?
a. China.
b. Russia.
c. South Korea.
d. Thailand.
Answer to Question #389 is "d"; Thailand.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #388: 16 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 (#390) will be an uncirculated Bimetallic 2003 Portuguese Euro. 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 Russian 10 Roubles (Kassimov) (WBCC Newsmail #388) is Oyvind Sollie, (WBCC member #145).

7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
New listed are:
* WBCC encased Brazil 25 centavos 2003.
* WBCC encased Boznia 1 km 2000.
* WBCC encased Macedonia 1 aehap 2001.
* WBCC encased Netherland 1 gulden 1997.
* WBCC encased Poland 1 zloty 1991.
* WBCC encased Uruguay 2 pesos 1994.
* WBCC encased Yugoslavia 20 dinar 1987
* WBCC encased Thailand 10 Baht 2003, 90th Anniverary of Govt. Bank.
* WBCC encased Thailand 10 Baht 2003, 150th Anniverary of Rama V.
* WBCC encased Thailand 10 Baht 2003, APEC Conference.
* Ukraine - BANDURA  5 Hryven.

8. WBCC Auction Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Dear Members,
I am accepting lots for Auction 64.  You have just 6 days to list your lots.
The lots listed can be seen at.
Please email your lots to me at

"See you" next week,  Jack Hepler sitting in for;
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
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WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
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