Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 1089  24 June , 2017

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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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

1. Bi-metallic 5 Rand 2017 from South Africa….by Martin Peeters, The Netherlands
Here a picture of the new Bi-metallic 5 Rand 2017 from South Africa, commemorate 100th anniversary of the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo

2. Bi-metallic 5 Pesos 2016 frm Cuba… Pabitra Saha, UK
July 16, 2017, the official newspaper Granma Cuban regime, announced the entry into service on 3 July bimetallic coin type value of 5 Cuban pesos (4,48 €) in the the
effigy of Antonio Maceo "the Bronze Titan" considered one of the highlights of the second half of the nineteenth century in Latin America independence leaders played

The currency has issued the following characteristics:
Bimetallic coin 24,70 mm diameter, with ring silver, gold and splined center to edge interval.
Obverse: In the center and embossed golden effigy of Antonio Maceo and the denomination (5) with the word "PESOS" and the silver ring legend
"Patria o muerte" with minting year 2016.
REVERSE: In the center of the national emblem gold and silver hoop legend "REPUBLIC OF CUBA" with the denomination in words (FIVE PESOS).
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3. Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2017 from Martin Peeters, The Netherlands
Here a picture of the new Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2017 depicting Castillo de Useldange

Designed and minted coin: Mint of Austria
Metals: Silver and Niobium 925
Diameter: 34 mm
Volume of issue: 3000
Issue Price: 85,00 €
Date of issue: 21 June 2017

Bi-metallic 5 Euro previously issued series plus all the common face
2009 – Vianden
2010 - Castle Esch-sur-Sûre
2011 - Castle Mersch 
2012 - Castle Bourscheid
2013 - Beaufort Castle
2014 - Castle Larochette
2015 - Castle Brandenburg
2016 - Clervaux Castle

4. Bi-metallic 500 Yuan 2017 from China... by Martin Peeters, The Netherlands
Here a picture of the new Bi-metallic 500 Yuan from China (Peoples Republic) commemorate 30th anniversary of the first gold Chinese Panda coin

5. Bi-metallic 1 Euro from all Euro Martin Peeters, The Netherlands
Here an overview of all Bi-metallic 1 Euro from from all Euro countries
Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Andorra

Andorra signed a Monetary Agreement with the European Union on 30 June 2011. As a result, Andorra can use the euro as its official currency and issue its own euro coins. All the coins feature the 12 stars of the European flag.
The €1 coin features Casa de la Vall, the former seat of parliament and a building of cultural and historical interest.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Austria

Austria chose to produce a series of coins illustrating flowers, architecture and famous people from its history. The designs were chosen by a national panel and public opinion poll. Austrian artist Josef Kaiser created the designs. Depicted on this coin is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous Austrian composer, in reference to Austria as a land of music.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Belgium

Belgium's euro coins were designed by Jan Alfons Keustermans, Director of the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Turnhout.
There are three series of coins in circulation. All are valid.
The first series depicts King Albert II in the inner part of the coin, while the royal monogram - a capital "A" underneath a crown - among 12 stars,
symbolising Europe, as well as the year of issuance appear in the outer part.
In 2008, Belgium slightly modified the design in order to comply with the European Commission's guidelines. The coins of the second series also show King Albert II,
but the royal monogram and the year of issuance now appear in the inner part of the coin, as do the mint marks and the country code for Belgium, "BE".
In 2014, Belgium introduced the third series of euro coins, which show King Philippe, his royal monogram "FP" and the country code for Belgium, "BE".
The mint marks appear on either side of the year of issuance.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Cyprus

The €1 and €2 coins depict a cruciform idol from the Chalcolithic period (3000 BC). This characteristic example of the island's prehistoric art reflects
Cyprus's place at the heart of civilisation and antiquity.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Estonia

The design for the national side of Estonia’s coins is the same for all denominations. It features a geographical image of Estonia and the word "Eesti",
which means "Estonia".

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Finland

Finland chose three designs based upon motifs similar to those used before on national coins. The artist Pertti Mäkinen created a motif depicting two
flying swans for this coin. The design was taken from his competition entry for a coin to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the independence of Finland.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from France

Over 1,200 designs were considered for the national side of the French coins. A panel chaired by the Minister for Economic Affairs
and Finance chose three designs, each for certain specific denominations.
The panel consisted of experts in numismatics, artists, a former Member of the European Commission (Christine Scrivener), Members of Parliament,
the French Mint Director Emmanuel Constans, the General Engraver Pierre Rodier and the actress Irène Jacob, along with members of professional bodies.
They selected the following designs:
€1 and €2 coins: a tree, drawn by the artist Joaquim Jimenez, appears on these coins, symbolising life, continuity and growth.
It is contained in a hexagon and encircled by the motto of the Republic, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, equality, fraternity).

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Germany

German officials and experts in numismatics chose three different designs for their euro coins. €1 and €2 coins: the traditional symbol of German sovereignty,
the eagle, surrounded by the stars of Europe, appears on these coins. This motif was designed by Heinz and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Greece

The Minister for the National Economy and the Governor of the Bank of Greece chose the designs for their euro coins from a set of proposals presented
by a national technical and artistic committee. The designer of the winning motifs was sculptor Georges Stamatopoulos, sponsored by the Bank of Greece.
There is a separate design for each denomination. The image of the owl featured in this design was copied from an ancient Athenian 4-drachma coin (fifth century BC).

