Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #488

WBCC Newsmail 488 Volume 10, December 17, 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 3 new WBCC members. Let me introduce them to you:
Name: Brad Isbister (WBCC member #387), Canada
Age: 42
Profession: Heavy Construction
Hobby: Currently, my hobby is geared toward completing the Canadian decimal series from 1858-current. However, I think the bi metallic coins being produced by some countries are beautiful, and I intend to collect some examples. I only considered joining after looking at some very nice coins on Joel Anderson's web site. I would be classified as a rookie when it comes to Bi Metallic coins.
Against: Corrupt/inept government
How did I know about the WBCC: Internet forum from a fellow collector
Name: Bruce R. Colin II (WBCC member #388), USA
Age:  66
Profession Senior Editor, Numismatic catalogs
Hobby: World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
How did I know about the WBCC: Many sources
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: WBCC member Colin R. Bruce II is Senior Editor of the Krause's 'Unusual World Coins' 4th Edition.
Name: Rajan Suri (WBCC member #389), Italy
Age: 32
Profession: consultant, looking to be emploied as accounting manager
Hobby: World coins especially Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: All Countires by type of coin and not date, privileging key dates
How did I know about the WBCC: surfing internet, maybe through a web link

2. WBCC at the World Money Fair 2006 Martin Peeters, WBCC Foval Point
This week I recived a message from Barbara Balz of the WMF organisation
Dear Exhibitors,
please find attached the list of exhibitors on World Money Fair 2006 in Berlin (last update 30.11.05). Within in the next days you will receive further information about the fair, we are preparing at the moment.
Kind Regards,
Yours World Money Fair Team
Barbara Balz & Miriam Bahr
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: If you have interest in the list of exhibitors on World Money Fair 2006 in Berlin, I can send it to you as a pdf-file. Just let me know:
3. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2006 commemoratives from several EU Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
In 2006 several EU countries will issue a Bi-metallic 2006 commemoratives. Till now known the following countries will issue:
* Germanry, commemorate Sleswig-Holstein, issue date February 2006
* Luxemburg, commemorate 25th birthday Grand-Duke Guilaume, issue date February 2006 (This Bi-metallic 2 Euro will be first shown at the WMF at Berlin)
* Belgium, commemorate, new opening Atonium, issue date April 2006
* Italy, commemate Winter Oplympics, issue date not known
* Vatican City, commemorate 500 Year Swiss Gards, issue date end of 2006
(Source webpages of The Royal Dutch Mint)
--Remark of (I don't know anymore who send it):
In these webpages there are news about the new 2 Euro from France.
I don't understand german, but some friends from France say to me some about the design of the coin: 25th Anniversary of the abolishment of the death penalty. I think that next days we would found some images about this new coin.
4. Bi-metallc 10 Roubles from Jacek Stacel, Poland
Here is the Series: "The Russian Federation" ( coins of 10-Rubles denomination, Brass/ Cu-Ni), Emission date 27 december 2005
5. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada (1) Serge Pelletier, Canada
Earlier in 2005, the Bytown Museum issued a 15-Dollar municipal trade token to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City of Ottawa, Canada's Capital. The token had currency value, at participating merchants, until September 30, 2005. It was such as success, that a second strike was ordered.
"It is our policy to identify subsequent strikes with a mark, especially when it comes to small issues" said Serge Pelletier, President of Eligi Consultants Inc., entrusted with the production, "and it only seemed befitting to use Colonel By's cocked hat as the mark." The strike identifying mark can be found on the reverse, at 6 o'clock, above the Eligi mintmark. Following this  second strike, both dies were defaced. "We're sure they will have a prominent place in the museum" concluded Pelletier.
The obverse shows the Byward Market as it was in the 1800s with the following legend: 15 DOLLARS / MARCHÉ / BYWARD / MARKET / (market scene) / VALIDE CHEZ LES MARCHANTS PARTICIPANTS JUSQU'AU / VALID AT PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS UNTIL / 30 SEPT 2005 , while the reverse depicts Ottawa's anniversary with LA CAPITALE CANADIENNE / CANADA'S CAPITAL / (Colonel By's cocked hat) / (Eligi mintmark) in the exergue. The stylized maple leaf found at the left of the Ottawa wordmark is enamelled in orange, green and red while "150" is also red.
The 39 millimetre token was struck as follows: 100 on Bi-metallic blanks with a heart of aluminium-bronze and a ring of cupronickel ($25.00), 25 on commercial bronze blanks ($40.00), 25 on nickel-silver blanks ($40.00) and 25 gold plated pieces ($47.50). The tokens are available at the prices indicated in parentheses from Bonavita, the exclusive distributor, which can be reached at: Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, ON  K2H 7V1 CANADA, tel: +1-613-823-3844, fax: +1-613-825-3092, Email:  S&H is extra. Canadian resident must add the applicable taxes. 
This, and the previous strike, are the only numismatic issues to commemorate Canada's Capital 150th anniversary.
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Pictures soon the WBCC webpages
6. Bi-metallic MTT from Canada (2) Serge Pelletier, Canada
The Boissevain Morton Celebration 2006 Committee, sponsored by the Boissevain & Morton Foundation Inc., has issued a 5-Dollar municipal trade token to commemorate a significant anniversary in each of the municipalities of Boissevain and the neighbouring Rural Municipality of Morton, Manitoba. The tokens have currency value, at participating merchants within the municipalities, until July 31, 2006.
This is the first time a token is issued for either community. The obverse, common to both pieces, shows: BOISSEVAIN & MORTON FOUNDATION INC. (Eligi mintmark) / VALID AT PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS UNTIL JULY 31, 2006 / $5 / (logo of the Foundation). The reverse of the Boissevain token shows: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS / 1906 (Tommy Turtle) 2006 / BOISSEVAIN MANIBOTA, while the reverse for the Morton piece shows: RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF / 1881- 0006 / (barn) THE / ERRICK WILLIS / BARN / MORTON / MANITOBA / 125 YEARS OF PIONEER HERITAGE.
The 32 millimetre tokens were struck as follows: 805 of each on Bi-metallic blanks, with a heart of cupronickel and a ring of aluminium-bronze ($7.50), 55 of each on nickel-silver blanks ($17.00) and 55 of each on gold plated blanks ($18.00). In addition, 25 enamelled Bi-metallic tokens ($37.50) and 20 enamelled gold plated
tokens ($47.50) were produced.  These show Tommy Turtle's shell in yellow and red.  They are available from the exclusive distributor, Bonavita,  Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, ON  K2H 7V1 CANADA, tel: +1-613-823-3844, fax: +1-613-825-3092, Email:, at the prices indicated in parentheses.  S&H is extra. Canadian resident must add the applicable taxes. Eligi Consultants Inc. had the token struck for the Committee from designs by Serge Pelletier
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Pictures soon the WBCC webpages
7. Bi-metallic medal from Wolfgang Mehlhausen, Germany
This is a Bi-metallic medal made for Slovakia coin sets, Slovak Mint Kremnica starts a series of coin sets "Areas in Slovakia" and this is the first for Saris- >Zeplin-Area, it is added to a set with all coin form 50 halierov to 10 Korun.

