Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #395


WBCC Newsmail 395, Volume 9, March 06, 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. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have 2 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Xuxin, (WBCC member #330), China
Age: 22
Profession: College student
Hobby: Collect the world coins;sports(volleyball);want to be a outstanding coins'collector, World coins and tokens especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
How did i know the WBCC: From the web search and from MR LTSNM
Name: Izidor Dolenc (WBCC member #331), Slovenia
Age: 29
Profession: work organizer
Hobby:  World coins and tokens especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
How did I know about the WBCC: throw the web
2. Bi-metallic from Denis Buric, Croatia
Slovenia will issue the new Bi-metallic 500 Tolarjev coin on March 15.
3. Bi-metallic British trade Cliff Anderson, USA
Appearing in the new image section this week is an unusual British Bi-metallic trade token.  It is marked "One Shilling / F. Jary, Billingsgate". Its appearance is strange, since it is somewhat oval, though more as if two circular pieces were fused together. The brass outer piece surrounds a copper insert which is not circular, but somewhat "winged" in shape.
Billingsgate was an ancient fish market in a Thames-side building near London Bridge. This token apparently dates from around 1900. F. Jary must have been a fish monger there.
Billingsgate is described in a current travel guide as follows. "London's main fish market was based here for 900 years,  on one of the city's earliest quays. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, 400 tons of fish were sold here every day, much of it delivered by boat.  It was London's noisiest market,  renowned, even in  Shakespeare's day, for foul language. In 1982 the market  moved from this building  (1877)  to the Isle of Dogs [near Greenwich]."
This token also bears much smaller writing, "R. Neal, Maker, Percival St." evidently the manufacturer of the token.  This "R. Neal" also appears on the bimetallic two shilling tokens used in the Spitalfields markets. See page 7 of the Bi-metallic library pages for Great Britain.
Can any member add information about these odd bimetallic tokens?
4. Encased coin from Tom Passon, Netherlands
I could obtain an Austria Encased coin. It is an encased 1 Groschen 1929. The frontside text is: NIMM MICH MIT ICH BRING DIR GLüCK (Take me with you I bring you luck. The other side says: DEIN-TALISMAN-BIN-ICH-FüRWAHR-ICH-BRING-GLüCK-DURCHS-GANZE-JAHR (Your talisman I'm I bring your luck the whole year. If you take a look in the WBCC New Images section, ,you can see a scan.
5. Bi-metallics from Wladyslaw Gebczyk, Poland
I have for information new Polish tokens and medal:
Test Token - Polish Mint (three version)
Metal: Ring - CuNi25; Center - CuAl6Ni2
Color: Ring - White; Center - Yellow
Quality - UNC
Diameter: Ring - 24 mm; Center - 16 mm

Medal - King Kazimierz Wielki
Medal - bronze; Inlay - Silber
Diameter: medal - 70 mm; inlay - 44 mm
Year 1981
Mintage - 20 pcs.
For pictures see the WBCC New Images section:
6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The 1998 Commemorative Bi-metallic 200 Escudos of Portugal celebrates the International Year of the Oceans Expo. One interesting feature of the coin is the use of an Octopus and fish in the decorations. Many coins use olive leaves in the wreath design, this coin uses fish.  How many fish are included in the design?
a. 18.
b. 37.
c. 44.
d. 81.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website at

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #394.
Animals including mammals, birds, and reptiles are popular subjects for coin designs. In 1992 a bi-metallic coin was issued featuring the Naja Naja Oxiana or Central Asian Cobra. What country issued this coin?.
a. China
b. Russia
c. Sri Lanka
d. Thailand
Answer to Question #394 is "b"; Russia.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #393: 11 players.

7. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The special prize to be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#395) will be 10 Roubles 2002 Russia, Murom. This coin
was donated by Alexei Malykh. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner.
The winner of the Bi-metallic Prize, a Zimbabwe $5 (WBCC Newsmail #393) is Meir Sapir, (WBCC member #296).

8. WBCC Quiz Prize Jack Hepler, USA
Anyone wishing to support the WBCC by donating a Bi-metallic prize may do so by contacting Jack Hepler,

9. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Austria encased 1 groschen 1920
* Australia $5 Australian Rules Cup,  Silver with Gold plating
* GB 1 shilling F Jary, Billingsgate Token
10. WBCC Auction 65 open Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 65 is now opened. The 126 interesting lots listed can be seen at:
Please email your bids to me at
This auction will close at 11.30 pm on Saturday 13th March, Sydney time.
11. WBCC Auction Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
If you bid on any of our WBCC Auctions. You are expected to make contact
with the seller and complete your winning within two weeks. If you are not
available for a while, either don't bid or let the seller know.
Sellers please email me any buyers who have not accepted their winning and
they will be banned from future auctions until they have settled their
I have also noted in the auction page that there is a lot of mail theft and
suggest that all transactions be by registered mail. This may be more than
the item is worth, so keep the mail costs in mind when you bid. The
countries that definitely require Registered mail are, Russia, Italy and the
South American Countries.  There probably are some others.
Running this auction is a time consuming process for me. Please assist me
by placing your lots as soon as possible. If you wish to add extra lots
that is ok, as each member can submit 20 lots in each auction.  If you are
adding extra lots, please just send me the details of these lots, don't
resubmit them all in a different arrangement.
"See you" in 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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