Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #455

WBCC Newsmail 455 Volume 10, April 30, 2005

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 really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail.

1. WBCC Library Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The WBCC Image library has been updated by contributions from many of our members. I would like to thank Wladek Gebszyk  and Joseph Kocian  for their wonderful recent contributions.
The image library has grown extreemly large with the ever increasing number of Bi-metallics.
With the help of members we can try to show an image of every known Bi-metallic.
If you can assist by hosting images of bimetallics of your Country, or Countries in your region, i would be most grateful. You have more knowledge of these bi-metallics than the rest of us. The Image Library is a tool for the benefit of all collectors and it is up to us all to try to maintain it, so it can be as accurate as possible.
2. Bi-metallic 1 Lira from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 453 about Bi-metallic 1 Lira from Turkey almost the same as the 2 Euro I just got info that they now are producing new ones with reduced diameter. probably because the last ones they minted had 2 euro specificaitons and were as 2 euro in machines.
3. Bi-metallics Euros from Martin Peeters, Netherlands
The following I could read in Reuters UK:
Thousands queue for last Pope John Paul (Bi-metallic) coins
Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:39 PM BST
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued on Thursday to buy the Vatican's last series of euro-denominated coins bearing the image of Pope John Paul, ordered before his death and already soaring in value. Some brought sleeping bags and camped on the streets near the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to snap up the eight-coin set before supplies ran out. But not everyone was a collector or buying for sentimental reasons. Many were just looking for a good return on their outlay, with the 23 euros (12 pound) cost expected to yield returns of more than 300 euros because of the rarity. "We think it will sell for 350 euros," one buyer told Italian television, moments after making his purchase.

4. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Bi-metallic Austrian 50 Schilling issued in 2000 incorporated nine shields and included the shields of the Austrian States. The image of an eagle appears on four of these shields. What is the total number of eagles that appear on this coin?
a.  Four.
b.  Five.
c.  Seven.
d.  Eight.
Please send your answer to:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #454:
What creature of the sea would you find on the Bi-metallic coin of Cocos-Keeling Islands?
a.  Dolphin.
b.  Orca.
c.  Shark.
d.  Whale.
Answer to Question #454 is Shark. Some say this it a white tip shark, some a Great White Shark.

5. 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. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 13 players in game #453 and the winner was Keith Beaumont (WBCC member #190).

6.  WBCC Auction 73 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am now accepting lots for Auction 73. This auction opens on the 4th June 2005 with the sending of newsmail 460 and closes one week later at 11PM 11th June 2005 Sydney time.
The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please note there has been a rule change.  No bids on NEW LOTS will be accepted in the last hour of the auction. So make sure you bid early for those lots you want.
You can REBID on any lot at any time. Emails received after the close time of 11PM will not be actioned, so don't wait until the last minute to bid.
Please email me with any lots you wish to list.  Members can list up to 20 lots in each auction.  My email is

"See you" next week, Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors

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, , by:
Schuler Presses, Germany, and
The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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