Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #470

WBCC Newsmail 470 Volume 10, August 13, 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 hope you find this week's WBCC Newsmail informative and interesting.

1. New WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new WBCC members. Let me introduce him to you:
Name:  Bob Wojcikowski (WBCC member #379), USA
Age: 52
Profession: Letter Carrier (Postman), U.S. Navy Retired
Hobby: Bi- andTri-metallic World Coins and Tokens
Goal:  Collect what I can and learn more about them
How did I know about the WBCC: Google Search
Name:Xiao wu Chu (WBCC member #380), China PR
Age: 26
Profession: export and import
Goal: collect world coins especially bi-metallic coins
How did I know about the WBCC: by searching on the internet

2. Bi-metallic 2 Euro Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have finished the webpage about Bi-metallic 2 Euro commemorative coins.
If you see some mistake please tell me:
* English version
* Spanish version
3. Bi-metallic from Michael Ayrapetov, USA
Croatian National Bank issued new Bi-metallic coin 25 Kuna 2005, Croatia as a candidate to the European Union. This Bi-metallic coin is in circulation since August 4, 2005. The page is on Croatian language with image of obverse and reverse (12 stars). There is no a special URL for this page of National Bank of Croatia.
-- Remark WBCC Focal Point: WBCC Wolfgang Mehlhausen did send a picture
4. Bi-metallic Chernobyl Cliff Anderson, USA
In his WBCC Newsmail 246, on April 28, 2001, Martin Peeters noted that Coincraft (in London) had included in its periodic coin brochure ("The Phoenix") a Bi-metallic item for sale. It was a medal dated 1991, commemorating the Chernobyl nuclear disaster five years earlier in 1986.
On April 26, 1986, Chernobyl's reactor #4 exploded and caught fire, contaminating vast areas of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, all parts of the Soviet Union at the time, and spewed a radioactive cloud over much of Europe. For more on this tremendous disaster and its long term effect on the world at large, see
This Bi-metallic medallion piece was issued by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. As part of UNESCO’s response to the Chernobyl disaster, these medals were made for sale to help raise funds for relief of the disaster’s victims. The medallion was apparently created by the world famous Pierre Cardin, who transferred all the distribution rights and profit to UNESCO. Cardin’s signature can be seen below the Indian Ocean on the piece’s reverse.
The silver colored outer ring’s obverse is worded "Priority: The Environment" in 6 languages, and in the same 6 languages, "Never Again" on the reverse. The golden colored inner core shows the eastern and western hemispheres beautifully engraved, with Chernobyl located in Russia.
Efforts to research this piece did not determine the mintage of this item.The black and white image from Coincraft’s brochure is here compared with the actual piece in its color scan.
5. Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2005 from Kari Hurskainen, Finland
Finland 5 Euro 2005, Atlethic Championship
Mintage 17.500 pieces
6. Another G.B. Paul Baker, UK
The other week at a coin fair I got another old British encased Farthing to add to my rather small collection of such pieces. I will describe it.... The inner core is a 1921 Great Britain Farthing (KM-808.2), the outer ring (frame) is of Aluminium and has an overall (outer) diameter of 38mm (1.50 inches) which I believe is a common size for these. This outer ring has a plain edge. This obverse in addition to the farthing's obverse design show the words "KEEP ME AND YOU WILL NEVER BE BROKE" on a horseshoe which loops over the king's portrait. Also on the obverse is a dentilated border. Finally on this side are the initials "J.R.G.", these letters are of a similar size to the digits in the date on the farthing and are found at the very bottom of the obverse, but not touching the denticles. The reverse has of course the reverse of the farthing, then on the outer ring there are the words "GOOD LUCK" over the top and the words "FROM THE AMBASSADOR SUPER CINEMA" underneath. Each pair of words is upright. Two dots are used to separate the two line of legend, one at the starts and one at the ends. The reverse of the ring has a beaded border. This cinema was in Salford, near to Manchester, England. The cinema was opened in 1928, the building became a casino & bingo hall in 1965 and was demolished in 2004. See more at:

7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Armenian Bi-metallic coin issued in 2003 features the national coat of arms. The Coat of Arms of Armenia consist of a shield combining new and old symbols. In the center is a depiction of Mount Ararat where Noah's boat is supposed to have beached after the great flood. Around this central symbol are symbols for old Armenian dynasties. In the lower left is the symbol of the Artaxiad Dynasty that ruled in the 1st century BC. In the upper left is the symbol for the Bagratid dynasty that ruled during  the Middle Ages, in 7th-11th centuries. That dynasty was destroyed by Byzantine Empire's encroachment and Seljuk invasions in the 11th century AD. In the upper right is the symbol for the first dynasty to make Armenia a Christian nation, the Arsacids, who ruled from 1st century AD to 428. In the lower right is the symbol of the Rubenid dynasty that was responsible for Lesser Armenia or Cilicia that grew rapidly and was prosperous during the 12th, and 13th centuries. It would be destroyed by the Mamelukes and Turks however. From that point on, Armenia was ruled by foreign nations until 1918, when the nation enjoyed a brief period of independence. This coat of arms originates from that period, and the sword at the bottom is an important element in that it signifies breaking the chain of foreign rule and a desire to defend Armenia. The shield is flanked by an eagle and what other animal?
a. Dove
b. Lion
c. Horse
d. Wolf
Please send your answer to:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #469
Slovenia has released a Bi-metallic coin featuring a bird. This is a bird of open plains and desert-type habitats, breeding in middle Europe eastward into Asia. Bold and ferocious, it has been known to attack prey much larger than itself. Measuring about 18 inches, it breeds from Slovenia and the Hungarian plains eastwards beyond Lake Baikal through Asia Minor to India. Canadian Raptor Conservancy has been involved in a variety of different research projects related to Birds of Prey. They have also been involved in educating the public on the importance of the survival of the species and preserving its natural habitat. Their efforts include a project to help restore this endangered bird to the Republic of Slovakia. What kind of bird is this?
a. Eagle.
b. Falcon.
c. Sparrow Hawk.
d. Snowy Owl.
Answer to Question #469 is answer "b" Falcon. I apologize for the mistaken identification of this coin being from Slovakia. Several players correctly informed me that the country that issued this coin was Slovenia.

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 8 players in game #468 and the winner was John Beckman, WBCC member #134.

9. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
*  Mexico 100 Peso Coahuila
* Croatia 2005 25 kuna
* UNESCO medal for Chernobyl disaster
10. WBCC Auction 74 last Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
WBCC Auction 74 is now in it's last day. The bids so far can be seen at
Please email your bids to me at
Please note no NEW bids will be accepted in the last hour of the auction.
There is no restrictions on rebidding on lots you have been out bid on.

11. Offer for WBCC members in the Oded Paz, USA
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 369 item 2 about the KP edition of Unusual World Coins I am willing to sell the Unusual World Coins Catalog for $39 INCLUDING S&H IN THE USA to any and all WBCC members. E-mail:

"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
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WBCC Webmaster & Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
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