Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 600

WBCC Newsmail 600 Volume 13, February 9, 2008

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, Tri and Quad-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading
this week's issue of the 600th WBCC Newsmail. 

1. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
We have a new member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Bruce Railton Tupholme (WBCC member #452), Portugal
Age: 41
Profession: Coin and Banknote Dealer
Hobby: Numismatics, Gemstones, World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: Investment and trading
How did I know about the WBCC: Met the WBCC Team at the Money Fair in Berlin, loved your display, very interesting.
2. My favorite Bi-metallic (1) Michael Ayrapetov, USA
My favorite Bi-metallic coin is the Colombia B-metallic 500 Pesos 1993. It was very diififcult to find the name of tree depicts on the coin. There inscription on the coin "ARBOL DE GUACARI"
("Tree of Guacari"). I had no computer at that time and I tried to find "Tree of Guacari" in Botanical books in Library. After 3rd time one woman in Library find for me that Guacari is name of Town in Colombia and that full name of tree is SAMANEA SAMAN. This story is very interesting for me and that is why my favorite coin is Bi-metallic Colombia 500 Pesos.
3. My favorite Bi-metallic (2) Rod Sell, Australia
I joined the WBCC a few months after it was started in 1996. Member Larry Friemel informed me he had seen an Australian Bi-metallic medal issued by the Royal Australian Mint (RAM). At the weekend coin fairs I searced for them and could not find any. At one of the larger fairs, the Royal Australian Mint had a stand and I approached them for information. Rod Gardiner of the Mint advised me they had produced some and he would send me information about them.
A few weeks later I got a letter from Rod giving me the details. In 1991 the RAM had purchased a new Versom minting press, which could produce Bi-metallics. To test and calibrate the press, many thousand Bi-metallic  blanks were struck using a Welcome to Canberra die on one side and a Royal Australian Mint die on the other.
This minting press had also been placed in the Visitors Gallery so visitors could mint their own medal. Rod advised that around 10,000 Bi-metallics had been produced. I managed to obtain some of these medals soon after.
Larry then advised me he had seen a different Bi-metallic RAM medal. I wrote  to the RAM and Rod Gardner replied that a different set of dies had been tested on about 1,000 trial Bi-metallics. I finally managed to obtain most of these medals and they were distributed to members of the Australian Numismatic Society and other local collectors with the story of their production. These first two RAM Bi-metallics are amongst my favourites.
The first $5 Bi-metallic was issued in 1994 to celebrate the Centenary of Women getting the vote in South Australia. It had a very unflattering portrait of Mary Lee on one side. The Bi-metallic was issued in a plastic credit card sized holder with a see trough plastic container which held the coin.
The blanks used in this $5 coin were purchased from Krupps and I assume the test medals were also from the same source, though they are a bit smaller. All the $5 coins were issued in this format and any loose coins purchased must have been removed from the card. A proof $5 coin was also released to celebrate the Centenary, however it was not Bi-metallic
4. My favorite Martin Peeters, Netherlands
The Czech Republic 50 Korun Bi-metallic is my favorite for years now.
The combination of colors makes it special to me. There is no other Legal Tender Bi-metallic coin which has this red/yellow coloring
5. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2008 from Frans Woons, Canada
Here images of the 2008 Canadian Bi-metallic $ 2 coin (“toony”) in specimen quality. The specimen coins don’t let themselves scan very well. I’m not sure why. Better images might be obtained by first photographing the coin and then scan the photographs. However, I did not bother to go through those steps. I don’t have any film anyway for my old 35 mm camera... And I don’t think my digital camera will produce good results
6. Bi-metallic 1 Pound from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
Got the Bi-metallic 2 pound Egypt 2007 at the WMF, comparing them with the 2005, I noticed the following differences
* 2005: Bi-metallic, nonmagnetic= brass center, nonmagnetic=CN ring, 25mm, reeded
* 2007: Bi-metallic, magnetic=brass plated steel center, magentic=steel ring, 25mm, reeded
7. Bi-metallic token manufacturer in Paul Baker, UK
The WBCC are aware of a number of token manufacturers around the world that  have product ranges that include bi-metallic tokens. Such tokens have been mentioned here in the  WBCC Newsmail from time to time. The other day I came across the website of a token manufacturer in China - I had not heard of this company before. They are called "Yuehua Token Making Center" and they are part of "Guangzhou Xuanhua Hardware Products Co., Ltd.". The website is  at:
Their product range includes Bi-metallic tokens and some of their holed tokens are Bi-metallic too. A number of images of such pieces can easily be found on the site.
8. Bi-metallic from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
Here are pictires of the Sudan Bi-metallic 50 Piastre Error and planchet
9. Bi-metallic 25 Pence 2008 from Tristan Da Martin Peeters, Netherlands
In a German advertisment I saw an offer for the Tristan Da Cunha Mintset 2008 included the Bi-metallic 25 Pence 2008.
More about Tristan Da Cunha:
10. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2007 from Vatican Martin Peeters, Netherlands
From Ufficio Filatelico E Numismatico I received information about the Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2007 commemorating Pope's 80th Birthday in a Numismatic Cover together with several stamps. Format of the cover is 12 x 8 cm. Price is 45 Euro.
11. Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
by coincidence I found a nice website on various micronaitons and other issues. have a look, I am quite confident youn will find one or the other new bimetallic issue there:
12. Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The very first Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club Newsmail was dated September 14, 1996. In that first Newsmail, Martin Peeters reported that he had received encouraging messages from collectors were interested in forming a Bi-metallic collectors club. In addition to Martin Peeters and Frans Dubois, Martin's close friend, how many names are mentioned in that first WBCC Newsmail?
a. Five
b. Seven
c. Nine
d. Fourteen
Please send your answer to:
NOTE: The prize this week is an encased, Bi-metallic 2006 Austrian Euro that commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the WBCC.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #599.
The image of Vanda Miss Joaquim appeared on the Bi-metallic 5 Dollars of Singapore in 1992. What or who is Vanda Miss Joaquim?
a. Celebrity Model
b. Flower
c. Beauty Queen
d. A Cruise Ship
The correct answer for question #599 is b; Flower.

WBCC Quiz Game Prize
The prize this week is an encased, Bi-metallic 2006 Austrian Euro that commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the WBCC. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 11 players in game #598 and the winner was Minhaj Qazi WBCC member #445.
13. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
*  WBCC at Berlin 2008 pictures
* Sudan 50 piastres errors
* Cabo Dakhla
* Tristan da Cunha

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

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-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-, Tri-, and Tetra-metallics

WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Webmaster: Rod Sell, Australia,
WBCC Sales Pages Provider: Rod Sell,
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 Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands,
WBCC Website:
WBCC Web-Log:

The WBCC will attend the following future International events:

* The 8th Northern Coin Event 2008, Saturday, September 20th, 2008, Assen, The Netherlands

* The World Money Fair, February 6 to 8, 2009 in Berlin, Germany


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