Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #301


WBCC Newsmail 301, Volume 7, May 18, 2002 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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

Dear WBCC members and Non WBCC members,

And for now I hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. A New WBCC Member ... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you

Name: Bertie van Haag (WBCC member #261), Netherlands
Age: 55
Profession: Civil cervant min.agriculture&fisheries
Hobby: Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world, and collecting all other coins from all over the world;
Against: Humiliation of the human rights; real racism; the plundering of the earths recources
How did I know about the WBCC:with surfin' on the net.

2. The WBCC Encasement Celebration Project ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The WBCC has embarked on another Project.
To encase all the 1 and 2 Euro bi-metallics in a WBCC copper ring. Full details of this project can be seen at: TARGET="0">Encasement Project.

Encased euros of 2 countries will be issued each month commencing with the Euros of Austria and Ireland which only have a date of 2002. The cost of the set of these 2 coins is US$15 each set, postage is extra. Next month June we will encase the euros of Portugal and Spain. Spain has 4 different dates on their euros and members can select sets from each year or all years. Please email your requests or orders to me: .

The above encasement page will be updated with the information of the number of sets of each year and country that have been encased, for member information.

This is an on going project and it is anticipated that as the euros appear with new dates we will encase them for members wishing a set. The only restricting factor is our ability to obtain the euros.

In future years when all the euro countries have been encased, we will encase bi-metallics from other counties that have a similar size to the euros. Thailand Bi-metallic 10 baht springs to mind. When we encase these, can we call them adver-Thai-sing.

If members have any other ideas or suggestions please email me the details.

3. Bi-metallic 500 Tolar from Slovenia ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Referring to WBCC Newsmail 298, item 2 about the Bi-metallic 500 Tolar from Slovenia one can read all the news about it on the Website: The Bank of Slovenia.

On the occasion of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, the Republic of Slovenia hereby issues three commemorative coins (a gold coin, a silver coin and a coin for ordinary circulation). The coins are issued to praise the success of the Slovenian National Football Team, of its coach and of the Slovenian Football Association. They also express the broad Slovenian support of and adherence to sports and sports competitions in general.

The participation of the Slovenian National Football Team in the FIFA European Cup two years ago was a surprise worldwide. The qualification of the Slovenian National Football Team among the thirty-two world national teams to compete in the forthcoming World Cup is, no doubt, a great success, given that national teams of some countries considered much stronger in football have not qualified. It will be a privilege and an honour to hear the Slovenian national anthem “Zdravljica” ("A Toast", a poem written by Slovenian greatest poet France Prešeren) played upon the opening of the 2002 World Cup.

The achievements of the Slovenian National Team have substantially increased interest in football and have made it popular nation-wide. The so-called “football fairy tale” has triggered display of mass enthusiasm on the occasion of good achievements of the Slovenian National Team and has paved the way for the slogan “Slovenija gre naprej!” (Slovenia qualifies!).

The motif of the coin is based on the historical fact that the ball-kicking game was considered a symbol of the “rising sun” in China as early as at the beginning of the first century A.D. Depicted on the coin is the sun with sunrays on the horizon, a human shape representing a football player ready to kick, and a ball. The sun with its rays symbolically determines the venue of the World Cup in geographical sense, the five rays represent the five continents. The ball, the human being and the sun are the three elements which render three-dimensional perception possible.

Coin for ordinary circulation:
Denomination: 500 Tolars, bi-coloured
Composition: inner disc alloy 75%Cu and 25%Ni, outer part alloy 78%Cu, 20%Zn and 2%Ni)
Weight: 9 grams
Diameter: 28 mm
Issue limit: 500,000 coins
This commemorative coin has been put into circulation on 13th May 2002.

4. Bi-metallec Euro UK patterns? ... by Jose Ramirez, Spain

I have seen this test token on this webpage: Pattern Image.

British Euro Pattern Coins?
First United Kingdom Euro Coin Patterns
UK & The Euro
We believe that the United Kingdom will eventually join the Euro, along with about a dozen others countries. It is not known whether any official plans have been made to produce pattern designs for a set of British euro coins. It is likely that if any designs have already been considered, they will have been kept top secret for political reasons.

Unofficial Patterns
On a number of previous occasions, especially before major coinage changes, pattern coins have been produced as a design exercise or to test public opinion. Many of these have been privately produced. We have recently been shown a set of trial or pattern euro coins, with suggested British designs. We are also negotiating to obtain supplies of these, although they are currently not yet at a production stage. We will post more news and photographs here when available.

