Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 181, Volume 5, January 29, 2000
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,
After a very hectic weekend at the Basel World Money Fair and reading all
this weeks e-mail about Bi-metallics, you can read again a very nice WBCC
Newsmail. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. WBCC Developement Centre...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

I'm proud to introduce the "WBCC Developement Centre" to you. The man behind
it is Jack Hepler of the USA. Jack will develope new ideas for the WBCC for
the future. Ofcourse we all wish Jack has some great ideas.

2. Portuguese Mint and the WBCC...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

I'm also proud to announce the official sponcership of the Impresa
Nacional-Casa Da Moeda EP (Portuguese Mint) of the Worldwide Bi-metallic
Collectors Club. They have sponcered the WBCC till December 31th 2000.

3. New WBCC members...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have 3 new members. Let me introduce them to you:

Name:         Hideo Futahashi 9WBCC member #160), Japan
E-mail:        numisfh1@oak.ocn.ne.jp
Age:           52
Profession: Employed in a company of garment retail chain stores. Also
Editor for Coins Section of "New Coins and Banknotes of The World" which is
issued by "JNDA-Japan Numismatic Dealer's Association" five times a year.
Hobby:      Collecting world silver coins especially such as British
Shillings, French Francs, German Marks and so on.
Goal:        To complete aboves by dates, mints and also varieties.

Name:        Ray Hill (WBCC member #161), USA
E-mail:       rhill24@home.com
Age:           31
Profession   US Air Force
Hobby        Coin collecting ( world circulating, bi-metallics
Goal:         (for coin collecting) to form a collection of one from each
coin minting country and to build a nice collection of Bi-metallics

Name:        Jorge Crespo 9WBCC member #162), Puerto Rico
E-mail:        ac_jcrespo@suagm.edu
Age:           43
Profession: University Planner
Goal:         Build a collection of "numismatic" Bi-metallics (coins or
medals depicting coinage)

4. Bi-metallic Ecu from Great Britain..by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain

There is a new Bi-metallic (non ringed) 5 Ecu in Coincraft. 5 Ecu 1992 from
Great Britain. Metals: Gilting / CuNi. Price including postage:
14,90 Pound. In 1992 the International Currency Bureau struck a crownsized 5
Ecu to show what the new money might look like. On the obverse is Neptune
and Britannia looking over a globe of Europe, the reserve has the Three
Graces with the date and denomination. These Ecus are listed in Schön´s book
´94/95 in a number of differents metals.
This is all the information which I could get till now. Ringed or non
ringed?  I don´t know.

5. Bi-metallic forgeries, phoneys, fakes, counterfeits..by Cliff Anderson

Several WBCC members last week compared notes and experiences with
counterfeit Bi-metallic coins.

Though we haven't made any kind of study or done any research on these, it
seems that the most common of the modern Bi-metallic fakes are the French 10
franc coins.  Rod Sell has two of them, dated 1988 and 1990, and Cliff
Anderson has one dated 1991.

Another person knowledgeable about such counterfeits, Frederic Mur, confirms
what we also see, that these false coins are very well made. Mur pointed out
that the central yellow metal usually doesn't have the same color of the
genuine 10 francs, and that the engraved details are not as clear as on the
authentic coins.

Mur also noted that the French public has learned to quickly recognize the
false coins. They are lighter in weight than the genuine pieces. Others say
that the fakes sound "clunkier" than the real coins. Paul Baker suggests
that this "clunky"characteristic may result from the fakes being cast and
not struck, which process might alter the crystalline grain of the metal.
Mur also says that nowadays, the false 10 franc coins are really rare in
France since most of them have been destroyed by the banks. Thus,
counterfeits themselves have become rarer. Mur also observed that
"generally, the center of the false coins, the white metal, is more easily
attacked by the air and the water. The French words are 'attaqué par la
rouille'. It's probably due to a different composition of the metals than
for the original coins. But I can't tell you what is in details the
(See Mur's entertaining website at http://perso.wanadoo.fr/numismatec )

Paul Baker notes that the only other Bi-metallic coins that have emerged as
forgeries are the Israeli Bi-metallic 10 Sheqalim (see below). Baker adds
that there have been some convictions recently in Britain of counterfeiters
of the one pound coins (not Bi-metallic). This, plus the many security
measures of the Bi-metallic (latent images etc..) that went into the new
Bi-metallic two pound coin, surely means that we should not be seeing many
British Bi-metallic counterfeits.

