Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 735

WBCC Newsmail 735 Volume 16, September 11, 2010

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 Tetra-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of the WBCC Newsmail.

1. WBCC Newsmails and E-mail Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point.

I will resume editing the WBCC Newsmail beginning with Newsmail 736. September11 will be composed and sent out by Jack Hepler, USA.  Please send Bi-metallic news to me at my new E-mail address,

2.  Ethiopia Introduces a new Bi-metallic Antonio Barrena Mateo, Spain

National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has dispatched to banks the new one-birr coins that are going to replace the current notes whose circulation life is estimated at not be more than three years.

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) the company that won the official tender floated by the bank to make the coins has delivered to the NBE more than 400 million one-birr coins which are dealt out to the private and state-owned commercial banks in the course of the past ten days.

Sources told The Reporter that the 400 million one-birr coins cost the bank some 300 million birr with the cost ratio of 75 cent apiece. However, the coins are not to be in circulations before the coming Ethiopian New Year and so far they are sealed in boxes.

The silver-color coin features a lion’s head on one side while the other depicts a scale. The lion’s head and the scale are imprinted in a golden color with silver sidelines completing the appearance.

The new coins with an estimated life span of 20 years and above are going to be circulated in the market concurrently with notes while the latter phases out until it is replaced completely. Information from the bank shows that the coins are fit for usage in vending machines.

The first paper based one-birr note entered circulation in Ethiopia during the regime of Emperor Menelik II while the subsequent governments revised the features and the color of the note whenever they saw fit.

The international tender floated by the NBE drew bids from coin makers from United Kingdom Canada Australia and France while the RCM (Canadian) won and did the job.

3. South Africa 2011 Tri-metallic…by Leandro Del Vecchio, Argentina

Here I attached a picture of a tri-metallic currency.  And only circulating coin collectors.

.New Bi-metallic coin from Finland
The Mint of Finland will issue in 2010 two 5 Euro coins which begin a new series of coins dedicated to the provinces of Finland.  There are nine historical provinces of Finland: Åland, Tavastia, Karelia, Lapland, Ostro-bothnia, Satakunta, Savo, Uusimaa and Finland Proper.  The two first coins will be issued in 2010 and the first two provinces represented in the series will be Finland Proper and Satakunta, respectively.

Source: Mint of Finland


Core composition: CuNi

Ring composition: Nordic Gold

Diameter: 27.25 mm

Designer: Nora Tapper

5. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #735…by Jack Hepler, USA

This week continues the quiz series called, "Whose Face".

Whose face appears on the NON-States commemorative 2006 Bi-metallic 100 Pesos coin of Mexico?  This question is NOT about one of the special states issues.

See this coin and others at the WBCC website: Please send your answer to:

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #733.

Whose face appears on the 2003 Bi-metallic 40 Shilling coin of Kenya?

The correct answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #734 is President H. E. Mwai Kibaki, first President of Kenya.

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 Quiz Game #733 prize winner was Claudio Revello WBCC member #207.  There were eight players.

6.  WBCC Super Quiz Jack Hepler, USA

The 2005 Bi-metallic 1000  Bolivares shows the National Shield from the Coat of Arms which is not the same as the shield in the design of the 2007 Bi-metallic Bolivar.  What is the difference, why is there a difference and which c.o.a. is the official one?  (Three answers are required)

7.  Answer to WBCC Super Quiz Jack Hepler, USA

A very important historical event for one country was honored by another country on a Bi-metallic coin.  This event took place over 200 years ago near geographical coordinates 6 degrees, 30 minutes West, 36 degrees, 30 minutes North.  Name the coin, country that issued the coin and event.

The coin is 2 Pounds 2008.

Gibraltar issued the coin.

The event was the Battle of Trafalgar.

ED.  Note:  The answer provided in Newsmail 734 was in error.  The correct answer is “The Battle of Trafalgar”.  The Battle of Gibraltar is potentially a subject for a future question.

8.  Bi-metallic Focal Point in Poland…by Jack Hepler

9. New Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster

The new Bi-, Tri-, or Tetra-metallic images are shown at:

"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 Auction/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, The Netherlands,
WBCC Website:
The WBCC will attend the following future International events:
* Open Day of the Royal Dutch Mint, 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands
* 10th Northern Coin Event 2010, September, 2010, Assen, The Netherlands,
* 7th Coin Event Numismatica Herentals, December, 2010, Herentals Belgium,
* 40th World Money Fair, January, 2011, Berlin, Germany