Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #451
 

WBCC Newsmail 451 Volume 10, April 2, 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.  A new WBCC member.......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Jose Garcia (WBCC member #367), Spain
Age: 42
Profession: encargado
Hobby: Bi-metallic and Tr-imetallic coins worldwide
How did I know about the WBCC: un amigo
 
2. Bi-metallic from Yemen...by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
A new Bi-metallic from Yemen, 20 Rials 2004
Obverse: denomination, central bank of Yemen, year 2004AD/1425AH
Reverse: socotra, al ahwin tree with picture of tree in center
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: reeded
Center: Alu/Bronze clad steel (magnetic)
Ring: Steel ring (magnetic)
Released to circulation beginning of march 2005
 
3. The WBCC in the news..........by Cliff Anderson, WBCC Public Relations
In coinmagazine Canadian Coin News of March 8, 2005 one could read the following article, written by Melanie Cummings, about the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC):
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Just as there are two sides to every coin, and to almost every story, in the Worldwide Bimetallic Collector's Club (WBCC), there are two elements to every coin in which its members are most interested. 
Cliff Anderson first discovered this "ingenious club" in late 1996, shortly after its founder Martin Peeters launched the world's first coin club in cyberspace, on Sept. 14, 1996 ( http://wbcc-online.com ).
In that time, the WBCC has caught on like wildfire among those who are curious about Bi-metallic coins. There are now 361 members from 51 countries. The club's Canadian content is 17. Age-wise, members run the gamut - the youngest is 14.   
While Anderson, who is in charge of the club's public relations, is based in the USA, he logs on weekly to read the e-newsletter produced by Peeters who lives in the Netherlands and to view the latest Bi-metallic finds or archived newsmails, which are posted on the Web site, courtesy of Rod Sell, who hails from Down Under, in Australia.   
This Web club truly is glued together by a worldwide group effort. "It gives us the ability to talk all the time and exchange information about the coins, despite time zone differences and immense geographic distances," said Anderson.
Gauging from the participation in the weekly quiz and the periodic auctions, these are enthusiastic numismatists well-steeped in their specialty.   
"I don't know of any other club that has stayed alive for so long and only ever operated on the Internet," said Anderson.   
Connecting only through the keyboard has generated a membership that is anything but impersonal. Anderson thoughtfully distributes a 'beautifully decorated" new issue parking token put out by Charlotte, NC every year, to each member.   
Such unique pieces are the appeal of collecting bimetallic coins. By definition the term "bimetallic" refers to a centre core of one metal surrounded by an outer ring of another type of metal. 
There are also so-called Tri-metallic coins, said Anderson, although these are a bit of a misnomer, he added.  They too have a centre plug and two outer rings but usually only two metals are used in the process.   
Among Anderson's favourite Bi-metallic coins is an old Canadian medal that celebrates the wreck of the SS Beaver. Built in 1835, the Hudson's Bay Company ship was the first steamer on the Pacific coast. It ran aground at Vancouver's Prospect Point on July 26, 1888.   
So far, the WBCC has tallied 3,088 bimetallic pieces. They come in more than one dozen varieties of "ringed" variations, such as:  Piedfort (heavy weight), Proof (polished, mirror-like), BU (an uncirculated piece with a still brilliant lustre), Uncirculated, Essais (test) patterns, trial strikes, sets, counterfeits, legal tender and non-legal tender, Ecus (the first quasi-currency for Europe, introduced in 1979) and euros. All 1- and 2-euro pieces are bimetallic, with each of the 12 countries that have signed on using their own design.   
There are other types of bimetallics too, such as the non-ringed pieces.
Besides coins, there are: tokens (transit, toll, parking, car wash, amusement, market, municipal trade, industrial, and gaming), medals (mint, commemorative and numismatic), casino tokens, and of course, a lot of fantasy pieces.  
Encased coins could be seen as bimetallics, but there are other clubs and Web sites that deal with them separately, said Anderson. There are also other collectors who deal exclusively in bimetallic casino tokens, so WBCC doesn't try to catalogue every one of those that has been issued. 
As more and more countries start issuing their own bimetallics, the discovery of them becomes endless, which is another appeal of this numismatic off-shoot.                                  
For Anderson, the best part of being a bimetallic collector online, is that he doesn't buy every single one in order to see them all.              
He came to numismatics after retiring as an FBI investigator, in 1994. "I realized there were so many aspects to collecting that I wanted to find a focus," he said.   
It was dealer in California, Joel Anderson (no relation), who turned his attention toward bimetallics. Finding off-the-wall pieces, like the SS Beaver and the Charlotte parking tokens, is Anderson's favourite pursuit of late.                        
Membership in the WBCC is easy and enticing too, because it's free.  However, enthusiasm is a must, as is participation.                    
Every two months, the founder Peeters also composes and distributes a catalogue entitled The World of Bimetallics, which is also free.  So is the weekly "WBCC Newsmail."  Membership also includes access to a comprehensive research library; back issues of Newsmail; as well as an informal but quite comprehensive listing of the world's current and historical bimetallics.                  
Club members, however, can meet face-to-face at the WBCC booth set up at the World Money Fair, held in Basel, Switzerland in February and at the Open Day, June 11 this year, at the Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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4. Bi-metallic from Damanhur....by Rod Sell, Australia and Oded Paz, USA
A new Bi-metallic. 20 Crediti 2003 Bi-Metallic Coin from Damanhur. Look at:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3967845851
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Damanhur is located in Northern Italy, 40 km. north of Turin, 15 km. from Ivrea. The closest town to Damanhur's central settlement is called Baldissero Canavese. On a map it can be found near Castellamonte, see http://www.damanhur.info/en/html/ArcMagazineDet.asp?IDArt=80
 
