Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 226, Volume 5, December 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, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Again a very informative WBCC Newsmail this week.
I hope you enjoy reading it!!

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

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

Name: Carlos Miguel Villanueva (WBCC member #189), Ecuador
E-mail: cavill@tesat.net
Age: 44 years old
Profession: Business Administrator
Hobby: World coins and tokens including many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics, and
Circulating Bi- and/or Tri-metallic coins of the world
Goal: I would like to have a good collection of beatiful coins of the world.
I think that the new tendency of the Bi metalic and tri metallic is great

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Carlos is the first WBCC member from Ecuador. We
have now members of 40 (!!) countries.

Name: Keith Beaumont (WBCC member #190), UK
E-mail: keithbeaumont@kbeaumont90.freeserve.co.uk
Hobby: Bi-metallic coins.
Goal: At least one coin from all participating countries.
Against: Dealers overcharging.

2. Bi-metallic 10 Dollar 2001 Singapore...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According a brochure of the Singapore Mint, they will issue on 3rd Jan 2001,
the 2001 Bi-metallic 10$ with the same design as last year. The 2001 date is
in latent. Available in the Honboa Mint Set at the Singapore Mint Homepage,
http://www.mint.com.sg/, the Set will be from January 6th 2001 issued. Price
Singapore $14.40

3. Bi-metallic Austria 100 Schilling 2001..by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According "Die Munze", the official magazine of the Austria Mint, they will
issue in 2001 a new Bi-metallic 100 Schilling, "Mobility", the centre is
made of Silver and Copper and the ring of Titanium. 50.000 pieces will be
struck in Proof quality. Issue date is January 24, 2001.
The Austria Mint provided the WBCC with a drawing of this new Bi-metallic.
It can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

4. Bi-metallic from Fiji.......by Keith Beaumont (non WBCC member), UK

I have just recieved issue five of the Queen Mother's Centenary and can
confirm it as a Fiji Bi-metallic. Details as follows:
Denomination $10. Dated 2000
Obverse Royal portrait by Maklouf
Reverse David Cornell
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Outer ring plated fine gold
Diam 38.61mm
Weight 28.10 gm.
Issue limit 10,000

A picture is available in the WBCC Homepage:

5. Bi-metallic Indonesia 1000 Rupia 2000...by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

After the last Bi-metallic 1000 Rupia of Indonesia, dated 1997, there now is
a 2000 dated Bi-metallic 1000 Rupia. Design is the same as the earlier
issues. Image will be soon available at the homepage.

6. Bi-metallic Switzerland 5 Francs 2001....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 225, item 1, about thre new Bi-metallic 5 Francs
2001 will commemorate the Zürich Spring
Festival, the "Sechseläuten" available first on the world Money Fair,
February 2nd 2001 in Basel, I could get them if you want. Please E-mail me
at mailto:martinp@westbrabant.net

7. Bi-metallic news from China.....by Liu Jian, Peoples Republic of China

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 224, item 3 about the China, Bi-metallic 10 Yuan
2000 commemorating the Millennium, I have it available now. Price is $5
each. (Please add $4 as international P&I.). If you have interest please
E-mail me at: liuj@public.ytptt.sd.cn. A picture can be seen in the WBCC
Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

8. Bi-metallic Token from Rusia..by Rod Sell, Australia

The following information I received from Wadim Nensberg about a new
Bi-metallic medal from Russia:

Have a look for new 2000 issue of b-m token "Patriarchs of Russia" and place
this image in Club pages. This one is named: "Patriarch Michael - Fisrt
Patriarch of Kiev's Russia 988-992"
Issiud by Russian Orthodocs Church as a presentation gifts in limited
qualities. Not for free sell Started in 1998 and continued. From 1-st to
last Russian Partiarch and Russian Imperators from Peter the Great and till

A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

9. Tri-metallic Ecu............by Rod Sell, Australia

I saw a new and very unique Tri-metallic Ecu from Germany. It is offered on
and the text with it:

Tri-Metal Uniface Trial Germany Ecu. A neat, historic item. A uniface trial
striking of a proposed Ecu for Germany with neat bird design, struck in
tri-metal (alternate gold- and silver-plated brass). Brilliant as struck,
one of 10 pieces issued and thus exceedingly rare and historic.

