Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #400


WBCC Newsmail 400, Volume 9, April 10, 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 2 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Filomeno Koch (WBCC member #333), Austria
Age: 29
Profession: IT - System Administrator
Hobby: World coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: To get at least one coin form each country beginning with 1900
Against: Over graded and priced coins. Not honest dealers and swapers.
How did I know about the WBCC: by searching the WEB for images of Bi-metallic coins

Name: Diego Aliberti (WBCC member #334), Argentina
Age: 29
Profession: Food Engineer
Hobby: I collect Argentinian coins and worldcoins including many Bi-metallics
Goal: To be a better person
Against: War, hunger, inequality and dishonesty.
How did I know about the WBCC: by WBCC member Julio Alzatti

2. 400th WBCC Newsmail (1) Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster and WBCC Auction Provider
Bi-metallic Coins Our 400th newsmail.  It is pleasing to reflect how our club has developed over these 400 weeks.
We still have the same objectives as when we started.  To share information for the benefit of all bi-metallic collectors.
Our site has developed to a stage where it is very large with a lot of information. I hope with time to improve the images in the library to a better order and also to transfer the many images from the new image pages to their proper place in the image library.
Our auctions have also developed, with lots of varieties for the bidders and I hope opportunities for members to sell their spares. The format was changed this year to thumb nail images, as we were reaching my limit of data with the number of viewers each month.
I believe the time is near, where the management of the site should be split over serveral interested members. Perhaps members with sites could manage the bi-metallic images from their region. The image library would then be linked to the members site  The only requirement would be a lack of advertising in their site.
The future looks good for the WBCC as we approach our 8th Anniversary. We have many more active members who supply information and images. The W in WBCC is also well represented with members all around the World. The club could still be even better with more support from members, so if you have any ideas please let us know. I wish you good bi-metallic collecting.

3. 400th WBCC Newsmail (2) Frans Dubois, WBCC DoCu-Centre
About 400 weeks ago something started that we now all know as the weekly "WBCC Newsmail"
I remember from the first issues that we wondered about the name 'newsmail'...and if there will be enough news to fill a weekly newsletter. Now, 400 weeks later, we know better! It's our weekly source where we all get our news from, one of the things that keeps the WBCC alive. In some way this number 400 is not different from number 399 and 401,at least when I use Martins words...
But in my opinion there is something very special in it. To compose a newsmail ( even the word is accepted now in each dictionary!!) consequently every week for such a long period is special. I know that Martin will answer to this in a way like "I only collected the news, the members made it..." Okay,  I want to make a compliment to all members who made their contributions to this series of 400! Congratulations! And I also hope that there will be a number 500 in about two years!
My contribution to this weeks WBCC Newsmail is that the official date that Greece will issue the special 2 euro is on  April 20 and I hope that this news is just one of the newsitems that will fill nr 400!

4. 400th WBCC Newsmail (3)  Cliff Anderson, WBCC Public Relations
As we WBCC members celebrate (and marvel over) the 400th newsmail, I have to wonder what we will see in the next 400 issues, or seven and a half years.
Will the countries that are about-to-be-accepted into the EU generate biemtallic euros?
Will the current fantasy euro designs become adopted when those countries enter the EU?
Will the one and two bimetallic euro coins be supplanted by banknotes?
Will the bimetallic technology improve to the point that more countries or issuing authorities will adopt the coins?
Will our bimetallic collections increase in value?
One thing is certain, that the friendships and contacts between members will continue to be a source of pleasure and gratification for all of us.

5. 400th WBCC Newsmail (4) Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre
Well done to all members - we have got ourselves to WBCC Newsmail 400. All of those little (and not so little) bits of news/information and Martin's task as Focal Point - putting the info together into these weekly newsmails - has kept on going and going to get us here. For as long as I have been reading the newsmail, it has encouraged me to find out for myself more information on past, present and future bi-metallic coins. Some of the earlier bits of info from me that appeared in the newsmail brought about some of the earlier pages on my website. Over the years many other items and info I have first had published here have been added to my site - many examples over the last 2 or 3 years being to do with African bi-metallics - examples can be seen on such as the Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho and West African States pages of the African Coins and Tokens section of my website - see . I doubt very much that I would have had so much info on African coins and tokens, had it not been for the fact that finding out information for the newsmail has encouraged me to do more and more numismatic finding out and writing in general.

