Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 184, Volume 5, February 19, 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,

Again a great WBCC Newsmail this week. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. My new E-mail address..........by Henk Zuidinga, Netherlands

Please read my new E-mail address: Henk Zuidinga, eyelash@chello.nl

2. Bi-metallic 1 Peso 2000 Mexico..by José Melchor Ayala Salazar, Mexico

Let me tell you that here the Mint of Mexico just put in circulation the
Bi-metallic 1 Peso 2000.

3. Bi-metallic advertising medal..... by Cliff Anderson, USA

The new Bi-metallic medal on the WBCC Homepage came to me through auction.
It seems meant as an advertising or promotional item, but not a trade token.
The medal manufacturer or minter is an outfit called Childs in Chicago. The
image consists of what appears to be stacks of lumber or plywood, what are
maybe roofing shingles, logs, and a burlap bag, maybe full of cement(?)  The
reverse says "Compliments of Acme Cement Plaster Co., St. Louis, MO / Childs
Chicago".  Don't know anything more about it, but it does imply that there
may be more Bi-metallic Childs products out there.

4. Bi-metallic Edward VIII restrikes...by Rod Sell, Australia

I have been informed by Lucy Clarkson of Coincraft in London that they have
the following Edward VIII Bi-metallic Fantasy pieces available for sale:
Bermuda - Britain -British East Africa - Canada - Ceylon - Cyprus - Falkland
Island - Gibraltar - Gold Coast - Hong Kong - India -Isle Of Man -
Mauritius - New Foundland - New Guinea - New Zealand - Palestine - Sierra
Leone - South Africa - Southern Rhodesia - Strait Settlement.

There are 21 in total and the price is £12.95 each. Lucy can be reached at

Frans Dubois informs me there is also one for Australia.
Do members know of others not listed here?
In recent months Tri-metallics of a similar design have appeared.
I first saw these fantasy pieces in silver about 10 years ago. It is nice to
now see them as Bi-metallics and Tri-metallics.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The die (reverse) used for these pieces is
simular to the 25 Ecu Piece in the 1992 UK ECU set. Now I wonder who made
these Tri-metallics. Did the UK Mint struck them OR did they sell the dies?

5. Bi-metallic coins from Canada...by Jose Luis Ramirez, Spain

I have two coins that not are showed in the WBCC Homepage. These coins from
Canada are the ninth and tenth issue of the then-coin aviation series of
1999. The coins have a common obverse and has a limited mintage of 50.000
coins worldwide for each model. Please read copy of the certificates of
authenticity of the coins:

De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
The single-engined Otter, with its superb short-take-off-and-landig (STOL)
characteristics, dominated the bush plane market in mid-century; however,
when fitted with floats it had a limited payload. In the late 1950s, de
Havillanddeveloped a powerful propeller turbine to replace the piston
engine, and worked with the military to refine its STOL technology. These
developments resulted in a new, twin-prop aircraft that would equal the STOL
performanceof its predecessor while surpassing its speed and load-carrying
capacity. The superblyversatile bush plane that resulted made its first test
flight on May 20, 1965 and has sold all over the world since then. Helping
to open up remote areas and recognized as one of the uselfulness for
military purposes.
The cameo portrays George Neal, Chief Test Pilot and Flight Operations
Director with de Havilland. Mr. Neal participated in the testing of the Twin
Otter and its predecessor, the Otter. In 1989 he received the McKee Trophy
and in 1995 was elected to the Aviation Hal of Fame.
This coin is the ninth issue of a ten-coins series and has a limited mintage
of 50.000 coins worldwide.

De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8
In the early 1980s, the rapidly expanding market for small, 30 to 40 seat
airliners for the commuter trade gave rise to this elegant turboprop
aircraft. Designed to operate economically at crowded airports with short
runways, the sleek airframe of the DHC-8 Dash 8 enables it to reach cruising
speeds rapidly and to climb fast and steep to flying altitude. With the
first official flight of the Dash 8 on June 20, 1983 de Havilland - already
well established in the area of STOL - Entered the fast growing regional
transport field. The effort spent during the design phase on collecting
information on the needs of small airline companies has ensured vigorous and
sustained demand among regional airlines and corporate clients.
The cameo portrays Robert H. Fowler, who joined de Havilland in 1952 as a
test pilot, contibuted to the developmentof flight control and propeller
systems which helped de Havilland to become a world leader in the STOL
concept. Later, he performed the first flights of the Dash 8.
This coin is the tenth issue of a ten-coins series and has a limited mintage
of 50.000 coins worldwide.

The reverse of the coins was designed by Neil Aird, a Canadian artist
specializing in jewellery design. Neil has a lognstanding interest in
aviation, both as a writer and photographer, and has contributed to a
variety of aviation publications. The obverse features a portrit of Her
Najesty Queen Elizabeth II by Dora de Pédery-Hunt.
The coins contains 92,5% silver and 7,5% copper and features a 24-karat
gold-covered cameo. Its has a nominal value of $20 Canadian. Its weights
31,103 grams (one troy ounce), and has a diameter measuring 38 millimeters.

6. Bi-metallic Canada Remembers Medals...by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

In the Home Page you will see 2 Canada Remembers Medals. "D-Day, The
Assault" by Orville Fisher and "Finale" by Don Connolly.
This week I received the Canada Remembers set, which consists of 6 medals.
These medals were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in concert with the
Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation and released in 1994 for the 50th
Anniversary of D-Day.

