Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #447
 

WBCC Newsmail 447 Volume 10, March 5, 2005
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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. WBCC Images Library...by Rod Sell, WBCC webpages provider
I wish to thank those members who offered to assist with the WBCC Image Library.
I hope that within about 6 months the image library will be split up amongst many members with each looking after a portion that is related to their country or region.
The image library is well out of date and really needs an overhaul, so as to better list the items and in many cases, provide a better scan of the coins.
I believe it is a very useful tool for our members and hope it can be reorganised.
 
2. Bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar from Libya...by  Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
The first Libyan Bi-metallic coin has recently shown up in eBay-Europe ( http://cgi.ebay.at/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=3959814971 ) and eBay-USA ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3961023512 ). I have a few specimens of this scarce new issue from1372PD (=2004) available for WBCC-members for swap or sale. If interested please contact: wschuster@chello.at
 
3. Bi-metallic Euros from Luxembourg 2005..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
In 2002 till 2004 the Luxembourg coins were produced by The Dutch Mint. That means that there are the Dutch mintmarks and Mintmastermarks on the coins. The 2005 coins however are produced in Finland by the Finish Mint. That means that  there is a little difference between the former coins and the coins of 2005. The coins of 2005 of Finland itself are the first euro's of 2005 that were issued for circulation in 2005.
 
4. Bi-metallic from a WBCC members..by Kyle Mutcher, Canada
"Four Corners Coin and Currency Hand-made Bimetal Token"
Some history first, I've enjoyed collecting coins since 1980 and with bimetals becomming a part of my collecting interests in 1987. I have since also branched out into ancient coins and world banknotes. In 2003 I started to explore making tokens the way the Romans made their coins, by hand. Later in 2003 I opened a small coin shop in Winnipeg Manitoba called "Four Corners Coin and Currency". I began to make the pieces as tokens that I would use in my shop for advertising and be exchangable for merchandise. Soon after making my first few denarii sized silver pieces and some copper pieces I knew I needed to try to make a bimetallic piece. I was able to do it but it took a lot of work and there was a lot of waste material generated. I also needed to find better materials to make coins from. It was fun but too much waste and hard work to get one piece. Since then I've worked away at finding a better way, building and buying better tools, and learning new methods to make these ancient styled pieces. Now I can make the silver and bimetal coins much more efficiently and have a more consistant product. While I did use electric tools to cut and drill the bimetal blanks, the dies were engraved free hand, and the blanks were struck with a 10 pound sledge hammer in a small press that my father and I made. The centers of the blanks are loose until they are struck between the dies and this is when the center is fastened into the copper ring. Up til now I have not had any centers come loose after the striking of the token. This piece features "Four Corners Coin and Currency" around the figure of Atlas holding up the world and on the reverse it features a mounted soldier with a spear fighting a foot soldier with a sword. The Denomination is $8 and is exchangable for merchandise in my shop in that amount.
If any members are interested in purchasing a token I have them available for E7.75, £5.30 or US$10.00 and that includes postage (C$9.50 postage included in Canada). Please notify me by e-mail if you are interested at fcccsales@mts.net. Customized pieces can be made to order for any event or group, coin clubs, re-enactment societies, advertising tokens, gaming tokens, or fantasy pieces, email for more info.
 
5. Bi-metallic fantasy Euros in Ebay...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have seen in Ebay a new euro test set from Madeira Island (Portugal)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=7976&item=3961426156&rd=1
 
6. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2005 of Canada available.......by Kyle Mutcher, Canada
I have available uncirculated 2005 Canadian $2 coins for E2.00 / US$2.50 each plus E1.50 / US$2.00 postage.
I also have available the 2005 $8 2 coin set commemorating the Chinese labour in the completion of the trans Canada railway E80.00 / US$ 105. Postage will be quoted depending on delivery location. Send questions, requests to fcccsales@mts.net
 
7. Bi-metallic Euros listed........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
There is a catalog were (Bi-metallic) Euros are listed:
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/3894415649/nomisma-21/
 
8. Visiting a coinshow..........by Kyle Mutcher, Canada
I will be attending the Edmonton Numismatic Society's spring Show in Edmonton Alberta on March 19th and 20th, any WBCC member attending please feel free to come see me at the Four Corners Coin and Currency booth  set up near the entrance of the show. I will be demonstrating striking tokens by hand. I will be making some Bimetallic pieces during the show and will have some for sale there.
 
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #447...by Jack Hepler, USA
The European bison (Bison bonasus), also called the wisent, and zubr, once roamed the great temperate, deciduous forest that stretched from the British Isles, through most of Europe and into Siberia. After nearly becoming extinct the bison today consists of about 1,000 animals, with 69% free ranging in Poland, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Romania, and Ukraine. Which country features the bison on a 1994 Bi-metallic coin? 
a.  Poland.
b.  Russia.
c.  Lithuania.
d.  Ukraine.
Please send your answer to me: heplerj@juno.com
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website; http://www.wbcc-online.com
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #446:
Which of the following countries features a stylized Falcon in the design of a Bi-metallic coin? 
a.  The Gambia.
b.  Ghana.
c.  Kenya.
d.  Zimbabwe.
Answer to Question #446 is Zimbabwe. Some sources identify this bird as looking like a pigeon.

10. 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 seven players in game #445 and the winner was Keith Beaumont (WBCC member #190).


11. WBCC Auction 72 accepting items......by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am now accepting lots for Auction 72 which will open in April.
The lots listed so far can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction72.html
Please email me with any lots you wish to list. There is a maximum of 20 lots per member. My email is Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com

"See you" next week, Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors ClubWBCC@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 sponsored at the Basel World Money Fair 2005,
http://www.worldmoneyfair.ch/home_engl.html , by:
Schuler Presses, Germany, http://www.schulergroup.com and
The Portuguese Mint (INCM), http://www.incm.pt

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