Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 186, Volume 5, March 4, 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 with help of several WBCC members, you can read a new edition of the
WBCC Newsmail. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. A new WBCC member...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name:         Renson Bernard (WBCC member #164), Belgium
E-mail:        bencollectors@online.be
Age:           52
Profession: Teacher
Hobby:       Collecting Bi-metallic coins

2. WBCC member temporarily off-line....by Paul Baker, UK

WBCC member #130 Pabitra Saha in India some of you will have noticed has
been "off-line" for a month or so. His current work assignment, I am told,
means that this will be so for another four to five weeks.

3. Bi-metallic Counterfeits from Israel.....Patrick Glassford/Tal Yehros

Israeli Bi-metallic 10 Shekel Counterfeit report. Information received by
Patrick Glassford of Canada from Tal Yehros of Israel. Pictures can be seen
in the WBCC Homepage:

Most of the 10 shekel coins have similar qualities to the ones described in
earlier letters. There are several slight differences among them: degree of
slight rotation, thickness, partial peeling of metal, reeding (or partial
absence of), alloy, degree of die-cracking, and misalignment of core. Much
less common are the ones with a higher degree of rotation (30* - 45*),
either clock- or counter-. I have only one set of two of these other than my
own collection. Also very scarce is a variety with a different alloy and
strike (you haven't seen a scan of this type). All these types comes from
sifting through about 500 - 600 coins a week over the past 4 - 5 years. That
comes to about 600 X 52 X 5 = 156,000 coins!

Also interesting about Israeli counterfeits:
There has been a "plague" of counterfeit currency here over the past couple
of years. Bills of NIS 50, 100, and 200 have been forged (NIS = New Israeli
Shekel). Banks have been confiscating bills from many-times innocent
citizens trying to deposit money, check-out clerks hold your money up to the
light before you get to take home your milk, post offices and financial
institutions post warning signs of foul currency. All of the bills have had
design changes, in part at least, to curb counterfeiters. No seems to care
about receiving counterfeits coins!

* Counterfeit Bi-metallic 10 Shekel Coin #1
I believe the above coin to be counterfeit. You can see the symptoms:
Die cracks that stretch through both metals, Misaligned strike, Doubling of
vertical lines to the right of tree, Rotated (rotations are found also 45*
clock- and counterclockwise: both very scarce), Crude strike in general, The
word "new" in Hebrew is almost nonexistent, Small punch mark in between the
"1" and the "0" of "10". Other varieties exist....

* Counterfeit Bi-metallic 10 Shekel Coin #2
Is similar to #1 Has a slight Die rotation,  also may come 30 degrees off
and these are much scarcer.

* Counterfeit Bi-metallic 10 Shekel Coin #3
This coin has left has peeling near the grapevine, revealing the under-metal

* Counterfeit Bi-metallic 10 Shekel Coin #4
This is a very rare variety of counterfeit :reeding is 2-3 times thicker and
sharper than normal (only one I've seen). Also, the core is not centered.

Interesting observation about the counterfeits: they don't stack well.
Normal coins can be stacked in quantity and remain stable when pressed down
on. The counterfeits start to "wobble" with even the first coin stacked upon
another (and increases with each coin).

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: The first information about the Israel
counterfeits was published in WBCC Newsmail 122, item 6 and WBCC Newsmail
133 Item 4.

4. Bi-metallic lookalike trade token from Louisiana...by Cliff Anderson, USA

The WBCC received the following email recently from Henry Taves, who is the
site manager of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum in rural central

I thought you'd be interested in knowing about a company which produced such
(bimetallic) tokens, namely the Crowell & Spencer Lumber Company, Long Leaf,
Louisiana. The C&SLCo. (established 1892) produced tokens in 5, 10, 25,
50, and $1 denominations, and the three larger denominations were made in
brass and Bi-metallic varieties. The successor company is still in business
in the same location as a timber company, but hasn't manufactured lumber
since the mill closed in 1969. The sawmill complex has been preserved as a
historic site and is now the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, open daily
from 9 to 5. We had the 25 token restruck by the Roger Williams Mint but
with "Crowell & Spencer Lumber Co." replaced with "Southern Forest Heritage
Museum", and with the date 1996 added.  (The museum site opened to the
public in 1996.)

