Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #430


WBCC Newsmail 430, Volume 9, November 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 hope you enjoy reading the WBCC
Newsmail this week.

1. Bi-metallic from Pobjoy Manuel Diez Gonzalez, Spain
Today I have received catalogue of Pobjoy Mint. There is 2 new Bi-metallic pieces listed:
* Isle of Man 2 Pound 2004,  "Tower Peel Castle"
* Isle of Man 1/2 Crown  2004,  "Bicentenary of Palladium"
 --Remark WBCC Focal Point: The image of the coin design for the 1/2 Crown actually says "1/2 CROWNS" but that would not be correct. Older pieces of Isle of Man say "1/2 CROWN
2. Bi-metallic Europ from Norway and Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
Finally I have obtained these coins:
* 5 Europ from Norway, the coin was minted in a blank similar to the swiss 5 Europ from the Pope Visit to Swizertland.
* Euro Test set from Armenia, the 1 and 2 Euro coins are Bi-metallic.
3. Bi-metallic test (fantasy) by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
INA have issued a new euro test set from Dutch Antilles
4. Bi-metallic from Sierra Antonio da Silva, Brazil
New Bi-metallic coin 500 Leone from Sierra Leone. Informations and images from Bank of Sierra Leone's website:
Your Excellency The President, the denominational structure of the value of coins has also been studied and reviewed by the Bank, consistent with the emerging public and business demand for coins.  In the past, coins have been restricted to the Le50 and Le100 for transaction purposes.
The issuing of the new Le500 denomination coins is the most efficient and cost effective method of meeting the requirement of the public in their transactions demand for money. It performs the useful function of store of value.  Nonetheless the Le500 coin and the Le500 banknote will continue to circulate side by side as legal tender until such a time when the Le500 banknote will be gradually withdrawn from circulation.
The new ten-sided bi-colour Le500 coin was also minted by one of the world’s leading minters. The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom represented by Mr. Tony Rogers. The new ten-sided bi-colour Le500 coin is the 11th in the family of currency coins put into circulation by the Bank of Sierra Leone.  We have retained almost all of the designs as that in the Le500 banknote.  The new Le500 coin continues to bear the distinguished portrait of the former Kissy King “Kai Londo” with the inscription “Kai Londo 1845-1896 above and five hundred leones below the portrait.
The reverse of the design continues to carry the portrait of State House with the inscription “Republic of Sierra Leone” above and “Unity, Freedom Justice” below the design.
Remark WBCC Focal Point: Some of the information above has already been mentioned in WBCC Newsmail 419. These new Bi-metallic is still not to be found with dealers or collectors known to the WBCC.
5. Bi-metallics found at the Beijing international coin Liu Jian, PRC
I visited Beijing international coin show during Oct 28-31 and here are some news about Bi-metallic coins.
a. North Korean First Bi-metallic coin
I found the first Bi-metallic coin issued by North Korea at their central bank booth. It's a large 38mm crown size proof coin, central was made of silver (20g .999) and outer circle was made of brass. face value is 7 won, issue date 2004 commemorate a Gymnasium? Low mintage of 500 pcs and I found 1 piece only!
b. Bi-metallic Mint medal from Japan 2004 Prof set
In the Japan 2004 proof mint set, I found a interesting mint medal (flower-shaped bi-metallic), depicts a monkey (2004 is the year of monkey in Chinese lunar calendar)
c. Gold/silver Bi-metallic medal for the 100th anniversary of Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping's Birthday
This medal contain 23.35g pure gold (central) and 33.35g silver (outer circle). each medal was inlaid 100 pcs diamonds. Mintage 1999 pcs.
6. Bi-metallic medal from Tom Passon, Netherlands
I saw in the auction catalog XVI 26 en 27 november lot number 2340 of  Astearte S.a, C.P. 6463, CH-6901 Lugano, Switzerland a Bi-metallic medal from Vatican:
Here is the discription:
Innocenzo XI, Benedetto Odescaldi di Como (1676-1689), Placchetta unifacie in bronzo e bronzo dorato. Secolo XIX (Ae 90,96 mm) INNOCEN XI PONT MAX Busto a destra con triregno e piniale; sotto la troncatura del busto, piccola aquila (?). Sul bordo, decori inrilievo. La medaglia è fissata al centro di una placchetta di bronzo con decori in rilievo a boccioli di rosa intercalari a mergherite. Con anello di sospensione a decori di rami d'alloro. Non reperita nella bibliografia da noi consultata. Splendida fusione ottocentesca, CHF 300/€ 197.
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Tom Passon is senior editor of the Dutch magazine "Muntkoerier", they have also a webside:
7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A 1993 Bi-metallic 50 Roubles of Russia includes the image of an Ardeidae.  Which of the following is the common name?
a. Bear.
b. Gecko.
c. Grouse
d. Egret.
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 #429. The Bi-metallic Euro of which country includes the image of an owl?
a. Austria.
b. Greece.
c. Luxembourg.
d. Spain.
Answer to Question #429 is "b"; Greece

8. 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. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 6 players in game #428 and the winner was Michael Ayrapetov (Member #8). 
9. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Serra Leone 2004 500 Leones
* Japan 2004 Medal in mint set
* China 2004 Medal Deng Xiao Ping's Birthday Centenary
* North Korea 2004 7 won
* Vatican medal of Innocense XI 
* Armenia Euro fantasy pattern 
* Norway 5 Euro fantasy pattern 
* Isle of Man 2P Peel Castle and 1/2 crown paladium
* Falkland 2004 2 Pounds.
* Russia 2004 gold and silver medal
10. 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
See you next week
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club


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