Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #386


WBCC Newsmail 386, Volume 9, January 3, 2004

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 Newsmail
1. Bi-metallic 40 Shilling from Paul Baker, UK
Currently at page.
News of 3 types for Kenya - the base metal version is 40 Shillings Bi-metallic and a bit bigger than the 20 Shillings.
Kibaki Portrait On Three New Coins
The Nation (Nairobi)
December 11, 2003
Posted to the web December 11, 2003
David Mugonyi, Nairobi
A new Sh40 coin bearing a portrait of President Kibaki was launched yesterday - contradicting the President's election pledge to keep his image and his name off the currency, public buildings and roads.
The Sh40 coin and Sh200 note go into circulation from today and both are dated December 12, 2003.
Specimens of the higher currencies will be sold to a few "selected individuals" as souvenirs to mark Kenya's 40th anniversary of Independence. The appearance of President Kibaki's portrait on the coins surprised supporters and political opponents alike.
The Sh40 is slightly larger than the current Sh20 and has a yellow outer ring and a silver inner, unlike the Sh20 coin which has a silver outer and yellow inner. The Sh40 coin is 27.5 millimetres in diameter and its outer yellow ring is made of an alloy containing 5.5 per cent copper, while the silver coloured centre contains 75 per cent copper and 25 per cent nickel. It weighs 11 grammes and the head bears Mr Kibaki's portrait and the inscription: Third President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. MP. On its tail the coin carries the Coat of Arms with the inscription: Commemorating 40 years of independence 1963-2003.
2. Bi-metallic euro coins dated Frans Dubois, Netherlands
The new year is only two days old and the first 1 and 2 Bi-metallic euro's dated 2004 are in circulation. The first Bi-metallic Euro's of the new year are from Luxembourg, minted by The Dutch Mint. The Dutch euro coins are anounced and will be available soon and also the Irish 2004 set will be available soon.
3. Bi-metallic error from Russia and Massimiliano Aiello, Italy
If take a look in the WBCC New Images section ( you can find a scan of s a 5 Roubles 1991 "Mountain Goat" dated 1991.
Also a Chile 500 Pesos coin dated 2003
4. Bi-metallics in Ebay (1) Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
Look at this auction you can see another design of a test Euro from Andorra dated 2004
5. Bi-metallics in Ebay (2)......... by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain
Look at this auction you can see another design of a test Euro from Switserland
6. Bi-metallic Medal from Cliff Anderson, USA

The Hungarian Bi-metallic medal shown in this week's new images (see is a very unusual Bi-metallic.

The piece commemorates the 1953 upset of England by Hungary's national
"golden" soccer team at Wembley Stadium.  Thus, the obverse shows the date
November 25, 1953, and the score Hungary 6, England 3.  The names of the
players are shown on the reverse, who were known as "the boys with the
golden feet".

The golden proof-like piece measures 40-41mm.  What makes it bimetallic is
the insertion of a silver plated soccer ball in the center, that is
moveable.  So this non-traditional piece does fit the bimetallic definition
of being ringed.

In addition to the Hungarian Mint itself, this piece is available through
The Coin & Currency Institute, Inc., P. O. Box 1057, Clifton, NY 07014.
They can be reached toll free at 866 471-1441, and is priced at $45,000.
The C&C Institute also handles coin issues from several other European
mints, so I'm glad to be on its mailing list.

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

A snake is incorporated in the design of Bi-metallic coins of at least three countries. In two of those countries; Russia and Thailand, the snake is associated with what profession?
a. Law.
b. Education.
c. Biology.
d. Medicine.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of these coins may be seen on the WBCC Website at

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #385
Two countries have honored the importance of rice on a Bi-metallic coin. One of these countries is Thailand. Which other country shows a rice plant?
a. People's Republic of China.
b. Republic of China, Taiwan.
c. Philippines.
d. Cambodia.
Answer to Question #385 is "b"; Republic of China, Taiwan
Summary of Quiz Game Question #384: 17 players.

8. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA

The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#386) will be a Bi-metallic 10 Pesos of Mexico. 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 Peso of Argentina (WBCC Newsmail #384) is Michael Ayrapetov (WBCC member #118)

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

The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
New listed are:
* Chile 500 Peso error
* Hungary Soccer Medal

10. WBCC Auction 63 open Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 63 is now opened. The 127 lots listed can be seen at.
Please email your bids to me at
This auction wil close on the 10th January at 11.30 PM Sydney time, which is
early morning in the USA and late morning in europe
11. TWOB-46 was send January Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
TWOB-46 (The World of Bi-metallics catalog issue nummer 46) was send out January 1st 2004. TWOB is the most updated catalog of Bi- and Tri-metallic coins, medal and tokens worldwide. If you have missed it, lease let me know ( and I will send you copy (as an attached Excel file).
12. My Bi- and Tri-metallic Fred de Schrevel, Netherlands
Since December 28th 2003 the Dutch coinsite has been updated again. You will find a special button for all available Bi- and Tri-metallic coins and tokens. This button has been made on special request of some WBCC members. Webmaster Fred De Schrevel (Member #283) invites you to visit his bi/tri metallic part of this site

"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 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
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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