8. Bi-metallics from Manuel Gonzalez, Spain
Refering to WBCC Newsmail , item 5 about the Bi-metallic 1 and 2 Dinars from Andorra, here are the details:
* 1 Diner 2005, Pope JPII, CuNi/NiBr, Mintage 15000
* 1 Diner 2005,  Andorra Virgin, CuNi/NiBr, Mintage 15000
* 2 Diner 2005, Pope JPII, NiBr/CuNi, Mintage 15000
* 2 Diner 2005, Scultures in wall, NiBr/CuNi, Mintage 15000
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
Finland has issued a new Commemorative Bi-metallic coin for 2005. This coin was issued to commemorate the United Nations. What bird is incorporated into the design of this coin?
Please send your answer to:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #487
The Edelweiss is a rare plant that grows in mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and South America. It goes by the botanical name of Compositae of the genus Leontopodium and species, L. alpinum. Edel in German means noble and Weiss is translated as white. The star-like Edelweiss flower is incorporated in the design of a Bi-metallic coin of Austria. In what year did Austria issue this coin?

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 nine players in game#486 and the winner was Tom Galway WBCC member #68.

11. WBCC Auction 76 Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I an accepting lots for WBCC Auction 76. The lots listed so far can be seen at
Please email your lots to me now at

"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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