Another WBCC member, Richard Colliass, from Milton Keynes, England, wrote
about Bi-metallic counterfeits last week. "I am a keen collector of
counterfeit coins of the world, having some 300 examples. I also have two
very nice examples of the French 10 franc forgeries, but I do not have any
other examples of Bi-metallic forgeries at present. I am a member of the
WBCC and of the Counterfeit Coin Club. I would be quite willing to assist
the WBCC by beginning to do some research into the field of Bi-metallic
forgeries. . . . I will keep you updated as soon as I have further info on
"bi-forgeries". One extra bit of info is that there is at least one example
known of a French TRI-metallic counterfeit. A dealer I know was trying to
buy it for me, but he did not manage to purchase it. I have checked with the
dealer but as this happened some months ago, he can not now recall which
Tri-metallic variety it was."  (editorial note: I am stealing Colliass's
phrase for the title of this article)

Colliass went on to describe the Counterfeit Coin Club. "It is based in
Britain and has been up and running for some years now. It has its own 16
page news letter which is produced quarterly. It has a worldwide membership
and the membership fees are around 9 Pounds Sterling. It covers all aspects
of forgeries of the world, both ancient and modern. Anyone interested should
write to the president, Mr Ken Peters, 8 Kings Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16
3XU, England, UK, to obtain a membership application form. Members can place
free adverts in the magazine which might help them to acquire Bi-metallic
forgeries from other members."

The Israeli counterfeits mentioned above were also addressed in previous
WBCC Newsmails (thanks to Paul Baker looking them up).

In WBCC Newsmail 122 (12/Dec/1998), member Yossi Barzelay, Israel, repeated
a newspaper item that an Israeli police officer had found a counterfeit
Bimetallic 10 Sheqel coin, dated 1995. Its color and measures were the same
as the authentic piece and only the chemical composition is different. No
one can tell when and where the coin was minted.

Yossi followed up (in WBCC Newsmail 133 (27/Feb/1999) with the news that the
Israeli Police had found about 6,500 pieces of those counterfeit Bi-metallic
10 Sheqalim 1995 coins, and had confiscated about 100,000 outer rings of the
coins. The police suspect that more than 10,000 pieces were already
distributed. The police said that the counterfeits are heavier than the
authentic coins and "don't bounce when you throw them on the floor."

Then in WBCC Newsmail 123 (19/Dec/1998), Liu Jian said his friend had found
two counterfeit Chinese Bi-metallic commemorative 10 Yuan coins (Y-722,
Y723) at a Beijing coin market. And their color and measures also are the
same as the authentic coins, and only the chemical composition is different.
Liu said "but I couldn't get any one until now," so we hope that Liu does
have a counterfeit for scanning.

See Rod Sell's newly developed page on the website dedicated to fakes
(http://geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcce-i/fakes.html). Images and
details of any other Bi-metallic counterfeits, from any source, are welcome
and can be emailed to Rod or Martin.

6. Bi-metallic roumer............by Joel Larouche, Canada

Yesterday I wrote to RCmint about rumor. I heard they will be a new
commemorative 2$ in 2000. Today I got a reply and they told me there will be
a new Bi-metallic 2$ this year but they can't give more information. This
coins will not be out 'til spring. They dont want to give me other

