Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #409


WBCC Newsmail 409, Volume 9, June 12, 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. The WBCC at 'The Day Of The Mint' Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Today, saterday, June 12, 2004 the WBCC will attend the Day Of The Mint at the Royal Dutch Mint with an own booth. The Day Of The Mint is a big event organized by the Royal Dutch Mint and most of the Dutch collectors will visit this one day event. Besides that many dealer from several countries will be present too.
Frans Dubois, Jean Verleg and myself would like to meet you at the Royal Dutch Mint and visit the WBCC booth.

2. WBCC at the ANA Martin Peeters, Netherlands
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) will be present with their own booth at the ANA's World's Fair of Money® in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA held from August 18-22, 2004. If you want to more about the ANA, please contact the WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
Ray arranged a WBCC meeting and it is scheduled for Friday, August 20, 10 A.M. in Room 323 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

3. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Walt Zelechowski (WBCCmember #342), USA
Age: 60
Profession: Quality Manager
Hobby: World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: To Retire at age 62

4. My new E-mail Liu Jian, P.R. China
Please read my new E-mail address Liu Jian (WBCC member #86), P.R. China,

5. Bi-metallic test token from Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
In Ebay I saw a Bi-metallic coin is a test for the coins of 100 escudos (dated 1989), has the same diameter and weight of the old portugese currency.

6. Bi-metallic from Stanislav Bulawski, Poland
The Polish Mint issued new coin Bi-metallic 10 zlotych - XXVIIIth Olympic Games - Athens 2004. Metal 925/1000 Ag Gold-plated, Proof, diameter 32 mm, weight 14.14 gr, mintage 80,000 pieces

7. Bi-metallic medal from Vatican Cliff Anderson, USA
This week's new images show a Bi-metallic medal struck in 1877 by the Vatican honoring Pope Pius IX "Pontefice Massimo", brass center and copper ring. The wording "50th DAL GIUBILEO EPISCOPALE DI PIO IX" seems to commemorate the Pope's 50th anniversary as bishop.
Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti was born 1792 and after being cured of epilepsy, was ordained a priest in 1819.  Pope Leo XII created him archbishop in 1827, which proves the point of the medal's commemorating his 50 years in that position.  As Cardinal Mastai-Ferretti, he was elevated to Pope in 1846 in a controversial election between conservatives and a more liberal group of cardinals.  And as Pope, Pius IX proceeded to carry out liberalizing reforms which led to intrigues and political consequences.  In 1870, the Vatican Council which he called into session, issued the dogma of papal infallibility.  Upon his death in that office in 1878, he had held the office longer than any of his predecessors in the papacy.  Thus, he may well have enjoyed knowing that his image being circulated on this commemorative piece.
See his history detailed in
This piece may be one of a series of similar bimetallic medals, another of which shows Pope Leo XIII on the obverse but notes on the reverse the date 8 Dec., 1854, when Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin.
8. Bi-metallic Model from Frans Woons, Canada
I saw in Ebay a Model PENNEY:
According WBCC Newsmail 121, item 5 or WBCC Newsmail 200, item 8 only 2 till 5 pieces excists.
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
Bi-metallic coins were issued in 1994 showing the image of a Calahandra do Ilheu Raso bird. The outer ring was multi-sided and two versions; red and yellow, were released. Which country issued these beautiful coins?
a. Algeria.
b. Austria.
c. Bolivia.
d. Cape Verde.
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 #408.
A Bi-metallic 10 Rouble of Russia, issued in 1992 shows the image of a Kazarka. Which of the following best describes this design?
a. An evergreen tree.
b. A furry beast.
c. Fins and scales.
d. A fine feathered friend.
Answer to Question #408 is "d"; A fine feathered friend.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #407: 10 players.

10. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic Argentine One Peso, 2001 Urquiza will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#409). 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 #407) is Denis Buric, (WBCC member #312).

11. 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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