6. Bi-metallic coins and Tokens with the word "Bank" Michael Ayrapetov, USA
From the idea of WBCC member Gevorg Mugalian from Armenia I found 54 Bimetallic coins and 10 tokens with the word "Bank". There are 3 Bimetallic coins of USSR 1991; 31 coins of Russia 1992-2003; 3 coins of West African States 1992, 2003; 1 coin of Indonesia 1993; 1 coin of Italy 1993; 2 coins of Peru 1994; 1 coin of Syria 1996; 3 coins of Ecuador 1997; 1 coin of Dominican Republic 1997; 1 coin of Trinidad and Tobago 1999 (gold/silver); 1 coin of Philippines 2000; 1 coin of Malaysia 2000; 1 coin of South Korea 2000; 1 coin of Tunisia 2002; 1 coin of Armenia 2003; 1 coin of Thailand 2003. One coin of Sri Lanka 1998 have the incuse letters "CBSL" (Central Bank of Sri Lanka) 4 times on the edge. 30 coins was issued for circulation (including commemoratives) and 16 coins are NCLT (Non-Circulation Legal Tender). There are also 2 Bimetallic tokens of Slovakia from Mint Sets 1996 and 1997, and 8 10 Francs Trade Tokens of Switzerland 1998-2003. If some of our members have additional information to this listing, please Email me   Thanks.

7. Bi-metallic in an  Larry Friemel, USA
Found on the Internet -- The Gallery Mint in Eureka Springs, AR is having an auction to raise funds for expansion and improvement of its museum and production facilities. In their first auction which closes April 8th are several copies of the famous 1972 silver center cent and one self made Bi-metallic which according to the description started with a silver dollar planchet and a copper half cent planchet plugged into the middle. Then stamped with a 1787 New Jersey Maris-62.5 die copy .This piece can be found at  with a starting minimum bid of $95.

8. Bi-metallic test Euros from Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
This week I have received the new test Euro set from Liechtenstein.
The 8 coins (with the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro) are packed in a folder very similar to the INA sets, but there are not reference to this company.
The coins are very similar to the Euro test coins from Switzerland, cerops and Europs.
The set have some numismatic information about this little country located between Austria and Switzerland.
The mintage is limited to 10000 sets.
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The very first issue of the WBCC Newsmail dated 14 September 1996 announced that seven people were interested in forming the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club, in addition to Martin Peeters and Frans Dubois. In that first issue, Mr. Peeters provided information regarding the issue of Bi-metallic coins. What country issued Bi-metallic coins mentioned in the first WBCC Newsmail?
a. Algeria.
b. Argentina.
c. Australia.
d. Austria.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of these coins may be seen on the WBCC Website at

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #399.
The second labor of Hercules is featured on A 1998 Bimetallic Two Pounds of Gibraltar. Hercules' task was to kill the Lernean Hydra. From the murky waters of the swamps near a place called Lerna, the hydra would rise up and terrorize the countryside. A monstrous serpent with many heads, the hydra attacked with poisonous venom. Nor was this beast easy prey, for one of the heads was immortal and therefore indestructible. How many heads did the hydra have?
a. Three.
b. Five.
c. Seven.
d. Nine.
Answer to Question #399 is "d"; nine.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #398: 12 players.

10. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
An Official WBCC Bi-metallic token dated 2000 will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#400). If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of the Bi-metallic Prize (WBCC Newsmail #398) is  John Beckman, (WBCC member #134).

11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Euro test set from Liechtenstein
* Canada $15 2004 Monkey
12. WBCC Auction 66 will be Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
The next Auction 66, won't be run until the first week in May. Auction 67 won't be until July. So Auction 66 will start on the 1st May 2004. and I am accepting lots for this auction. Send your lots to:
13. My Bi-metallic Joel Anderson, USA
The following Bi-metallics I can offer:
* 100 Pesos K236 2003 Bimetal Unc.  $2.00
* 100E K722.2 1999 "PORTUGUSA" Unc.  $9.75
* 200Es. K655 1997,98,99,2000 U. Bimetal ea.$4
* 200 Es. K669 1994 Lisbon Unc. Bimetal  $4.75
* 200 Es. K679 1995 UN Unc. Bimetal $4.75
* 200Es. K687 1996 Olympics Unc. Bimetal $4.75
* 200Es. K697 1997 Dolphins Unc. Bimetal $5.00
* 200 Es. K720 1999 AU Bimetal $4.50
* 200Es. K726 2000 Olympics Unc. Bimetal $4.50
* 500 Tolar 2004 Jurgi Vega, Bimetal Unc.$8.75
If you are interested please contact me:
Joel Anderson
PO Box 365
Grover Beach, CA 93483-0365
phone/fax:1 805 489 8045

"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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