Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #527
 

WBCC Newsmail 526A Volume 11, September 14, 2006
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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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Today Sepember 14, 2006 the WBCC is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary.
Here are some words of the WBCC Board Members.
 
1. WBCC 10th Anniversary Encased Coins...by Jack Hepler, WBCC Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA
There are two varieties of the WBCC 10th Anniversary Encased coins. The  "Official" variety encases a 2006 Austrian Euro in an aluminum ring.  Only 100 of this variety will be made. Orders for 70 pieces have  already been received. After 14 September 2006, orders may be accepted  from non-members. The cost for this encasement has not been set but is  expected to be about $5 plus postage.
Dies have been prepared for a "souvenir" variety. This encasement is smaller than the Official variety and the coin may be a US 5 Cents or 5 Eurocent size coin. No limit has been placed on the production number of these encasements. Cost for this variety will be about $3 plus postage unless the official variety is ordered, too. Then the cost will  be somewhat less.
If member wishes, the member number may be inscribed on the  encasement. The cost for adding the member number is $0.50. At the time the project was started, we thought the 2006 Austrian Euro would be available in time to officially release the encasement on 14 September 2006. The actual release of the Austrian Euro has been  delayed. Encasement of the anniversary issue will begin as soon as the coins are received. If you have any questions about this project, please contact me, Jack Hepler, heplerj@juno.com
Example of an Encased 5 Cent, commemorate 10 years WBCC, with WBCC members number
 
2. WBCC 10th. Anniversary...by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster, Rod Sell, Australia
Our first decade is upon us. What a quick ten years.
Looking back ten years ago the World was a very different place. The internet was in it's infancy and Bimetallics were a novelty with only a few items to collect. It was easy in those days to aim to try to collect ALL the Bi-metallics issued, there were only a few hundred. The WBCC has stayed very true to it's aims, which is a club to gather information on bimetallics and pass the information on to it's members. Today we have a growing core of members who supply infomation and images. We would like more, so if you have information on any Bi-metallic, send the information to Martin to share with the rest of the membership every week. It is also very gratifying to see the influence the WBCC has had.  We are regularly mentioned in the trade papers and attend the yearly World Money Fair. Martin is to be congratulated in his efforts at spreading the word. The W in WBCC is also very deserved as this club does cover the World. There are a few countries in which we do not have any members, but as soon as they get the internet I am sure that will change. My biggest regret is not keeping the Image Library up to date. The last four years of images are still on the new images pages. Some members have come to my assistance and host the Bi-metallic images from their region. I wish to thank them, as those pages are up to date. If you can assist by hosting images of your reqion please let me know and I will link those countries to your web pages I don't think any of us could imagine how the WBCC would develop, when we started ten years ago. Not only do we have a 100 page catalogue TWOB that Martin regularly emails to all members, but we have a world of friends who assist us with getting our bimetallics. We have a weekly newsmail with the latest information and images, plus a bimonthly auction for members to buy and sell their Bi-metallics. 526 consecutive weekly newsmails over the past ten years. That is a mighty effort. What will the next ten years bring us. That my friends depends a lot on YOU. A club is only as good as the efforts of it's ACTIVE members. We are fortunate that we have quite a few active members, but we can use more. So if you have any ideas or can assist let us know. I wish to thank you all, for your friendship and assistance over the past ten years. Happy Bi-metallic collecting.
 
3. A couple of random thoughts upon WBCC's 10 Years..by Cliff Anderson, WBCC Public Relations, USA
After 10 years of experience and hindsight, 2 significant characteristics of the WBCC seem apparent:  openness and professionalism. 
Membership is free, and members from anywhere and everywhere are welcome.  WBCC's membership is now 411 from 56 countries.
It seems clear that the WBCC enjoys a reputation as an informal but widely ranging authority on bimetallics.  No other numismatic authority offers WBCC's comprehensive Bi-metallic listings, library and updated news.
WBCC is proud of its standing as the internet's oldest and continuously operating coin club (526 newsmails issued every single week since September 1996).

4. WBCC 10th. Anniversary...Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre, UK
Congratulations to the WBCC on the club's 10th anniversary. Only a few members have been here since the beginning. I am not one of them but looking at my old messages I see that I first had contact with Martin on the subject of bi-metallics in May 1997, within about one week of when I first went online and during the club's first year. I joined with the issue of Newsmail 80 and became "WBCC Research Centre" at Newsmail 127. Since then we have all been busy keeping up with all the news of more and more bi-metallic coins from all parts of the world. Perhaps the news I find to be of greatest interest is when yet another country introduces bi-metallic circulation coins - such as Azerbaijan, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Yemen etc... The biggest news of this kind must have been the introduction of the Euro coinage, that saw seven more countries start to use bi-metallic coins. Within a few weeks over 50 different bi-metallic coins were introduced and their number has continued to grow not least with the help of the special design 2 Euro coins. Through the WBCC I have got to know many good friends around the world as well as getting to know more and more about coins. The WBCC Newsmail has given me a great deal of encouragement over the years and got me more into finding out and writing about coins and tokens. Much of the subjects a write about are bi-metallics, if not then they are usually African. Some of my writing appear in the Newsmail, some on my website and some in print publications. Here's to the next 10 years of the WBCC.

5. Ten years ago.....by Frans Dubois, WBCC DoCu-Centre, Netherlands
I still remember the Saturday in September 1996 when I was looking in my coin collection of Europe, that my eye was caught by some special coins, made from two different metals. I considered these coins so special that I decided to put these coins separate  from my other coins.
These first coins were from Italy, some from France and some from Mexico.
In the next week I read a small anouncement in the Dutch coinmagazine "The Muntkoerier" that I was not the only that had decided to start such a collection. A collector in Zevenbergen also had a small collection of these special coins and he was looking for collectors with the same interest. He already had a collection of 7 coins!  I decided to contact him ( he lived in the same small city as my parents) and I showed him my small collection. And from that day we started an almost weekly contact in which we rapported  each other about all new coins we discovered.....You already understand that that collector I am talking about is Martin!
From that month I started to contact other collectors that Martin found by the internet.
I had to contact them by "old-fashioned"  ordinary letters with nice stamps......
Martin told me about all the possibilities that there were by using a computer (we are talking about 1996!!!) The first months he could not convince me. A letter is the best way to contact other people.
Of course it takes some time but......
Martin showed me what he did by email and the internet and when I visited him again one day he said:
"Just try to send an email and you will see how fast you will receive your answer."
The next week I bought my first computer.....
And now I can't imagine how I can try to keep my collection updated without the computer.......
Since September 1996 I "met" a lot of coinfriends from all over the world!!! And that is at least as much interesting as our bimetallic interest!!
I like to thank Martin for his never ending work he does for our club and also all other members (coinfriends)  that made the WBCC to what it is today: a welknown club of enthousiastic coincollectors!!!  Congratulations with this 10 Anniversary!!
 
6. The WBCC 10 Years, 10 Years of my life......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point, Netherlands
10 Years of my life I spent now in the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collecttors Club (WBCC). 10 Years of making friends all over the world and with my travels I stayed with many WBCC members, I want to thank them for their hospitality. 10 Years of learning, having fun, composing the WBCC Newsmail with help of many WBCC members. These past 10 Years of my life were wonderfull !! Up to the next 10 Years of the Worldwide Bi-metasllic Collectors Club (WBCC) in 2016. Thank You All.

"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 was sponsored at the World Money Fair 2006,
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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