Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #401

 

WBCC Newsmail 401, Volume 9, April 17, 2004
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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

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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 a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Rene Gracia (WBCC member #335), Philippines
Age: 48
Profession: Businessman - Travel and tours Agency
Hobby: * World coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics, Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: I collect world coins, of the 3500 types I have only around 150 are
bimetals. With the high cost of silver now, I want to increase my bimetal
coins collection.
Against: I used to collect ancient coins, but there are many fakes in the
market so I stopped!
How did I know about the WBCC: From 2 members Alberto Fernandes of Portugal
and Illan Glasner of the US
 
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Rene is the first WBCC member from the Philippines
 
2. Bi-metallics from Bahrain...by Gerhard Schon, Germany
According the Bahrain Monetary Agency (http://www.bma.gov.bh/) the ia new Bi-metallic 100 Fils and a Bi-metallic medal, both commemorate the 1st Grand Prix Fomlula 1.
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The Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA) has issued a new medal and a coin, to commemorate the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled to be held from 2nd to 4th April 2004.
A silver medal and a special 100fils "uncirculated" commemorative coin have been minted to mark Bahrain's debut on the Formula One international motor racing calendar.
The coin bears the words '1st Bahrain Grand Prix 2004', along with the logo of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and 'Kingdom of Bahrain'.
The other side of the coin bears its denomination. The size and weight of the special coin is the same as that of an ordinary 100fils coin, which weighs 6 grams and has a diameter of 24mm and thickness of 1.9mm.
A total of 30,000 F1 coins have been minted. They are available in a presentation pack.
The commemorative medal bears the words 'Kingdom of Bahrain', as well as the Kingdom's crest embossed on a background resembling the chequered flag, which is traditionally waved as winners cross the finish line.
The other side of the medal bears an image of the VIP Sakhir Tower at the BIC, along with the Bahrain Grand Prix date '04.04.04'.
The silver medal is of 99.9% purity, with a circular band of gold plating on both sides. It weighs 31 grams and has a diameter of 36mm and thickness of 2mm.
A total of 500 medals have been minted. They come in a presentation box and can purchased from BMA's Currency Issue Directorate, at a cost of BD25 each.
"The upcoming F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain is a major event in Bahrain's contemporary history. It is also a sporting precedent not just for Bahrain but for the region," said Mr. Farid Jassim Zubari, Director, Currency Issue, at the BMA.
"The BMA is proud to be part of the unprecedented national effort to make the upcoming event a memorable one."
This is the 24th issue of commemorative coins and medals to be made by the BMA.
 
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3. Bi-metallic Parking Token..by Michael Ayrapetov, USA
I have information from Joseph V. Pernicano, Parking Token Cataloguer, about new Bi-metallic Parking token of USA:
* PA 3085-H. ND. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lehigh University. Parking Token. 25 mm Brass ring, 8 mm Steel center.

4. Bi-metallics in Ebay..............by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
Here are some interesting Bi-metallic items in Ebay:
* Vatican City (168 units available, I have bought some others coins to this spanish seller:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=46505&item=3907538754
* Euro test set from Vatican City:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=37170&item=3907602122
* Euro test set from Turkey:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=18480&item=3907539190
* Euro test set from Gibraltar, look  the design of the bimetallics. Are very similar to old spanish coins used in America. Called "Pillars Dollars" or "Reales de a 8".
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4941&item=3907473248
* Colombia 500 Peso 2003 Bimetallic Coin Off Center Error
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3908188217
 
5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #401...by Jack Hepler, USA
The image of a Mountain Goat may be found on the Bi-metallic coin of which country?
a. Algeria.
b. Chile.
c. Latvia.
d. Russia.
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website at http://wbcc-online.com

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #400.
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.
Answer to Question #400 is "b"; Argentina. Summary of Quiz Game Question #399: 15 players.

6. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic Argentine One Peso, 1994A (Korean Mint) will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#401). 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 #399) is Alan Grund, (WBCC member #290).

7. 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:
* Vatican 2000 2 Euro
* Vatican 2000 medal
* Coke token believed from Uruguay
* Bahrain "Grand Prix F1" medal 2004
* Bahrain "Grand Prix F1" 100 Fils 2004
* Canada $15 2004 Monkey
 
8. Accepting lots for WBCC Auction 66 ...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am accepting lots for our Auction 66. You still have 2 weeks to submit your lots. The auction starts on the 1st May with WBCC Newsmail 403.
The lots listed can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction66.html.
Please email your lots to me at: rod.sell@elderwyn.com
This auction will close at 11.30 pm on Saturday 8th May, Sydney time.

"See you" in next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
WBCC@kabelfoon.nl

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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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