Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 603

WBCC Newsmail 603 Volume 13, March 1, 2008

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

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 Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 597 item 2 about the common side of the 2 Euro 2008 from Belgium here are the old and new design for King Albert II
2. Bi-metallic 2 Euro Martin Peeters, Netherlands
EU citizens and residents have selected the design ‘2’ for the commemorative €2 coin to celebrate 10 years of Economic and Monetary Union. 41.48 % of you voted for this design, out of a total of 141675 votes. The winning design was created by George Stamatopoulos and represents "The euro is the latest step in the long history of trade, from pre-historic barter – evoked by the deliberately primitive design – to economic and monetary union.". Commemorative coins bearing this design will be issued by all euro-area Member States, starting in January 2009.
As part of the celebrations of a decade of EMU, EU citizens and residents were asked to choose a design for a commemorative 2-euro coin by voting online. The vote closed on 22 February
And the Winner is: 
3. Bi-metallic 1 Peso 2008 from Claudio A. Revello, Argentina
This week I found 1$ Bi-metallic Argentina from 2008 in circulation. No changes in design.
4. Bi-metallic from Romania in Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Saw in Ebay an offer for a Bi-metallic Token from Romania, a "Dracula" Bi-metallic, look at:
5. Bi-metallic Canadian SS Cliff Anderson, USA
The following item was published in the June 24, 2000, issue of the WBCC Newsmail. 
Historical Canadian Bi-metallic
The old looking bimetallic medal above is a relic piece from the wreck of the S. S. Beaver.  As indicated in the wording on the piece, the steamship Beaver was built in 1835, apparently in England, and in that same year and then was credited as the first steamer in the Pacific.  It was wrecked at Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1892.  A companion piece (not pictured here) also indicates that the metal for the medals "was taken from the wreck of the S. S. Beaver, Santa Maria (ship) 1492 Columbus' ship."  But no other information is given to explain that comment, though it seems to mean that the Beaver itself was made from material from the Santa Maria. This doesn't sound right.  One historical source says that Columbus ran the Santa Maria aground off Cap-Haitien, Haiti, and the material from the wrecked ship went into the building of a fort there.
Note that the bimetallic iron center is inset into just the one side, and doesn't appear on the other side of the piece.
I would welcome more information from any Canadian members who may have more information on this piece, especially on the history of the Beaver and the pieces made from the wreck.
 Canada Hudson Bay Co.
S.S. Beaver Medal
Then just this week, Mark Garner (a potential new WBCC member),forwarded this information about this historical medal.
"These coins [the bimetal and other non-bimetallic commemoratives of the SS Beaver] have a very interesting story for me because they were made by Charles McCain which I am a decendant of. I have a similar coin (not bimetal) which has been handed down through the family. Charles McCain was born and raised in Port Colborne Ontario Canada which is close to where I live. Around the age of 30 he moved out to Vancouver when the SS Beaver ran aground at Prospect Point. He secured the salvage rights to the vessel and began to remove all of the brass/bronze and copper from the wreck. He melted close to 1100 lbs of metal down to make these coins and commemorate this historic ship. In 1892 the SS Beaver slipped off the rocks and sank after being stranded for 4 years. Charles figured that it would be good to reference the Santa Maria belonging to Christopher Columbus because it was the 400th anniversary to the year. It was Charles' goal to sell these coins at the world's fair and thought that it would be a good selling point to add Columbus to the coins.There were no portions of the Santa Maria in the SS Beaver.
He and his brothers had worked at the Neff foundry in Port Colborne at some point growing up which was across the road from where they lived in Port Colborne. So Charles sent the metal back to his father to have the coins manufactured there. I think he got a good deal because his brother Hugh had saved the foundry from burning down one time. Once the coins were made, some were sent back to Vancouver and the remainder were distributed through his Father.
I have been in Vancouver researching this and in contact with other related family in Texas. . . . I am looking to complete my collection and offer a write up for National Geographic to be published by the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games."
6. Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
In 2004, Italy issued a Bi-metallic Two Euro commemorating the World Food Program.  The design shows a world globe surrounded by images of three important food crops. Which three foods are shown?
a. Wheat, Corn, Rice
b. Wheat, Sorghum, Soybeans
c. Wheat, Soybeans, Rice
d. Soybeans, Sorghum, Rice
Please send your answer to:

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #602.
Venezuela issued a Bi-metallic 1000 Bolivares coin in 2005 and a similar 1 Bolivar coin in 2007. The major features on these two issues are the same. However, on the 2007 issue, an additional feature was added. What was that additional feature?
a. Coat of Arms
b. Horse
c. Flag
d. Stars
The correct answer for question #602 is d; Stars.

WBCC Quiz Game Prize
If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were nine players in game #601 and the winner was Max Aiello WBCC member #73.
7. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
* Romanian Medal

"See you"next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club

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,
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WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands,
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WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK,
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The WBCC will attend the following future International events:

* The 8th Northern Coin Event 2008, Saturday, September 20th, 2008, Assen, The Netherlands

* The World Money Fair, February 6 to 8, 2009 in Berlin, Germany


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