Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 627

WBCC Newsmail 627 Volume 13, August 16, 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 WBCC Newsmail. .

1. Meeting WBCC Jack Hepler, USA
In my vacation I visited several WBCC members. One of them is Chris Hoffman from Canada.
He showed me a Canadian counterfeit Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2005.
And Michael Ayrapetov, WBCC member #8 welcomes me to his home in Rhode Island for some Bi-metallic talk.
Further I met Kelly Finnegan, he was a great host for showing how Encased Coins and Bi-metallic tokens are minted at the Penny Press Mint.
And at last I visited Bill Arnold who is just two years from retirement when he will be able to devote more time to Bi-metallic coins in his Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming
2. Bi-metallic 10 Pesos 2008 from Dominican Radhames P. Diaz, Dominican Republic
Here is a picture of the Bi-metallic 10 Pesos dated 2008 from the Dominican Republic
3. Bi-metallic 5 Ecu 1995 from Andrzej Kasprzycki, Poland
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 626 item 2 about the different Bi-metallic 5 Ecu 1995 from Ireland, here are scans of 3 various conis from Ireland 5 Ecu 1995.
a. brass center in copper ring (left coin), I got from Ebay last year
b. copper-nickel center in brass ring (center coin), I got from Ebay last year
c. brass center in copper-nickel ring (right coin), I bought in Poland six years ago
4. Bi-metallic market Paul Baker, UK
Over many years of trying to just collect coins I have slowly acquired lots of tokens including a small few British market tokens. Now, at last, I have found my self a nice example of one of the bi-metallic types of that series. This particular piece is Bronze with Brass "E" shaped insert.
The tokens is denominated 5 Shillings. The issuer is named as "E. Ellison" of 18 Stratford Market. The other names and addresses to be found on the piece related to the maker "R. Neal", a well-known maker in this series. Stratford is in the "East End" of London. According to pages index from ,
"E. Ellison" was Egbert Ellison, a potato salesman at number 18 Stratford Market and he (or perhaps also including his heirs) was there in at least 1882, 1886, 1896 and 1912. The Bi-metallic market tokens are an important group of tokens in the story of British bi-metallics. They are not very expensive, but they are a bit difficult to find.
5. Bi-metallic off-centre 2 Dollar from Frans Woons, Canada
In WBCC Newsmail 434 (of December 4, 2004), under point 5, that 60.000.000 “German” planchets were utilized to strike some of the Bi-metallic Canadian $ 2 pieces (“toonies”) dated 1996.  A total of 375.483.000 toonies dated 1996 were produced. The overwhelming majority on “Canadian” planchets. The “German” planchets were produced by the firm Schuler and are “pre-assembled”. I.e., the core and ring are attached to each other before the planchet is struck. This in contrast to the “Canadian” planchets.  For these planchets the core and ring are brought together just before the planchet is struck; for a few moments the core lies loose within the ring. The “German” planchets were struck into coins in February and the first week of March of 1996 (in Winnipeg).
I gleaned the figure of 60.000.000 “German” planchets from the J&M website (J&M are coin dealers in Vancouver, BC, Canada).  However, Jaime Flamenbaum ( a toony expert) in Ottawa wrote me that the number of “German” planchets is much lower. Probably in the order of 5.000.000 to 10.000.000.
It seems that the toonies from “German” and “Canadian” planchets can be told apart after the coins are freshly struck. However, after the coins have been in circulation for awhile, these differences disappear.
a. “German” planchet (photograph taken with reflected light).
b. “Canadian” planchet (photograph taken with reflected light).
c. “Canadian” planchet (photograph taken with light from the back; notice the space between ring and plug).
6. Bi-metallic from ancient Phil Chang, USA
My friend found this link while searching for ancient coins. This might be the earliest Bi-metallic ever struck on record. Here is an example of the 1,600-year-old Bi-metalic coin:
The text from the seller says:
AXUM. Anonymous. Circa 440-470. Æ 14mm (0.88 g, 6h). C XX C , crowned and draped bust right, holding cross-tipped scepter / TOYTO APECH TH X PA, pierced cross. Hahn, Aksumite 36; Munro-Hay type 76; BMC Axum 327. VF, green patina, some reverse roughness, gold inlay on reverse.
7. Bi-metallic medal in Paul Baker, UK
Saw in Ebay:
Cuba 1997 Casa De Moneda Large Bi-metallic Medal, 4 9mm Bi-metallic,...for 20 years of the mint
8. Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Ville de Quebec is featured on the 2008 Canadian Bi-metallic Two Dollars. Founded in 1608, it is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and the oldest north of Mexico that is walled. What is the plant featured in the design of this coin?
a. Maple
b. Lily
c. White Oak
d. Blue Spruce
See this coin and others at the WBCC website:
Please send your answer to: 

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #626
The Bi-metallic 25 Syrian pounds dated 1996 depicts a large building. Which building is it?
a. Parliament
b. Central Bank or State Bank
c. National Museum
d. Presidential Palace
The correct answer is b. Central Bank or State Bank

WBCC Quiz Game Prize
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded for the correct answer. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner.
9. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
* Dominican Republic 2008 10 Pesos
* Ireland fantasy 5 Ecu St. Patrick

"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,
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The WBCC will attend the following future International events:

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

* 5th Coin Event Numismatica Herentals, December 14, 2008, Herentals Belgium,

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

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