A picture can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:

10. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game (#226)...by Jack Hepler, USA

International commerce is a reality throughout the 21st Century world.
Communication of a country's money to visitors and merchants is paramount.
Because many countries have languages that are not widely spoken, their
money may be shown with more than the local language. Often this practice is
seen in the country's coinage. Which of the countries listed below, show
Bi-metallic coin value in three languages?
a. Cambodia
b. China
c. Sri Lanka
d. Thailand
Please send your answer to me: heplerl@saic.com. Next week you can read the
correct answer.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #225.
San Marino is the smallest republic in Europe. It lies on the eastern slope
of the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This tiny

country is completely surrounded by Italian territory. Most Bi-metallic
coins of San Marino include a design with three towers, peaks, or columns
with smoke coming from the tops. What do these three towers represent on San
Marino Bi-metallic coins?
a. The three peaks of Mount Titano
b. The three Captains-Regent, governing the Republic
c. Three castle towers, a tourist attraction.
d. Three economic pillars; Tourist trade, postage stamps, industry.
Answer to Question #225 is "c"; Three castle towers.
e. Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #224 ; 100% Correct

11. WBCC Auction Page (WAP).........by Rod Sell, WAP provider

WBCC  Auction 4 has closed. Look for the result on:

WBCC Auction 5 is open now and closes 10 PM Sydney Time December 15, 2000
Sydney is 11 Hrs ahead of Greenwich Time.
Please read the WBCC Auction Rules.
Listed are:
* Iran- 250 Rials 1372 (1993) Reserve $5.00
* Mexico 10 Pesos 1998 Reserve $5.00
* Portugal- 100 Escudos 1999 Unicef with error (Portugusa) and
* Portugal- 100 Escudos 1999 Unicef without error Reserve- $15.00
* Switzerland 5 Franks 2000 Reserve $8.00
* Thailand, 10 Baht 1998, Asian Games, Reserve $1.00
* Italy, Self Service Token, Agip, Reserve $1.00
* Thailand 2000 10 Baht Queen Mother.  Reserve $1.50
* Finland 1997 20Markkaa. Reserve $6.00
* Scotland 1992 25 Ecu, ICB Pattern/Fantasy?  Reserve $15.00
* England 1992 25 Ecu, ICB Pattern/Fantasy?  Reserve $15.00
* Mexico 10 Pesos, 1992, Circulated.  Reserve  $1.00
* Hungary 100 Forint, 1997 Circulated. Reserve $1.00
* 100 Escudo 1997, Seal, EXPO98. Reserve, $2.00
* 200 Escudo 1997, Dolphins, EXPO98. Reserve, $4.00
* 200 Escudo 1998, Fish, EXPO98. Reserve  $4.00
* US New Jersey Garden State Parkway Transit Token. Reserve  $1.00

WBCC Auction 6 details can now send to Rod Sell at Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com If
possible send a scan of the coin.

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

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

EURO: Tri-Metal Uniface Trial Germany Ecu. Only 10 pieces struck.
Image and information from Paul Davis of Arctic Coins.

* Italy 1999 1 Euro Mountain  Community
* Italy 1999 1 Euro Pontremoli
* Italy 1999 1 Euro Laino
* Italy 1999 1 Euro Image for All Europe, Milan
* Italy 1999 1 Euro Araldic Academy
* Italy 1999 1 Euro Pagnacco City
* Italy 1 Euro from "Real Casa dei Saboia" & "Ordine dei SS Maurizio and
* Italy Juventus F.C. 1 Euro
* Monaco 2000 10 Francs
* Austria 2001 100 Schilling
* Singapore 2001 $5
* Fiji $10 2000 Queen Mother's Centenary
* China 2000 10 Yuan bi-metallic coin commemorating the Millennium
* Russia 2000 Patriarch Series "Patriarch Michael First Patriarch of Kiev's

