WBCC Newsmail 272, Volume 6, October 27, 2001
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,
I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. New WBCC members......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have 2 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Terry Hopkins (WBCC member #224), USA
E-mail: Terry Hopkins
Hobby: Coins of the World, type collection of bi- and tri-metallic
coins and tokens.
Goal: First issued coin from each country in the world
How did I know about the WBCC: World Coin News
Name: Zdravko Bosnjak (WBCC member #225), Croatia
E-mail: Zdravko Bosnjak
Profession: Mechanical Engiener
Hobby: World coins including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: World coins 19,20,21 century by type
Against: Too expencive coins
How did I know about the WBCC: From Pavel's (Frouz) favorit links
2. Bi-metallic 2 Pound 2001 Marconi...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Below a press release from the British Royal Mint which I read on:
Bridging the Atlantic - Special £2 coin to mark the first transatlantic
wireless transmission goes into circulation -
A legal tender £2 coin, with a special reverse design, to commemorate the
100th anniversary of the first transatlantic wireless transmission, will be
introduced into general circulation from this week (beginning Monday 15
Millions of these £2 coins will be issued through post offices and banks
over the coming weeks, in accordance with demand.
The special £2 coin has been produced by the Royal Mint to commemorate one
of the greatest technological advances of modern times - the first
international radio transmission across the Atlantic, from Cornwall to
Newfoundland, by Guglielmo Marconi. The coin symbolises the tremendous
impact this initial signal has had on communication in the hundred years
The £2 coin is also unusual in that, for the first time in the Royal Mint´s
history, the design was subject to public consultation, with more than
13,000 members of the public making their views known on three short-listed
designs. The winning designer was Robert Evans, a leading Welsh artist who
is also a senior engraver at the Royal Mint. The coin is bi-colour (white
centre and yellow outer ring) and the design mirrors the first radio
signal - radio waves can be seen both in the centre and in the outer ring,
while a spark of electricity linking the zeros of the date represents the
generation of the signal.
Mr Roger Holmes, Deputy Master (Chief Executive) of the Royal Mint, said:
Commemorative coins are only issued to mark particularly important
occasions or anniversaries and this new coin is no exception. The first
transatlantic radio signal - instrumental in the creation of the modern
communications systems we have at our fingertips today - altered our lives
In addition to the circulating coins from banks and post offices, a special
commemorative version of the Marconi coin can be purchased from the Royal
Mint. This comes in a beautiful presentation pack priced £6.95 and is also
available in silver and gold versions priced £28.50 and £295 respectively.
To order the coin, or other gifts and mementoes, please contact the Royal
Mint on 01443 623456 or visit the web site at www.royalmint.com.
3. Bi-metallic medal from the Netherlands....by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
The Dutch company 'Bolegbo v.o.k.' issued a very limited Dutch Mint set for
their business relations and employees. This set contains all coins of 2001
and a Bi-metallic medal. The set is not for sale but is offered by a dealer
for about 175 guilders! Only a few of the seperate Bi-metallic medals were
available. These were made as extra. An image of this medal will be soon on
the WBCC Website.
4. Bi-metallic pieces from Roman times.....by Cliff Anderson, USA
Dr. Hubert Lanz operates a first class numismatic firm in Munich, Germany.
On 20 November 2000, Lanz held an auction of a large number of Roman
imperial coins and medallions, from the collection of Leo Benz. In
preparation for that auction, Lanz published a photographic catalog. (See
his great website www.numislanz.com, where all of his catalogs are online.)
Thanks to Dr. Lanz in granting permission, the images (look at:
New Releases) of Bi-metallic
pieces are excerpted from that catalog, and are accompanied with some
descriptive information. All of them depict Roman emperors and/or their
family members. The dates shown are those relating to the Bi-metallic pieces
* Item 81, Caracalla, 196-197 AD; bronze and brass medallion, showing young
Caracalla in armor. The seam between the inner and outer pieces can be seen
mostly outside the circular lettering, except on the obverse left. The
catalog´s suggested price was 5000 DMs, and it sold for 4600 DMs.
* Item 82, Caracalla, 213 AD; bimetallic Sestertius, showing Caracalla at an
older age. The seam between the inner and outer pieces can be seen through
the circular lettering and at the back of the beautifully detailed chariot.
The catalog´s suggested price was 25000 DMs, and it sold for 20000 DMs.