5. Bi-metallic medals from Estonia ... by Frans Woons, Canada

The University of Tartu (in Estonia) has re-established the SELL Student Games. In 1998 the XVth SELL Student Games were held. These games were held regularly for Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian students before World War II . In 1998 gold, silver, and bronze medals were award to first, second, and third place competitors respectively, just like at other games (e.g., the Summer and Winter Olympics). However, there is something unusual about these medals as they are encased in, what appears to be, a copper ring. In other words, the medals are bi-metallic. Attached to the copper ring is a bracket so that a blue/black/white ribbon can be attached. In total students from 13 countries participated in the XVth SELL Student Games and 78 gold, 76 silver, and 71 bronze medals were awarded. A gold medal (diameter 60 mm; without the tricolour ribbon) is offered for sale on eBay under # 1351746715. We thank Vaido Lillemaa (the seller of the medal) for his kind permission to use his images in the WBCC Website: New Images.

6. Bi-metallic overlay from Canada ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I have received this from Colonial Acres Coins (Canada):

2002 Canada Silver 50 Cents "Golden Tulip"
"The invasion of Holland during World War II forced the Dutch royal family into exile. They sought, and found, refuge in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. For safeguarding her family, Princess (later Queen) Juliana thanked Canada with a personal gift of 20,000 tulip bulbs.

That gift became an annual bequest and transformed Ottawa into the floral showcase that it is today. Furthermore, 2002 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, the perfect time to mark Princess Juliana’s generous gift, and a gloriously beautiful tradition.

With a superb 22-karat gold-plated design that does justice to its exquisite beauty, the Royal Canadian Mint proudly presents the Golden Tulip. 50-Cents Sterling Silver Coin, a tribute to the continuing gift of tulips". Limited to 20,000 coins worldwide.
Pre Order Price: $29.95

A picture can be seen at: New Images.

7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #301 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was born into nobility in Prague. Her full name following marriage was Bertha Sophie Felicita Kinsky von Chinic and Tettau von Suttner. She was a well-known author and activist for a peace movement that ended with the beginning of WW I. In fact, she won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. She lived most of her life in Austria but traveled extensively lecturing for the Peace Movement. Bertha von Suttner is featured on the Bi-metallic two-Euro coin of Austria. What were some of the titles attributed to Bertha von Suttner?
a. Nobel Laureate
b. Countess
c. Baroness
d. Generalissimo
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #300.
Have you ever wondered why the mother of the King of Thailand is called the Princess Mother and not Queen Mother as in the United Kingdom? Thai history provides the answer. She was married to a Royal Prince, a son of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Sawang Wattana, but he was never Queen. She is, however, the mother of two kings; the late His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the present King of Thailand. Although born a commoner, the Princess Mother now has the title of "Her Royal Highness Somdej Phra Sri Nakarindra Baromsaj Chonni". She was commemorated in the year 2000 on the Bi-metallic special issue 10 Baht of Thailand. What was the name given to the Princess Mother when she was born?
a. Kitiyakara
b. Sirikit
c. Sangwal
d. Sawang

Answer to Question #300 is "c" Sangwal. (Some sources show the correct spelling as Sangwag). Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #299: 100 % correct, five players.

8. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Images ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images.
New listed are:
* Slovenia 2002 500 Tolars
* 2002 Canada Silver 50 Cents "Golden Tulip"
* Finland Tartu Student Games 1998
* GB 1 Euro Pattern
* Vatican Euro set

9. WBCC Auction 44 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

WBCC Auction 44 will open on the 25th May with Newsmail 302, just 1 week from now. This auction is starting a week earlier as Ii am not available on the day the auction would normally finish. Items listed can be seen at: Auction 44.

Please email me Rod Sell your lot information today. The more lots the better the auction, lets try to get another good auction like Auction 43.

10. Coin World Article ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright 2002, reprinted by permission of Coin World

In the Website of Coin World one can read the following: 1795 Dollar Variety

Researchers confirm discovery of 'plugged' 1795 dollar variety - Die variety previously unknown with silver plug - posted 5/13/02
By Paul Gilkes, COIN WORLD Staff
The discovery of a previously unknown specimen of 1795 Flowing Hair dollar with a silver plug in the center has been reported.

While silver plugs are known on a number of different 1795 Flowing Hair dollar varieties, until now, none had been found on a Bolender 5 variety (The United States Early Silver Dollar from 1794 to 1803 by M.H. Bolender). The coin features the Three Leaves Reverse (three leaves appear on the foliage found below each of the eagle's wings compared to two leaves on earlier 1795 varieties).

Silver plugs are also known on a number of 1795 Flowing Hair half dollars. The silver plugs are believed by researchers to have been inserted before striking to bring underweight planchets up to standard rather than to correct fineness.

"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-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
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