Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 199, Volume 5, June 3, 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 great Bi-metallic news this week. I hope you enjoy reading it !!
BTW next week WBCC Newsmail 200th edition will be published !!

1. New WBCC member...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

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

Name: Yousri Ahmad (WBCC member #171), USA
E-mail:  Yousri.ahmad@worldnet.att.net
Age: 49 Years
Profession: Sr. Business Analyst - IBM Corporation
Hobby: (Bi-metallic) Coin Collecting, Chess, Traveling
Goal: Live a happy productive life with my family.
Against: Violence in any form against anybody.

Name: Marat Khairetinov (WBCC member #172), Russia
E-mail: Marat_Khairetinov@drb.com.ru
Age: 27
Profession: Accountant
Hobby: Chess, coin collecting including Bi-metallics

Name: Jorge Cunha (WBCC member #173), Portugal
E-mail: Joek@mail.pt
Age: 27
Profession: Student (Mathematics)
Hobby: Music, tv, futebol, stamps and coins
Goal: Increase Bi-metallic coins in my collection. Get a Bi-metallic
Offer to trade coins from Portugal, and other things that I can help.

2. Bi-metallic from Russia (1)...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following message I received from Rasmus Rünne, Estland (Non WBCC
member) about a new Bi-metallic 10 rouble 2000 from Russia.

Just quick note about that Russia is issuing 10 rouble 2000 Bi-metallic
coin. You can look at it on following link.
Regards, Rasmus Rünne

In the link one can read:
To mark the 55th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in the Great
Fatherland War of 1941-1945, the Bank of Russia is to issue the following
coins on May 4, 2000:

A round 10-ruble coin with a diameter of 27.0 mm, has a white-metal disc and
a yellow-metal external ring. Both sides of the coin have a protruding
edging. In the upper part of the external ring along the edge of the obverse
side of the coin is the inscription BANK ROSSII (Bank of Russia) and in the
lower part of the external ring is the mint year 2000. In the right-hand
part of the ring is a laurel branch and in the left an oak branch, which
have some of their elements extending to the disc. In the centre of the disc
is the number 10 and the inscription RUBLEI (rubles) under it, indicating
the coin’s denomination. Inside the digit 0 is a security element in the
form of the figure 10 and the inscription RUB, which may be seen when the
coin is held at different angles. In the lower part of the disc is the
trademark of the mint. On the reverse of the coin in the upper part of the
external ring is the inscription that translates as “The 55th Anniversary of
Great Victory” and in the lower part of the ring are two historical dates,
1941 and 1945. In the centre of the disc is a picture of an officer raising
his troops for an assault with a five-pointed star in the background, some
of the elements of which extend over the external ring. The coin has a
serrated edge on which its denomination DESYAT RUBLEI (TEN RUBLES) is
inscribed twice, one inscription separated from the other with several

3. Bi-metallic from Russia (2)...by Liu Jian, PRC

I can offerthe new commemorative Bi-metallic coin image from Russia, I have
some of them and can offer to WBCC members at $10 per piece including the
P&I. A picture of this new Russia Bi-metallic 10 Rouble 2000 can be seen in
the WBCC Homerpage:http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

4. Bi-metallic from Russia (3).... by Marat Khairetinov, Russia

The new 10 Rubles 2000 commemorative "55 years of Victory in Great Patriotic
war 1941-1945". On the right side is written "Bank of Russia" above and
2000 - year of issue at the bottom. To the left and right are fronds of
laurel and oak. In the center is the figure 10 and the legend "Rubles"
below. There is protective element inside the "0" in the figure 10 visible
under different visual angles - the figure "10" and inscription "pyb" (rub
on cyrillic). The mint mark is in the lower part of disk. On the back side
there are inscriptions "55 years of Great Victory" and "1941 1945". In the
center there is an officer against a star background who goes in to the
attack. Diameter - 27 mm, Date of issue - 04 may 2000. Total mint - 20 000

5. Bi-metallic from Malaysia... by Paul Baker, UK

I have just found some rather interesting news on the site of Bank Negara
Malaysia. It is a press release from the 2nd of May 2000 and announces three
NEW Malaysian commomorative coins. They are a gold proof 100 Ringitt, a
silver proof 10 Ringitt and most importantly, to me, a 1 Ringitt which is a
ringed Bi-metallic in B.U. and of base metals. All three coins have rather
similar designs and the theme is the Thomas/Uber Cup Badminton Championships
which were held 11th to 21st of May 2000.

Full details of this new bi-metallic and the other two pieces (but NO
pictures), can be found at http://www.bnm.gov.my/pa/2000/0502.htm
The text there includes.

The bimetal coin is made of two different types of alloys with two different
colours. The outer ring of the coin is golden yellow in colour and is made
of nordic gold, a combination of copper, aluminum and nickel. The core
(inner part of the coin) is made of cupro-nickel, a combination of copper
and nickel with silver colour. This is the first time Bank Negara has issued
a bicolour commemorative coin. The bimetal coin which has a face value of
RM1, is minted at a limited quantity of 2 million pieces and will be sold at
RM5.00 a piece.

