Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #595
 

WBCC Newsmail 595 Volume 13, January 5, 2008
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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

Past Newsmails can be found at http://www.wbcc-online.com/newsmail/wbccnews.html
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Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
Welcome into the World of Bi, Tri and Quad-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading
this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail. 

1. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2008 from Luxemburg...by Gerhard Schoen, Germany
Here is the design of the Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2008 coin of Luxembourg depicting Château de Berg.
 
2. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro 2008 of Belgium new design..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
The Bi-metallic 1 and 2 euro of Belgium 2008 will have same changes at the side of  King Albert's head.
The crowned "A" and the year will dissapear from the ring and will return on the centre of the coins.
There will also be the "BE" for Belgium on the centre of the coins because there was nothing on the 'old' coins that says that the coins are from Belgium.
 
3. Bi-metallic 1 Lira 2005 and 2007 from Turkey...by Jack Hepler, USA
I have attached a scan of the 2 Turkish Bi-metallic Yeni Lirasi coins. It appears that the outer ring is a different material than was used in the 2005 issue. It is a light yellow color. Also the rim detail is better so the die may have been recut for improvement. Perhaps our researchers can obtain better information about the material in the ring.
--Remark Paul Baker, UK: You may remember that when the bi-metallic Turkish 1 New Lira coins were introduced in 2005 it was soon reported that the size used was too similar to that of the 2 Euro and so the mass was reduced. The change was from 8.5 grams to 8.3 grams. Pieces dated 2005 exsit for both versions. There are also 2006 and now 2007 dated pieces for the reduced mass version.
 
4. Bi-metallic 100 pesos pieces from Mexico of the second series...by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
Mexico issued the last Bi-metallics of the second series 100 pesos coins.
Veracruz, Yucatán & Zacatecas  100 pesos
This year the new series of special Bi-metallic 5 pesos will start.
 
5. Bi-metallic coins 2008 of Slovenia will be produced in Utrecht..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
From Rob Kooy and Gerhard Schön I received the information that the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro of 2008 of Slovenia will be produced by the Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht. Probably these Bi-metallics will have the mintmarks of the Royal Dutch Mint.
 
6. Bi-metallic tokens from Uzbekistan...by Michael Kaplan, USA
Schuler Pressen installed it's equipment in Uzbekistan. These Bi-metallic tokens were made by Schuler Pressen on newly installed equipment in Uzbekistan.
 
7. Bi-metallic Euro nations series #6..... by Cliff Anderson, USA
The last 5 weeks have shown 10 images of Bi-metallic silver and gold proof commemorative pieces, issued by "Het Nederlandsche Muntenhuis":  http://www.muntenhuis.nl.
This week, the following 2 pieces are for Luxembourg and Italy.
As we all know, Luxembourg uses its native language spelling "Letzebuerg". The statues and building in the upper tier of the piece's obverse must be in its capital, though I cannot recognize them to properly describe them. The Luxembourg versions of its euro coins in the middle of the piece are the background for its 2002 5 euro gold coin. The lower third of the medal shows a building with flags which may represent the European Parliament's Secretariat or its administrative offices, and then the word "CVRIA" with the scales of justice.  But the lower right hand image of two birds sitting on a windowbox with flowers is unknown to me. 
The Italian piece has the more recognizable icons of the Roman Coliseum, Trajan's Column, The Spanish Steps(?), and the historic image of the she-wolf nurturing Romulus and Remus. The Italian euro coins highlight a 2002 20 euro gold piece showing an ancient galley and an equestrian statue with the legend "Europa delle arti".  The lower third shows two images from Venice: the "face in the wall" in the Doge's Palace and the famous Bridge of Sighs. The two angels in the lower right portion seems to be Raphael's cherubs from the Sistine Chapel.
As I've said before, I would welcome observations to better identify and correctly interpret these descriptions.
 
8. Bi-metallic Edward VIII pieces...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Coincraft is offerering several Bi-metallic Edward VIII pieces.
Please take a look at:
http://www.coincraft.com/catalog/displayitemlist.asp?ID=LEH4616&mID=45&cID=&subID=
for the offer
 
9. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #595.......by Jack Hepler, USA
"The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here". This is the motto of the Liberian Coat of Arms. The 2005 Liberian issued Bi-metallic 5 Dollars shows the Liberian Coat of Arms. Some of the elements of that design include a ship, plow, palm and a bird. What kind of bird is shown on this Liberian coin?
a. Albatross (a sea bird)
b. Dove
c. Eagle
d. Secretary Bird
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 #594.

Switzerland commemorated the great day of festivity for the children of the Engadina, the Chalandamarz, issuing a Bi-metallic 5 Francs in 2003. What kind of instrument are the four children playing represented on the obverse? (Question suggested by Max Aiello)
a. Trumpet
b. Drum with mallets
c. Bell
d. Bone flute
The correct answer for question #594 is c; Bell. Although on the coin the image looks very much like drums.

WBCC Quiz Game Prize
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 seven players in game #593 and the winner was Bertie van Haag, WBCC member #261.
 
10. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images...by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html
* Europa Medals from Italy and Luxembourg
* Turkey 2007 1 Lirasi
* Uzbeki Mint Tokens
* Luxembourg 2008  2 euro

"See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
wbcc@home.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-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics

WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Webmaster: Rod Sell, Australia, rodsell@rodsell.com
WBCC Sales Pages Provider: Rod Sell, rodsell@rodsell.com
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, cliff38@earthlink.net
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA, heplerj@juno.com
WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA, sunrayofmarion@aol.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, wbcc@home.nl
WBCC Website: http://wbcc-online.com
WBCC Web-Log: http://wbcc.web-log.nl/

The WBCC will attend the following future International events:

* The World Money Fair, February 1 to 3, 2008 in Berlin, Germany
http://www.worldmoneyfair.ch/wmf/english/index.html

* The 8th Northern Coin Event 2008, Saturday, September 20th, 2008, Assen, The Netherlands http://www.muntmanifestatie.nl

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