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 member.....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have 2 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Filomeno Koch (WBCC member #333), Austria
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
Name: Diego Aliberti (WBCC member #334), Argentina
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)..by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster and WBCC
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)..by Frans Dubois, WBCC DoCu-Centre
About 400 weeks ago something started that we now all know as the weekly
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)..by Cliff Anderson, WBCC Public
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
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)..by 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 http://www.wbcc.fsnet.co.uk/africa.htm
. 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"..by Michael
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Bi-metallic in an Auction...by 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 http://www.gallerymint.com/catalog1/page22.htm
with a starting minimum bid of $95.
8. Bi-metallic test Euros from Liectenstein..by Jose Luis Ramirez,
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
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 #400...by 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?
Please send your answer to me: email@example.com
Note: The image of these coins may be seen on the WBCC Website at http://wbcc-online.com
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
Answer to Question #399 is "d"; nine.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #398: 12 players.
10. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by 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 images....by Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at: http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html
New listed are:
* Euro test set from Liechtenstein
* Canada $15 2004 Monkey
12. WBCC Auction 66 will be later...by 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: Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
13. My Bi-metallic offer..by 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:
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
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 Webmaster & Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans
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
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC is officially sponsored for the Basel World Money
* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese
Mint) and Schuler Presses, Germany.