A few other details can be found in the press release if you follow the
link. When asked about acquiring these coins in other parts of the world to
Malaysia, a representive of the Bank Negara Malaysia replied with the
following message:

Thank you for your inquiry. As stated in the press statement, the public may
obtain the coins through orders or direct purchase from Mariwasa Kraftangan
Sdn. Bhd. at  605-7765888  or  603-9725985/1158  and  fax  605-7760213 and
Communications Unit
Bank Negara Malaysia

Does anyone have a picture of this Bi-metallic coin for us yet ?

6. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Russia Year 2000 10 Rouble
* Czech year 2000  50 Korun
* Isle of Man  year 2000 2 Pound.
* GB edge view 1997 & 1998 2 pound piedforts
* Canada  Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society  Bi-metallic Token
* Unknown Bi-metallic
* Schuller Press  US  Model

7. Bi-metallic requested coins..by Joel Larouche, Canada

I've recently added a new section on my website. It is now possible for
coins fellow who are looking for SPECIFIC Bi-metallic COINS to email them to
me. I will add them on my website, then it will be possible for everyone to
see what each other is looking for,then if you have a coin that someone is
looking for it will be possible for him to email this person. Here is the
URL: http://www.iquebec.com/worldcoins/request.html

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

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the May 29,
2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

Bimetallic error
A reader found this week on his Library of Congress ringed bimetallic
platinum and gold 10$ coin. The platinum core was positioned slightly off
center during striking, and part of the metal from the core flowed over the
surface of the gold outer ring on the reverse. A lesser portion of the
obverse involved. This is a relatively new form of error, possible with the
advent of ringed bimetallic coins and the first reported by Coin World
reader on a U.S. coin. For more details o how the error may have occurred
and additional photographs, see this week's Collectors' Clearinghouse column
on Page 109.

First time for everything
Ringed bimetallic U.S. coin error now possible
By Victoria Stone Moledor
Coin World Staff
What new U.S. coin issue would be complete without an error? Yes; that's
right, if you ordered the U.S. Mint's new bimetallic Library of Congress
$10 commemorative coin, you might just get an error. Outside of die cracks,
strike doubling and the occasional misaligned die (among others), errors on
collector coins (Proofs, coins in Uncirculated sets, commemoratives) are
rare. Pardon us if we are downright giddy, but it's exciting to see such a
glaring error on such a beautiful - and expensive - modern U.S. coin. As you
may know, this coin is struck in platinum and gold and is the U.S. Mint's
first ringed bimetallic issue. This specimen is owned by collector Richard
Vasselle, who was very surprised to discover this coin in his shipment from
the Mint.
As far as ringed bimetallic errors go, this one is pretty standard; it's an
off-center core error. It's special because it's the U.S Mint's first
possible error of this kind. And as one dealer told us at the recent Central
States Numismatic Society convention, commemoratives, Proof sets and the
like are "on fire," which may indicate how the market would receive coins of
this nature, despite that the issue price is almost $500.
While all of the design elements on the coin are normally positioned, the
platinum inner core is offset to one side. One possible explanation for the
error is that when the core was inserted into the properly positioned hole
in the center of the outer ring, it was mispositioned so that metal flow of
both ring and core moved toward unintended areas. Although the Mint has not
been forthcoming with its production procedures, errors of this kind are
known on the ringed bimetallic coins of other counties. in those cases, the
outer ring and inner core both of  which are separate elements, are locked
into each other during striking. Both parts of the coin are placed on the
anvil die an instant before the coin is struck. Normally, the inner wall of
the outer ring acts as a surrogate collar for the inner core, and keeps core
metal flow contained within the outer ring. However, it's likely that the
platinum core metal on Vasselle's coin flowed over the normal boundaries,
especially on the reverse. What appears to be a thin layer of metal from the
core flowed over the surface of the outer ring. Just about the entire core
metal is contained within the expected area on the obverse, but you'll note
that the platinum appears slightly off-center there, too. How could the
error have happened?
While no one witnessed the event, consider the following explanation. Think
of the outer ring as a holed gold doughnut, and the inner core as the
platinum doughnut "hole". Now imagine wanting to reassamble the two parts of
the doughnut - the outer ring and the inner "hole" or core - into one
element, a sort of solid, hole-less doughnut (like the kind with jelly
inside). As the baker (press operator) inserts the doughmut "core" into the
hole in the center, he uses less care than normal, and the core slightly
overlaps the inner edge of the outer doughnut ring. As pressure is applied
to smash the doughnut's two parts into one, part of the core's "dough" flows
up and over the surface of the outer ring, so that in one area, a thin layer
of dough from the center portion rests atop a portion of the dough from the
outer portion. If this is how the error occurred - and the explanation is
supposition based on examination and an understanding of the minting
process - then Vasselle's coin is unique, as are all striking errors (as
opposed to die varieties, in which hundreds of thousands of coins struck
from the same die are of the same variety). Hopefully others of this kind
will be forthcomming so other collectors will have the opportunity to own
one. CW

"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
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Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
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