WBCC Newsmail 559 Volume
12, April 28, 2007
Composed with help from
members of the Worldwide Bi-metallic
Collectors Club (WBCC),
and weekly published by:
Focal Point of the WBCC
Past Newsmails can be found at http://www.wbcc-online.com/newsmail/wbccnews.html
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
Welcome into the World of Bi, Tri and Quad-metallics.
I hope you enjoy reading
this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail.
1. WBCC and PR..by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
This week I recieved an invitation from The Royal Dutch Mint for the WBCC
attending the "Open Day Of The Mint" for Saterday June 9th. Offcourse I accepted
the invitation. Together with Frans Dubois I will go and we will have our
own WBCC booth. So if you are in The Netherlands that date, please visit
us at The Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht, The Netherlands
2. Virginia Encased Coins Teamed....by Jack Hepler, Development
The President of the Alexandria Coin Club, John Koebert, and the President
of the Rappahannock Area Coin Club, Penny Anderson, exchanged Club Encased
coins at a small ceremony in Fredericksburg, Virginia on April19th, 2007.
The ceremony followed a presentation by Greg Parma, ACC Project Officer,
tracing the encasing project from inception through completion, the first
ever attemped by the Alexandria Club. John is also the President of the Virginia
Numismatic Association. John is seeking to develop greater cohesion between
clubs throughout the commonwealth and increased membership, especially among
younger collectors. Pictures of the ceremony and the encased coins may be
seen on the WBCC Website:
2. Bi-metallic from Sudan...by Michael Ayrapetov, USA
I found on eBay 2 new different Bi-metallic 20 Piastres coins of Sudan 2006
(different animals). Item numbers on eBay are: 160108305532 and 320105569888
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: It is uncertain that these are different, Who
3. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2005 Pablo Picasso...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
WBCC member Henk Zuidinga reported to me that the 2 Euro 2005 from Spain
commemorate Pablo Picasso not is issued. Reason trouble in thre familly,
they just wanted to much money.
4. Bi-metallic 100 Pesos 2007from Mexico...by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
There is again a new 100 pesos of Mexico, Estado de Puebla, dated 2007
5. Bi-metallic Fantasy Euro's...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain
I have found these 2 Euro test coins in Ebay, the auctions were banned from
Ebay, I don't know the reason.
I have seen some time ago the coin dated 2009 from Saarland.
6. Bi-metallic Le Casino Cannes 10 francs token..by Kenij Natsume,
It is known that France introduced its first bi-metallic 10 franc coins into
circulation in 1988 and its first and only tri-metallic 20F coins later in
1992. Needless to say, from 2002 onwards they use 1 euro and 2 euro bi-metallic
coins. France is also known to have many municipal and private-operated casinos
all over the mainland. When it comes to slot machine jetons, the great majority
of pre-euro, i.e. French Franc ones seem to be mono-metallic. I only have
2 bi-metallic examples in my collection. One says “Le Casino Cannes 10” and
the other says “Casino de Forges-les-Eaux 20” (operated by Groupe Partouche),
both of which have a nickel-coloured outer ring and bronze-coloured centre.
After 2002, bimetal slot machine jetons were introduced by one of the largest
French casino operators, Groupe Partouche, and I have more examples in my
collection. They are all in the denomination of 2 euros and are from Casino
Berck, Casino Boulogne, Casino Calais, Casino Forges-les-Eaux (bronze exterior
/ nickel interior) and Casino Dieppe, Casino Le Lyon Vert, Casino Touquet
(nickel exterior/ bronze interior). All 7 of them are 29mm in diameter and
have a French mintmark. The only outstanding ones that I have is the
€2 from Casino de Santenay and €2 from Casino d'Uriage that display no French
mintmark or Casino operator's name. Another giant French casino operator
Barriere continues to mint jetons in the denominations of 20c, 50c, 1€ ,
2€ , 5€ but all in a mono-metal form, which is unfortunate for the
7. Bi-metallic Japanese Pachi-Slo token - Mu Life Station
2004, Tokyo Japan..by Kenij Natsume, France
In Japan, gambling directly using legal tender is strictly prohibited and
no official casino can be found. Having said that, there are millions of
arcade-like game centres (where minors under 18 are not allowed) all over
Japan. Pachinko is the traditional vertical pinball game and has been the
number-one leisure activity since the end of WWII. As already mentioned,
cash-to-cash gambling is forbidden and the steel balls (less than 1cm in
diameter) remain officially the property of the Pachinko halls. You pay 1000
yen for some 200 balls and if you are lucky and/or skillful enough to end
up with thousands of balls, you have to exchange them for products/gifts
chosen from a supermarket-like section inside the hall. No cash refund is
legal. Pachinko and the slot machine were also combined to produced Pachi-slo,
which is played by inserting tokens. The balls remain inside the machine
and more tokens come out when you win. Nowadays, Pachislo machines have become
less about Pachinko and more like Las Vegas slot machines or video games
except for the significantly smaller tokens that are about 25mm in diameter.
There are perhaps more numbers of Pachinko-Pachislo halls than fast-food
restaurants in Japan. To date, I only have one bi-metallic example (out of
some 70) which is from Mu Life Station in the western suburbs of Tokyo. I
hope that in the future, more Pachinko halls will introduce unique bi-metallic
tokens to distinguish themselves from others.
8. Encased Coin to Mark 400 Year Celebration........by Jack Hepler,
In last WBCC Newsmail 558, item 3, about the encased Coin to Mark 400 Year
Celebration The Rappahannock Area Coin Club (R.A.C.C.) there was no picture
of the Encased piece, well here it is: See Item 2 for the details
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #558......by Jack Hepler, USA
Two Bi-metallic coins were issued by Malawi in 2006. The Ten Kwacha coin
shows men performing what task?
Please send your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website; http://www.wbcc-online.com
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #558
The Coat of Arms for the Mexican State of Baja California Sud, includes images
of a shell fish, the scallop and fish with fins and scales. This Coat of
Arms appears on the Bi-metallic 2005 Mexican 100 Pesos. How many fish are
shown on this coin?
The correct answer for question #558 is d; Four.
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 eight players
in game #557 and the winner was Max Aiello WBCC member #73.
11. WBCC Auction 84....by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I have had no replies to my request for ideas on how to improve
the participation in our auctions. If members do not support our auctions,
I can only assume they are not needed and this will be the last.
I am accepting lots for Auction 84 which starts on the 14th July 2007 with
WBCC Newsmail 569. The lots listed so far can be seen at http://wbcc-online.com/auction/auction84.html
Members can list up to 20 lots in each auction
Please email your lots to me at email@example.com
12. TWOB-57...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
TWOB (The World Of Bi-metallic Catalogue) number 57 will be ready May 1st.
Because I have lost the send list, please let me know if you want to receive
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* World Money Fair 2008, February1 to 3, 2008 at Berlin in the
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* Open Day of The Royal Dutch Mint 2007, June 9th. 2007, Utrecht,
* 7th Northern Coin Event 2007, Saturday, September 15th 2007, Assen,
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