WBCC Newsmail 447 Volume
10, March 5, 2005
Composed with help from
members of the
Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC),
published by: Martin
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. WBCC Images Library...by Rod Sell, WBCC webpages provider
I wish to thank those members who offered to assist with the WBCC Image Library.
I hope that within about 6 months the image library will be split up amongst
many members with each looking after a portion that is related to their country
The image library is well out of date and really needs an overhaul, so as
to better list the items and in many cases, provide a better scan of the
I believe it is a very useful tool for our members and hope it can be reorganised.
2. Bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar from Libya...by Wolfgang Schuster,
The first Libyan Bi-metallic coin has recently shown up in eBay-Europe (
) and eBay-USA ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3961023512
). I have a few specimens of this scarce new issue from1372PD (=2004) available
for WBCC-members for swap or sale. If interested please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Bi-metallic Euros from Luxembourg 2005..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
In 2002 till 2004 the Luxembourg coins were produced by The Dutch Mint. That
means that there are the Dutch mintmarks and Mintmastermarks on the coins.
The 2005 coins however are produced in Finland by the Finish Mint. That means
that there is a little difference between the former coins and the
coins of 2005. The coins of 2005 of Finland itself are the first euro's of
2005 that were issued for circulation in 2005.
4. Bi-metallic from a WBCC members..by Kyle Mutcher, Canada
"Four Corners Coin and Currency Hand-made Bimetal Token"
Some history first, I've enjoyed collecting coins since 1980 and with bimetals
becomming a part of my collecting interests in 1987. I have since also branched
out into ancient coins and world banknotes. In 2003 I started to explore
making tokens the way the Romans made their coins, by hand. Later in 2003
I opened a small coin shop in Winnipeg Manitoba called "Four Corners Coin
and Currency". I began to make the pieces as tokens that I would use in my
shop for advertising and be exchangable for merchandise. Soon after making
my first few denarii sized silver pieces and some copper pieces I knew I
needed to try to make a bimetallic piece. I was able to do it but it took
a lot of work and there was a lot of waste material generated. I also needed
to find better materials to make coins from. It was fun but too much waste
and hard work to get one piece. Since then I've worked away at finding a
better way, building and buying better tools, and learning new methods to
make these ancient styled pieces. Now I can make the silver and bimetal coins
much more efficiently and have a more consistant product. While I did use
electric tools to cut and drill the bimetal blanks, the dies were engraved
free hand, and the blanks were struck with a 10 pound sledge hammer in a
small press that my father and I made. The centers of the blanks are loose
until they are struck between the dies and this is when the center is fastened
into the copper ring. Up til now I have not had any centers come loose after
the striking of the token. This piece features "Four Corners Coin and Currency"
around the figure of Atlas holding up the world and on the reverse it features
a mounted soldier with a spear fighting a foot soldier with a sword. The
Denomination is $8 and is exchangable for merchandise in my shop in that
If any members are interested in purchasing a token I have them available
for E7.75, £5.30 or US$10.00 and that includes postage (C$9.50 postage
included in Canada). Please notify me by e-mail if you are interested at
email@example.com. Customized pieces can be made to order for any event or
group, coin clubs, re-enactment societies, advertising tokens, gaming tokens,
or fantasy pieces, email for more info.
5. Bi-metallic fantasy Euros in Ebay...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have seen in Ebay a new euro test set from Madeira Island (Portugal)
6. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2005 of Canada available.......by Kyle Mutcher,
I have available uncirculated 2005 Canadian $2 coins for E2.00 / US$2.50
each plus E1.50 / US$2.00 postage.
I also have available the 2005 $8 2 coin set commemorating the Chinese labour
in the completion of the trans Canada railway E80.00 / US$ 105. Postage will
be quoted depending on delivery location. Send questions, requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Bi-metallic Euros listed........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
There is a catalog were (Bi-metallic) Euros are listed:
8. Visiting a coinshow..........by Kyle Mutcher, Canada
I will be attending the Edmonton Numismatic Society's spring Show in Edmonton
Alberta on March 19th and 20th, any WBCC member attending please feel free
to come see me at the Four Corners Coin and Currency booth set up near
the entrance of the show. I will be demonstrating striking tokens by hand.
I will be making some Bimetallic pieces during the show and will have some
for sale there.
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #447...by Jack Hepler, USA
The European bison (Bison bonasus), also called the wisent, and zubr, once
roamed the great temperate, deciduous forest that stretched from the British
Isles, through most of Europe and into Siberia. After nearly becoming extinct
the bison today consists of about 1,000 animals, with 69% free ranging in
Poland, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Romania, and Ukraine. Which country features
the bison on a 1994 Bi-metallic coin?
Please send your answer to me: email@example.com
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website; http://www.wbcc-online.com
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #446:
Which of the following countries features a stylized Falcon in the design
of a Bi-metallic coin?
a. The Gambia.
Answer to Question #446 is Zimbabwe. Some sources identify this
bird as looking like a pigeon.
10. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by 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 seven players
in game #445 and the winner was Keith Beaumont (WBCC member #190).
11. WBCC Auction 72 accepting items......by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction
I am now accepting lots for Auction 72 which will open in April.
The lots listed so far can be seen at: http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction72.html
Please email me with any lots you wish to list. There is a maximum of 20
lots per member. My email is Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
"See you" next week, Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic
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
& Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
Centre: Paul Baker,
Centre: Jack Hepler,
Focal Point: Ray Lockwood,
Point: Martin Peeters,
The WBCC is sponsored at the Basel
World Money Fair 2005,
Schuler Presses, Germany, http://www.schulergroup.com
The Portuguese Mint (INCM), http://www.incm.pt