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Ireland

The Government of Ireland decided on a single national design for all Irish coin denominations. They show the Celtic harp, a traditional symbol of Ireland,
decorated with the year of issue and the inscription "Éire" − the Irish word for Ireland. The harp shown was designed by Jarlath Hayes.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Italy

In Italy, the euro coin designs were subject to scrutiny by a national technical and artistic committee before being presented to the nation on RAI UNO,
Italy's largest national television station. A different design has been selected for each denomination, chosen from masterpieces by Italy's famous artists.
This coin shows the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, displayed in the gallery of the Academy in Venice, illustrating the ideal proportions of the human body.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Latvia

The €1 coin features a Latvian folk maiden. This image was originally used on the silver 5 lats coin in 1929. The designer is Guntars Sietiņš.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Lithuania

Lithuania’s euro coins show the coat of arms of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytis, the country of issuance "LIETUVA" and the year of issuance "2015".
The coins also feature the 12 stars of the European flag. They were designed by the sculptor Antanas Žukauskas.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Luxembourg

Yvette Gastauer-Claire designed the coins by agreement with the Royal Household and the Luxembourg Government.
All the Luxembourg coins bear the profile of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri. They also bear the year of issue and the word "Luxembourg"
 written in Luxembourgish ("Lëtzebuerg").

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Malta

The €1 and €2 coins show the emblem used by the Sovereign Order of Malta. During the Order's rule over Malta, between 1530 and 1798,
the eight-pointed cross became associated with the island and is now often referred to as the Maltese Cross.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Monaco

There are two series of coins in circulation.
The first series depicts, on the €2 coin, HSH Prince Rainier III. A double portrait of HSH Prince Rainier III and HSH Hereditary Prince Albert appears
on the €1 coin. The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins depict the Prince’s seal. The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is shown on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.
The second series shows, on the €2 and €1 coins, a portrait of HSH Prince Albert II. HSH Prince Albert’s monogram is depicted on the 10, 20 and 50-cent coins.
The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is the main feature of the design on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Netherlands

The Netherlands chose two designs by Bruno Ninaber van Eyben, showing Queen Beatrix, for the first series. There are two series of coins in circulation.
Both are valid. The second series, introduced in 2014, shows King Willem-Alexander and bears the inscription "Willem-Alexander Koning der Nederlanden"
(King of the Netherlands).  The €1 and €2 coins:
First series: Queen Beatrix is shown with the inscription "Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden" (Queen of the Netherlands).
Second series: King Willem-Alexander is shown with the inscription "Willem-Alexander Koning der Nederlanden" (King of the Netherlands).
The mint marks appear on either side of the year of issuance.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Portugal

Three different euro designs were chosen from entries to a national competition. Designer Vítor Manuel Fernandes dos Santos, who drew his inspiration
from historical symbols and the seals of the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, won the competition with the following motifs: €1 and €2 coins:
the country's castles and coats of arms are set amid the European stars. This symbolises dialogue, the exchange of values and the dynamics of the building
of Europe. The centrepiece is the royal seal of 1144.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from San Marino

The Republic's official coat of arms features on the €1 coin.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Slovakia

The €1 and €2 coins depict a double cross on three hills, as featured in the national emblem of Slovakia.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Slovenia

This coin bears a portrait of Primož Trubar, author of the first book printed in Slovene.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Spain

Spain’s coins feature three designs with effigies of King Juan Carlos I, Miguel de Cervantes and the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
They were slightly redesigned in 2010 in order to comply with the common guidelines issued by the European Commission. The year, for instance,
is now inscribed on the inner part of the coin.  €1 and €2 coins: these show a portrait of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón y Borbón.

Bi-metallic 1 Euro from Vatican City

There are four series of Vatican City coins in circulation. All are valid.
The first series,showing Pope John Paul II, was issued between 2002 and 2005.
The second series, issued between June 2005 and March 2006, shows the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain, the acting head of state of the Vatican City,
superimposed on the emblem of the Apostolic Chamber in the centre of the coin. The upper part of this design is surrounded by the semicircular words
"SEDE VACANTE" and the year of issue in Roman numerals, i.e. "MMV". The designer's name, "D. LONGO", appears on the lower left-hand edge of the
central design, while the respective engraver's initials appear on the lower right-hand edge, namely "MAC inc" (on the 1 and 20 cent coins), "LDS inc"
(on the 2 and 50 cent coins), "ELF inc" (on the 5 cent and €1 coins) and "MCC inc" (on the 10 cent and €2 coins).
The third series, issued between April 2006 and December 2013, shows Pope Benedict XVI. To the left are the designer’s initials ("DL").
The fourth series, first issued in January 2014, shows Pope Francis.
The coins in each series feature the 12 stars of the European flag, the words "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO", the year of issuance and the mintmark "R".

6. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster

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Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club

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