13. My Bi- and Tri-metallic offer..........by Joel Anderson, USA

I can offer the following Bi- and Tri-metallic coins:

* Austria
- 50 Schillings 2000 Bimetal Porsche Unc.9.00
* Canada
- $2 2000 3 Bears Bimetal Unc. 3.75
* ST. thomas and Prince
- 1000 Dobras 1999 bimetallic Millennium Countdown - incorporates a  Working
clock showing time since Jan. 2000 silver Proof 20.00

* Somalia
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Greek Ship PF 29.00
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Roman Ship PF 29.00
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Hansa Ship PF 29.00
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin The Nina PF 29.00
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Cutty Sark PF 29.00
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Titanic sailing PF$32
- 250Sh. 1998 Trimetallic color coin Titanic sinks PF $32
- Set of above 7 different tri-metallic color coins  $139

* Thailand
- 10 Baht 1998 Rama III Unc. Bimetal 2.50
- 10 Baht 1999 King's 72nd Birthday Unc. Bimetal 2.50
- 10 Baht 1999 Customs Dept 125th Annv. Unc Bimetal 2.50

If you have interest, please E-mail me at: joel@joelscoins.com or

Joel Anderson
PO Box 3016
Merced, CA 9344-1016

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

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the November
276, 2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

NGC grades first Mint State Silver Center cent
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America has certified the first Mint
State example of the United States of America's first cent - the famed 1792
Silver Center cent.

The coin was struck on a copper planchet having a silver plug at its center.
It is the first entry in both Dr. J. Hewitt Judd's United States Pattern,
Experimental and Trial Pieces and Andrew W. Pollock III's United States
Patterns and Related Issues.
The high-grade specimen, certified by NGC as Mint State 61 brown, served as
the plate coin for Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial
Coins, appearing in his roster as Number 4. In Pollock's book, this coin is
listed as Number 5. Well struck overall, it has surfaces of light, chocolate
brown and faint traces of mint red. The previous highest-certified example
was graded Extremely Fine 40. This specimen weighs 70.34 grains.

The Silver Center cents were coined in December of 1792 using planchets of
pure copper with a small plug of silver inserted into their centers prior to
striking. The object was to provide correct intrinsic value in a coin of
convenient size. Two examples were forwarded to President Washington on Dec.
17 by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, "Th. Jefferson has the
honor to send the President two cents made on Voight's plan by putting a
silver plug worth three quarters of a cent into a copper worth one fourth
cent." The number of Silver Center cents struck went unrecorded, but just 11
pieces can be traced today.

Also uncertain is the identity of the engraver for these dies. Due to the
similarity of the Liberty portrait to that of the 1793 regular issue half
cents, scholars have tentatively named U.S. Mint Chief Coiner Henry Voight
as the engraver of the pattern cent dies.
Another possibility is that Joseph Wright, later hired but never confirmed
as the Mint's engraver, performed this task prior to his regular employment
there. The dies he's known to have engraved, however, namely those for the
Liberty Cap cents of 1793, bear a quite different style of portrait. It's
likely that Voight will continue to be credited with the Silver Center cents
until further documentation is found.

The coin was submitted to NGC by Rare Coin Enterprises. Rare Coin
Enterprises is a rare coin fund that is co-managed by Delaware Valley Rare
Coins Inc. of Broomall, PA and Vintage Coin and Collectibles of Maumee,
Ohio. This particular specimen has been off the market for more than 25

The 11 examples of the Silver Center cent reside in or have resided in such
collections as the National Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and
the private Norweb, Garrett, Bushnell, Parmalee, Mickley, Virgil Brand and
F.C.C. Boyd collections.
For questions on NGC's certification of this or any other coin, contact NGC
at (800) 642-2646 or by e-mail at Service@NGCcoin.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@elderwyn.com
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, cliff38@earthlink.net
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, bi.metallic@kabelfoon.nl