Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail # 817

WBCC Newsmail 817,  April 7 , 2012

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.

Newsmails can now be viewed with images at
first you have to join the newsgroup.

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. Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2012 from Malta….by Pabitra Saha
Finally, Malta 2 Euro 2012 TYE is out, as last of the TYE coins to be relased

2. Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2012 from Finland….by Pabitra Saha, UK
Finland will issue a Bi-metallic 5 Euro 2012 on Ice Hockey World Champianship on April 13, 2012

3. Bi-metallic 3 Euro 2012 from Pabitra Saha, UK
Slovenia will issue a Bi-metallic 3 Euro 2012

4. Bi-metallic 100 Pesos coins from Frans Dubois, The Netherlands
I received information from the Mexico Mint about future new Bi-metallic 100 Pesos coins.
The Mexican Congress authorized the new series commemorating the History of Mexican coinage. There will be twenty four 100 Peso Bi-metallic coins. Similar to the series of the States of the Mexican Republic that were released to circulation, with the exception that these proof coins will not circulate and its commercial value will be higher. They will be issued and released from 2012 to 2014.
I have some images of these new Bi-metallic Pesos but I’m not allowed to publish them, maybe later.

5. Bi-metallics from Germany……by Pabitra Saha, UK

Germany has issued 2013 schedule. Two Bi-metallic 2 Euro

6. Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2012 from Canada…….by Frans Woons, Canada
Here are scans of three different 2012 Bi-metallic toonies (obverses only; the reverses are the familiar “single polar bear” used since 1996).
Some comments about these three coins:
A) The silver toony is, for the first time, struck in 99.99 % silver with a gold-plated core. [In the past the silver toonies were struck in sterling silver (92.5 % silver alloyed with 7.5 % copper) with a gold-plated core]. This year’s silver toony is part of an all-silver proof set that costs $ 224.95 (when purchased from the Royal Canadian Mint). 20,000 of these sets were produced.

B) The specimen toony is part of a specimen set. 35,000 of these sets were produced selling, by the RCM, at $ 49.95 apiece.

C) It is not known how many pieces of the business strike coin will be struck.
It is expected that three more 2012 toonies will be produced:

C-a)  proof coin in base metals: a nickel ring and a brass core. This is also a new composition. This coin is part of a proof set to be sold (as of April 16, 2012) for about $ 100. This is only the second time that a toony in base metals is struck in the quality “proof”. The first one was in 1996; the first year the toony was issued.

D-a) business strike coin in base metals in a new composition. The ring will be in stainless steel. It is, as of yet, unknown what the composition of the core will be. The coin will be lighter in weight than the present business strike coins. The present business strike coins weigh 7.3 g apiece and their composition is: ring: 99+ % nickel; core: 92 % copper plus 6 % aluminum plus 2 % nickel.

E-a) specimen coin with a baby animal or with baby animals. The third coin in a series. Earlier coins are: 2010: two baby lynx; 2011: baby elk. These coins are all part of specimen sets issued at about $ 50 apiece.

In addition, I have the following information:
-a) the toony struck in “brilliant uncirculated” (found in uncirculated sets) was struck last in 2010. Uncirculated sets are now filled with (high quality) business strike coins (as far as the toony is concerned; I don’t know about the other coins).

-b) The 2010 toony (in business strike) occurs in two varieties: 1. with 16 denticles (17 grooves) per serrated edge section (there are five of such sections per coin) (see attached image), and 2. with 14 denticles per section. The “14 denticles” variety (2 – 3 % of all 2010 toonies) is much scarcer than the “16 denticles” variety.

7. Bi-metallic 2 Pounds from the UK, an overview…by Frans Dubois, The Netherlands
Here is a complete overview of all Bi-metallic 2 Pounds from the UK;

Coin Image, Year of Issue, Edge Inscription, Designer Information.

