Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 686
 

WBCC Newsmail 686 Volume 15, October 3, 2009
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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 http://www.wbcc-online.com/newsmail/wbccnews.html
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Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
Welcome into the World Of Bi-, Tri- and Tetra-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail. Please read the Super Quiz Question.




1. A new WBCC member.......by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
 
We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name: Charles Nash (WBCC member #503), USA

Age: 80

Profession: Retired

Hobby: Collecting foreign coins for over 20 years, World coins especially Bi- and Tri-metallics

Goal: Adding Bi-metallic coins  in the 20 th. Century to my collection

How did I know about the WBCC: Searching the internet for Bi-metallic coins
 
2. WBCC members meet.....by Cliff Anderson, USA

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, Paul Baker (WBCC #85) hosted Cliff Anderson (WBCC #38) at Paul’s home in the Midlands of England. 

Paul graciously displayed and described his coin and token collection from worldwide sources.  Of course Paul had all the current bimetallic issues, but he has also been doing detailed research in many other areas of interest. 

Here is a photo of Paul and Cliff examining and exchanging Bi-metallics.

See Paul’s fascinating “Numismatic Dimensions” website, www.wbcc.fsnet.co.uk, which contains many separate pages on bimetallics and other coin topics.

 

3. Bi-metallics from Belgium and Mintmark..........by Jacek Stącel, Poland
I see that Belgium is a new mint mark. New Director of the Mint is  Serge Lessens.
"Pen" will also appear on the circulation of the Belgian coins next year.
 
4. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2009 from Belgum.......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Here is a picture on the Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2009, commemorate Louis Braille
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50
 
5. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2009 from Italy............by Jacek Stącel, Poland
This is the Bi-metallic € 2 2009 from Italy , commemorate Louis Braille. Emission date October 15.
 
6. Bi-metallic 10 Rouble 2009 from Russia....Antonio Mateo, Spain
A new Bi-metallic 10 Rouble 2009 from Russia
The reverse: On the disc - the image of the coat of arms of the Republic of Komi. The inscriptions on the ring along the rim: in the upper part - "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION), in the lower one - "РЕСПУБЛИКА КОМИ" (THE REPUBLIC OF KOMI).

7. Bi-metallic of An English Historic......by Cliff Anderson, USA
Several previous French and English monarchs had engaged in touching ceremonies, especially to cure what was called the “King’s Evil” or scrofula. Scrofula was a tubercular skin disease that affected the lymph nodes in the neck. The “royal touch” ceremony developed from the belief that the monarch possessed divine power and thus could cure disease. That belief and practice died out in the early 1700s. 

This Bi-metallic is called a “touchpiece”. It was given to a supplicant before or after being touched by the handS of King Charles II during his reign from 1664 to 1685.

<>Charles II was the son of Charles I who was beheaded by Oliver Cromwell. So his coming to the throne was the “Restoration” of the monarchy after the bleak period of Cromwell’s anti-catholic Commonwealth. Charles II resurrected the ancient tradition of the “royal touch” to emphasize his “divine right” to rule and to endear himself to the populace.

This bimetallic piece, copper center and brass collar, shows the angel, St. Michael, piercing the dragon, representing divine triumph over disease. The image of the angel also was revived from earlier coinage. The legend reads “Soli Deo Gloria” (Glory Be to God Alone). The ship was a regular image in early English hammered coins and later coinage as well.  Note that King Charles II ("CAR . II") claimed to be king of Britain, France and Ireland by the grace of God ("D . G . B . FR . ET . HI . REX").

One authority states that some of these touchpieces were deliberately pierced for wearing suspended around the neck when passed around to family and friends who could also share in the curative properties of the King’s touch.  This piece shows some wear indicating a lot of touching.  So if you’d like some of the King’s divine cure, touch this image!

Other Bi-metallic pieces were issued during the reigns of both Charleses:  the rose farthings and tin farthings that had an alternate metal plus or wedge inserted.

This piece is 28 mm in diameter, plain edged, and weighs about 10 grams.

