Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 175, Volume 4, December18, 1999
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, martinp@westbrabant.net

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

A really great WBCC Newsmail this week. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. Bi-metallic Swap Pages...by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

We have a swap page for members to list their Bi-metallic swaps. If you have
any Bi-metallics for trade please give me the details and I will enter them
in the swap page under your name. If you have a website with a lit of your
swaps. please give me the url and I will link it under your name. E-mail me
at: Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au

2. Bi-metallics China 10 Yuan...by Liu Jian, China

Just let you know there are two new Bi-metallic coins issued in China on
Dec, 10 commemorating the return of Macao to China. Face value are 10 Yuan
and it is issued by the central bank of P.R.China. Please send me a E-mail
mailto:liuj@public.ytptt.sd.cn) if are interested in these two Bi-metallic coins.
US$7 each set (Please add US$3 for Registered air postage.)

3. Bi-metallic Singapore 5 Dollar 2000....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

When you look in the Singapore Homepage http://www.singaporemint.com.sg/
they offer a new 2000 Bi-metallic 5$. The homepage say:

Singapore Millennium 2000 Coins
Category Description
Marking the Millennium Moment

New Chapters. New Beginnings. To celebrate turning of a momentous decimal of
time, the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore (BCCS) is proud to
release the very special Millennium Coins.
$5 Gold and Silver Bi-metallic Piedfort Proof Coin
$5 Aluminium Bronze and Cupro-Nickel Bi-Metallic Proof Coin and
$5 Aluminium Bronze and Cupro-Nickel Bi-Metallic Circulation Coin

The design features a twirl that joins the numeral 1 to represent a
breakthrough in all areas of human knowledge. Graphically, it is a focused
breakthrough that combines the strengths and spirits of all Singaporeans
uniting behind a shared heritage and a common vision.

The numeral 1 also poses as the letter "I" to represent the innovative
spirit that comes with the ultimate breakthrough. The numeral 1 also means
total unity and one common identity. This spirit of oneness is paramount to
succeed into the 21st century as a nation, a country with one common
identity. The design also signifies the move from the 20th to the 21st

The $5 Aluminium Bronze and Cupro-Nickel Bi-Metallic Circulation Coin is
specially made available by BCCS to celebrate the new millennium. These
circulation coins will be made available to the public for exchange at face

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The prices (in Singapore Dollars) are:

* $5 Gold and Silver Bi-metallic Piedfort Proof, S$ 1,203.00
* $5 Aluminium Bronze and Cupro-Nickel Bi-Metallic Proof, S$ 28.00
* $5 Aluminium Bronze and Cupro-Nickel Bi-Metallic Circulation, Price
Pictures can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

4. Bi-metallic USA token from Charlotte..by Cliff Anderson, USA

The good looking Bi-metallic transit token from Charlotte, NC, just arrived
in the mail this week. It is dated 2000 and has almost the same reverse as
the 1999 token. The "RWM" mintmark is clear. Queen Charlotte's dates are
also shown.

She was born in 1744 in Mecklinburg-Sterlitz, Germany, and married George
III in 1766, six years after he was crowned king of England. (Georgia, a
state to the south of North Carolina was named for George II, his
grandfather). The city of Charlotte was incorporated in 1768 and named for
the king's wife. But Queen Charlotte would have been very aware of her
husband's frustrated attempts to keep the American colonies from rebelling,
resulting in his failure in 1776, only eight years after the city was named
for her. While England had to deal with France and Napoleon, the queen had
to deal with her husband's bouts of insanity, starting in 1765, in 1788,
1804, and finally his incapacitating madness and blindness in 1811. Yet she
died in 1818, before her mad husband died in 1820.

A picture of this US Bi-metallic transit token can be seen in the WBCC
If you want to order the Charlotte Bi-metallic piece, please go to at:

5. Bi-metallic Canada 2 Dollar Errors...by Patrick Glassford, Canada

I have created a "WBCC Members Preview" page of Canadian Bi-metallic error
coins at: http://tor-pw1.netcom.ca/~err/wbcc.html

It has the latest information and images of Canadian Bi-metallic error coins
being found in Canada. This is a peek into the massive revision underway at
the "Canadian Error Coin" website. All current sections are being revised
and many new additions are slated. In response to our most popular question-
"How much is it worth" -I will be incorporating "Rarity and Value" wherever
it is appropriate or possible. The text below are the descriptions that
accompany  the images on the WBCC preview page.

* 1999 Nunavut - Core with 2 Curved Clips - Planchet Variety
Since 1996, a few Two Dollar coins with clipped inner cores have appeared.
Small clips usually fetch $100.00, while a large clip may get double that.
The coin illustrated here is the first reported Clipped Core on a Nunavut
commemorative. It is also the first reported Double Clip - on any Two dollar
issue. As this coin has 2 Clips and is on a commemorative, it may be worth
around $200.00. These values are based on uncirculated coins.

* New Bi-metallic Error Type - Misaligned Ring Hole - Planchet Variety
If you look closely at the image, you will note that the core is perfectly
round on both sides of the coin. This is unlike most "Misaligned Core
Strikes" commonly reported. Misaligned Core strikes show one side with an
elliptically shaped core, while the other side will show an oblong shaped
core. To cut a ring from a strip of nickel is a two part operation. First
the "hole of the ring" must be punched from the strip. The "Holed" strip is
then feed into a guide that aligns the "Ring Holes" to gang punches that cut
the rings. The example shown here shows evidence of the ring being punched
out of alignment with the centre hole. The arrows indicate a small curved
clip on the outside of the core.
This is the second such example I have been able to examine, the other being
dated 1996 -it had a small curved clip on the outside of the Ring also. I
estimate the value of the one shown here at around $200.00.