5. Bi-metallic from Algeria.........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 450 item 3 about the new Algeria 50 Dinar 2004, here is the pictures:
 
6. A New Bi-metallic?........By Paul Baker, UK
This week I noticed for auction a bi-metallic token that I do not remember seeing before. It is a normal looking European gaming token, legends include "STAR CASINO" and "CASINO GAMING TOKEN". It is at...
http://coins.delcampe.com/item.php?language=E&id_enchere=05844166
 
7. Bi-metallic Euros in catalogs...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
If you need a catalog to see which (Bi-metallic) Euros are made, I have founds 2: An Italian edition: UNIFICATO EURO 2005, look at:
http://shop.unificato.it/catalogo/prodotto.asp?Cod=126
Price 9 euro
And a German catalog from Battenbverg verlag, look at:
http://www.droemer-knaur.de/sixcms/detail.php?template=buchdetail&six_isbn=3-89441-564-9
Price 7 euro
 
8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #451...by Jack Hepler, USA
Austria issued a Bi-metallic coin in 2001 commemorating the Schilling. Four different designs of the Schilling are shown on this 50 Schilling coin. One of the Schilling designs, dated 1924 includes what animal statue? 
a.  Horse.
b.  Lion.
c.  Bear.
d.  Dog.
Please send your answer to: 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 #450:
Kazakstan issued four Bi-metallic coins in 2003 with stylized pictures. One of the designs had a bird. Which bird is shown on the 2003 Bi-metallic 100 Tenge of Kazakstan? 
a.  Dove.
b.  Eagle.
c.  Flamingo.
d.  Chicken.
Answer to Question #450 is Chicken or Rooster answer "d".  The stylized nature of these coins makes recognition more difficult.

9. 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 nine players in game #449 and the winner was Eugene Apter (WBCC Member #340), Australia.
 
10. 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
* Yemen 20 rials
* Ebay tokens from Germany and UK
* Vatican fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Sweden fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Serbia fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Montenegro Bi-metallic fantasy euros
* Madeira fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Kamberra fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Hungary fantasy Bi-metallic euros
* Danzig fantasy Bi-metallic euros
 
11. WBCC Auction 72 is open now......by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 72 is now opened.
The 78 lots listed can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction72.html
Please email me with any bids.  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 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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