Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 218, Volume 5, October 14, 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,

A wonderfull WBCC Newsmail this week. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

1. Bi-metallic counterfeit of the 20 Franc of France.....by Frans Dubois

This week I received a false Tri-metallic 20 Franc coin of France, dated
1992. It is the first time I heard about a counterfeit Tri-metallic or saw
one! The Bi-metallic 10 Franc coins are counterfeited from 1989 to 1993 and
were found frequently in circulation. But now it seems that it is even
possible to counterfeit the Tri-metallic coins!! A picture of the
counterfeit can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

2. Bi-metallic 50 Dollar 2000 Taiwan..by Chung-Jen Chen, Republic of China

The Central Bank of Republic of China issues the 3rd set of Taiwan
aboriginal culture series UNC coins named "Puyuma" on Oct.9 . The quantity
is 200,000 included a Bi-metal 50NTD (same design as in earlier years) dated
year 2000 and saled on any branch of the Bank of Taiwan from 9am. According
to the local newspaper, it limited to 2 sets per person but already saled
out in three hours. The 2001 proof set (with the (0.5, 1, 5, 10, and
Bi-metallic 50NTD) ) for the year "Snake" will issue on 2001.1.5 and the
quantity increases to 150,000. Every citizen can apply for one set per
person during the period 2000. 11.1-10  from the Bank of Taiwan then by draw
to decide who can get it on 2000.11.30.

3. Bi-metallic Falkland Islands 2 Pounds - further details..by Paul Baker

Through communications with someone who lives in the Falkland Islands I have
a little more information about the Falkland Islands Millennium 1999/2000
Bi-metallic 2 Pounds (Crown).

These coins come in 5 different guises:

a) Base alloys, B.Unc. pieces in individual presentation packs. One-thousand
of these were especially ordered by the Treasury Dept. primarily for
distribution to the children of the Islands and any children born during the
course of the year. Some surplus pieces have already been sold-off by the
Treasury Dept.

b) Base alloy, B.Unc. pieces are also available in the 1999 B.Unc. sets.
These sets also contain 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Pence coins and a 1 Pound
coins. These are available from the British Royal Mint priced at around 15

c) Base alloy, Proof pieces are available only in the 1999 Proof sets which
are also available from the British Royal Mint. The sets contain the same
coins as the Falkland Islands' 1999 B.Unc. sets.

d) Silver with Gold plated ring Proofs will soon be available singly in a
plush case these are likely to sell in the Falkland Islands for 40 Pounds
each. Whether these will be available as such directly from the British
Royal Mint wait to be seen. The issue limit for these is 30 thousand from
which the pieces in the multi-national sets (see below) shall be taken.

e) Silver with Gold plated ring Proofs are also available from the British
Royal Mint as part of "The Masterpiece Millennium Silver Proof Collection"
which is a multi-national (multi-mint even) set which contains a few other
similar Bi-metallic coins, a few multi-sided pieces and a few "normal"
Silver Proof "crowns".

There is no version for circulation of this 2 Pounds coin, so the Falkland
Islands do not have a circulating Bi-metallic coin of their own. However the
G.B. Bi-metallic 2 Pounds coins do see occasional use and appear on the
islands with the help of visitors from overseas.

Phillip Middleton's site is at http://www.falklandcollectibles.com/. He now has some
of (d) above in stock.

4. WBCC and sponcership............by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

This week I officially received a message from the Portuguese Mint, that
they sponcer the WBCC for attending the World Money Fair at Basel, next
year. Thanks to Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda of Portugal.

5. Bi-metallic future 2 Euros 2002 in trouble?...by Martin Peeters

According a Dutch newspaper the production at the Royal Dutch Mint of the
future Bi-metallic 2 Euro 2002 is getting in behind schedule. The newspaper
says the RDM has trouble with the edge inscription "God is met ons" (God is
with us) and because of this the RDM has ask the Birmingham Mint to help
In a press statement of the Royal Dutch Mint they indeed say there is no
trouble and have ask German and British manufacters of coins to help them to
strike the Bi-metallic 2 Euro, and they say it will be no problem to have
them ready before the introduction date Januari 1, 2002. Furthermore, edge
inscriptions have never been a problem, since this process is being
implemented by the royal dutch Mint for centuries already.

6. Encased USA 1999 Quarter from Krause...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

From Bill Bright, Associate Publisher Numismatic and Trade Divisions of
Krause Publications, I received for free several pieces of the Encased USA
1999 Quarter, Limited Edition, which Krause hand out at the ANA in
Philadelphia this year. Bill allowed me to give them away (only the postage
costs are 1 US$) to WBCC members. A picture of this Encased Quarter can be
seen in the WBCC Homepage
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html So if you are
interested in this Encased piece, just send me an E-mail,
martinp@westbrabant.net (First in, first out)

7. Bi-metallic search..............by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

Several new Bi-metallic coins are issued in the past few weeks. I wonder who
can help me find the following coins:
* Peru 5 Soles 2000
* Falkland 2 pound 2000
* El Salvador 2 different 5 colon coins 2000
If you can help me, please contact me: dubois.f@wxs.nl

8. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#218)...by Jack Hepler, USA

This oil rich island state has issued at least one denomination of ringed
Bi-metallic coins for general circulation. The center is copper-nickel alloy
and the ring is made of brass. This country dates coins with both Christian
and Mohammedan era (AH). What is the name of this nation?
a. Bahrain
b. Iran
c. Oman
d. Saudi Arabia
Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #217.
Saudi Arabia introduced two designs of ringed Bi-metallic coins in 1999.
One is considered the standard issue, the other a commemorative. Beneath
the palm tree on the standard issue coin are crossed swords.  What is the
name of this type of sword.
a. Foil
b. Rapier
c. Saber
d. Scimitar
Answer; d, Scimitar
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #216; 100% Correct

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Vatican 1999 500 Lire
* Vatican 1999 1000 Lire
* France 20 Franc 1992 counterfeit
* The Euro Poster* Norway
* Inlay Medals from the Royal Norwegian Mint
* WBCC Member Ivan Florine (Belgium) striking a coin
* Images from the ANA Convention
* Korea Year 2000 Medal
* Jamaica $20

"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