Taves stated that the restruck token was done in brass, not Bi-metallic,
since it would have been incredibly expensive to do it in Bi-metallic. Taves
said that anyone wanting one of these brass restrikes may send $0.75 plus an
self addressed stamped envelope to SFHM, Box 101, Long Leaf, LA 71448.  A
limited number of tokens struck in silver are available for $40.00 each
postpaid and insured.

Editorial note: David Schenkman's catalog of Bi-metallic US trade tokens
lists the Crowell & Spencer Lumber Co., Ltd., Long Leaf, LA, with only the
50 cent and $1 denominations, but does not illustrate the pieces. Schenkman
estimated that each denomination was rare enough to be worth between $75 and

Taves then sent a scan of the original Crowell & Spenser token for
comparison. Both the Bi-metallic original and the brass replica are shown on
the WBCC Homepage. See how they are in the same style of many of the old
Bi-metallic trade tokens. And you can see the "RWM" mintmark of the Roger
Williams Mint clearly below "1996" on the replica.

5. Bi-metallic section in Ebay Germany...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

While attending the World Money Fair at Basel, I met people of Ebay Germany.
I ask them to make a special section for Bi-metallics, and they did !!
Please take a look at:
Now I have ask eBay USA to do the same as eBay Germany did.

7. Encased coins book.......by Joel Anderson, USA

You might want to include in the next WBCC Newsmail an announcement of a new
book on California Encased Cents by Duane Faisel and John Hoffmann,
published by the Western States Token Society. The book is a comprehensive
guide to the encased coins issued in California (there are quite a few). The
book is available for $12 plus postage. For more information or to order the
book contact John Hoffmann at mercedtokn@aol.com  Since many Bi-metallic
collectors also include the encased cents in their collection, some might be
interested in the book.

8. Bi-metallic 2$ "Mule"................by Ken Potter, USA

Corrections to my articles: Canada $2 Nunavut "Mule"
In the January 24 issue of Coin World (page 1), February 8 issue of
Canadian Coin News (page 30), [and reprinted and revised on the CNN
website], and March issue of World Coin News (page 67), I featured articles
on a new discovery of a "mule" error on the bi-metallic Canadian $2 Nunavut
coin. "Mule", is collector parlance for an error coin struck with mismatched
dies -- not intended to be used together. The "mule," which is found in
proof-like sets, was the result of a standard $2 obverse mated to a reverse
designed without a raised border surrounding the inner core; intended to
strike the sterling silver proof version of the coin. That article contained
two errors on technical information given on the standard and sterling
silver $2 Nunavut coins. None of the inaccuracies  change the coin's
collectability or the fact that it is a "mule." However, I did want to set
the record straight.
Based on information that I obtained from one of my sources, I reported that
the obverse and reverse dies used to strike the $2 Nunavut pieces for
circulation, proof-like sets and specimen sets, (which are struck on a
standard, Bi-metallic, nickel-aluminum bronze planchet), included a raised
border (on the coin) that surrounds the inner core to aid in the funneling
of metal into the interlocking mechanism used to secure the outer ring and
core. I also reported that 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 and that because no interlocking mechanism was
necessary for this one-piece planchet, the border was eliminated from the
reverse for aesthetic reasons.
However, Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club member, Frans Woons of Canada
disagreed and stated that the sterling silver planchet was Bi-metallic, made
up of two-piece construction and that a quick check with the Mint confirmed
this. Wanting to be sure that the Mint provide him with accurate information
on the sterling silver planchet, (and not mistakenly, on the standard
planchet), I decided to reaffirm his information by contacting the Mint
myself. Since I was also bothered by the statement that an interlocking
mechanism would employ a raised border, that, by my logic, would serve to
pull metal away from the core rather than funnel it in,  I decided to ask
about that too.

