Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #532

WBCC Newsmail 532 Volume 11, October 21, 2006

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

Past Newsmails can be found at

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. I really hope you enjoy reading the WBCC Newsmail this week.

1. My new E-mail John Beckman, USA
Please notice, I changed my E-mail address
2. WBCC 10th Anniversary Jack Hepler
The long awaited Austrian Bi-metallic Euro has been released and is on the way to the minter. Orders for the WBCC 10th Anniversary encased Euro are still being accepted but only until October 31, when production will begin. The cost is $5.00 US but now includes the cost of the member number inscribed. Souvenir versions of the Anniversary encasement come in four varieties and are available for $2.00 US if accompanied by an order for the "Official" version. To place an order for these Anniversary pieces or obtain details about the Souvenir  version, please contact Jack Hepler;
3. Bi-metallic 500 Bolivar from Francisco Pascual, Spain
In the middle of November the Central Bank of Venuzuela will put in circulation a new  denomination coin of Bi-metallic 1000 Bolívar, the coin will be small than the actual size of the coin of 500 Bolívar.
Diameter: 24 mm
Metals: ring of Nickel-brass / center of Coppernickel.
Weight: 8,5 g
Thickness: 2,48 mm
Edge: Smooth with "BCV1000" more times.
More details here:
Remark WBCC Focal Point: The Bi-metallic 1000 Bolivar is according the picture dated 2005
4. Bi-metallic Encased good luck token from Cliff Anderson, USA
Here is another historic bimetallic encased piece. It is a 1950 1 pfennig coin encased in an aluminum collar that is marked “Gluckpfennig" meaning "good luck penny". The word "Konen” shown on the obverse also appears in the reverse inscription “Geh zu Konen es wird sich lohnen". It translates into "go to Konen, it will be worthwhile". Konen was and is a fashionable clothing and department store in the heart of Munich.  Its address is KONEN Bekleidungshaus KG, Sendlinger Straße 3, Munich Altstadt, 80331 München, Germany. See
Though this piece is somewhat worn, you can still see the 12 zodiac symbols arrayed around the circumference of the piece.  Apparently the signs of the zodiac were appropriate for "good luck". So this is a good luck piece that also doubled as an advertisement for the Konen store.
5. Bi-metallic Inlay from Mikola Bogdanov, Switzerland
one can read about a Bi-metallic Inlay from Kazakhstan;
Face value: 500 tenge.
Date of issue: October 10, 2006
On the right side of the coin in the right sector two-line legend "500 ТЕҢГЕ" indicates coin's face value with Kazakhstan Mint trademark under it. In the left sector there is an image of four galloping horsemen. In the lower part vertical legend "Ag 925 31,1gr." indicates production metal, standard of coinage and weight. Along the perimeter of the coin wide edging includes legends "ҚАЗАҚСТАН РЕСПУБЛИКАСЫ" and "REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN" divided by dots.
On the back side of the coin in the center there is gilded image of old gold metal plate in the shape of galloping rider. The name of the coin in Kazakh (ШАБАНДОЗ) and in English (RIDER) is placed to the left and to the right of main image accordingly. Along the perimeter of the coin wide edging includes legend "КӨШПЕНДІЛЕР АЛТЫНЫ" and "THE GOLD OF NOMADS" with year of coinage 2006 divided by dots.
Images and legends are relief.
Lateral surface is smooth without corrugation and legends.
The coin is made of standard 925 silver, weight is 31.1 gr, diameter of circumscribing circle is 38.61 mm, proof production quality.
5 000 pieces in circulation.
6. Bi-metallic 150 Dollar 2005 from Cook Manuel Gonzalez, Spain
Finally I won Bi-metallic piece from Cook Islands.
Mintage 500 pieces. 1,5 Oz Au and 0,5 Oz Ag.
Cook Islands 150 Dollar   Ag/Au   2005   Great White Shark
7. Bi-metallic 5 Rand 2006 from Manuel Gonzalez, Spain
This I won in Ebay the new Bi-metallic 5 Rand 2006 piece from South Africa. This year coin have new words and one mintmark.
8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The coat of arms that appears on the Cuban Bi-metallic 5 Convertible Pesos features a wreath around the shield. The wreath branch on the left side represents peace. The right branch represents victory. What is that plant?
a.  Palm
b.  Oleander
c.  Olive
d.  Laurel
Please send your answer to:
Note: See these coins and others by visiting the WBCC website; Visit the Newsmail archives;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #531
Which country issued a Bi-metallic coin featuring El Arbol de Guacari?
a.  Argentina
b.  Chile
c.  Colombia
d.  Ecuador
The correct answer for question #531 is c, Colombia.

9. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize to 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 10 players in game #530 and the winner was Bob Vanoost, WBCC member #341.

10. Bi-metallic Euros from Frans Dubois, Netherlands
206 Million Maltese (Bi-metallic) Euro coins to be minted in France
The Central Bank of Malta is pleased to announce that, following a call for tenders, the Monnaie de Paris has been awarded the contract for the minting of euro coins bearing the Maltese national side. The Monnaie de Paris is the State-owned mint that has been responsible for the minting of all French euro coins. A contract with the Monnaie de Paris will be concluded in the coming weeks, following which an agreement will be entered into with the Commission of the European Communities through a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow a number of preparatory tasks to be carried out for the production of the Maltese euro coins. This preparatory phase, which will include the production of a certain quantity of test coins, should be completed by early 2007. The second phase, which will consist of the mass production of the whole quantity of coins required for the changeover, will only start after Malta receives the formal approval from the EU Council of Ministers to adopt the euro. The three designs that shall feature on the eight faces of national Euro coins are the Maltese Cross, the Maltese Coat of Arms and the Mnajdra Temples. The fourth option, the design of the Statute of the Baptism of Christ did not make it onto the face of the national Euro coin after receiving the least number of votes in the final phase of public consultation regarding the choice of the faces on the Maltese Euro coin. The Maltese cross was the highest voted design with over 15,600 votes.

11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic image shown at:
* Gibraltar 2001 5 Crowns
* South Africa 2006 $5
* Cook Islands 2005 $150
* Germany, Sinsheim  Auto & Technik Museum
* Germany 1950 encased 1 pfennig coin
* Venezuela 2005 1000 Bolivares

12. WBCC Auction 81 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
You have only two weeks to list your lots for Auction 81 which starts on the 4th November with WBCC Newsmail 534
The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email your lots to me at
Members are allowed to list up to 20 lots in each auction.

"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
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC was sponsored at the World Money Fair 2006, , by:
Schuler Presses, Germany, and
The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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