Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #366


WBCC Newsmail 366, Volume 8, August 15, 2003 (amended)
Composed with help from members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC),
and and this week published by Jack Hepler (WBCC Development Center), USA, and send by Cliff Anderson (WBCC Public Relations), USA.


Dear WBCC Members and Non WBCC Members,

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

1.WBCC Newsmail Jack Hepler, WBCC Development Center

Martin is wrapping up his grand tour of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, and will return home on August 20th. Many thanks to Cliff Anderson for sending out the Newsmail to both WBCC and non-WBCC members.

2. Bimetallic British Euro Test Jack Hepler, USA

The following information was provided by Jose Luis Ramirez.

Look at this auction

The second edition of the British euro test maybe dated 2003. I think that this second edition will reduce the prices of the sets.

Note: This auction is for the coin order forms, NOT the coins.

3. WBCC Auction Rod Sell, Australia

Dear Members,

I am accepting lots for WBCC Auction 59 which will start on the 6th September.

The items listed can be seen at Auction 59

Please send you lots as soon as possible.


Rod Sell

4. Addendum to Louisiana Purchase piece -- Cliff Anderson

Two weeks ago you saw the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition cameo or inlay bimetallic piece in the new images for that week. I have since learned that the mintage on this item is only 150! And it can be ordered from Diane Plauche at The Historical New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-4662, fax 504-598-7108, or email her directly at Also see the Collection's website at

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

(Assisted by Otto Komornik and Meir Sapir.)
In 1998, gambling machines using Bi-metallic tokens or Jetons were used in game machines at the David Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. These machines had been installed in one of the passenger halls. The tokens are described as follows: Obverse Center Venus profile / Ring 15 stars VENUS Reverse Center H for Horton / Ring B.G. Airport Horton
diameter = 24.3 mm.
The machines have been removed from the Ben Gurion terminal and it is reported that they were sold along with a load of tokens to the Ukraine! Where is the Ben Gurion Airport located?
a. Amman
b. Jaffa
c. Lod
d. Ur
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 #365.

One of the most widely used and recognized transportation tokens is the New York City subway token. There are at least three major varieties of this token. One is the Archer Avenue Extension token, a very difficult token to obtain. The other two are nearly identical, but may be distinguished by a three letter combination on one of the types. What are the three letters?
a. AAE
b. NYC
c. GPS
d. SJD
Answer to Question #365 is "d"; SJD
If anyone knows what the letters represent, please let me know. Jack

Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #364: 9 players.

6. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#366) will be a Bi-metallic Ben Gurion Game Token. 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 Sega Game Token (WBCC Newsmail #364) is Meir Sapir (WBCC member #296).

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

The new Bi and Tri-metallic image shown at: New Images. Newly listed are:
*WBCC Encased 1997 Norway 1 Krone.
*WBCC Encased 1999 Portugal 10 Escudos.
*The Quiz 366 Prize
*Finland 2003 5 Euros.
*Russia 2003 10 roubles Pskov.
*Scans and information on the Model Penny reverse dies from Joaquim Sabino.
Images of 7 different known reverse dies with different horizontal bars in the 1.
*GB Model Penny. Rare variety with nose pointing to T.


8. WBCC Model Penny Rod Sell, Australia

Dear Members,

In the new images page You can see images of 5 different reverse dies used on the GB model pennies. Our member Joaquim Sabino has done a study on these model pennies and has identified 6 different reverse dies. The main difference is the number of horizontal bars in the number 1. The numbers identified are 27, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 34.

I am in the process of creating a Model Penny page which will try to identify every known obverse and reverse die used in the production of these model coin. It will be interesting to record the combinations used and to see if there is any sequence in the dies used.

If you know of any other reverse die varieties, please let us know.

I am convinced that the centre piece was produced first and then encased in the outer ring. I would assume as each die broke a new one was made, thus we should have 2 reverse dies with each obverse die as well as 2 obverse dies with each reverse. This is assuming their respective die lives were about the same. Perhaps there were more obverse dies as the portrait required a deeper image and thus could have a shorter die life.


Rod Sell

"See you" next week, Jack Hepler for
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 Webmaster & 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 ANA Focal Point: Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
WBCC Website
Bi-metallic Forum Page
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* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint) and Schuler Presses, Germany.


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