Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 655

WBCC Newsmail 655 Volume 15, February 28, 2009

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. A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
 <>We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
Name: Luis Moura (WBCC member #478), Portugal
Webpage: do not have one yet
Age: 36
Profession: IT consultant
Hobby:  World coins including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
Goal: To have at least 1000 different coins in my collection, being of that 100 Bi-metalic, and to have 5 tri-mettalic. (all till the end of 2009)
Against: To be honest, i'm not keen on tokens, and on collecting them
How did I know about the WBCC: Web (google on bi-mettalic coins)
2. Bi-metallic 10 Baht 2009 from Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Refering to WBCC Newsmail 654 about the Bi-metallic 10 baht from Thailand commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Thailand Post is here a better picture (provided by Rod Sell)
3. Bi-metallic 10 Roubles 2009 from Russia (1) Jacek Stącel, Poland
The new coins 10 rubles in Russia 2009, continuation of the series, Issue of March 2 .
Series: "Ancient Towns of Russia"- Town of Vyborg (XIIIth century),  Leningrad Region 
Series: "The Russian Federation"- Republic of Kalmykiya
4. Bi-metallic 10 Roubles 2009 from Russia (2) Michael Ayrapetov
On March 2, 2009 the Central Bank of Russia put into circulation 2 bimetallic 10 Roubles coins: Town of Vyborg of series "Ancient Towns of Russia" and Republic of Kalmykia of series "The Russian Federation". URL of images and English text are:
5. Bi-metallic 10 Pesos error from Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Saw the following Bi-metallic 10 Pesos 2000 error from Urugay
6. Bi-metallic 5 Rand from David Visser, South-Africa
Find here scans of the South African Bi-metallic R5 (5 Rand) coin. I have included the R5 coins from 2004 to 2007
The coins share the same reverse design, in the form of a Wildebeest the letter 5 above and Rand below, flanked on all sides by tiny letters"SARB" Standing for South African Reserve Bank.

The Obverse has the S.A. national Coat of Arms and the date above. It is interesting to note that we in South Africa have 11 official languages but only seven(7) circulating coins. As a result of this the languages rotate every year. This is visible on the coins as you can see the Coat of Arms is flanked on both sides by two inscriptions, each is translated as South Africa but written in another language. For instance the 2006 coin has English and Setswana and the 2009 is set to have Zulu and Xhosa as the language when it is released later this year. Below I have included a diagram of the languages as they appear according to year.
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
isiNdebele / Tshivenda Tshivenda / siSwati Tshivenda / siSwati siSwati / Xitsonga English / Setswana
2007 2008 2009

Setswana Sepedi / Sesotho Sepedi / Sesotho Afrikaans isiXhosa / isiZulu
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: In WBCC Newsmail 622 item 2, this was also mentioned.
7. Bi-metallic medal in mint set from Allen Kwom South-Korea
This Bi-metallic medal was included in the mint set to commemorate the merger Kukmin Bank and Juteak Bank in 2001. Obverse design has two emblems of Kukmin and Juteak Bank. Reverse has the national flag of Korea and world map.
8. Old encased piece from Paul Baker, UK
The other day on Ebay I noticed a bi-metallic the likes of which I had not previously seen. The piece is a Canadian 5 Cents of 1900 encased in a Canadian 1 Cent from the reign of Edward VII. Both sides of the small silver 5 Cents coin show. This silver coin fits into a large hole through the centre of the larger bronze 1 Cent coin. There is a small hole at the "top" of the piece in the "ring". See....

9. Bi-metallics in Paul Baker, UK
Saw the following in Ebay:
10. Bi-metallic ingot from Antonio Mateo, Spain
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11. Bi-metallic London market Cliff Anderson, USA

Some time ago, I submitted several of these bimetallic market tokens to the newsmail (July 9, 2005, newsmail #465, and October 11, 2008, #635), but I am repeating this topic since there are now a couple more of these interesting tokens to show. 

These tokens have a fascinating history and great eye appeal.  Several monographs have been written on these tokens by Neil Todd, which have also been called “London and provincial market tallies”.  Todd’s extensive research showed that these distinctive and often odd-shaped tokens were issued between 1895 and about 1930 for about nine individual markets in London, but the bimetallic ones seems to have been limited to the markets of Spitalfields, Borough, Covent Garden, Billingsgate and Stratford (not the city of Stratford-on-Avon). 

Collecting these bimetallic tokens is limited by several factors. 


Unfortunately, the several listings of these tokens do not provide illustrations of the tokens and do not clearly indicate when one is bimetallic.  In addition, in July 2007, Todd stated that ownership of many pieces has changed over the last 20 years and that large collections have been sold to Simmons Gallery and the British Museum.  So internet searches have been the best (and maybe the only) way to search for these items.


One description of these pieces was that “Wholesale food markets used tokens (often known as “brasses”) as a receipt for deposits paid for baskets, boxes, sacks and other containers used to convey the produce.  These were widely used in the London markets, and are found in other cities and large towns . . . . when baskets, boxes, sacks, etc., were issued, the trader would charge a deposit to ensure the return of the container.


The main manufacturer of the bimetallic style of tokens was an outfit named R. Neal in London, who seemed deliberate in making them in so many different shapes and sizes.  That's what makes them much more interesting and eye-catching than other trade tokens.

The unique shapes, cut-outs and plugs helped traders to identify the tokens quickly, at a time when hundreds of different tokens were in use. 

Though there is no separate catalog or listing for these English bimetallic market tokens, for more on these tokens, check out and


Here are the images of two more of those bimetallic market tokens.   Note how they have an initial or odd-sized plug inserted, instead of the round or concentric inner core of the more “normal” bimetallic tokens.

12 . Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The Bi-metallic 10 Franc coins of Switzerland are beautiful. The current series highlights the country national parks. The 2009 edition features which animal?
a. Deer
b. Eagle
c. Mountain Goat
d. Mountain Lion
See this coin and others at the WBCC website:
Please send your answer to:

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #654
The first three coins in the Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program have been released. These coins are Bi-metallic 500 Yen. The three Prefectures so honored are Kyoto, Hokkaido and Shimane. The coin of Hokkaido features a building with mountains in the background. How many snowflakes may be found in the design field of this coin?
a. Three
b. Four
c. Five
d. Six
The correct answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #654 is six. Anyone wishing to see my scan of this coin may contact me;

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. The #653 Quiz Game winner is Leandro Del Vecchio, WBCC member #336. There were 11 players in this game
13. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
* Korea, Kukmin Bank and Juteak Bank merger in 2001
* Russia March 09 10 Roubles
* Cairo Museum medals
* London Market bimetallics
* Thailand 2009 125th Anniversary of Thailand Post
* Australia 2009 Silver with Gold, subscription coin

"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:

* Open Day of the Royal Dutch Mint, Saterday June 13, 2009, Utrecht, The Netherlands

* 9th Northern Coin Event 2009, Saturday September 19, 2009, Assen, The Netherlands, 

* 6th Coin Event Numismatica Herentals, Sunday December 13, 2009, Herentals Belgium, http://

* 39th World Money Fair, January 29 to 31, 2010 in Berlin, Germany

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