* Revised Image- "Horned" Polar Bear - Die Variety
I have revised this image -as the previous version was too dark and it was
hard to make out. This coin shows a very nice "Chipped Die"- These are small
chipped off portions of the die, usually where the field meets an element.
May appear as raised "blobs" or "fillings" adjoining design elements of a
coin. I value this coin at about $20.00. Some collectors call this coin a
"Horned Bear" and claim it looks more like a Rhinoceros than a Polar bear!

* 1999 Nunavut - Wrong Planchet Strike - Strike Variety
This Nunavut coin appears to be struck on a planchet intended for a
Venezuela 2 Bolivares coin. Canada has been striking coins for Venezuela
since 1972. So far, it is the only one reported. Around 10 Two Dollar coins
on Wrong Planchets are currently known, One being on a Bangladesh Stainless
Steel flan, another on a Aluminum-Bronze planchet, perhaps a planchet for
Argentina. The others appear to be on a Nickel planchet. This one shown
here, is on a NBS (Nickel Bonded Steel) planchet. All Two Dollar Wrong
Planchet Strikes that have been sold in the past have fetch over $2,000.00.

* Incredible - Misaligned Core Strike - Strike Variety
Here is a very nice misaligned core that is the result of a striking error.
This coin was struck with the core misaligned to the hole of the ring. On
this example the core was so far over that it extended outside of the collar
and forced the collar down during the strike. The rim of this coin exhibits
a very nice Partial Collar! Values for extreme examples like this one that
also exhibit a partial collar rim may go as high as $500.00.

* Indent by a Second Core - Strike Variety
A most spectacular occurrence. This coin shows the result of 2 cores being
involved with the strike. The extra core in this case, fell out after the
strike. Image tells it all. Currently, I am aware of just 3 such coins, when
offered -they quickly realize amounts around $500.00 (Uncs).

6. Bi-metallic Falkland Island 2 Pound..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 173 item 2 about the possible 2 Pound of the
Falkland Island I received the following message from Richard Wagner,
Economic Adviser Treasury.

Further to your question on Falkland Island coins, a collector series of all
Falkland Island coins is being produced by the Royal Mint in London
including the 2 Pound Millennium coin which is the only 2 Pound coin
available. Suggest you contact the Royal Mint, http://www.royalmint.com/
The collection should be available shortly.
Richard Wagner, Economic Adviser Treasury

7. My favorite Bi-(or Tri-)metallic contest..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

As suggested by Jose Monleon from Spain the contest for the most beautiful
Bi- or Tri-metallic 1999 is open. So, what is your favorite? The contest is
open till December 31th 1999. Jose's choice is: The Andorra 5 Dinar 1999,

8. New Bi-metallic images......by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:
* Canadian $2 Nunavut with double clipped core
* US Charlotte  N.C. 2000 Transit Token
* Singapore Millennium $5 with special hologram
* Singapore Millennium $5 Gold & Silver Piedfort Proof
* GB 1844 Model Halfpenny with Brass centre
* US 1999 Encased Cent by Krause Numismatics at ANA Chicago
* Russia 2 Patriach Medals

9. Bi-metallic 100 Escudos 1999 Error...by Francisco Manuel, Portugal

I can offer the 1999 Bi-metallic 100 Escudos Unicef, misspelling Portugusa.
If you have interest you can contact me at: fmanuel@esoterica.pt

10. Coin World article........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article can be read in the November 29th Coin World issue in
the International Section:

"Computer error" or "human"?
Portugal recalls 500,000 commem coins
By Michael E. Marotta

In late October; the Portuguese national Mint, the Naciana Casa da Moeda,
was forced to recall 500,000 coins because the name of the country was
misspelled on them. Sources in Portugal revealed that the problem began with
a "computer error". The coins were 100-escudo Bi-metallic commemoratives
struck as part of the regular circulation coinage. The coins commemorated
the 50th anniversary of the United Nations International Children's
Emergency Fund (Unicef). The coins were also included in the 1999 Mint sets.
All of the Mint sets were recalled. However, an undetermmed number of coins
were released. Some concern excists that collectors and speculators wiil run
up the price of those coins that were accidentally released. The newspaper O
Comecia do Porto estimates that there are 5,000 numismatic collectors in
Pottugal. Like many modom manufacturing facilities, the Casa da Moeda relies
on CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology.
With roots in the 1950s, this technology has been in place at major
manufacturers in the United States, Europe and Japan for about 15 years.
These systems allow an engineer or designer to draw a part or a feature and
have that data sent directly to the tool and die deparment where machines
are made. Computer aided machine tools translate the data into paths for
cutting, grinding and other operations. The Unicef coin was chosen as a
special test case of the new minting methods. In this case, the designer
misspelled the name of the country Portugal. No one caught the error until
the coins were distriliuted. In Portuguese, the name of the country is
Republica Portuguesa. On the coins, lt appeared as Republica Portugusa,
without the E between the U and the S.  The mistake has also been called
"human error". The Casa da Moeda told O Comercio do Porto that the error is
the object of an intern investigation. It is not clear how internal quality
assurance controls failed in ihis instance. The Bank of Portugal said that
this was the time it was required to recall thousands of coins because of a
typographical error.
The story was reported via the Worldwide Bimetallic Coin Collectors
(--Remark) and other internet groups on Oct. 25. The next day, stories about
the error appeared in newspapers in Portugal. Coin World contacted the Casa
do Moeda on Nov 11 via e-mail. At noon on Nov 12, Coin World received a
reply from Manuel de Borges de Castro, one of the directors of the National
Printing Office, State Mint. He had no comments on the error.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Coin World also did made a "Human Error". They
misspelled the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club.

"See" you next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange
Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, chander@mciworld.com
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 113076.167@compuserve.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net