Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #297


WBCC Newsmail 297, Volume 7, April 20, 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,

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: Kavan Ratnatunga (WBCC member #256), Sri Lanka
Age: 49
Profession: Astronomer
Hobby: Coins that circulated in Sri Lanka including Bi-metallics
Goal: To complete website on lankan coins at
How did know about the WBCC: Via website

Name: Ton van den Heuvel (WBCC member #257), Netherlands
Age: 42
Hobby: Circulation coins of the 20th century, including Bi-metallics coins
Goal: Complete my collection
Against: Bad traders
How did know about the WBCC: from your website

2. Bi-metallic World Trade Center Commemorative ... by Cliff Anderson, USA

The images appearing this week in the WBCC Webpage are the obverse and reverse of a Bi-metallic commemorative medal featuring the World Trade Center. Marked "Remember 09.11.2001", the two WTC towers are shown as they appeared before the terrorist attack. The enamelled eagle and US flag appear with "God Bless America". The silver center is ringed by 24 karat gold, and the rim is circled with 50 stars for the 50 states. The medal's mintage was about 300 and was struck by the International Mint in Italy. See the Mint's website at: This medal came from Fabio Guerrieri (WBCC member #19). Look at his tremendous website at:

3. Bi-metallic Project of Mexican Coinage ... by Luis Wulschner, Mexico

In a private conversation with a high Mexico City Mint official, I was told there is a project to strike a new series of bi-metallic commemorative coins. This new series will be comprised of 32 different designs and all the coins will have a face value of 100 Pesos. The characteristics will be exactly the same as those of the coins of 50 Pesos that circulated from 1993 to 1995, including the silver center (whereby Mexico will again be the only country that will have silver in its circulating coinage). All of these coins will have the national coat-of-arms on the obverse (like all Mexican coins), and on the reverse each coin will bear the coat-of-arms of each state or province that make up the Mexican Republic, which are 31 plus the Federal District or Capital of the Country (the place from where the three powers emanate). This project is in Congress, and if it is approved, by the year 2003 we will probably have 32 new designs of bi-metallic coinage in Mexico !! The project provides for this series to be struck both in gold and silver.

4. Bi-metallics from Hong Kong ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

If you take a look in:, one can read about 5 Bi-metallics dated 2002 from Hong Kong.

--Quote Bats, Fish, Horses, Flowers on 2002 Hong Kong Coins These are among the most beautiful coins we have ever seen! And the packaging is equally impressive! There are 5 bimetallic coins, with precious metal content of 35.22 gm. of 925 silver and 075 copper with 24kt gold-plated inner core. The designs are based on five traditional Chinese blessings: “May your wishes come true,” “May every year bring a surplus,” “Speedy success,” “Flowers bloom for prosperity,” and “May your stock turn over like a spinning wheel.” ...

A bauhinia flower is depicted on the reverse of each coin. In addition, a 7.8 gm. pure (9999 fine) gold medal is included in the set, featuring a ring of bats, representing “Five blessings coming to one’s door.” The coins and medal are all gem proof quality. Rare, only 60,000 sets have been produced by the Royal Canadian Mint for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Comes with serial numbered certificate of authenticity (in English and Chinese). $ 399.00 --Unquote

5. Tri-metallic 250 Shilling 2000 Somalia ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

If you take a look in:, one can read about a Tri-metallic 250 Shilling 2000 from Somalia:

--Quote The Very Latest Coins...
The Queen Mother on the Obverse of New Tri-Metallic 250 Shillings Such is the popularity of our Queen Mother, that her birthdays have been commemorated on the coins of many countries, and on numerous occasions since 1980. Somalia is not alone in having produced commemorative coins for the Queen Mother's Centenary year, 2000.

Two Versions
The Queen Mother crown is available in two versions, one a 25 shillings denomination in cupro-nickel with plain edge, the other a 250 shillings tri-metallic coin in with a milled edge.

Bi-Metallic Coins
Modern Bi-metallic coins seem to have started in Italy in 1982, although a small number of bi-metallic coins were produced in ancient times. They were introduced as a security feature mainly for higher values coins, to deter counterfeiting. Bi-metallic coins have now been adopted by a growing number of countries. Although most are made in two different, and differently coloured metals, some of the collector's versions are made from one metal, but with one or both parts plated with gold or silver before striking.

Manufacturing Technique
Two different blanks are produced, the larger one which will form the outer ring then has a hole punched from it. Both blanks are then fed into the coining press, usually automatically, so that they are loosely assembled before striking. The force of striking by the upper and lower dies is sufficient to force the inner blank to expand very tightly into the outer disc, so that the two parts are permanently bonded together.

Tri-Metallic Coins
The principle of tri-metallic or three part coins is similar to that of bi-metallic ones, except that there are obviously three parts instead of two. Each of the outer two parts are in the form of an anulus or ring with a hole punched from them. As with the bi-metallic coins, some of these are not strictly made of three different metals. The Somali coins for example are made of three brass parts, two of which are gold plated, and the centre piece is silver plated.

6. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro For Free ... by Christos Apostolidis, Greece

Refering to WBCC Newsflash 53, March 11, 2002 about the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro for free, I can report now that they will be send to 25 WBCC members the next week.

-- Remark, WBCC Focal Point, please notice: The WBCC is only an intermediaire in publishing this. --

7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #297 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

When she was born April 12, 1926, her father was a Duke. Some of her fans celebrate her birthday in June; some celebrate in May. Her husband was born in Greece and they have four children. Her favorite dog is a corgi. She is featured on a Bi-metallic coin. What is her name?
a. Alexandra
b. Bernice
c. Caroline
d. Grace
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #296.
Teuta, Queen of the Illyrians is featured on the Bi-metallic coin of which country?
a. Italy
b. France
c. Albania
d. Ukraine
Answer to Question #296 is "c" Albania.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #295: 100.00 % correct, seven players.

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

The new Bi-metallic images shown at: New Images
New listed are:
* Switzerland 5 Franken "Escalade" 2002 ESSAI
* US World Trade Centre medal

9. WBCC Auction 43 ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

I am now accepting lots for auction 43 which opens with the WBCC Newsmail on the 4th May. Items listed so far can be seen at: Auction 43. Please consider listing you spares. Please email me,Rod Sell the details. The more items we have listed the better the auction.

"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
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
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
WBCC 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.

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