1997 - 2012 STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS  History of Technological Achievement  Design in four concentric circles depicts mankind's industrial and technological progress from the Iron Age to the Internet designed by Bruce Rushin

1999 Rugby World Cup 1999 Rugby World Cup  Design depicts a stadium, on which is superimposed a rugby ball and goalpost. The date '1999' above separated by goal-posts from the value 'TWO POUNDS' below designed by Ron Dutton

2001 WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC...MARCONI 1901... 100th Anniversary of Marconi's 1st Wireless Transmission across the Atlantic Radio waves decorating centre and outer border while a spark of electricity linking the zeros of the date represents the generation of the signal designed by Robert Evans

2002 SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP,MANCHESTER 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester Stylised figure of an athlete holding a banner and the inscription XVII Commonwealth Games 2002 designed by Matthew Bonaccorsi

2003 DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID 50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA A representation of the double helical structure of DNA with the words DNA Double Helix above and 'TWO POUNDS' and the dates '1953-2003' below designed by John Mills

2004 Is milled with an incuse railway line motif. 200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick A representation of a steam locomotive engine with the words 'TWO POUNDS' above and inside a cog wheel, the words R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004 as a circumscription designed by Robert Lowe

2005 REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot An arrangement of crossiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars and the dates 1605 & 2005. Denomination TWO POUNDS below. Designed by Peter Forster

2005 In Victory Magnanimity in Peace Goodwill Design depicts St Paul's Cathedral illuminated by searchlights and the value 'TWO POUNDS' sbove and the dates 1945-2005 below. Designed by Bob Elderton

2006  SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE  Design Depiction of a section of the roof of Paddington Station with the dates 2006 above and the name BRUNEL to the right and the denomination TWO POUNDS below Designed by Robert Evans 

2006 1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER Design A portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with two of his engineering achievments, encircled by a chain with the denomination TWO POUNDS above and the date 2006 below Designed by Rod Kelly

2007 UNITED INTO ONE KINGDOM Tercentenary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland A design dividing the coin into four quarters, with a rose and a thistle occupying two of the quarters and a portcullis in each of the other two quarters. The whole design is overlaid with a linking jigsaw motif and surrounded by the dates "1707" and "2007", and the denomination "TWO POUNDS" Designed by Yvonne Holton 

2007 AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire The date "1807" with the "0" depicted as a broken chain link, surrounded by the inscription "AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE" and the date "2007" Designed by David Gentleman

2008 I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD Olympic Handover Ceremony Designed by  The Royal Mint Engraving Team

2008 THE 4TH OLYMPIAD LONDON The Centenary of the London Olympic Games of 1908 Designed by  Thomas T Docherty

2009 SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns Designed by  The Royal Mint Engraving Team

2009 ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859 200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth Designed by  Suzie Zamit

2010 150 YEARS OF NURSING 100th Anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale Designed by  Gordon Summers

2011 THE AUTHORISED VERSION 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible Designed by Paul Stafford & Benjamin Right

2011 YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511 500th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Mary Rose Designed by  John Bergdahl

2012 SOMETHING WILL TURN UP 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens Designed by Matthew Dent

8. Bi-metallic Coca Cola tokens from Brasil….by Luciano Fischer Maia, Brasil

Here are pictures of 31 Bi-metallic Coca Cola tokens from Brasil

9. Bi-metallic Quiz Game #817…….…by Jack Hepler, USA
Identify this Bi-metallic Coin.

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

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #816

The 10th IAAF Worldwide Championships were honored by a Finnish Bi-metallic 5 Euro.  Where was the event held and who is Christopher Isegwe?
The games were held in Helsinki.  Tanzanian runner Christopher Isegwe won his country’s first ever medal in the 22-year history of the World Championships at the 10th IAAF Worldwide Championships.

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 #815 prize winner was Leandro Del Vecchio, WBCC member #336.

11. Super Quiz #28…………by Jack Hepler, USA
Argentina issued a series of 5 Bi-metallic coins, commemorating 200 years of independence.  All of these coins illustrate selected sites in Argentina  Put these five locations in geographic order from north to south.

Answer to Super Quiz #27
There is a 20 Rupee coin that features a tall building in the design image. 
Name the country that issued this circulation Bi-metallic coin and tell how tall the building is.

The coin is the issued for circulation Bi-metallic 20 Rupees of Mauritius. 
The tall building is the Bank of Mauritius and stands 98 m (321 ft) when measured to the roof, and 124 m (407 ft) to the pinnacle. 
The coin commemorates 40 years of the bank.

The winner of Super Quiz #27 is James Ballard, WBCC member # 523.

12.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 Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK,
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA,
WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
WBCC Focal Point of the Numismata Vienna, 14/15 April 2012, Wolfgang Schuster, Austria,
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, The Netherlands,
WBCC Website:
The WBCC will attend the following future International events:
* Numismata Vienna, 14 and 15 april 2012, Vienna, Austria
* Open day of the Royal Dutch Mint, June, 2012, Utrecht, The Netherlands
* 42nd World Money Fair, February 1 till 3, 2013, Berlin, Germany