Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #432


WBCC Newsmail 432, Volume 9, November 20, 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: Cecil Starcher (WBCC member #355), USA
Age: 59
Profession: Hospitably Executive
Hobby: Numismatics, Encased Coins and Silver Strike
Goal: Retirement 32 months
Against: Nothing
Learned of WBCC on the web years ago don't remember exactly how.
2. WBCC member's page Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have updated my webpage about Euro Fantasy Coins:
* Images and data from Ukraine set
* Image of a new 1 Euro coin from UK.
* Data about the new sets from Martinica, Belarus an Netherland Antilles.
* Image of a new 1 Euro coin from Denmark, made with silver.
* Image about new Poland version set dated 2004.
3. Bi-metallic off-centre 2 Frans Woons, Canada
Last week I was able to buy on eBay a 1998 off-centre Canadian $ 2 coin.  It was the first off-centre “toony” with this date I had seen!  First of all it seems that the Royal Canadian Mint fixed most of the problems causing off-centre coins in 1996 and secondly the mintage of 1998 $ 2 coins is much smaller than that of 1996 coins (5,309,000 vs. 375,483,000).  This comparison is not quite fair as some of the 1996 coins were struck on pre-fabricated German planchets.  These planchets have a core that is already fixed to the ring before the coin is struck thus never giving rise to an off-centre coin. (I have in my collection also a 1999 and a 2002 off-centre toony).
The coin shows a tiny crescent-shaped gap (visible against a bright light) between the ring and centre; extending, on the obverse, from the R in REGINA to the 8 in 1998.  (From the C in CANADA to the first L in DOLLAR on the reverse).  The upper halves of the letters ZABETH are not struck.  This is the first time I see this phenomenon on an off-centre toony
4. Bi-metallic test token  Frans Woons, Canada
In 1996 the Royal Canadian Mint offered for sale to the public Bi-metallic test tokens for about $ 50 a piece.  These tokens have the same specifications as the bi-metallic $ 2 coins, commonly known as “toonies”.  Now the RCM is offering the same test token plus five other test tokens plus a 25 cents coin (seven pieces in all) for Cdn. $ 49.95... A maximum of 10,000 of these sets will be produced.  The Royal Canadian Mint sells directly only to collectors in Canada and the USA...
5. Bi-metallic from Benjamin Muñiz Garcia, Spain
The below picture showes a Bi-metallic coin struck by the Cuba Mint (Casa de la Moneda de Cuba) in 1999, commemorating the 40th anniversary of designation of Ernesto Che Guevara as Minister of the Cuban National Bank. Denomination: 5 Pesos convertibles. Obverse: portrait of "Minister Che". Reverse: National coat of arms. This coin is part of the Convertible monitary system and has been released recently into circulation. The dollar currency is being withdraw from circulation and replaced by the Peso convertible known as "el chavito".
 --Remark WBCC Focal Point: A related story you can read at:
6. Bi-metallic Fantasy Euros in Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I saw New euro fantasy test coins with 1 and 2 Bi-metallic euros  in Ebay.
* Isle of Man
Folder with eight coins, mintage 10.000.
Box with nine coins, mintage 5.000
* Georgia
Folder with eight coins, mintage 7.000
* Vatican City
Box with nine coins, mintage 4.000
About this set, the seller says that the coins are piedfort, I think that the Bi-metallic coins are listed in my webpage. The reverse of these coins show a bridge.
7. Bi-metallic from fantasy Martin Peeters, Netherlands
I received a message about a fantasy Bi-metallic from Kamberra Island (also fantasy). You can read more about it:
First Bi-metallic coin in Kamberra!
At the beginning of 2005, a beautiful bimetallic coin of 1 Numisma with the effigy of King Franck I will be issued. Its edition for 2004 will be only 1000 coins for the world ! The coin has a diameter of 26,75mm (a little larger than a coin of 2 Euro) and a thickness of 1,75mm. Its heart is in white metal and its crown, in special pink metal (Niclal 725). This coin in very limited edition is right now on sale by subscription at the price of 11,50 Euro or 15 U.S. Dollars including handling and shipping costs for the world. The orders accompanied by the payment in cash or money orders (only for an order of more than 5 coins) are to be addressed from now on to:
F. Medina
5, Place Winston Churchill
L- 4056 Esch/Alzette
Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
For more information write to:
These informations will be available on from December 1st 2004.
It is also planned to issue a set of 7 kamberian coins (including a commemorative 2 Numismas coin and a silver 20 Numismas coin) in the future...
Special price for dealers or clubs is : US$ 13,50 each coin. Handling and shipping for the USA is US$ 4,50 (For an order until 10 coins). Then, for 5 coins, price with shipping will be : US$ 72,-. Price for 10 coins will be : US$ 139,50 (We say US$ 139,-). For an order of 50 coins, price for each coin is US$ 9,80 and shipping is US$ 10,-
With our best regards,
Kamberian online department
8. Bi-metallic unidentified Michael Ayrapetov, USA
My friend have one unidentified bimetallic token. Obverse of token has a crown at the top, 5oo in the center and Royal Lucre at the bottom. The reverse of the token has a large block "E" in the center. The ring of token is aluminum, the center is brass. The size of token is about the size of US half dollar. Who can say something about this token, please Email me:

9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
Lithuania issued Bi-metallic Two and Five Litai coins in 1998-2000. These are beautiful coins with the image of a horse and rider dressed in battle armor. Is the horse shown on this coin a stallion (male) or mare (female)?
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of these coins may be seen on the WBCC Website at:
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #431.
In 2000, Jamaica issued a Twenty Dollar Bi-metallic coin which includes the image of a reptile found in America and in China. What is the name of this reptile?
a. Alligator.
b. Gecko.
c. Lizard.
d. Salamander
Answer to Question #431 is "a"; Alligator Note: Some have identified this reptile as a crocodile. Some images of this animal appear like a croc, some like an alligator. I accepted both answers. Some also questioned the habitat of the alligator as being in China.  Usually one thinks of crocodiles in China but my reference says there are also alligators in China. I don't make pets of either.

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. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 12 players in game #430 and the winner was Meir Sapir (WBCC member #296).
11. WBCC Auction 70 accepting lots Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
You have 2 weeks to list your lots for Auction 70.
The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Auction 70 starts on the 4th December and closes at 11 PM on the 11th  December.
Please email your lots to me at:

 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
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WBCC Webmaster & Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
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WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
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