Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #421


WBCC Newsmail 421, Volume 9, September 4, 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 hope you enjoy reading the WBCC
Newsmail this week.

1. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Jaime Flamenbaum (WBCC member #349), Canada
E-mail: Available at the WBCC Focal Point
Age: 53
Profession: Bioethicist
Hobby: Canadian circulating Bi-metallic coin (Can$2.00), including proofs, tokens, essays, errors and varieties
How did I know about the WBCC: web search
2. The WBCC needs your Rod Sell, WBCC Webpages provider
I need your help with the WBCC Image Library.
Bi-metallics have grown to such a large number, that it is impossible for me to adequately maintain the Image Library. Currently the new images for the past 2 years are in the new images pages and thus difficult to find.
Can you assist in maintaining the images for one or more Countries. I will link your site in the Image Library page.

Jose Ramirez created a wonderful page for the modern Fantasy Euros at

If members could create a page for one or more Countries in a similar manner, the Image Library and information would be much more informative and better illustrated.

I will continue to maintain the new images page.  However the images will also be added to the image library page. Images will then only stay in the new images page for 2 weeks.

3. Bi-metallic from Michael Ayrapetov, USA
Yesterday night I see in TV in Portuguese channal (African Reporter) new Bi-metallic coin of Mozambique with Coat of Arms on one side and annimal on another side. This side Looks like Bimetallic $5 coin of Zimbabwe. If sombody know something about new Bimatallic coin of Mozambique, please send information to WBCC Newsmail.
4. South African encased Paul Baker, UK
You just never know what might turn up at a coin fair, especially when it comes to tokens and coin-like pieces. There were a few nice surprises I found recently at a relatively small coin fair ( was nothing like the size of ANA's World's Fair of Money). The most interesting find was a foreign encased piece. It is an encased G.B. 1939 Farthing with a South African company's named on it.
Look at the "Standard Catalog of World Coins" and you will see that the mintages for South African farthings for 1939 and earlier were relatively low. British Farthings (and other coins) will still have been in use there, as well as South Africa coins (I am not quite sure of the extent of this for this particular time). The South African government only took over the mint in 1941, it had previously been a branch mint of the British Royal Mint. It was around this time that mintages of South African 1/4d (Farthing) and 1/2d (Halfpenny) coins increased quite significantly. This goes some way to explain the use of a British coin for an otherwise South African encased piece.
Looking at the ring of the piece... Around the obverse of the Farthing there is, on a horseshoe, "KEEP ME AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK" (with "KEEP ME" and "GOOD LUCK" in big letters and at the top "AND YOU WILL" in small letter above "HAVE" also in small letters.) and a four leaf clover (good luck symbol) below the king's portrait. Nicely arranged around the reverse of the Farthing is "COMPLIMENTS OF   THE AMERCIAN SWISS WATCH COMPANY  25 PARLIAMENT STREET  CAPE TOWN".
So is there a Parliament Street in Cape Town, South Africa ? That was the first thing I checked when I got the piece home - the answer is yes. I also found something out about "The Amercian Swiss Watch Company". The page...
detailed that the company is now just called American Swiss....
American Swiss traces its history back to humble beginnings in 1896 when a Russian immigrant, Isaiah Hirschsohn, arrived in Cape Town with two suitcases. One was full of American watches, the other Swiss. Somewhat fittingly, he named his company The American Swiss Watch Company. These days we're American Swiss - the leading South African contemporary jewellery retailer, offering stylish merchandise for aspirational individuals in 183 stores nationwide.
The piece is 39mm in diameter, that's a few millimetres in less than my "Hooper Struves" and "Chelsea Hotel" encased Farthings. The piece is also a little thinner than those two types.
5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The most recently reported country to produce and release a Bi-metallic coin is South Africa. It has issued the Five Rand. Included in the design of this coin is the image of which animal?
a. Lion.
b. Wildebeest.
c. Springbok.
d. Zebra.
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 #420.
The Bi-metallic Euro of Finland shows a bird in flight.  According to my reference the bird has the official name of Anatidae Cygnus. What species of bird is shown on this coin?
a. Condor.
b. Eagle.
c. Capercaille.
d. Swan.
Answer to Question #420 is "d"; Swan. 
Summary of Quiz Game Question #419: 7 players.

6. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#421). If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random  drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of a Thai Bi-metallic coin Prize (WBCC Newsmail #419) is Javier Oraindi (WBCC member #280).

7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
New listed are:
* Encased GB farthing The American Swiss Watch Co. Cape Town
* Euro pierced
* Saxony Notgeld 1921
* Turkey 3 2004 medals with common reverse
8. WBCC Auction 69 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am accepting lots for WBCC Auction 69. Auction 69 will open on the 2nd October, so you  have 4 weeks to list your lots. I need them at least 1 day before the auction stars. The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email your lots to me at
It closes at 11.00 PM, Sat 9th October 2004 Sydney Time, which is early morning in the USA and late morning in Europe.

"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 was sponsored at the Basel World Money Fair 2004, , by:
Schuler Presses, Germany, and
The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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