* Item 134, Elagabalus, 219 AD; bimetallic medallion. This black and white
photo shows the seam outside the circular lettering. The catalog´s
suggested price was 900 DMs, and it sold for 2000 DMs.
* Item 185, Severus Alexander and Julia Mamaea, 231 AD; bronze and brass
medallion, showing the dual facing portraits of the emperor and his mother
(?). The seam is best seen on the reverse side. The catalog´s suggested
price was 30000 DMs, and it sold for 50000 DMs, which surely acknowledged
this piece´s gorgeous detail.
* Item 192, Julia Mamaea, 228 AD; bronze and brass medallion, showing the
emperor´s mother alone. The seam is clear on both sides of the piece. The
catalog´s suggested price was 12000 DMs, and it sold for 13000 DMs.
* Item 243, Gordianus III, 241 AD; bronze and brass medallion, showing the
emperor holding a lance and figures in a chariot, including Mars. The seam
is best seen inside the circular lettering on the reverse side. The catalog
´s suggested price was 20000 DMs, and it sold for 18500 DMs.
* Item 262, Philippus, 244 AD; bronze and brass medallion, showing the
emperor and legionnaires. The seam is best seen outside the circular
lettering on both sides, and the coloring of the two different metals is
best shown on this piece. The catalog´s suggested price was 10000 DMs, and
it sold for 8500 DMs.
* Item 276, Octacilia Severa, 247-249 AD; bronze and brass medallion,
showing the Emperor Philippus´s wife. The seam is matched and hidden by the
inner of two circular rims in the medallion´s design. The catalog´s
suggested price was 5000 DMs, but it was apparently not sold in the auction.
In doing a bit of encyclopedia research on these pieces, I noticed that
without exception, that every one of the emperors shown were murdered by
their successors except Philippus who died in battle. Caracalla was rumored
to have killed his father Emperor Septimus Severus, and his brother (in
front of his mother nice guy), but then was murdered in 217AD by his
successor Macrinus (no Bi-metallic for Macrinus). Elagabalus takes the
throne in 218AD after Macrinus is slain trying to kill him, but he was
murdered in 222 by his successor Severus Alexander. But Severus is slain in
233 by his successor Maximinus Thrax (no bimetallic for Max). Gordianus III
was slain by Philippus in 244, but Philippus died in battle on 249.
Now how relevant is all that murder and that to Bi-metallics? Could the
Bi-metallics have been struck as attempts at propaganda?
Larry Friemel´s marvelous and comprehensive website
"All That Is Bi-metallic" (see
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/9540/Medevial.html) cites some
other Roman Bi-metallic pieces of emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Commodus,
Volusian, and Gordian III. None of these are including in this Lanz
catalog. But one of Larry´s citations is to a piece depicting "SEVERUS
ALEXANDER with his mother JULIA MAMAEA on the obverse. The reverse shows th
e Emperor holding a globe and roll seated left on a curule chair. Victory
crowns him from behind, Felicitas and another divinity stand before him."
This description seems to fit item 185 above, except for the curule chair.
On October 19, WBCC member Michael Ayrapetov (thanks Michael!) forwarded an
article from Jocelyn M. C. Toynbee work Roman Medallions (American
Numismatic Society, New York 1986). On page 18 of that book, in a chapter
on the classification of Roman medallions, Toynbee lists all the Roman
bi-metallic medallions known to her as follows. The numbers next to the
Roman imperial figure apparently indicate the number of different
Bi-metallic medallions for that figure. I am marking with an asterisk (*)
those in her list which are illustrated in Lanz´s 20 November 2000 auction
- Antoninus Pius 1
- Marcus Aurelius 3
- Lucius Verus 1
- Lucilla 1
- Commodus 142
- Albinus 1
- Julia Domna 6
* Caracalla 1
(item 81 or 82 in Lanz´s catalog. This indicates
that Lanz´s catalog shows at least one other
bimetallic medallion than was known to Toynbee)
- Geta 1
- Macrinus 1
- Diadumenianus 1
* Elagabalus 5
(item 134 in Lanz´s catalog)
Alexander Severus 24
* Alexander Severus and Julia Mamaea 16
(item 185 in Lanz´s catalog)
* Julia Mamaea 7
(item 192 in Lanz´s catalog)
- Maximunus 7
- Maximinus and Maximus 4
- Pupienus 1
* Gordian III 79
(item 243 in Lanz´s catalog)
* Philip I 11
(item 262 in Lanz´s catalog)
- Philip I and Philip II 3
- Philip I, Otacilia and Philip II 21
- Philip II 9
*Philip II and Otacilia 1
(possibly item 276 in Lanz´s catalog, but the
bimetallic piece pictured is only of Otacilia alone,
