Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 751

WBCC Newsmail 751,  January 1, 2011

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

This week edited by Jack Hepler, USA, WBCC Development Center,

Past Newsmails can be found at

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Welcome into the World of Bi-, Tri- and Tetra-metallics.
I hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail.

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1. Best Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Dear WBCC and non WBCC members let me start this year with:
Happy New Year to all members.

2. A new WBCC member…by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new WBCC member, let introduce him to you
Name: Zlatko Viscevic (WBCC member #522), Croatia
Age: 28
Profession : lawyer, but also coin dealer
Hobby: all kind of Bi- and Tri-metallic coins, including tokens and similar items
How did I know about the WBCC: I visited your webpage few times

3. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2011 from The Netherlands…by Frans Dubois, The Netherlands

In 2011 The Netherlands will issue a special Bi-metallic 2 Euro to honour Erasmus and the city of Rotterdam.
This will be the first special Bi-metallic 2 Euro from the Netherlands besides the Rome treatment and EMU piece.

4. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2011 till 2025 from Estonia …by Jacek Stacel, Poland

Just got info (but not confirmed yet at 100% that Estonia like Germany follows in the footsteps and is going every year to spend a Bi-metallic 2 Euro commemorative their provinces or counties and have this 15 years, from 2011 to 2025.

5. Bi-metallic fantasy from Seborga… Cliff Anderson, USA

Several WBCC members are also interested in fantasy or unrecognized nations, sometimes called "micronations".
One of these micronations that has issued Bi-metallic coinage is Seborga, a small community close to the Italian-French border. Specifically those coins were a 1995 "mezzi luigino" and a 1996 2 luingini. The 1996 piece as shown which exhibits the best portrait of Seborga's late self-proclaimed prince, Giorgio Cabone, or as he called himself, Giorgio I.
Prince Giorgio died in November 2009 of Lou Gehrig's disease. His obituary in the London Daily Telegraph, attached, gives some of his biography. You can find much more background information on Seborga, Giorgio's successor, Menegatto I, and Giorgio's separate New York Times obituary when Googling Seborga.

This obituary is from the London Daily Telegraph of November 27, 2009.

His Tremendousness Giorgio Carbone
His Tremendousness Giorgio Carbone, who died November aged 73, was the elected prince of Seborga, a self-proclaimed principality on the Italian Riviera.
Carbone claimed the sovereignty of Seborga (pop. 364) from the Italian government in 1963 and took the title His Tremendousness. A former flower-grower, he produced documents from the Vatican archives to prove that the village was never the property of the House of Savoy and therefore not part of the Kingdom of Italy after 1861. He insisted that Seborga had been a sovereign state since 954, a principality from 1079, and minted its own coins after 1666. The villagers of Seborga, which lies near the picturesque Ligurian town of Bordighera, were enchanted by Carbone's quirkiness and he won 304 of a possible 308 votes to represent them. He was re-elected in 1995.
As His Highness Giorgio I, Prince of Seborga, Carbone did not draw a salary, but he could help himself to cheese and ham from the village shop without paying.
He was born in 1936, the son of a local flower grower who followed his father into the trade. His grand plans for the principality involved a cabinet of 15 ministers, a dozen members of parliament, and minting a currency, the Luigino. Citizens continued to pay their taxes to the Italian government, however, using the lira and today the euro.
Seborga has its own flag, a white cross on a blue background, a patron saint, St Bernard, and a Latin motto: “Sub Umbra Sede” (Sit in the shade).
Carbone managed to convince around 20 states to recognise Seborga. “The first state to step forward and recognise us was one of those revolutionary ones: Burkina Faso,” he said. Consular representation was maintained in 10 countries.
Seen widely as a plot to attract tourists, the principality was never taken seriously by the Italian government, prompting Carbone’s determination to create a social security network that would allow Seborga to be fully detached. He told reporters that he was in negotiations with large insurance companies but little progress was made.
Perhaps tiring of his role, Carbone announced in January 2006 that he would retire upon reaching the age or 70. But a challenge to his authority a few months later appeared to re-energise him.
A woman calling herself Princess Yasmine von Hohenstaufen Anjou Plantagenet wrote to the newly-elected Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, claiming that she was the true heir to Seborga’s throne and offering to hand it over to Italy. Carbone gruffly dismissed her claim, voicing doubts over her lineage: “I have never seen her,” he said. “We call her the internet princess”.
He leaves no heirs, and Seborga’s royal destiny is uncertain.

6. Bi-metallic MTT from Poland….by Jacek Stacel, Poland

Another series of MTT Bi-metalic from the City, Lubawka, Winter
This is the second Bi-metalic of this city, last year it was Summer, 5,000 pieces issue, diameter 27 mm

7. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #751…by Jack Hepler, USA

This week continues the quiz series called, "Whose Face". On a Bi-metallic Gibraltar Two Pounds dated 2000; The Apples of Hesperides is portrayed. There are three standing human figures on this coin (not including the bust of Queen Elizabeth II who is portrayed on the other side of the coin). One is the image of Hercules. The second image is a Hesperides nymph who guards the apples. The well known third figure is the father of the nymph, and is delivering the apples to Hercules. Who is this third figure? See this coin and others at the WBCC website: Please send your answer to:

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #750.
Two faces are shown on the 2006 commemorative 2 Euro of Finland. What is commemorated by this coin?
The correct answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #750 is 1st Centenary of the Introduction of Universal and Equal Suffrage

WBCC Quiz Game Prize. A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded for the correct answer. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner.
The Quiz Game #749 prize winner was Mike Hill, WBCC Member #487.
There were six players. There was no Quiz #748.

8. Super Quiz #22…………by Jack Hepler, USA

Taiwan issued a Bi-metallic coin with a legend written in Braille. What do the dots say?

9.New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images are shown at:

"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,
WBCC Auction/Sales Pages Provider: Rod Sell,
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 Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, The Netherlands,
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The WBCC will attend the following future International events:
* 40th World Money Fair, January 28-30, 2011, Berlin, Germany