In response to these questions, Pierre Morin, RCM Public Relations,
supplied the following information:
The Bi-metallic sterling silver $2 coin found in our proof set is not
produced out of (a) one (piece) planchet; it is two pieces that will be
struck together and as we are striking the coin we will lock them into
position. So it is a true Bi-metallic coin in the sense that it has two
elements. The core of the inner core is also made out of silver similarly to
the outer ring but it is plated gold then you take that inner core; you
deposit it inside the inner ring and then at the striking level you impart
the designs as well as lock the mechanism together. In terms of why is there
is a rim and (or) why there is no rim (bordering the core on the various
versions of the coin); (or) why did we decide to eliminate the rim (around
the core) -- simply for esthetic reasons. The rim in itself is not a part of
a locking mechanism, it was just an esthetic element. In the case of the
proof $2 we decided to remove the ring just for esthetic reason to make it a
little bit different so that when you are acquiring the proof set you are
truly acquiring a product with various distinctive features, one, of course
being that it is made out of sterling silver instead of nickel and the $2
inner core is gold plated as well as the fact that the $2 has different
particularities such as the removal of the actual border that you'd find on
a specimen or circulation (strike).

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Netherlands, 5 unit token from the Pannebotter Co. of Rotterdam
* Netherlands, Happy New Millennium Medal from the Scholte Co. of Apeldoorn
* Netherlands, 85th Anniversary Medal of the PWS Foundation, 2 variations
* images of the Israeli 10 Sheqel bi-metallic forgeries
* More bi-metallic chocolate Euros
* US 50 Cent Trade Token from Crowell & Spencer Lumber Co. Ltd of Long Leaf,
* Modern replica of the 25 cent token now called Southern Forest Heritage Museum.
* USA  Replica of the 25 cent Bi-metallic from Crowell & Spencer Lumber Company
of Long Leaf, Louisiana
* Recent Italian 1 and 2 Euro Municipal Trade Tokens
- Castiglione City
- Miglianico City
- Bagnone City
- Venaria Reale City.
* 2 Euro MTT from Miglianico City
* 1 Euro MTT from Settimo Torinese
* 2 Euro MTT from Settimo Torinese
* 12 Inlay Medals from the National Anthropological Museum in Mexico City

10. Bi-metallic Poland 2 Zlote 2000 (1)... Hartum Schoenawa, Germany

I very funny, new bimetall coin came just in my hands:
POLAND, 2 Zlote, dated 2000:
center: Copper-nickel, very small center of only 10 mm diameter, showing
avers polish eagle and reverse  two dates 2000/2001 changing,
ring: total diameter 26 mm (like other, normal 2-Zlote-coins), showing
changing shadows (horizontal and vertical shading).
The postage for ONE coin would be DM 2,00,
so ONE coin including postage is DM 6,00 or US$ 3,--.
more coins cost more postage, of course.
The coin is available from me:

Hartmut Schoenawa
Ostlandstrasse 12
D 38315  Werlaburgdorf

11. Bi-metallic list updated..by Joel Anderson, USA

With http://www.joelscoins.com/bimetal12.htm you can see my updated list of
Bimetallic coins. Included are some new Hungarian, Swiss, Korean and other

Joel Anderson
PO Box 3016
Merced, CA 95344
Phone/Fax:  1 209 722-5426
E-mail: joel@joelscoins.com

12. 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.

Clinton Signs Bimetal U.S. Commemorative Coin Bill
Richard Giedroyc - February 28, 2000
Congress is always deliberating, stalling or passing bills in which
something on U.S. coinage may be included.

Many of these bills either die in committee, see the numismatic part cut as
a compromise of what the politicians consider to be more important or are
not signed into law by the president. Since few of us want to read the
Congressional Record and follow these bills either to realization or to
their death, many times these items don't grab headlines even when something
of interest to hobby participants occurs.

Such is the case with a recent bill signed into law by President Clinton to
strike a United States Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Coin. The United
States has been producing non-circulating legal tender commemorative coins
like popcorn since the early 1980s. Another commemorative at this point
should draw more yawns from collectors than interest.