not with Philip II; thus this may be another
variation not known to Toynbee)
- Trajan Decius and Etruscilla 1
- Etruscilla 3
- Hostilianus 2
- Trebonianus Gallus 8
- Trebonianus Gallus and Volusianus - 6
- Volusianus 4
- Valerian 5
- Valerian and Gallienus 5
- Gallienus 9
- Gallienus and Salonina 1
- Gallienus and Saloninus 3
- Salonina 4
- Saloninus 1
- Postumus 5
- Claudius Gothicus 1
- Tacitus 3
- Probus 11
- Carus and Carinus 1
- Numerianus 3
- Magnia Urbica 4
- Doicletian 6
- Diocletian and Maximian - 2
- Maximian 3
5. The WBCC Auction 35 is open...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 34 is closing very soon. The latest bids can be seen at
Auction 35 is now open at
Items listed are:
* WBCC Encased 2000 New Zealand 5 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2001D USA 1 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2001P USA 1 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2000 Mexico 20 Cent Reserve $2.00
* WBCC Encased 2000 Poland 5 Groszy Reserve $2.00
* Australia 1998 $5 Royal Flying Doctor $5.00
* Australia 2000 $5 Phar Lap $4.00
* NZ 1994 UNC set with Bi-metallic 50 Cent Reserve $15.00
* Australia 1991 Royal Australian Mint Test Tokens X 2. Reserve $5.00
* Croatia. 25 Kuna 1997. Reserve $5.50
* Croatia. 25 Kuna 1998. Reserve $5.50
Please E-mail me, Rod Sell any items you have for Auction 36.
6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #272...by Jack Hepler, USA
The national emblem of Mexico is an eagle holding a snake in its beak
standing on a nopal cactus plant. This emblem appears in various forms
on the obverse of almost all Mexican coins since 1823. The emblem is
based on an Aztec legend that described the place where the Aztecs had to
settle as they migrated from the north. This emblem appears on
Bi-metallic coins of Mexico. In what year did Mexico introduce
Bi-metallic coinage for general circulation?
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler. Next week you can
read the correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #271.
The Australian Mint issued a Bi-metallic coin in 1996 honoring Sir Donald
Bradman. In which sport was Sir Donald so honored?
Answer to Question #271 is "a", Cricket. See item in Newsmail #258.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #270; 50% correct. Four players.
Somewhere in past WBCC Newsmails, TWOB or Website, you will find the
answers to most future Quiz Game Questions.
7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Munz-Pragstatt Munchen gold plated 5 German Mark pieces (1982) with silver
* Token issued by: Eurautomat (Electonic Games Manufacturing) of
8. Coin World article...............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Copyright 2001 by Amos Press Inc., reprinted by permission from the October
29, 2001, issue of Coin World www.coinworld.com
Tri-color coin salutes three millenniums
The Gibraltar Government and the Pobjoy Mint have issued a tri-color coin
celebrating the three millenniums of the Common Era.
The brilliant Proof 1-ounce silver coin features a silver center ring that
is illustrated, on its reverse, with a Celtic cross representing the
millennium ranging from 1-1000. The second ring is gold-plated, and it
features various forms of discovery - a Viking ship, a microscope, an
observatory telescope and a space probe. This ring represents the millennium
ranging from 1001 to 2000. The coin's outer ring bears a pearl black finish.
It reads 21st CENTURY, 1 CROWN. Stars, planets and comets adorn the outer
The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II.
The Pobjoy Mint will strike 2,001 tri-color coins. The tri-color coin weighs
31.1 grams and has a 38.6-millimeter diameter. It is priced at $85.
Uncirculated copper-nickel coins, with an unlimited mintage, are also
"See you" next week,
available. The copper-nickel versions have the same diameter as the
tri-color coins, but weigh 28.28 grams. The copper-nickel coins are priced
To order, contact Pobjoy Mint USA, P.O. Box 109, Rosemount, MN 55068.
Telephone (877) 476-2569, fax (651) 322-5527 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Web site at www.pobjoy.com.
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
WBCC Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction 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 Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
All That Is Bi-metallic website
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC is officially sponsored for the Basel World Money Fair by:
* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint)
and Schuler Presses, Germany.