7. Bi-metallic in precious metals for Slovakia.......by Paul Baker, UK

On seeing the image of the Bi-metallic medal that is to be found in this
year's Slovakian mint sets I wondered for a minute if the Národná banka
Slovenska (National Bank of Slovakia) website would have an image of a bank
building that would perhaps match that depicted on this Bi-metallic medal.
There were no images of buildings immediately apparent on this site, though
I fortunately found a little something else.
The site of the National Bank of Slovakia is at   http://www.nbs.sk/ . The
first button I needed to click on of course was the __English__ button. Then
in the smaller frame a list of contents now appeared in English, my first
choice I selected here was __Slovak Currency__. I then "surfed" the six
options that next appeared in the larger frame. These were sections on
different categories of Slovak currency - both coins and notes. The last of
these six links was entitled __The Issue Plan of Slovak Commemorative
Coins__ . This page contained two tables. The first of these was entitled
"The issue plan of Slovak commemorative coins in 2000". This table gave
breif details of one gold type and three silver commemorative types to be
issued with the "2000" date. More interesteingly the second table on this
page entitled "The issue plan of Slovak commemorative coins in 2001" gave
details of three coins. Reading this I am led to believe that in December of
2000, Slovakia will issue a 3000SK coin dated "2001" to celebrate the
beginning of the third millennium - this piece will be a ringed piece in
gold and silver. Well I presume "ringed" since the 3000SK denomination is a
lot higher than the 500SK denomination of Slovakia's "crown-sized" silver
commemorative coins of recent years which contain near enough one ounce of
silver - so one would expect the 3000SK to have an amount of gold and not
just a inlay. This second table mentions two silver pieces for "2001" too.
You may well notice that all the pieces on this particlar page are described
as being denominated in multiple of "Slovak crown" this though is just how
they have translated "Slovakian Korun", as the equivalent page in the Slovak
language uses just the abbreviation "SK" for these denominations.

8. Bi-metallic from Hungary...............by Toth Gabor, Hungary

Hungary will issue a new Bi-metallic 3000 Forin commemorating the 1000th
anniversary of the statefoundation. Details:
Weight: 31.46 g
Diameter: 38.25 mm
Ring: Ag
Centre: Au*Ag
Legend in border: 5 times millennium, between legends one-one start.
A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

9. Somalia Bi-metallic in eBay...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In eBay I saw the following Bi-metallic offered:

* Bi-Metallic 250 Sh 2000 Churchill
* Bi-Metallic 250 Sh 2000 Mandela
* Bi-Metallic 250 Sh 2000 Hirohito
* Bi-Metallic 250 Sh 2000 MaoTse Tung
* Bi-Metallic 250 Sh 2000 Berlin Wall

According the seller Paul Davis of ArcticCoin Ottawa Inc, they have are two
rings and a centre in fact. I think they are Tri-metallic but who knows more
about these Bi- or Tri-metallics. Were where they strcuk? Etc. Please E-mail
me at: martinp@westbrabant.net

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Several picture from the World Money fair
* Proposed US $10 Gold & Platinum Bi-metallic
* Switzerland 2000  Basler 5 Franc
* US.  Speedway Medal from Upper Saddle River NJ
* Poland 2 Zloty  and Gold and Silver 200 Zlotych
* Hungary 1999 3000 Forint
* Austria "Communicating 2000" 100 Schillings
* Slovakia. Bratislava Medal from the 2000 Set
* Canada 1989 $1 Mackenzie River
* Portugal 1990 100 Escudos Error
* US 25 Cent Trade Token from Edw. C. Willis of Bingle Long, Alaska.
* US 5 Cent Trade Token from Southwestern Marcantile Company of Dawson, New

11. Bi-metallic Token from the WBCC....by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The WBCc Bi-metallic tokens special made for the World Money Fair event are
still available.

How to order this token outside the US:
Frans Dubois will send the token(s) AFTER he has received the payment for
the token(s) and postage.

Frans Dubois
Lazaruskade 12
2802 ES Gouda

To remember, price of one token is 5 US$ and 1 US$ for postage in Europe.
Registrated mail us 6 US$
3 or more tokens is 2 US$ postage.
If you want more than one token, please contact me at: dubois.f@wxs.nl
As soon as I have received your letter I will send you the token.
Jack Hepler will take the orders from American members back to the U.S to
reduce postage costs to about 1 US$,

How to order this token from the US:
If the US collectors send the order to Jack Hepler, they can have the WBCC
token for 5 US$, postage included. Insurance is an additional 1.25 US$.
Orders can be paid for with cash or check. No credit cards, please. Send
order to:

Jack Hepler
3557 Graham Meadows Place
Richmond, VA 23233-6659
E-mail: LESLIE.J.HEPLER@saic.com

12. The Basel World Money Fair...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

Arriving at Basel we went straight to the Basel Congress Centre were the
World Money Fair was held and we build the WBCC table. A nice picture of our
table can be seen in the WBCC Homepage. The goal of the WBCC at the World
Money Fair was to expose the WBCC to the numismatic world, meeting
representives of Mints and Minters and WBCC members. Further we had a
special made WBCC Bi-metallic token for the WMF.

