Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #431

 

WBCC Newsmail 431, Volume 9, November 13, 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 hope you enjoy reading the WBCC
Newsmail this week.

1. WBCC Webside is "Site Of The Week"....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
This week, 8 november 2004, CoinLink, Numimatics Today, (http://www.coinlink.com/) has choosen the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club webside as
"Site Of the Week"
Please look at: http://www.coinlink.com/RESOURCES/sotw.html
I want to thank WBCC Webmaster, Rod Sell in Australia for his great work he does for the WBCC.
Congratulations Rod!
 
2. Bi-metallic from Latvia (1)........by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy
New Latvia Bi-metallic 1 Lats 2004 "Coin of Time"
Description:
Face value: 1 Lats
Weight: 17.15 g (weight of the central circle - 7.15 g, weight of the outer
ring - 10.00 g).
Diameter: 34 mm (diameter of the central circle - 23 mm).
Metal: the central circle - niobium; the outer ring - silver, fineness .900.
Quality: UNC
Struck in 2004 by Münze Österreich (Austria).
Artists: Laimonis Senbergs, Janis Strupulis.
Obverse:
A symbol of a heraldic rose with letters H and R beneath it is placed in the central part of the coin. The inscription LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA (Republic of Latvia) is arranged in semicircle at the top of the outer ring, the inscription of the divided year 2004 is situated on the left and right from the coin's center, and beneath it there is the semicircular inscription VIENS 1 LATS (ONE 1 LATS).
Reverse:
The reverse of the coin features the dial of the clock with indications of hours and minutes in the central part, and the names of months and the dates in the outer ring.
Edge: Plain
The Bank of Latvia is launching a unique bimetallic Coin of Time whose central part struck in hazy bluish metal niobium is enclosed by an outer silver ring. The images on this coin of remarkable shade and little known material - a heraldic five-petal rose and an astronomical clock - communicate a feeling of romance and mystery.
Heinrich Rose (1795-1864) started his carrier as a chemist and carried out his first investigations as an apprentice of a pharmacy in Jelgava at the beginning of the 19th century. Later he moved to Berlin, served as professor  at the University of Berlin, and was member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. In 1844, Heinrich Rose profoundly investigated the minerals columbites and tantalites from a variety of countries and discovered in them a new element with its chemical properties close to those of tantalum. H. Rose called this new element niobium. The names of both chemicals are derived from Greek mythology: Goddess Niobe was the daughter of Tantalus, son of Zeus. Niobium finds use in systems that are to operate in high temperatures and aggressive environments. Though it is a long time since multi-coloured coins, produced by coating the metal with enamel or dye, have  been known to the numismatic circles, the use of niobium in coin minting started quite recently when Münze Österreich recognised the ability of the metal to create shades of colours as a result of electrochemical processing.
The reverse of the coin features an astronomical clock whose historical prototype can be seen in the luxuriant pediment of the Blackheads House. The clock dial lacks hands, and the central field of the blue niobium disc is empty. It entices and encourages the observance (engraving) of an essential solemn occasion - a child coming into the world, a daring idea flashing up, a significant activity successfully completed, a new family formed, - of anything that is an Event in human life. It is the Coin of Time, meant as a gift to embody personal memories of essential moments of life.
The niobium field of the obverse features a heraldic rose, symbol of love and reverence. The tiny, hardly visible letters H and R are a discreet reminder of the scientist who worked and made his discovery in Latvia.
  
3. Bi-metallic from Latvia (2)......by David Márquez, Spain
Saw in Ebay the new Bi-metallic from Latvia:
http://cgi.es.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4941&item=3940508686&rd=1
 
4. Bi-metallic new coins from Algeria......by Frans Dubois
This week I saw the first coins from Algeria dated 2004. Only two denominations till now, the Bi-metallic 10 and Bi-metallic 20 dinars
and I saw in Ebay:
http://cgi.es.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=544&item=3940098792
 
5. Bi-metallic future issues from Russia and Ukraine......by Michael Ayrapetov, USA
a. New Bi-metallic coins of Russia.
In Plan of Issue of Commemorative Coins for 2005 of the Central Bank of Russia I found 9 Bi-metallic coins:
* 10 Roubles, Brass/CuNi, The 60th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, The Date of Issue: from January
The series "The Golden Ring"
* 5 Roubles, Gold/Silver, The City of Pereslavl-Zalessky. November
* 100 Roubles, Gold/Silver, The City of Pereslavl-Zalessky. Novenber
*  5 Roubles, Gold/Silver, The City of Alexandrov. November
*  100 Roubles, Gold/Silver, The City of Alexandrov. November
The series "Ancient Russian Towns":
* 10 Roubles, Brass/CuNi, Kazan. June
* 10 Roubles, Brass/CuNi, Mcensk. October
* 10 Roubles, Brass/CuNi, Borovsk. October
* 10 Roubles, Brass/CuNi, Kaliningrad. May
The URL (English Version) is: http://www.cbr.ru/eng/bank-notes_coins/memorable_coins/Plan_eng.asp
b. New Bi-metallic coins of Ukraine. In Plan of Issue of Commemorative Coins for 2005 of the National Bank of Ukraine I found 2 Bi-metallic coins:
* 5 Hryven, bimetal, The Year of Pure Water. Date of Issue: March.
* 5 Hryven, bimetal, The Folk Musical Instruments: Cymbals. December.
The URL (English Version) is: http://www.bank.gov.ua/Engl/Bank_coin/YUV_MON/plan_2005e.htm
 