 

9. Bi-metallic MTT from Poland (1)...by Stanislaw Bulawski, Poland
New Polish Bi-metallic MTTs from Leba Mint. City Nowy Targ, 10 dutkow  2009,  Diam 27 mm, ring - brass, center alpaca, issued 5.500 pieces
 
10. Bi-metallic MTT from Poland (2)...by Stanislaw Bulawski, Poland
2 different Bi-metallic MMT's from Radom, Poland 
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11. Encased Club Token.........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands
An Encased coin you don't see often in Ebay;
1934-D Buffali Nickel Encased Omaha Coin Club.
 
12. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #686........by Jack Hepler, USA
This week continues the quiz series called, "Whose Face".
Whose face appears on the 1984 Bi-metallic 500 Lire of San Marino?
See this coin and others at the WBCC website:  http://wbcc-online.com
Please send your answer to: heplerj@juno.com

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #685
Whose face appears on the 1987 Bi-metallic Moroccan 5 Dirham?
The correct answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #685 is King Hassan II.
 
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 #684 Quiz Game winner is Gabor Toth, WBCC member #80. There were eight players in this game, all of whom had the correct answer.
 
13. The WBCC Bi-metallic Super Quiz 07......by Jack Hepler, USA
Bi-metallic One and Two Euro coins issued in all of the Euro issuing countries shows a map on the common side. Approximately one millimeter below the image of Spain, three dots may be seen. What do these three dots represent?
(This question was suggested by Hans Bucek.)

Answer to Super Quiz 07
A landlocked Euro issuing country issued a series of 9 Bi-metallic coins of the same value.
One obverse of these bimetallic coins is again used on a coin of the Euro
series of that country.  What is shown on that common obverse?
Answer:  The façade of the Secessionist Building in Austria

The Super Quiz 06 Winner was Meir Sapir, WBCC Member 296.  There were
five players who had the correct answer.  The tie breaker resulted from a
drawing.
 
14. The WBCC Bi-metallic Super Quiz 7......by Jack Hepler, USA
The WBCC Bi-metallic Super Quiz 07......by Jack Hepler, USA
Bi-metallic One and Two Euro coins issued in all of the Euro issuing
countries shows a map on the common side.  Approximately one millimeter
below the image of Spain, three dots may be seen.  What do these three
dots represent?
(This question was suggested by Hans Bucek.)

Answer to Super Quiz 07
A landlocked Euro issuing country issued a series of 9 bimetallic coins
of the same value.
One obverse of these bimetallic coins is again used on a coin of the Euro
series of that country.  What is shown on that common obverse?
Answer:  The façade of the Secessionist Building in Austria

The Super Quiz 06 Winner was Meir Sapir, WBCC Member 296.  There were
five players who had the correct answer.  The tie breaker resulted from a
drawing.

15. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images...by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster

The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images shown at:
http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/new-images.html

* Belgium  2009 2 euro Louis Braille
* Italy 2009 2 euro Louis Braille
* Charles II Touch piece
* Poland MTT from Radom
* Poland MTT varieties from Nowy Targ
* Belgium 2009 2 euro with quill mint mark of Serge Lessens
* Poland MTT from Bielsko Biala 
* Bi-metallics found at the Assen 2009 Coin Fair
* Poland MTT from Krakow
* Poland MTT from National Parks of Wolinski & Slowinski
* 2008 Football Euro Cup Teams

* South African 2010 Football venue



See You next week.

Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club 
wbcc@home.nl

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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, rodsell@rodsell.com
WBCC Sales Pages Provider: Rod Sell, rodsell@rodsell.com
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, cliff38@earthlink.net
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA, heplerj@juno.com
WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA, sunrayofmarion@aol.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, wbcc@home.nl
WBCC Website: http://wbcc-online.com
WBCC Web-Log: http://wbcc.web-log.nl/

The WBCC will attend the following future International events:

* 6th Coin Event Numismatica Herentals, Sunday December 13, 2009, Herentals Belgium, http://www.numismatica-herentals.be
* 39th World Money Fair, January 29 to 31, 2010 in Berlin, Germany  http://www.worldmoneyfair.ch/wmf/english/index.html
* Open Day of the Royal Dutch Mint, Saterday June , 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands http://en.knm.nl
* 10th Northern Coin Event 2010, Saturday September 18, 2010, Assen, The Netherlands, www.muntmanifestatie.nl

 
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