Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 213, Volume 5, September 9, 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 as every week a WBCC Newsmail. So I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. My new E-mail address..by...by Edward Jencius, USA

Please read my new E-mail address: Edward Jencius: Jencius@vaticancoins.com

2. Bi-metallic 5 Dollar from the Cook Islands...by Keith Beaumont, UK

The second coin issued by The Royal Mint to honour the Queen Mother's
centenary is issued by the Cook Islands and like the first issue (which was
for the Solomon Islands) this is also Bi-metalic, the format follows closely
the previous issue i.e. size 38.61mm.weight 28.10 grams, struck in .925
silver (proof) with a fine gold plating on the outer ring. The obverse
features the Maklouf portrait and the reverse design by David Cornell is a
family portrait of the Queen Mother and the two princesses. The mintage is
again 10,000 with just a percentage going to the centenary collection. The
coins as you would expect are beautifully struck and depending how many are
actually Bi-metallic they should make a very attractive series.

3. Bi-metallic (?) Model 1 Penny..........by Frans Woons, Canada

The other day I bought through eBay a Bi-metallic British Model 1 penny
piece (can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html. I bid on this coin
as I thought it might be scarce as it has not been described in the
literature, as far as I know. The seller described the piece as being
Bi-metallic and having a copper ring and a copper centre. Upon close
examination I cannot tell whether the coin is made from either a solid
copper flan or two pieces of copper (a ring and a centre). The coin shows
some remnants of a yellow material on the obverse in the centre. Could this
have been brass plating? Well known are the Bi-metallic British Model 1
penny pieces with either a nickel-zinc centre or a brass centre. However, I
thought that these centres were solid; not plated. In general the pieces
with the nickel-zinc centre have the medal alignment while the pieces with
the brass centre have the coin alignment. (Rogers lists four alignments). My
Cu/Cu piece has the medal alignment. The closest description I could find in
the literature is in the book "Toy Coins" by Rogers. There he describes on
page 32 under iv "An all copper flan with the centre white-plated". However,
my piece shows no sign of white plating but possibly of brass plating.
Rogers lists also (under no. v) an all silver flan. The obverse of my piece
is of Rogers' type e (nose level with R; normal bust). One more thing: the
obverse and reverse of my piece are not perfectly aligned: a crude
measurement indicates that there is a rotation of about 10 to 15 degrees.
Anybody out there that knows more about this Cu/Cu variety of the Model 1
penny piece? e-mail me at: mwoons@uniserve.com

4. Bi-metallic Portugal 200 Escudos 2000...by Mario Baptista, Portugal

The new Bi-metallic Portugal 200 Escudos 2000 Olympic Games Sidney 2000 is
available if you send me 2 US Dollars (note bank) in an envelope to this
Mario Carlos S.Baptista
Quinta Magalh„es
Rua Afranio Peixoto
3000 Coimbra
This value includes the mail cost. Or contact me at: mailto:mc_venen0@hotmail.com

5. Bi-metallic future Euros from Luxemburg..by Martin Peeters

In a publication in a German coin magazine I read that the Royal Dutch Mint
will strike the future (Bi-metallic) Euros 2002 for Luxembourg. It is
confirmed to me by a Dutch Mint spokesman.

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#213)...by Jack Hepler, USA

In 1824, a 15-year old blind French student, developed a raised dot-dash
reading system. This system of using raised dots for written communication
has been accepted for all written languages. Which of the following
countries has adopted the Braille system for use on circulating ringed
Bi-metallic coins?.
a. Taiwan
b. Peru
c. Italy
d. France
Please send your answer to me:mailto:heplerl@saic.com  Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #211
A type of Grouse is featured on a circulating bi-metallic coin.  In Russian,
the bird is called Glukhar because it cannot hear during a short period
during its mating call.  When hunted, it is during this brief period when
the bird can't hear that it can be successfully stalked.  From which country
is this coin issued?
a. Czech Republic
b. Finland
c. Poland
d. Hungary
Correct answer: Finland, the Capercaillie Bird, 10 Markkaa.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #210:  100% Correct

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Italy  International Mint Medal
* France  Lourdes St. Christopher Medal
* Germany  2000 Schuler Ford 75th Anniversary Medal
* GB Model Penny with copper ring and centre
* France 20 Franc 1990, Essai, Tri-metallic, Pessac
* France 20 Franc 1990, Essai, Bi-metallic, Pessac
* France, 10 Franc 1987, Essai, Bi-metallic Pessac
* Russian Bi-metallic?
* Cook Islands 2000 $5
* Russia 10 Roubles 2000 with red and yellow coloured rings
* Finland  Bi-metallic in the 2000 set
* GB Model Crown
* US 5 cent  Trade Token
* Bosnia 2000 bi-metallic
* France 1997 Nimes 10 Euro MTT
* Denmark.  Proposed 1 & 2 Euros
* Thailand 2000 10 Baht  80th anniversary of Ministry of Commerce

8. Bi-metallic from Benin ..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

I noticed in eBay the following 2 offers:

a. BENIN-KAMPUCHEA Alum Bimetal TestCoin
b. BENIN-KAMPUCHEA Unique Bimetal TestCoin
and the text with it is:

BENIN-KAMPUCHEA Alum Bimetal TestCoin.
A chance, once-in-a-lifetime, to acquire an example of the second-most
awesome test token in existence. Here is the story. In the early 1990s,
before anyone else had really thought of it, the Mint of Cuba began
experimenting with the manufacturing process for a bimetallic crown (they
eventually produced their first bimetallic piece in 2000). Being unsure of
the technology and unable to purchase it due to the embargo, the mint made
an attempt to produce a core and a ring and fuse them together. A total of
CORE. This is one of those three. The fourth had a copper ring around the
aluminum core.

What is even more fascinating, however, is that the dies used to produce the
two pieces were from coins made for two different countries: the outer ring
is struck from the die for a Benin, 1993, 1000 Francs: the inner core is for
a Kampuchea 5 sen coin of 1979.

The mint was unfamiliar with the technology of bimetallism, and the test
strike in two different metals was not a success. As the copper is harder
than the aluminum, a bubble effect was produced as the hard outer core
exerted undue pressure on the centre plug. This piece, more successful, has
an even appearance as the hardness of the two portions was equal.

This incredible piece has lain in the private possession of a member of the
Cuban government since it was first made, and was only recently released. It
is one of the first four BIMETALLIC COINS EVER STRUCK IN CUBA, and
represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a piece of amazing history

I have never seen these before. You did? Just let me know if you know more
about them.

"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@elderwyn.com
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 ANA 2001 Convention, Ray Lockwood, USA, sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net