Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #392


WBCC Newsmail 392, Volume 9, February 14, 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 this weeks WBCC Newsmail.

1. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: George Maroussakis (WBCC member #325), Greece
Age: 50
Profession: Graphic arts
Hobby: European Coins especially Bi- and Tri-metallics and World coins and tokens especially Bi- and Tri-metallics
How did I know about the WBCC: From Internen
2.  WBCC T-shirt Martin Peeter, WBCC Focal Point
The WBCC T-shirt is available now for WBCC member (look at  and you can sse the WBCC T-shirt wearing by some WBCC members at the WMF in Basel). The unique WBCC shirt costs 20 US$ (16 Euro), postage cost is not included and available in size S, M, L only. So if you interest having one, please E-mail me at:
This offer will end february 22, 2004.

3. Visiting a coinshow in Jim Kindrake, Canada
Albert Meyer and I are still planning to attend Nimismata Coin show in Munich, Germany on 6th and 7th of March (Saturday and Sunday). Will any other WBCC members be there? Perhaps we could meet for a beer at the show somewhere? E-mail me at:

4. Bi-metallic from Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
The webpage of the Swiss Mint show the Matterhorn essai coin. Only 700 coins were made by the mint.
BTW Look at this Ebay auction: . Is a german coin that are counterstamped.
5. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar from Frans woons, Canada
It seems I have discovered a “new” variety of the Bi-metallic Canadian $ 2 piece.  New in quotation marks as it is one of the first “twoonies” struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.The coin in question is a 1996 dated coin, struck in proof quality, and in base metals.  One source tells me that the centre of this coin is gold-plated.  I’ve written the RCM to verify whether the centre of this coin is indeed gold-plated but the mint has ignored my e-mails.
The coin was sold by the RCM in two different ways
* Encapsulated in plastic inside a black box for $ 24.95. Mintage: 66843 pieces.
* Encapsulated in plastic in a large blue box together with a “replacement” (third character in the alphanumeric serial number is an X) $ 2 banknote for $ 79.95. Mintage: 27103 sets
If the centre of this coin is indeed gold-plated, then, thus far, four different metallic compositions have been used to strike Canadian Bi-metallic $ 2 coins. They are, from the least precious to the most precious:
* All base metals. For circulation and certain collector sets.
* In base metals with a gold-plated centre.  For 1996 proof coins.
* In sterling silver with a gold-plated centre.  In proof sets, some individually sold (1999 and 2000), and sold with two uncut $ 2 replacement banknotes.  In the last case the $ 2 coin is a piefort coin.
* With a low grade (4.1 karat) golden ring and high grade (22 karat) golden centre.  Three dates so far: 1996, 1999, and 2000.
Maybe some WBCC Newsmail readers can tell us for sure whether the 1996 proof coin in base metals has indeed a gold-plated centre.

6. Bi-metallic from Carlos Suarez, Uruguay
I have some news that will interest our fellow WBCC members:
* In July 11, 2001, Uruguayan Parliament authorized by law 17369 the mint of new 10 pesos Bi-metallic coins.
* In August 14, 2002, the Banco Central del Uruguay (Central Bank of Uruguay) granted to Sociedad del Estado - Casa de la Moneda de Argentina permission to mint 10 Pesos Bi-metallic coins as follows:
10.000.000 coins for common circulation (center Cu-Al-Ni, steel ring)
100 essays in gold (gold center, silver ring)
200 essays in silver, 200 essays in copper (presumed mono-metallic)
Both Bi-metallics are not available yet, will let you know when.

7. Bi-metallic Error from Martin Peeters, Netherlands
If you take a look at: you can see a Colombia 500 Pesos 2003 Of Centre error

8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
Diomedes, King of Thrace, was a son of Ares and Cyrene. He lived on the shores of the Black Sea. The eighth labour of Heracles was to steal from Diomedes four animals kept tethered in a bronze manger. These animals were wild, man-eating and uncontrollable. When Heracles arrived, he threw Diomedes into the bronze manger, where he was eaten. This made the animals calmer, and Heracles easily captured them. What kind of beasts are these that are featured on a 1996 Bi-metallic coin of Gibraltar?
a. Eagles.
b. Dogs.
c. Lions.
d. Horses.
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 #391:
The Porpoise or Black Sea Bottlenose Dolphin appears on the Russian 50 Roubles of 1993. Most people know that this is not a fish but a mammal. To which biological family does this animal belong?
a. Balaenidae.
b. Monodontidae.
c. Phocoenidae.
d. Physeteridae.
Answer to Question #391 is "c"; Phocoenidae.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #390: 10 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 (#392) will be a Bi-metallic Portuguese 1 Euro, 2003. 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 Prize WBCC Newsmail #390) is Joaquim Sabino, (WBCC member #285).

10. WBCC Quiz Prize Jack Hepler, USA
Anyone wishing to support the WBCC by donating a Bi-metallic prize may do so by contacting Jack Hepler.

11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
New listed are:
* Netherlands  2004 Euro Set, commemorate Dutch Mintmaster
* Picture of the WMF at Basel
12. WBCC Auction 64 is almost Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 64 is now in it's last half day. The 134 very interesting lots listed can be seen at.
Please email your bids to me at:
This auction will close at 11.30 pm on Saturday 14th February, Sydney time.
"See you" in 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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