Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #456
 

WBCC Newsmail 456 Volume 10, May 7, 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. Bi-metallic Parking Token....... by Cliff Anderson, USA
The new Bimetallic parking token appearing in this week's images was spotted by WBCC member Michael Ayrapetov. It is from Cranford, NJ, which, according to the Atwood catalog, has not issued any transit tokens in the past.
The obverse features what appears to be an old fashioned electric street lamp. The reverse says "Downtown Cranford / parking meter token" surroundng the central denomination of "1/2 hr."
And as almost any WBCC member would recognize, there are the initials "RWM" for the Rogers Williams Mint, the commercial mint that has been making most of the newer bi-metallic tokens for US cities and towns.
But when you search the Cranford town website http://www.cranford.com/, you cannot find any reference to or description of the parking token, so we cannot readily determine when it was produced or even if it is still in circulation. And also it means that there is no obvious business address to contact to purchase the tokens.
Has any other member seen this piece or had any experience with it?

2. Bi-metallic Fantasy Euros...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have obtained this Fantasy coin of 2 E from Greenland. I don't know if is a part of a whole set of Euro Fantasy coins dated 2005.
I have updated my euro test coins webpage http://ret001qm.eresmas.net/eu-ingle.htm
I have obtained these coins. The seller say to me that there are test coins made of nickel. I saw very closely the junction betwen the core and the external ring and I think that the coins are real Bi-metallics.
Later in home, I have measured the weight of the coins:
1 € coin weight 5,0 grams (real coin 7,5 gr.)
2 € coin weight 5,2 grams (real coin 8,5 gr.)
With these weights I think that these coins are not made of nickel, maybe other metal with less weight.
 
3. World Money Fair 2006 in Berlin...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
This week I received the invitation for attenting the WBCC at the World Money Fair 2006, held from 3 till 5 February in the Estrel Hotel and Convention Centre (www.estrel.de). The WMF has moved from Basel to Berlin, Germany. The World Money Fair is the leading coin show for Mints all over the world. With participation of over 45 national and private Mints from 40 countries.
 
4. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #456...by Jack Hepler, USA
Kazakstan issued four Bi-metallic coins in 2003 with stylized pictures. One of the designs had a wild and elusive animal. Which animal is shown on the 2003 Bi-metallic 100 Tenge of Kazakstan? 
a.  Wild Horse.
b.  Panther.
c.  Bison.
d.  Kazarka.
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 #455:
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.
Answer to Question #455 is eight, answer "d".
The following additional information was provided by Hans Bucek and Gabor Toth:
"There are 7 out of the 9 shields which contain animals. The 7 are: Burgenland, a yellow shield with a red eagle sitting on a rock Carinthia with 3 black lions over a yellow left section Lower Austria (Niederösterreich)  with 5 golden eagles over blue shield Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) with stretched yellow eagle over black left half of the shield Salzburg with a black lion over yellow half shield Styria with white panther over green shield Tyrol with red eagle over white shield"

5. 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 12 players in game #454 and the winner was John Beckman (WBCC member #134).

6. 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
* Mongolia 500 tugrik, silver and titanium
* GB 2 euro fantasy
* Monaco 1 & 2 euro nickle test coins
* Grenland 2 euro fantasy
* Cranford transit token
* Algeria 2004 50 dinars
 
7.  WBCC Auction 73 accepting lots......by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I you have just 4 weeks to list lots for Auction 73. This auction opens on the 4th June 2005 with the sending of WBCC Newsmail 460 and closes one week later at 11PM 11th June 2005 Sydney time.
The lots listed so far can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction73.html
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 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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