The medals are 35mm and of copper with a steel 25mm insert on the reverse.
The 6 medals depict a portion of  WW II paintings by Canadian Artists in the
Canadian War Memorial Collection. The name of the Artist and title of the
paining are engraved on the reverse.
The set come in a large fold out pack 230mm high by 300mm wide. The outer
cover opens to show the 6 paintings with the medals inset in the portion of
the painting they cover. There must be a magnetic sheet at the back of the
pack as the medals are held in place by a magnet.
All 6 medals are now shown in the Canada Page. Cliff Anderson who last year
sent images of 4 of the Medals informs me the mintage was 29, 615.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Coca Cola Token
* France 1992 20 Francs with central plug a different colour
* Gibraltar 1994  4.2
* Canada Remembers 1994 Medal
* ICB 1992 Scotland 25 ECU
* Somalia 2000 Millennium Icons 250 Shillings Tri-metallics
* Isle of Man Millennium Gold & Titanium 1/2 Crown
* Canadian 1999 $20 Aviation inlays
* GB Model Penny Variety with double dots after REG and die cracks on
* US Bi-metallic Medal by Acme Cement & Plaster of St. Louis Mo

8. 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.

Orders outside US:
Frans Dubois
Lazaruskade 12
2802 ES Gouda
E-mail: dubois.f@wxs.nl

Orders inside US:
Jack Hepler
3557 Graham Meadows Place
Richmond, VA 23233-6659
E-mail: mailto:LESLIE.J.HELPER@saic.com

9. Collectors Universe article...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following article can be read in Collectors Universe pages,
http://www.collectors.com/worldcoins/ , and it is written by WBCC member
Richard Giedroyc, USA.

Counterfeit Bimetal Coins Circulating Worldwide
Richard Giedroyc - February 14, 2000 A real French 10-franc coin that's
popular with counterfeiters
The United States is moving closer to issuing ringed bimetal coins. A
precious metal $10 commemorative composed of gold and silver honoring the
Library of Congress is now being planned. How long it will be until the
United States decides to go with a high denomination ringed bimetal coin for
circulation is anybody's guess.

This technology becomes increasingly important when low denomination bank
notes are replaced by coins. Since this has become a trend in many countries
around the world in the past two decades, the threat of counterfeit coins
looms even greater than when coins were simply small denomination pocket

Problems are surfacing regarding fake high denomination coins that have in
recent years replaced bank notes of the same denomination.

D.J. Cane addressed the problem regarding counterfeit £1 coins in
circulation currently in Great Britain in an article published in the
February issue of the British hobby publication Coin News.

According to Cane, "New high-quality counterfeits have been seen in
circulation which have not been cast from molten metal, but instead appear
to have been produced by a striking and edge-milling process similar to that
used by the Royal Mint and from flans of yellow metal (`brass') usually
indistinguishable to the naked eye from that are used for genuine pound
coins. The quality of these forgeries is such that they are not readily
detectable by the general public, and they can therefore be expected to
circulate indefinitely at a relatively high and collectable level."

Cane reported encountering 91 counterfeit £1 coins within the two-year
period of 1997 to 1999.

Cane concludes, "It is grimly amusing to recall that the pound coin was
originally introduced in 1983 as an economy measure, as the £1 note was
considered too expensive to print. In their eagerness to shave pennies off
the production costs of the pound, the powers-that-be imposed upon us a
cheaply made base metal coin with an indifferent and unstable design, and
largely free of security devices.

In a recent issue of the electronic weekly newsletter transmitted by the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club Focal Point of the WBCC, Cliff
Anderson addresses recent forgeries of ringed bimetal coins now appearing in
According to Anderson, the most commonly copied ringed bimetal coin appears
to be the French 10-franc. Unlike the British £1 coins it appears the
central yellow metal used to make the counterfeit French coins is easy to
identify by the color. The coins are too light and sound different from
genuine coins when dropped, probably because the fakes are typically cast
rather than struck.
Anderson adds, "The engraved details are not as clear as on the authentic
Within the Anderson article other collectors are identified as having
encountered different ringed bimetal coin counterfeits. Among fake coins
recently encountered is the Israel 10 sheqalim, an example of which was
identified by having the wrong metal composition. Israeli police apparently
seized about 6,500 fake coins and about 100,000 outer rings for additional
coins to be made in a single raid.
Counterfeit ringed bimetal 10-yuan coins of the People's Republic of China
have apparently been found by collectors in Beijing, according to the WBCC
newsletter. Again, the fakes were easily detected by their metal

Great Britain, in view of these problems, added a holographic type device to
its recently released ringed bimetal £2 coins as an added precaution. We can
almost be assured further ringed bimetal coins of significant value struck
for circulation will use the same or similar additional security devices to
deter counterfeiters.

Is the United States ready for this? The U.S. Mint is undoubtedly already on
the watch. Mint officials might even be reading this article!
For those of us non-Mint officials who are interested we can join the
Counterfeit Coin Club by requesting an application from Ken Peters, 8 Kings
Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3XU, England, United Kingdom, and shelling out
the £9 membership fee. Members can place free advertisements to acquire
counterfeit coins from all over the world if they wish.

"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