6. Bi-metallic from Israel 10 Sheqel 2004...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
This week I recieved information that Israel will issue a Hannukka 2004 (5765) set in a Presentation Set and a Plastic Pack included the Bi-metallic 10 Sheqel 2004
 
7. Bi-metallic from  Bosnia-Herzegovina new date type by Paul Baker, UK
The other day I found the site http://www.balkanmoney.com/ with recent coins for sale from the Balkan states. Notably, the Bosnia-Herzegovina coins listed for sale included 2 Konvertible (Bi-metallic) Marka coins for sale with the new date 2003 and with designs as per the 2000 dated piece of this denomination i.e. type KM-119.
 
8. Bi-metallic fantasy Euros from Belarus...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
The next country for the fantasy (Bi-metallic) Euros is Belarus.
Look at this ebay item: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=7976&item=3939548342
 
9. Bi-metallic transit tokens from the US....by Cliff Anderson, USA
Here are three old and obsolete, but fairly rare, US bimetallic transit tokens.
These are set out as listed in the Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens. 
* KY-510BR, Louisville, Royal Blue Yellow Cab, Four Can Ride the Price of One, Two Miles For 25c, City 1600; 1920s, bronze center in aluminum; valued at $20.00
* MI-525A-B, Jackson, Jackson Street Ry., Jackson, Mich., Good For One Fare (with and without period after Fare); copper “J” in aluminum; issued in 1891; obsolete; valued at 30.00
* MI-845A, Saginaw, Union Street Ry. Co., Saginaw, Mich., all issued in 1889 and are obsolete Good For One Fare; copper “S” in aluminum;  valued at $35.00
These pieces already appear in the "US Transit Token" section of the "United States" portion of the WBCC Image Library, but they are in black and white. 
I notice how these pieces with capital letter inserts form sort of a sub category of bimetallic tokens.  The letters appearing in these bimetallic US and Canadian tokens are
"A" for Allentown and Lehigh Valley Traction Company, PA-15F
"K" for Kankakee Electric Railway, IL-460A
"C" for Baltimore Central Railway Co., MD-60O
"H" for Hull Electric Co., Hull, Quebec, PQ-345A
"J" for Jackson Street Ry., Jackson, MI, MI-525A
"L" for Hull Electric Co., Hull, Quebec, PQ-345D
"S" for Union Street Ry. Co., Saginaw, MI, MI-845A
"S" for Guelph Railway Co., Ontario, School Check, ON-325B
"W" for Hull Electric Co., Hull, Quebec, PQ-345W
 
10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #431...by Jack Hepler, USA
In 2000, Jamaica issued a Twenty Dollar Bi-metallic coin which includes the image of a reptile found in America and in China. What is the name of this reptile?
a. Alligator.
b. Gecko.
c. Lizard.
d. Salamander
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 #430.
A 1993 Bi-metallic 50 Roubles of Russia includes the image of a Casmerodius. Which of the following is the common name?
a. Bear.
b. Gecko.
c. Grouse
d. Egret.
Answer to Question #430 is "d"; Egret

11. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 11 players in game #429 and the winner was Wolfgang Gerlach (WBCC member #266). 

12. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images.......by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html
New listed are:
*  Latvia 2004 1 lats
* Italy Bimetallic set of 1982
* Canada 1998 $2 of centre
* KY-510BR, Louisville, Royal Blue Yellow Cab, Four Can Ride the Price of One, Two Miles For 25c, City 1600; 1920s, bronze center in aluminum* MI-525A-B, Jackson, Jackson Street Ry., Jackson, Mich., Good For One Fare (with and without period after Fare); copper “J” in aluminum; issued in 1891
* MI-845A, Saginaw, Union Street Ry. Co., Saginaw, Mich., all issued in 1889 and are obsolete Good For One Fare; copper “S” in alumin
 
13. WBCC Auction 70 accepting lots ......by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
You have 3 weeks to list your lots for Auction 70.
The lots listed so far can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction70.html
Auction 70 starts on the 4th December and closes at 11 PM on the 11th December.
Please email your lots to me at:  Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

 See you 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
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