Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #460

WBCC Newsmail 460 Volume 10, June 4, 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
Edited this week by Jack Hepler, WBCC Member #47.


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. New Slovenian Massimiliano Aiello
The first organised Sokol gymnastics society was founded in Prague in 1862.
The following year, members of the Slovene national movement founded the
"Southern Sokol" Gymnastics Society in Ljubljana. In Bohemia and Slovenia,
Sokol represented a "counter-weight" to the German gymnastics societies that
spread German national influences in countries with Slavic populations. In
the first years of its existence, the activities of Sokol were focused more
on the strengthening of the Slovene national movement than on gymnastics. It
was only in the 1880s that Sokol societies became more firmly established in
Primorska and Stajerska. By introducing systematic sports activities, Dr
Viktor Murnik gave additional importance to gymnastics and contributed to
the reorganisation of the Slovene Sokol societies. The membership consisted
of children and adults, men and women. Youth were called "narasèajniki", but
the authorities prohibited grammar school students from joining societies.
In 1903 Sokol members decided to wear the same uniforms, and a year later
began to publish the "Slovenski Sokol" journal.
The year 1905 was extremely important for Slovene Sokol societies, because
the authorities allowed them to form the Slovene Sokol Association, which
became the umbrella organisation for all Sokol societies in Slovenia. This
was followed by the organisational and conceptual strengthening of
membership ranks, and there were a growing amount of character-forming
activities taking place in gyms. The Slovene Sokol Society became a member
of the International Gymnastics Association, and in 1907, Slovene
competitors appeared at international competitions that later came to be
called world championships.
Sokol ideology encouraged national and cultural awareness, and through
sports instilled the discipline of the body and spirit in individuals.
Emphasis was laid on the values of discipline, a healthy spirit in a healthy
body, honesty towards oneself and others, and the fight against injustice.
Sokol members always helped one another and everyone in need. The
present-day Sokol Association of Slovenia still builds on these foundations.
To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Slovene Sokol
Society, the Republic of Slovenia has issued special coins. The main motif
is the symbol of the rising sun from the façade of the Tabor Sokol building
in Ljubljana. Sokol, or the hawk, is the attribute of the Egyptian god Re,
the symbol of the rising sun.
Commemorative General-Circulation Coin nominal value: 500 tolars
bi-coloured: composition: inner disc alloy: 75% Cu and 25% Ni, outer part
alloy: 78% Cu, 20% Zn and 2% Ni  weight: 9 g  diameter: 28 mm
series issued: 200,000 coins
Pictures of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website or by going to:

2.  Bi-metallics on Stamps of San Marino Jack Hepler
Unlike every other country, San Marino waited until the middle of the
19th century to deal with the problems of coinage. It was only after the
Monetary Agreement with the Kingdom of Italy, signed in Turin on March
22, 1862, that San Marino decided to mint coins. The first coin, in
bronze with a value of 5 cents, was coined in 1864 by the Milan mint.
280 coins were minted. In 1898 the first silver coin worth 5 lire was
minted, showing the coat of arms with the three towers in laurel and oak
branches on the face and Saint Marino on the back, holding a parchment
reading Libertas. Much later, in 1925, San Marino minted gold coins
for 10 and 20 Lire also depicting the three towers on the face and Saint
Marino on the back.
In 1939 San Marino stopped all minting and agreed with the Italian
government not to mint coins any more, except in gold and using the
services of the Rome mint. Ordinary coinage resumed in 1972 in San
Marino with divisional coinage while, two years later in 1974, San
Marino coined its first gold coins with the value expressed in scudos.
In 2001 the Republic of San Marino ratified and applied the monetary
agreement between the Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Italy,
with the European Community. With its stamp issue of June 4 these 4
historical events are celebrated by depicting the first coins on the stamps.
The 0.36 Euro stamp shows the first copper 5 cent coin, the 0.45 Euro
stamp shows the first series in silver worth 5 lire, the 1.00 Euro reproduces
the first series in gold for 10 and 20 lire, and the 2.20 Euro stamp depicts
the divisional coinage in Euro including the Bi-metallic one and two Euro.

3. Bi-metallics on Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
Camerun 4500 CFA 2005
Chad 4500 CFA 2005
Gabon 4500 CFA 2005
Is the first time that I have seen these new coins.

4. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The mole-rat is a solitary, subterranean rodent that excavates and
inhabits its own tunnel system.  The mole-rat produces its 'head-drumming'
(vibrational) communication in order to announce its presence and defend
its territory.  Studies are underway to better understand this animal and
how it survives in such confined space.  The image of a mole rat is found
on a Russian Bi-metallic coin.  What is the other name for this animal?
a.  Kazarka.
b.  Spalax.
c.  Egret.
d.  Capercallie.
Please send your answer to:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #459:
The People's Republic of China issued a Bi-metallic 10 Yuan in
1999 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Republic. 
The design features birds that appear to be doves flying over
the number 50.  How many doves are shown?
a.  Eight.
b.  Six.
c.  Four.
d.  Three.
Answer to Question #459 is six, answer "b".

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 eight players in game #458 and the winner was Dave Lloyd (WBCC
member #320).

6. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
*Cameroun 4500 CFA 2005.
*Slovenia 500 Tolar 2005 Falcon.
*WBCC Netherland 39 eurocent stamp.
*Vatican 2005 set.
*Vatican 2005 1 & 2 euro coins.
*French 1579 jeton, copper and silver.
*Mexico Guanajuto Gold and Silver 100 Peso coins.
*Mexico Federal District Gold and Silver 100 Peso coins.
*Mexico Durango Gold and Silver 100 Peso coins.

7.  WBCC Auction 73 Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
This auction is open and closes at 11PM 11th June 2005 Sydney time.
The lots 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.  My email is

8.  WBCC Member Jack Hepler, USA
 This message was received from Max Aiello;
"Let us introduce to you and your kind family, Miss Giulia Aiello".
Congratulations, Max.

9.  Portuguese Baby Collection Rui Paulo
To the greatest gift of life, which is a birth of a child,
the only answer is gratitude. But we can mark it in an unforgettable
manner. With this in mind INCM decided to bring together the coins of
each year in a personalized packaging bearing the baby's name and first
biographical data. Wouldn't you like to have today the coins of your
birth's year? Your child will also like them! It is the beginning of a
collection.   Coins minted in 2005 fleur-de-coin finish, packaged in an illustrated
wallet, limited to 15,000 collections. Price: 29,75 (Euro)
Contact:  Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, SA. Commercial Department
  Av. Antonio Jose de Almeida, 1000-042 Lisboa - PORTUGAL
            Tel.: +351 217 810 700  Faxe: +351 217 810 745
            E-mail:   Site:"
Ed:  Set includes Bi-metallic One and Two Euro.

"See you" next week  Jack Hepler for:
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
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The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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