Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 926

WBCC Newsmail 926,  May 10 , 2014

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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1. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2014 from Pabitra Saha, UK
The first Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2014 from Greece will be dedicated to commemorate the "400th anniversary of the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos" popularly known as "El Greco", will have a volume of issuance of 742,500 pieces distributed in rolls and other 7,500 units in a blister pack or purse.  As the total emission amount of 750,000 units

The second Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2014 from Greece will be devoted to the "150th Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands to Greece."  Emission volume, like the first will be distributed 742.5000 rolls and also have a blister or purse than 7,500 units will be issued.  Totaling 750,000 units as volume peak emission.

External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g

2. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2006 in Martin Peeters, The Netherlands
Detailed descriptions of all Bi-metallic 2 Euros from 2006 commemoratives

Germany - Schleswig-Holstein

Shown in the center of the coin 'Holsten' iconic city gate of Lübeck, and appears under the words 'Schleswig-Holstein' first of the sixteen federal states of Germany commemorative coin in euros.  On the right image the engraver's initials "HH" and appear to the left, the letters 'A', 'D', 'F', 'G' and 'J', depending on the national mint.  The year of issue, 2006, the twelve stars of the European Union and the words 'Bundesrepublik Deutschland' contained in the annulus Issuing volume:. 31,500,630

Belgium - The Atomium

Shown in the center of the coin shows a representation of the "Atomium" and, right, the engraver's initials 'LL'.  Two brands include the Mint with his base.  The outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European Union, the letter 'B' and the year of issue, 2006 Issue volume. 5,023,000
Finland - I centennial universal and equal suffrage

In the center of the coin depicts two faces, one male and one female, separated by a line.  The inscriptions "20 FI 06», representing the year of issue with the country abbreviation (FI) interleaved, and "01/10/1906" listed to the right and left respectively.  The mark of the Mint ('M') next to each of the faces.  The outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European Union Issue volume. 2,500,000

Italy - Turin Winter Olympics 2006

In the center of the coin the curvy figure of a skier in action appears.  About the image appear the words "Giochi INVERNALI 'and, on your left, referring to the city hosting the Winter Games, the inscription" TORINO "and an image of the Mole Antonelliana, landmark building in Turin.  The monogram of the Italian Republic 'RI' and mark 'R' of the Mint also appear to the left of the skier.  The year of issue, 2006, and the initials of the recorder, 'MCC' (Maria Carmela Colaneri), listed on the right.  The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design Issuing volume:. 40,000,000
Luxembourg - 25th birthday of the Grand Duke Guillaume

In the center of the coin is represented the effigy of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri superimposed on the effigy of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume.  The year of issue, 2006, appears below both effigies, flanked by the letter "S" and the mark of the Mint.  The word 'LËTZEBUERG' appears above the effigies.  The twelve stars of the European Union are in the outer ring of the coin Issuing volume.:    1,049,500

San Marino - V centenary of the death of Christopher Columbus

Figure image of Christopher Columbus and his three ships in the center of the coin.  The inscription 'SAN MARINO' appears on the portrait and the right, a compass rose and mark the Mint ('R').  A scroll with the dates "1506 - 2006» is below the portrait.  The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design Issuing volume:. 120,000

Vatican City - V centenary of the Pontifical Swiss Guard

In the center of the coin a Swiss guard taking the oath of allegiance to the Pope appears.  The inscription 'SVIZZERA PAPAL GUARD' form a semicircle below the flag and the name of the issuing state appears, "Vatican City."  The year "1506" figure to the left, above the signature of the recorder ('O. ROSSI ") located along the flagpole.  The year "2006" appears on the right side, above the mark of the Mint ('R').  The outer ring is the twelve stars of the European Union Issue volume. 100,000


3. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #926….…by Jack Hepler, USA
The construction of the first seaport of ancient Russia was decreed by Ivan the Terrible in 1583, 30 years after the English Edward Bonaventure, captained by Richard Chancellor, had arrived at what was then a remote fishing settlement while searching for the northeast  passage to China. Chancellor headed overland to Moscow where Ivan (still in his pre-Terrible period) proved keen to establish trade ties with England.
Between 1668 and 1684 a large fortified trading center, was constructed on its riverbank. Luxurious European textiles such as satin and velvet arrived here and flax, hemp, wax and timber for ships' masts were exported. In 1693 Peter the Great began shipbuilding operations here, launching the Russian navy's tiny first ship the following year.
This city and the surrounding Oblast have the same name and was honored with a Bi-metallic 10 Roubles in 2009. 
Name this Oblast.

See this coin and others at the WBCC website: Please send your answer to: 

WBCC Quiz Game Prize. 
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded each month. The player who has the most correct answers in a month will be the winner. 
If there is a tie, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. 
The May prize is a Bi-metallic 3 Euro of Slovenia.

Bi-metallic Quiz question #925
In which year was a Russian 10 Roubles Bi-metallic coin issued that honors the Republic of Altai
Answer:  2006.

Bi-metallic Quiz Prize winner; April 2014
The April prize winner was Gabor Toth, WBCC Member #80. 
The prize is a Bi-metallic 3 Euro of Slovenia.

4. Super Quiz #35…………by Jack Hepler, USA
There are countries with monarchs as head of the state.  They do not have bimetallic coins as yet. 
They are completely surrounded by countries having bimetallic coins. 
Name at least 2 of these non-bimetallic countries.

Answer Super Quiz 34
Austria has issued a series of Bi-metallic 25 Euro coins with a core of Niobium.  Niobium metal exhibits a rather novel
characteristic that allows oxidation in predictable colors.  Austria has utilized this characteristic to produce colored Euro
coins since 2003.  There have been three issues using the same color.  Name the color and the years of issue.

This question was fraught with controversy since the very popular Austrian color of blue was used in various shades and
hues from light blue to a turquoise color.  In fact, the most recent coin issued in 2014 is colored blue and green. 
As a result, all contestants were given credit for this question. 
The winner was Thierry Defaix as randomly selected.
There were five players in this game.

5. 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 DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands,
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK,
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA,

WBCC Public Relations Centre: Max Aiello, Italy,
WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, The Netherlands,
The WBCC will attend the following future International events:
* Open Day of the Royal Dutch Mint, June 2014, Utrecht, The Netherlands
* 44th World Money Fair, January 30 - February 1 1915, Berlin, Germany