Exposing the WBCC to the numismatic world
The World Money Fair is the must inportant fair worldwide were all the
famous people are together. Most of those people did visit the WBCC table
and were very interested in the WBCC. Some had already heard (read) about it.

Michael Marotta, editor of Coin World visited our table and was interested
in the WBCC CD ROM and the WBCC Bi-metallic token. Several Mintmasters (!!)
did visted the WBCC table. Many coindealers did too.

Meeting representives Mints, Minters and coindealers
In this WMF event 30 official booths of foreign Mint were exposing there new
products. Here are some highlights:

* Austria Mint: They showed their new 100 Schilling 2000 Bi-metallic piece
(named "Communicating 2000") in Silver (ring shiny) and Silver (centre
dark). 50,000 pieces made in Proof quality. 34mm.

* Canadian Mint: They offered the 2000 UNC set wqith the 2 Dollar Polar Bear
with the Mintmark "w" (Winnipeg). The representive told that it is not sure
these pieces will only made at the Winnipeg plant, but maybe also in an
other location.

* French Mint: Reported the 2000 set is not available yet.

* Hungaria Mint: They showed a 3000 Forint 1999 commemorating 1000th
Anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian State. 5,000 pieces in BU and
5,000 in Proof quality. Ring is Silver and the Centre is Gold plated Silver.

* Huguenin Medailleurs Swiss: Reported a 5th Bi-metallic will be issued next

* Latvia Mint: They had the new 2 Lati 1999 available.

* Lithuania Mint: Available at their booth the 2 and 5 Litai 1999.

* Slovakia Mint: They offered the 2000 Mint set (named "Bratislava") with a
Bi-metallic medal (as they did last 4 years)

* Poland Mint: They showed the new 200 Zloty 2000 Tri-metallic (!!)
commomorating the year 2000. Made in Gold/Silver/Gold. In Proof quality and
27mm. Also could be seen the new 2 Zloty 2000 commemorating the year 2000.
Made in CuAlZnSn (ring) and MN25 (??) the centre. Isue dat unknown yet, but
will be this year.

* Singapore Mint: Available at their booth the 2000 Anual set with the
Bi-metallic 5 Dollar 2000 with latent 2000. They also have a set with the
Bi-metallic 5 Dollar 2000 with the normal year 2000 printed.

* Swiss Mint: They had the new Bi-metallic 5 Franken 2000, Basler Fasnacht.

* United State Mint: They showed the design of the new US 10 Dollars 2000
Bi-metallic. Made of Gold and Platinum. 200,000 will be made and will be
launched on April 24, 2000. Designers are Mint Sculptors/Engraves - John
Mercanti and Thomas D. Rogers Jr. The design of the coin minted shall be
emblematic of the Library of Congress. A picture is availavble in the WBCC

* Coindealers: Very much coindealers did offer their marchandise to the
visiters of the WMF event. We didn't notice any unkown Bi-metallics on their

Meeting WBCC members
Several WBCC members visited the WBCC table and we had a great talk about
Bi-metallics. The WBCC members were: Hans Bucek (Swiss), Gerhard Schön
(Germany), Christian Dolt (France)

WBCC Bi-metallic Token
A really great success was the Bi-metallic WBCC token special made for the
WMF event. Many people were surprised we had made them. Although the WBCC
token was a great success they are still available.

A great Moment
A really great moment at the WBCC table was on saterday at 10.00 AM. The
president of the World Money Fair, Mr. Albert Beck visited us. Because of
his work for the event and helping the WBCC to attend the WMF, we could give
him the WBCC Bi-metallic token. Obviously he was very surprised getting one
from us, anf pictures were made of the great moment!

Next year World Money Fair
From the organisation of the World Money fair I already got an invitation to
attend the next year event.

