Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #405


WBCC Newsmail 405, Volume 9, May 15, 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 a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name:  Slawomir Klimczak (WBCC member #339),  Poland
Age: 33
Profession: Education, Academic Teacher
Hobby: World coins and tokens especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics

2. Bi-metallic from Michael Ayrapetov, USA
On May 3, 2004 National Bank of Slovakia issued new Bimetallic Palladium/Gold 10,000 Sk (Slovak koruny) coin commemorating the Entry of the Slovak Republic to the European Union.Diameter of Palladium ring is 40 mm. Diameter of Gold center is 23 mm.Shape: pentagon. Weight: 24,8828 g. Edge: smooth. Mintage: 7,200 Proof. Designer of obverse: Stefan Novotny. Designer of reverse: Jan Cernaj. The URL of site:

3. Bi-metallic from Czech Michael Ayrapetov, USA
On April 28, 2004 Czech National Bank issued Bi-metallic Silver/Gold 2,500 Kc (czech Korun) coin "The accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union". Diameter of coin is 40 mm, Weight is 31 g (Silver ring: 23,328 g; Gold center: 7,776 g). Author: Zbynek Fojtu. The picture of the coin can be seen at Website of Czech National Bank (in Czech language). The URL is:

4. Bi-metallic from Michael Ayrapetov, USA
On May 12, 2004 National Bank of Ukraine issued new Bi-metallic 5 Hryven coin "50 Years of Ukraine in UNESCO". Metallic content is the same as "Bandura" Bimetallic coin. Diameter is 28 mm. Weight is 9.4 g. Mintage is 50,000. Author: Svyatoslav Ivanenko. URL of Site of National Bank of Ukraine without picture (in Ukrainian language):

5. Bi-metallic Euros from  Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
Saw in Ebay: Is incredible, Euro test from Serbia. The coins are similar to Malta set.

6. Bi-metallic in Frans Woons, Canada
Last week Gatewest in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, offered for sale on eBay an interesting bi-metallic medal.  The medal measures 1.25 inches (31.75 mm) in diameter. The ring is 99.9 % silver and weighs 9.09 g.  The centre is 99.99 % gold and weighs 3.11 g (1/10 ounce). The medal was struck (Gatewest says the medal was cast but I doubt that) on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Homestake Mining Company. The medal reads on one side: 125 YEARS OF MINING HOMESTAKE 1876-2001 FINE SILVER – 999.  On the centre it reads: 1/10 oz. Fine Gold – 999.9. The other side reads UNITED STATES OF AMERICA · CANADA · ARGENTINA · AUSTRALIA · CHILE · .The Homestake Mining Co. operates (mainly) gold mines in these countries.

7. Bi-metallic error from Frans Woons, Canada
Recently a number of interesting Bi-metallic error coins appeared on eBay.  This 1996 $ 2 coin is two errors in one, I believe.  First of all the hole in the ring is off-centre.  This can be seen by the large amount of “white” metal near 1996 on the obverse and the large amount of “white” metal near the word DOLLARS on the reverse.  Secondly the plug was not perfectly in the hole when the coin was struck.  This because the plug is no longer a perfect circle.  I believe the plug was partially under the ring when the coin was struck.  This can be seen by, what I call, the “moon-shaped piece of yellow” on the ring (near the maple leaf on the obverse).  (In Canadian mint presses the obverse die is the bottom die)
8. Bi-metallic error from Frans Woons, Canada
This Columbian error coin, also recently offered for sale on eBay, exhibits an Bi-metallic off-centre hole in the ring.  In this case the plug was completely in the hole when the coin was struck as the plug is still perfectly circular.

9. Bi-metallic error from Frans Woons, Canada
This Bi-metallic error coin, recently offered for sale on eBay, was struck between two dies of which one had rotated about 90°.

10. Bi-metallic Euro patterns from Tom Passson, Netherlands
You see a scan of the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Fethiye Europatterns of Turkey. The 1 Euro showes the portrait of Suleiman the Great (1464-1566) and the 2 Euro dipicts Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1923), founder of mondern Turkey
  --Remark: Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre: Produced by Turkish Euro Foundation in association with INA Ltd.
11. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The animal species Equus Caballus, is domesticated and has been used for work and transportation for over 5000 years. Which country has incorporated the image of the Equus Caballus in the design of a Bi-metallic coin?
a. Chile.
b. Dominican Republic.
c. Iran.
d. Algeria.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #404.
The Caesalpiniaceae are mostly tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs comprising about 150 genera and 2,200 species. Caesalpinia can be found on all continents. Which of the following issued a Bi-metallic coin showing one Caesalpinia species; the Bauhinia x blakeana, sometimes called
an orchid tree?
a. Hong Kong.
b. Iran.
c. Cape Verde Islands.
d. Ghana. 
Answer to Question #404 is "a"; Hong Kong.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #403: 14 players.

12. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic Argentine One Peso, 1995C (French Mint) will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#405). 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 (WBCC Newsmail #403) is Ron LaSpisa, (WBCC member #235, USA).
13. WBCC Auction 67 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 67 will open on the 3rd July.  I am accepting lots now.
The lots listed so far can be seen at.
Please email your lot to me at
The auction closes at 11.30 pm on the 10th July Sydney time , which is early
morning in the USA and late morning in Europe

"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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