Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #354


WBCC Newsmail 354, Volume 8, May 24, 2003 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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,

Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC

1. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: John Zwikstra (WBCC member #301), Canada
E-mail: (No Longer available online)
Age: 54
Profession: Capital City Savings and Credit Union Limited, Manager,
Hobby: Collecting Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens and a great many of them are now issued in Bi-Metallic
Goal: To collect one of every one made
How did I know about the WBCC: Canadian Coin News

2. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar from Kyle Mutcher, Canada

Canada is changing the portrait of the queen to be more current looking (probably to match the UK design) this year so it is possible that there will be two types of Bi-metallic $2 coins. There is no word if they will be released for circulation or just in the mint proof-like sets. When visiting the mint the boutique in Winnipeg the staff said that no official announcement has been made and they would not be able to make any comment at this time.

3. Bi-metallic 5 Euro from Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Mint of Finland has issued on 16.05.2003 a new commemorative bimetallic base metal € 5 coin to celebrate the staging of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland in 2003.

Designed by Pertti Mäkinen, this beautiful bimetallic (Nk / Ng) coin measures 35 mm in diameter and weighs 20.2 grams. The mintage limit was 150,000 coins. Every Finnish family could order only one piece. For this reason, the coin was sold out and everybody says that it will become a very rare item to collect.

4. Bi-metallic 5$ 2003 from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria

The years before had in the hologram under the year the latent BCCS for Board of Commissioners Currency of Singapore. The new Bi-metallic 5$ 2003 has MAS for Monetary Authority of Singapore From 2003, MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has become the new money issuing authority. In the past it was called the Board of Commissioners Currency of Singapore (BCCS). So the latent image is changed from BCCS logo to MAS logo on the Bi-metallic $5 coin.

The uncirculated coin set consists of 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1 denominations and a Bi-metallic scallop-edged $5 coin which features a latent image of the year-date ‘2003’ and the MAS logo for the first time --Unquote Look also into : this page.

5. Bi-metallic Inlay from Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Royal Australian Mint has issued a special $ 5 Proof coin to comemorate the 2003 Rugby World Cup, that it will be played in Australia for the first time.
The reverse of this coin has the centre selectively gold plated and it represents the William Webb Ellis Cup, the prize for the winning team.
The metal of this nice coin is Silver (999%), with the centre of the reverse 24K gold plated.
The weight is 1 troy ounce and the diameter is mm. 40
The mintage is only 20,000 pieces worldwide and the cost is AUD$ 76.41

6. Tri-metallic of Roman Fabio Maggiore, Italy

On April's issue of "Panorama Numismatico", an Italian coin magazine, I found an article about a Tri-metallic medallion issued by the Roman Emperor Commodo. This medallion's type, struck in 187 AD, was already known but all other pieces were bi-metallic not tri-metallic.
Here is the description:
Outer ring: oricalc (brass)
obv. inner ring: silver
rev. inner ring: bronze
weight: 44.2 gr
Obv: portrait of Emperor Commodo - M COMMODUS ANONINUS PIUS FEL AUG BRIT Rev: "Earth" seated left - TELLUS STABIL // COS V PP
The medallion is very worn, but the author of the article Mr. Lorenzo Bellesia, believes it to be genuine, although another scolar, Mr. Rodolfo Martini, resposible for the Milan numismatic collection, does not agree. If genuine, this could be the very first Tri-metallic medal in history! Pictures can be seen at: New Images section.

7. Bi-metallic Farthing and Halfpennies... by Rod Sell, Australia

A very interesting item. Last week I obtained a Glendenings 1977 catalogue, as the items listed covered the tin pieces I have been researching. These coins were collected by Dr John Sharp the Archbishop of York. He lived 1645 to 1714.

There were the Bi-metallic tin farthings and Bi-metallic halfpennies that I have been researching, but one other item caught my eye. Lot 134 a farthing of the Cromwell era. It is listed as a brass piece with copper centre, so it is a Bi-metallic. It is illustrated but only in black and white, which doesn't show the bi-metallic difference. I have finally gotten around to scanning my Rose Farthings and I have created a page for the different die varieties. It can be seen at: Rose Farthing.

8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

Henry the Strong was the founder of the house of "The Babenberger" and the first ruler of the country which is now Austria. He was the son of Luitpold, Duke of Bavaria and he separated the provice of Ostmark (East-March) which his son then named Ostarrichi . The name Ostarrichi, was first documented in 996. Ostarrichi, because of the 2nd german phonetic shift in the 14 century, became Osterreich. When Hitler occupied Osterreich, the renamed it Ostmark. Henry was honored on a Bimetallic coin of Austria in 1996. By which name is he featured on this coin?
a. Heinrich Bucek.
b. Luitpold von Bayern.
c. Henry Babenberger.
d. Heinrich I.
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler. Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #353. Juscelino Kubitschek was honored on a recently issued Bi-metallic coin. What country issued the coin?
a. Argentina.
b. Brazil.
c. Chile.
d. Poland.
Answer to Question #353. Brazil, answer "b".
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #352: 55.56% correct, nine players.

9. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#354) will be Italian 500 Lire 1993 AND 1000 Lire 1994. If more than one member gets the question right, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of the Bi-metallic Australia $5 Sundra Straits (WBCC Newsmail #352) is Jorge Cunha (WBCC member #173). Correction; Claudio Revello WBCC member #207) was the winner of the Kubitschek coin.

10. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi and Tri-metallic image shown at: New Images section.
New listed are:
* Australia 2003, $5 Rugby World Cup gold plated on silver
* Gibraltar 2003, 1 Crown "Golden Jubilee Coronation". Silver black/Ag*Au/Ag
* Finland 2003, Ice Hockey Championship 5 Euro
* Tri-metallic medallion issued by the Roman Emperor, struck in 187 AD
* Israel 10 Shekel 2002
* Slovakia 1988 Mint Medal
* GB Farthing of Cromwell period 1649-1660, lot 134 Gendining Oct 1977 sale
* Hong Kong encased 1982 20cent with scalloped edge
* USA 2003 encased State Quarters

11. WBCC Auction 56 Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

You have 2 weeks to list lots for Auction 56. The lots listed so far can be seen at: Auction 55. Please email your lots to me now: Rod Sell.

"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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