Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 214, Volume 5, September 16, 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 the WBCC 4th anniversary party last thursday, back to the usual work
and compose the weekly WBCC Newsmail (BTW, If you have ideas for the WBCC
5th anniversary in 2001, just let me know). I hope you enjoy reading this
weeks editions!!

1. Bi-metallic false coins from China.......by Frans Dubois (from Liu Jian)

>From Liu Jian I received the following message:

Just one news about bi-metallic coins, the police here in China found a
illegal underground factory in southern China last month,  which made large
quantities false coin, including large quantities Hongkong $10 and Taiwan
$50 bi-metallic coins. Maybe it's the first report about Taiwan false
Bi-metallic coin.
Thanks liu jian

2. Bi-metallic Colombia 500 Peos 1997...by Tomas Uribe, Colombia

Colombia has issued a new Bi-metallic 500 Pesos dated 1997. It has the same
design (Guacari Tree) as earlier Bi-metallic 500 Pesos.

3. Bi-metallic from Cuba........by Manuel Gonzalez, Spain

Cuba has issued it's first Bi-metallic coin, 100 Pesos 2000, Che Guevara. A
Bi-metallic Proof with 49.8 grams of gold and 25 grams of silver, just 100
pieces minted. Price $1900. You can see this information in next page:

4. Bi-metallic Dutch Euros 1999 -Quantities- .....by Frans Dubois

According to the Dutch Mint the quantity of the new Bi-metallic future 2002
1 and 2 Euro, dated 1999 and with mintmark 'Bow and arrow', will be
63.500.000 for the 1 Euro and (only...) 9.900.000 for the 2 Euro. Also from
the Dutch Mint I heard that there are only 750 pieces(!)  of the bi-metallic
coins of 75 guilders of the Neth.Antilles (1999). This gold/silver
Bi-metallic coin is now the most scarce coin of the Antilles!

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#214)...by Jack Hepler, USA

This country first introduced the use of a circulating, ringed Bi-metallic
coin in 1993.  It is a nation which was under European Colonial rule until
1945, when it declared its independence. Many of the coins of this nation
feature flora and fauna, the Bi-metallic having a palm tree. What is the
name of this country?
a. Saudi Arabia
b. Cape Verde Islands
c. Oman
d. Indonesia
Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com  Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #213:
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
Answers a and c. Taiwan and Italy
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #211; 100% Correct

6. Encased Krause ANA 25 cent.......by Paul Wiley, USA

Who might have an extra ANA Krause 25 cent encased coin? Please E-mail me
at: PWiley9514@aol.com

7. Bi-metallic 100 Leke 2000 from Albania...by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

Now available the new Bi-metallic from Albania, 100 Leke 2000 at 3.00$
including postage cost. If you have interest in getting one or more, just
E-mail me at: guerrie@tin.it

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Albania 100 Leke 2000
* Encased Kampouchea 5 Sen in Benin 1000 Francs.

9. Coin World article (1)................by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the
September 11, 2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

Canadian $2 ring source of Sacagawea $1error
By Paul Gilkes
Coin Wolrd Staff
The 2000-P Sacagawea dollar designs struck on the ring of a foreig
bimetallic coin featured in the Aug.14 issue of Coin World has been
confirmed as having been struck on the outer ring for Canada's bimetallic $2
coin. Sources indicate that the Philadelphia Mint facility is not the only
production outlet that struck such Sacagawea dollar errors. The Denver Mint
is also reported to have struck 2000-D Sacagswea dollars on the $2 rings as
well. So far, the Philadelphia Mint specimen is the only one known to have
escaped the Philadelphia facility and is now in the hands of the California
collector who purchased it. Canada's $2 coin, introduced in 1996, measures
28 millimeters in diameter, and is composed of a silverish-gray outer ring
of pure nickel and a yellowwish-gold aluminum bronze alloy insert. The 26.5
mm diameter is the same for the Susan B. Anthony dollar and Sacagawea
doller. One would question how part of a tro-part planchet for a Canadian
coin could wind up being the host for a U S. circulating coin.  Because of
the overburdening need to burnish sufficient Sacagawea dollar planchets
before striking coins at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, the U S. Mint
turned to the Royal Canadian Mint and its Winnipeg, Alberta, circulating
coin production facility to handle a large chunk of that planchet
preparation process. The outer ring for the Canadian $2 coin apparently
became mixed in with finished Sacagawea dollar planchets bound for return to
the Denver Mint or Philadelphia. Because Canada handles the circulating
coinage production needs for a number of foreign countries, the possibility
exists that Sacagawea dollars could become struck on any of the foreign coin
blanks or struck coins that Canada produces should they become mixed in with
the U.S. coin blanks metal tubs or tanks returning to the U S. Mint.
Recently, Coin World featured a 2000-P Sacagavvea dollar that had been
struck on a struck Barbados dollar that was struck at the RCM in Winnipeg.
The burnished blanks that are being returned to the Demer Mint and
Philadelphia Mint are purportedly now being routinely inspected for purity
sans foreign coins or blanks. The Denver Mint reportedly struck one or more
of the 2000-D Sacagawea dollars on the Canada $2 rings, but the coinage
press on which they were produced shut down when the ejection pin that
forces out the finished coin encountered the void in the center of the ring.
An inspection of the tub containing planchets being fed into the coinage
press yielded more than a dozen more of the nickel rings intended -for
Canada's $2 bimetallic coin.

10. Coin World article (2)................by John T. Beckman, III, USA

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the
September 18, 2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

The coin carries in the core on the obverse a portrait of Cardinal Raul
Silva Henriguez, a longtime archbishop of Santiago known for his activism on
behalf of human rights. The Mint mark appears to the right of the portrait.
The ring has the Spanish phrase for "Republic of Chile" at the top and
laurels around the bottom.

The reverse features the inscription "500 PESOS", with the date below, and
laurels around the ring with a five-pointed star at the top. The edge is

The core is an alloy of 95 percent copper and 5 percent aluminum, and the
ring is 70 percent copper, 15 percent nickel, and 15 percent zinc. The coin
is 26 millimeters in diameter and weighs 6.5 grams. Mass circulation has
already begun. The 500-peso coin is the first new coin circulated in Chile
since the octagonal 1- and 5-peso coins were released in 1992.

For more information about the new coin, visit the Central Bank of Chile's
Web site at http://www.bcentral.cl/

"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