Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #453

WBCC Newsmail 453 Volume 10, April 16, 2005

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 really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail.

1. The WBCC in the news (1) Pete Morelewicz, USA
I received the April 2005 issue of the American Numismatic Association's Numismatist magazine, and the WBCC is mentioned on page 22. A portion of author Michael E. Marotta's piece reads:
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club's (WBCC) website provides a rich array of  resources on these interesting pieces.
2. The WBCC in the news (2) Cliff Anderson, WBCC Public Relations
Here's the Numismatist's text, in one of several paragraphs in an article "New Information Blooms Online" by Michael E. Marotta.
Since ancient times, countries have experimented with bimetallic coinage. In the early days of the American republic, the Mint tried producing copper coins with a silver plug.  In 2000 it issued Bi-metallic $10 gold and silver commemorative coins to honor the Library of Congress. Modern 1- and 2-euro coins also are Bi-metallic.  In fact, more than 100 nations have issued Bi-metallic (and Tr-imetallic) money. The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club's (WBCC) website provdes a rich array of resources on these interesting pieces.
 The the article goes on to say:
One of the leading lights of the WBCC is Paul Baker, who has a passion for African tokens. Visit to learn about money substitutes in Sourh Africa, Nigeria, Syechelles, Comoros and other exotic lands.
3. Bi-metallic (Niobium and Fine Gold) from Sierra Walter Giuliani, Italy
Last Saturday I received the orderform from PobJoy Mint about a new Bi-metallic coin from Sierra Leone
Republic of Sierra Leone 'Pope John Paul II' 2005 75 Dollar Coin
His Holiness John Paul II Commemorative Coin. Thousands congregated in St. Peter’s Square praying for Pope John Paul II in his final hours and wept upon hearing the news that he had passed away. To honour one of the greatest and most popular Popes of all times Sierra Leone has issued this attractive commemorative coin. The youngest Pope of the 20th Century at the age of 58, and the first non-Italian Pope for nearly 500 years, he helped to breach the gap between Christianity, Judaism and Islam and his support for freedom in Poland helped to achieve the collapse of Communist Dictatorship throughout Europe. This beautiful coin is crafted to perfection and is available in limited issue Proof Bi-metallic Purple Niobium and 24 Carat Gold, Proof Sterling Silver and Inc. Cupro Nickel.
Sierra Leone Bi-metallic Niobium & Proof Fine 999.9 Gold 'Pope John Paul II' 2005 Coin £251.06

4. Bi-metallic 1 Lira from Turkey almost the same as the 2 Euro! Martin Peeters, Netherlands
In an earlier WBCC Newsmail, we reported that the Thailand Bi-metallic 10 Bath is the same in shape, coloring, weight, diameter and thickness as the 2 Euro pieces and can be used in vendor machines.
Now it is known that the new Bi-metallic 1 Lira of Turkey is almost the same in shape, coloring, weight, diameter and thickness as the 2 Euro pieces.
The Bi-metallic 2 Euro:
Diameter (mm): 25.75
Thickness (mm): 2.2
Weight (g): 8.5
Colour (Ring/Centre): yellow/white
Composition (Ring/Centre): Cu75Ni25/Cu75NiZn20*Ni05-Plated
The new Bi-metallic 1 Lira (according the Turkeys Mint pages (
Diameter (mm): 26.15
Thickness (mm): 1.96
Weight (g): 8.5
Colour (Ring/Centre): yellow/white
Composition (Ring/Centre): Cu65Ni18Zn17/Cu79Ni4Zn17
It seems the Bi-metallic 1 Lira also can be used in Europe's vendor machines.
1 Turkish New Lira = 0.57 Euro
5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
San Marino issued newly designed Bi-metallic 500 Lire coins beginning in 1982. In 1990, 1600 years of San Marino history were commemorated. What was included in the design of this coin? 
a.  Birds.
b.  Lions.
c.  Fish.
d.  Horses.
Please send your answer to:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #452:
Two lions appear in the design of this Bi-metallic coin that was issued for circulation in 1987. The lions appear to be reaching for a crown in the design. There is a five-pointed star and a sunrise in the design. The same design appears on coins issued in 1995 and 2002. Which country issued this coin? 
a.  Algeria.
b.  Monaco.
c.  Morocco.
d.  Syria.
Answer to Question #452 is Morocco.

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. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 14 players in game #451 and the winner was Bertie van Haag (Member #261).
7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
*  Vatican 2005 set

"See you" next week, Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors

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
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The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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