Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #428


WBCC Newsmail 428, Volume 9, October 23, 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. The WBCC and sponsorship (1) Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Great news ! This week I recieved a message from Schuler, Germany. They sponsor the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club to attent the World Money Fair in Basel from February 11-14th, 2005.
Since 1984, Schuler ( has delivered nearly 60 Bi-metallic presses to more than 20 countries all over the world.
Based on the vertical coining press, the Schuler Ringmaster is equipped with Bi-metallic processing and separating tools and offers the widest range of application and a high level of capacity. The press may be used for minting of round, multi-sided, and Bi-metallic coins, for joining, piercing and for recycling of used Bi-metallic coins by separating rings and centers. The Schuler Ringmaster can produce rings with any desired rim contour and/or edge lettering for Bi-metallic coins.
2. The WBCC and sponsorship (2) Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
Again great news ! This week I recieved a message from the Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, E.P. (The Portugal Mint, ). They sponsor the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club to attent the World Money Fair in Basel from February 11-14th, 2005.

3. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2004 from Michael Doran, USA
I received a brochure from the Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office on the new 2004 Vatican Bi-metallic 2 Euro commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Vatican City State. The following is from the brochure.
Pontificate of H.H. John Paul II Celebrate issue for the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican City State
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of Vatican City State, the Philatelic and Numismatic Office is issuing a 2 Euro coin. On the reverse side it bears a stylized plan of Vatican City in which St. Peter's Basilica and Square are clearly visible. The citadel we see today was born within fortifications designed to defend the tomb of St. Peter, with the Basilica standing above it and its boundaries defined by the Leonine walls and Bernini's colonnade. UNESCO has declared it part of the "artistic hertiage of humanity". A favourite destination for pilgrims and tourists, Vatican City State, which is located in the city of Rome, came into being on February 11, 1929, with the so-called "Lateran Pacts" between the Holy See and Italy that led to the creation of a new geo-political entity, Vatican City State, place under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Holy See.  This city is the capital of the greatest "kingdom" in the world, a spritial kingdom to which millions of Catholics spread over all the continents belong by right.
Number of coins: 1
Nominal value: 2 Euros
Version: B.U.
Diameter: 25.75mm
Weight: 8.50gr
Sculptor: Guido Veroi
Engraver:  Luciana De Simoni
Mintage: 85,000 coins
Mint: IPZS (Italy)
Price of the series: 11 Euros
If anyone is interested, you may contact the Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office at

4. Bi-metallic medal from Cliff Anderson, USA
New in this week's new images is an unusual bimetallic medal commemorating 275 years of the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Mint.
The obverse features Peter the Great's portrait, as the founder of the Mint, inset into the scalloped shaped silver central piece.  Above Peter are six exemplar Russian historical coins.  Below Peter is a raised diagramatic map of the Peter and Pavel Fortress, the Mint's compound.  And note the small round hologram of "275".  The reverse shows the Mint's courtyard.
This was produced in 1999, and is 1.6" (40 mm) in diaameter, and weighs 40 grams.
So this is a proof bimetallic, with an inset plug of the portrait, shows coins, and has a hologram. Quite fascinating.
5. Bi-metallic medal in Christmas-set from the Royal Dutch Frans Dubois, Netherlands
In last Newsmail, no 427, there was an article about a special Dutch 2004 euro BU set made for Christmas 2004. Today I received a message about 4 more Christmas BU sets.
These sets are also each limited till 1500 sets and are from Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland and Portugal.
The sets contain the euro's of these countries but the bimetallic medal in all sets is the same as in the Dutch set. Price is also 29 euro for each set, all sets together cost 140 euro. Info at info at
6. Bi-metallic from Liu Jian, China
Please see picture of new 1 Oz silver proof Panda coin (gold plated) issued today commemorating the 2004 Beijing International Coins and Stamps Expo. (Oct. 28-31 in Beijing)
7. Bi-metallic so-called "bread-tokens" Frans Dubois, Netherlands
This week I visited a token and medal collector who showed me some very old (18th century) bread tokens. These Bi-metallic tokens were used for help to the very poor. In change for such tokens they could get some bread from the church or an other human organisation.
8. Bi-metallic Euro Fantasy Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
This week I can obtained the Bi-metallic Euro test coins from Cape Verde and Bulgaria (INA set).
This weekend I will update my webpage ( about this type of coins.
I have obtained the 2 pounds from Gibraltar dated 2004, if you want the images please say to me.
I send to you the images from the test coins.
Remember that Cape Verde is an african country, I don't understand the reason of this tests.

9.  The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Bi-metallic Five Bolivianos of Bolivia includes the image of which of the following plants?
a. Guacari Tree.
b. Bauhinia.
c. Arbol de Pan.
d. Cacao.
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 #427.
The French Bi-metallic one and two Euro incorporate a design titled, "The Tree". What is the name of the artist who created this engraving?
a. Joaquin Jimenez.
b. Fabienne Courtiade.
c. Laurent Jorio.
d. Hubert Lariviere.
Answer to Question #427 is "a"; Joaquin Jimenez.

10. 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 (#428). If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner in quiz game 426 was Jo van Tilborg.  There were 13 players.
11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Vatican 2004 2Euro
* China 2004 10 yuan* Bi-metallic Bread tokens
* Bulgaria, Fantasy Euros
* Cape Verde, Fantasy Euros
* USA, Penny Press Mint Medal
* Russia,  St. Peterburg Mint 275th Anniversary Medal
12. WBCC Auction 70 accepting lots Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I am accepting lots for WBCC Auction 70. The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email your lots to me at
13. My Bi-metallic Fred De Schrevel, Netherlands
Today I finished the update of my site (at last). I hope you will enjoy reading the list. There is a special page for Bi-metallics.

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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