This one really is different. It calls for the first bimetal coin to be
struck since the cows came home back in the 1790s by the United States. The
law calls for 200,000 $10 gold and platinum ringed bimetal coins to be
struck in 2001. Since Congress never bothered to see if the U.S. Mint can
strike such a complex coin, the law does have a provision allowing 100,000
$5 gold coins to be struck if the Mint determines it doesn't have the
technology to produce the ringed bimetal coins.

The surcharge from either of these coins is $35 to be paid to the U.S.
Capital Preservation Commission to aid in the construction of a visitor
center. The coin is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the present seat
of government and the first meeting in the Capital Building in November

The coin should grab more headlines than it has. The rest of the world,
including Canada to our north and Mexico to our south, has been using golden
or yellow color and ringed bimetal coins for years to distinguish high
denomination coins from their "pocket change" counterparts. During 2000, the
United States finally is beginning to play catch up by introducing the
golden color Sacagawea dollar coin to circulation.

The ringed bimetal coin, even if it is a commemorative, is a step in the
direction towards circulating coins of the same or similar compositions in
the future. Italy introduced the modern ringed bimetal coin 20 years

Where has the United States been during this time?
Although Italy and many other countries have struck ringed bimetal coins of
base metals for circulation, France produced a ringed bimetal coin of gold
and platinum for collectors during the mid-1980s. The technology to strike
such a coin exists. The bigger question may be if the U.S. Mint can obtain
and set up such technology on short notice to accommodate the new coinage

Colonial coins are known with a plug of a different metal in them which
makes them ringed bimetal. Many collectors are not aware the 1792 Birch
1-cent coin is composed of copper with a silver plug in the center, again
making it a ringed bimetal coin. The concept was to provide some intrinsic
value to this minor coin denomination by adding some precious metal to it.

Ringed bimetal coins may have been re-introduced by Italy in recent history,
but ringed bimetal coins date from the 3rd century Roman Empire. The next
coins of this conception were struck in the 1600s. By the 1800s, English
model penny patterns, medals and patterns of this nature were being produced
at different places around the world.

Ironically, the U.S. is just catching up with the rest of the world not only
with off-color composition coins but with bank note technology as well.
Unfortunately, as long as Congress decides what the Mint will produce, the
Mint is in no position to experiment with changes and recommend such changes
in our coins as new innovations to Congress.

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

The following article can be read in the February edition of World Coin
News. It is written by WBCC member Ken Potter.

1999 was a good for major error coins

Another major error unleashed on the hobby in 1999 was the infamous
Portuguese "spelling error." Sloppy spelling by the designer that was
eventually transferred to the computer-aided machining tools resulted in the
country's name, properly spelled in Portuguese as REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA,
being misspelled as REPUBLICA PORTUGUSA, sans the "E" between the "U" and
"S" on 500,000 Bi-metallic 100-escudo circulating commemoratives. The error
was recalled but not before an undetermined number were released into
commercial channels. The error also appeared on pieces included in mint
sets, but all were recalled. Mario Baptista of Portugal, who first reported
the error to the Internet-based Word Bimetallic Coin Collectors Club (who in
turn spread the word to newsgroups) said, "Most of these errors were retired
from the market and there are only a few left circulating (people think
about 5,000 to 10,000 or even less):' The variety was listed as VCR#1/SP#1.
Ken Potter is the official attributor and lister of world doubled dies for
the Combined Organizatiors of Numismatic Error Collectors of America and for
the Society of Die Doubling Collectors of America. He privately lists U.S.
doubled dies and other collectible variety types of both U.S. and world
coins in the Variety Coin Register. For more information send a self
addressed, stamped, long envelope to Ken Potter, P O. Box 760232, Lathrup
Village, MI 48076-0232 e-mail address Kpotter256@aol.com. Visit his
"Educational Image Gallery" at http://www.uscents.com/potter/image.html

14. 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

"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