Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #420


WBCC Newsmail 420, Volume 9, August 28, 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 hope you enjoy reading the WBCC
Newsmail this week.

1. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name:  Armando Alvarenga (WBCC member 348), Portugal
Age: 47 years
Profession: Informatic System Engineer
Hobby: World coins and tokens especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics; Encased Coins
Goal: Exchange information about bimetallic coins; Participate in WBCC auctions; To place my knowledge of collector to the disposal of the other members.
How did I know about the WBCC: Some members of WBCC selling me bimetallic coins (Joel Anderson,  C.J.Burton, Fabio Guerrieri, Fred de Schrevel)
2. The WBCC at the Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Arriving at a very stormy Pittsburgh late in the evening of Thursday August 19th. Next morning, after a short sleep, I met at the ANA convention Hall, WBCC ANA Convention Focal Point Ray Lockwood and his ever young looking wife Fran. Ray who had already build up the WBCC booth (thanks Ray!!) At 10 AM in Room 323 of the Convention Centre we had the WBCC General Meeting. Please notice it will be always difficult to organize a General Meeting because we are an unconventional club. At this meeting were present:
WBCC members:
* Ray Lockwood
* Al Boulanger
* Bill Murray
* Martin Peeters
and non WBCC members:
* Bryan Ryker
* Gary Lewis (ANA President)
* Jeff Stark, correspondence of Coin World
and 3 people who came accidently to the WBCC meeting
The talk I did this time was about the (Bi-metallic) Euros and how confusing it is to understand of all the different Euro coins and the new European Union members and the potentional EU members who don't have the Euro yet. I also talk about the commemoratives (non Bi-metallic) 5 and 10 Euros, even more confusing.
Later that day WBCC members Bob Fritsch, Rich Harzog, Oded Paz and non WBCC member Alan Herbert (Contributing Editor Krause Publications, also known as the "Answer Man") did visit the WBCC booth. At the ANA 17 Mints were present and one could obtain a coin for the so called "Mint Passport".
Saturday, the show opened strickly at 10 AM for the public and the following WBCC mebers did visit the WBCC booth:
* Tom Galway
* Mark Thorn
* Jim Snider
* Barent Springsted
and Kavan Ratnatunga
The following new Bi-metallics I spottd ate the ANA:
* South-Africa, 5 Rand 2004, depicting a Gnu, in and BU set for 10$
* Ukraine with 2 new 5 Hryven pieces commemorate 50 Years Unesco and 50 Year Crimea.
* An Encased piece from Northern Mint (
* An Encased piece from Krause Publications with a USA 5 Cents
* An Encased piece from Pobjoy Mint with a special medal for the ANA
* At the booth of The Elonged Club (TEC) they made me of a blank Bi-metallic an Elonged piece
 Sunday the last day of the ANA the bourse was open from 10 AM till 2 PM for the public and it was very quiet day, several dealers alreay had left their booth.
 At Monday August 23th, I went from Pittsburg to Fredericksburg (Locust Drove) and visited WBCC member Jack Hepler at his home. Later that evening I had a talk for members of the Rappahannock Area Coin Club. My talk was about the WBCC and the Euro. An enjoyable evening, and the members had invited me for a very nice diner, and the Filet Mignon was verry tastfull.
Next years ANA convention will be in San Jose, California, regarding the date it is held (July 27-31), I don't think I can make it to travel to California.
The next big event the WBCC will be present will in Basel at the World Money Fair held from February 11 till 14, 2005.
3. WBCC members page updated...Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
I received a message from WBCC member Jose Luis Ramirez he has updated his Pattern Euro pages:
I have update my webpage about euro patterns. The page are not finished, I have translate the spanish version to english for all the WBCC members.
I have added new images from another sets of Cyprus coins, Latvia (not INA set) and Lithuania (not INA set).
In the next days I will obtain the set of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia minted by INA, the Norway set from Europ Mint and other set from Jersey.
A very good and informative page!!
