Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #526

WBCC Newsmail 526 Volume 11, September 9, 2006

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 the WBCC Newsmail this week.

1. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Barry Murray (WBCC member #411), Australia
Age: 58
Profession: Customs Broker
Hobby: Australian Coins and Banknotes (pre-decimal and decimal), German Nazi Coins (1933-1945), Some USA coins and have just started on bi-metallic currency coins.
Goal: To enjoy my hobby for as long as I can 
How did I know about the WBCC:  I am a member of the Coin Community Forum in USA and read about this club in a post. I  also know a member of your club Rod Sell thru the Australian Numismatic Society (I am a member)

2. My new E-mail Manuel Diez Gonzalez, Spain
Please notice, I changed my E-mail address
3. The WBCC at Holland's biggest Martin Peetrs, WBCC Focal Point
Next Saturday, September 16, the WBCC will attend the 2006 "Muntmanifestatie" (Coin-event) is the Dutch city Assen. We will have our booth just at the entrance nect to the Royal Dutch Mint. So if you want to meet Frans Dubois and myself, just look at: how to get in Assen
Last year there were 1500 visitors and that is a lot in Dutch terms.
Below a picture taken last year of the excebition floor.
4. Talk about Micheal Doran, USA
I will be doing a talk on Bi-metallic coins at the 47th Annual Illinois Numismatic Association Fall Coin Show & Convention in Countryside (Chicago), Illinois on Saturday, September 9, 2006. Please e-mail this to all WBCC members.

5. Bi-metallic from Fran Pascual, Spain
Here are the pictures of the new Bi-metallic Euros from Finland:
Both will be of 27,25 mm and with the same design.
* 5 Euro 2006; Ring: Aluminium/Bronze, Centre: Cu/Ni, Mintage: 100,000
* 50 Euro 2006; Ring: Silver .925, Centre: Gold .750, Mintage: 8,000
Will be put in circulation the next 16.10.2006
Read more about it in:
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Please read an offer of a Dutch dealer about these Bi-metallics

6. Bi-metallic Euro from Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Slovenia will issue next year the Euro's. The common side will be in New look of Europe Map.

7. Bi-metallic medal of King Ludwig of Cliff Anderson, USA
This bi-metallic item was issued in the tourist shop of Neuschwanstein, the most elaborate and strangest of the several Bavarian castles built by King Ludwig II.
Ludwig (1845-1886) was known as "Mad King Ludwig" for his eccentric personality. Ruling from 1864 until his death, he acted like a medieval Renaissance prince and thought he could rule as an absolute monarch like Louis XIV. His unrealistic expenditures, including his several outlandish castles, and his inability to rule logically and to deal with the "realpolitik" machinations of Bismarck and others, prompted his subordinate Bavarian government officials to remove him from power by declaring him insane. After being taken into custody, Ludwig's drowning death is still considered a mystery: accident, suicide of an unstable personality, or assassination victim of political enemies? He still stands as one of the world's most curious eccentrics.
The obverse of this Bi-metallic piece shows Ludwig's finely detailed profile and "Ludwig II. Konig der Bayern 1845-1886". The reverse displays the castle's bizarre architecture and is lettered: "In Memory of Your Visit Here – Neuschwanstein".
A personal note: This castle was in no way a defensive structure – it doesn't guard anything. Ludwig thought of it as a "fairy castle". It is strictly what could be called a "show off" castle, built in a preposterous location. Just to visit the castle is an all day affair, and requires a minimum of 20 minutes of strenuous hiking just to reach the place. It's hard to imagine his royal and official guests caring to endure such effort, even on horseback or in carriages, except to witness Ludwig's behavior and to experience his extravagance.
8. Bi-metallic Silver Centered Cent from the Martin Peeters, Netherlands
In an Pre-ANA convention auction in Denver was this Silver Center cent pattern. It brought $253.000.
9. Bi-metallics Encased for Jim Lawniczak, USA
I'm WBCC member #182, Jim Lawniczak, USA, and have plenty of US and Canadian encased cents. I have some very rare and desirable pieces as well as lots of fairly common ones, that I would very much like to trade for non-US and Canadian encased coins of comparable value. My email is
10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
For ten years now, the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collector Club Newsmail has been a source for news and comments, as well as coin descriptions and early announcements of new Bi-metallic issues. Hundreds of coins from countries around the world have been introduced to club members, providing them with knowledge not always conveniently available anywhere else. New issues are being introduced weekly and usually the first place to learn about these is the WBCC Newsmail. Such information has been presented from the early days of the WBCC Newsmail. Bi-metallic coins from which country were the first to be reported in the WBCC Newsmail?
Please send your answer to:
(The WBCC Quiz Game is only for WBCC members)
Note: See these coins and others by visiting the WBCC website;
Visit the Newsmail archives;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #525
The Indonesian coat of arms appears on the Bi-metallic 1000 Rupiah. What animal appears on the shield?
a. Asian Lion
b. Wild Bull
c. Tiger
d. Elephant
The correct answer is b; Wild Bull

11. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Bi-metallic prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week is an Uncirculated Euro 2006 set from the Vatican City.
If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. (The WBCC Quiz Game is only for WBCC members)
There were 10 players in game #524 and the winner was Michael Ayrapetov, WBCC member #7.
12. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
*  Slovenia 2007 2 euro coin
* Finland 2006 5 & 50 euro coins
* Japan One Clark token
* Germany Ludwig II of Bavaria
13. WBCC Auction 81 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am accepting lots for Auction 81 which starts on the 4th November with WBCC Newsmail 534
The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email your lots to me at
Members are allowed to list up to 20 lots in each auction.
14. My Bi-metallic Hasse Wiersma (coindealer), Netherlands
Because of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the WBCC I can offer the following new Bi-metallics:
* Finland Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2006 (100.000 issued), EU Presidency, price 13.50 Euro. (US collectors pay 9.66 Euro, because they pay no tax)
* Finland 50 Euro 2006 (8.000 issued), EU Presidency, price 290 Euro instead of 299 Euro. (UScollectors pay 342 Euro, because they pay no tax)
If you have interest please contact me at:

"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 was sponsored at the World Money Fair 2006, , by:
Schuler Presses, Germany, and
The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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