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

The following article can be read in the January 24th Coin World issue
written by WBCC member Ken Potter with information from WBCC member Patrick

$2 Canadian "mules" surface
RCM uses Proof-style reverse die by mistake
By Ken Potter
Special to Coin World
Right on the heels of the discovery of "mules" on Canada's September and
November Millennium 25-cent coins, word comes in that a mule has also been
discovered on the special Nunavut Millennium $2 commemorative coin.
"Mule" is collector parlance for a coin that has been struck with mismatched
dies - dies not intended to be used together.
This time the Royal Canadian Mint included some $2 Nunavut Millennium mules
into its standard seven-coin "Uncirculated sets" (referred to by collectors
as proof like sets). The $2 Nunavut piece was struck for circulation and
proof like sets and specimen sets on a standard, bimetallic, nickel-aluminum
bronze planchet. The obverse and reverse dies used to strike these coins
include a raised border (on the coin) that surrounds the inner core. The
raised border aids in the funneling of metal into the interlocking mechsnism
used by the RCM to secure the outer ring and core. The planchet for the
sterling silver version is of one piece construction and contains a gold
overlay to the central area normally occupied by the core, thus no
interlocking mechanism or border is necessary. While the obverse used to
strike the sterling silver version has a raised border around the core area,
the reverse does not and it some speculate it was eliminated to create a
more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the finished product.
The error, which was first brought to my attantion via an educational
Internet site managed by Patrick Glassford of Ontario, is comprised of a
standard obverse with the raised border around the inner core, mated to a
silver-Proof style design reverse without the border.
Pascal Goovaerts of Montreal, Quebec, who first reported the error to
Glassford, stated the reverse die does not have a Proof finish, indicating
that the die was inproperly processed for proof like production. Goovaerts
said that he found one of the errors in a batch of 20 proof like sets that
he ordered directly from the RCM. He also noted that he had met "someone
from the RCM at the last ... Nuphilex show," who told him that when the RCM
found the errors in sets; they "decided to destroy many sets" He believes
that only a few sets were delivered to the public.
T'he original design of the $2 coin, introduced in 1996, shows an adult
polar bear in, early summer an an ice floe. It was struck for several months
of 1999 on standard and silver planchets and included into early emissions
of the RCM's Uncirculated, Specimen and Proof sets: None were produced for
general circulation.
On May 27th, the RCM introduced the Nunavut 1999 Millennium $2 coin to
celebrate the birth of Canada's youngest territory on April 1. The coin
features an Inuit man completely absorbed in his spiritual, almost hypnotic
drum dance - an ageold ritual that remains highty visible throughout Nunavut
today According to the RCM, "the new design will temporarily replace the
Polar Bear that  has graced the coin since 1996" It is assumed that the
Polar Bear design will appear on 2000 coinage.
The Nunavut $2 coin, which was designed by the Inuit artist, Germaine
Arnaktauyok, was struck in three metallic versions: 22-karat gold, sterling
silver and standard metals. The gold version is comprised of a 22-karat gold
inner core with 4.1-karat gold outer ring. The sterling silver version has a
92.5 percent sterling silver outer ring and a 22-karat gold-plated center.
The standard planchet is comprised of an outer ring of nickel and an inner
core of aureate aluminum-bronze. The $2 coin was introduced Feb. 19, 1996,
to replace the $2 bank note. The RCM maintains that the coins will last
about 20 times longer than the $2 notes they replaced. The $2 coin features
a distinctive bimetal coin locking mechanism patented by the Royal Canadian
Mint. No auction results are currently available for the $2 variety that I'm
aware of. Glassford notes wide swings in price but believes they will settle
in around the $75 to $ 150 range for the $2 coin. Glassford also provided
most of the technical data for this report. ©

14. My Bi-metallic offer...........by Helmut Schoenawa, Germany

The following Bi-metallic coins are now in stock and available:
* Latvia 2 Lati 1999 DM 21,50/US$ 11,00
* Switzerland 5 Franken "Basler Fasnacht" DM 15,60/US$ 8,00
* South Korea 2000 Won year 2000  in card, DM 28,40/US$ 14,50
All plus postage. E-mail: Hartmut.Schoenawa@t-online.de

"See" you next weeks,
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 Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA, leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net