4. Bi-metallic "Yuros" Cliff Anderson, USA
Appearing in this week’s new images are three fantasy bimetallic medals, called "Yuros", with Turkish themes: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Blue Mosque and a "Doner cook", or cartoon figure of a cook preparing a gyro.
These are large, well designed and engraved pieces, 34.5 mm in diameter. The common reverse is a redrawn European map which shows how Turkey, Greece and Cyprus are now part of the Euro system. Though the pieces are dated 2004, that map outline on the medals does not show the addition of the other newly joined countries, such as the 3 Baltic states, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia. But after all, these are fantasy pieces.
The pieces are mounted and shrink-wrapped in colorful cardboard cards. The wording on the cards is in Turkish, German, and English: "The Turkish answer to the Euro!", "This coin is no legal tender. Not suitable for children under 3."
Though they appear to be Turkish, they are produced by MDS Munzlogistik, Karl-Zucker-Str. 7-9, 91052 Erlangen, Germany.
Though I bought mine for 4 euros each from the Munich dealer (City-Mint, Bahnhofplatz 2, 80335 Munchen, Germany), presumably one could order these from MDS. See their website at and their email
5. Bi-metallic medals from Ben Chiew, Malaysia
There are 2 new Bi-metallic commemoratives from Malaysia:
a. Commemorate the 1st Kuala Lumpur International Money Fair 2002 BU
Ring: CU92 Al6 Ni2, Core:Cu75 Ni25, Diameter: 26.5mm, Thickness: 2.0mm, Weight: 8.15g, Mintage: 2900 pcs.
b. Commemorate the 46th year of Malaysia Independance 2003
BU Ring: CU92 Al6 Ni2, Core:Cu75 Ni25, Diameter: 26.5mm, Thickness: 2.0mm, Weight: 8.15g, Mintage: Unknown
 6. Bi-metallic from Keeling Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
As per info from Michael Kaplan, keeling cocos island will issue a new set of 7 circulaiton coins with the highest denomination, a 5 $ in Bi-metallic. coins will be released early september, totall mintage 10.000 sets only.
7.Bi-metallic from Martin Peeters
The following message I received from Alexei Malykh:
I attached to this e-mail scan of NEW Russian Bi-metallic (silver/gold) coin. Maybe, you need it for "new issue coins" section at WBCC.
3 Roubles bi-metallic coin (silver and gold). Year 2004. Issue: 8.000 copies.
Best regards,
Head of Sales Department
Mr. Alexei Malykh
8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Bi-metallic Euro of Finland shows a bird in flight. According to my reference the bird has the official name of Anatidae Cygnus. What species of bird is shown on this coin?
a. Condor.
b. Eagle.
c. Capercaille.
d. Swan.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website at
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #419.
The design of the 2001 Bolivian Bi-metallic 5 Bolivianos includes a bird image. What species of bird is shown on this coin?
a. Condor.
b. Eagle.
c. Falcon.
d. Swan.
Answer to Question #419 is "a"; Condor or "b" Eagle depending on which reference one uses. In this case, both answers were accepted because of the obscurity of references. Personally, I think the image on the coin looks like a condor.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #418: 15 players.

9. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#420). If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of a Thai Bi-metallic coin Prize (WBCC Newsmail #419) is Eugene Apter, Australia (WBCC member #344).
10. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
New listed are:
*South Africa 5 rand
* USA encased 2003 Lewis and Clark 5 cent
* Ukraine UNESCO 5 Hryven
* USA ANA 2003 elongated bimetallic
* Martin Peeters at Dinner and lecturing the Rappahannock Area Coin Club
11. WBCC Auction 69 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am accepting lots for WBCC Auction 69. Auction 69 will open on the 2nd October, so you  have 5 weeks to list your lots. I need them at least 1 day before the auction stars. The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email your lots to me at
It closes at 11.00 PM, Sat 9th October 2004 Sydney Time, which is early morning in the USA and late morning in Europe.

"See you" 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
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