WBCC Newsmail 264, Volume 6, September 1, 2001
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
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
I hope you really enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!
1. Schedule WBCC Newsmails...by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
While I''m on vacation in Canada (starts on September 2nd) Frans Dubois
(EMAIL address) will compose and send out the following WBCC
* WBCC Newsmail 265, September 8, 2001
* WBCC Newsmail 266, September 15, 2001
* WBCC Newsmail 267, September 22, 2001
* WBCC Newsmail 268, September 29, 2001
I hope you can help Frans by providing him much Bi-metallic material/news.
2. My new E-mail address..by Michael Doran, USA
Please read my new E-mail address: Michael Doran (WBCC Member #74)
EMAIL address and new Website
3. My new E-mail address..by Art Wells, USA
Please read my new E-mail address, Art Wells (WBCC member #100)
4. Bi-metallic coin for Zimbabwe...by Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre
Six months ago in my continuous search for news on African coins I came
across a site with information for visitors to Zimbabwe. The section of
particular interest, of course, was about money in Zimbabwe. Unlike other
sites with the same kind of info on Zimbabwe, this certain page stated that
the highest coin denomination in Zimbabwe was 5 Dollars. I had not heard
anything, at that time, of any such coins, Zimbabwe's highest circulating
coin denomination being 2 Dollars as far as I was aware. I knew that if
these coins existed they would be a new coin type for the world's
numismatists to collect and perhaps they would be bB-metallic coins. But I
had previously experienced discrepancies between tourist info for other
African countries and the actual truth about their coins, in fact I have
some definite errors replicated from one site to another. So I had to check
out these facts. With a bit of luck I found someone who would be able to
confirm whether or not the 5 Dollar coins really existed. This was someone
resident in Zimbabwe. He confirmed that 5 Dollar coins did not exist in
Zimbabwe and as at that time (early March 2001) none had been announced,
though need for such coins was quite apparent.
Towards the end of June I came across new information on Zimbabwe's coins.
(You can read this report:
In this report from the
"Zimbabwe Independent" newspaper of 22nd of June 2001 were some plans of the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. These were namely (1) to introduce a 500 Dollar
note (2) to replace the 5 Dollar notes with coins and (3) to get the
construction of a new mint in Bulawayo complete by July 2001 and get the new
plant into full production by the following month.This report also mentioned
how up until that time all of Zimbabwe's circulation coins were made by the
British Royal Mint and how the importation by Zimbabwe of coin blanks,
instead of struck coins, would make a saving of around 30 to 40 percent.
By 12th August I found a report in the "Zimbabwe Independent" from 9th
August about the opening of the mint in Bulawayo. (You can read this report:
This report stated that
"The striking of coins should commence in the last quarter of 2001." The
report also stated that a coin to replace the 5 Dollar notes would be
introduced by the end of August. So now I knew that, some time in the
following 2 or 3 weeks, reports of the issuance of this new coin would be
appearing in the (on-line) African press. I kept an eye on the various sites
that would perhaps be the first to have this news e.g. Zimbabwe based banks
Then, the other day I received a message, out of the blue, from the Zimbabwe
resident who in March had confirmed to me that at that time there hadn't
even been announcement about a 5 Dollar coin - which at the time was quite
true. He gave me an update on the 5 Dollar coin situation. He confirmed that
the coin really would be issued on 31st August 2001. He also mentioned that
it will be a ringed BI-METALLIC with a reverse design featuring a
rhinoceros. The release of this new coin will be closely followed by coins
of 10, 20, 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollar coins in new alloys.
This was all very interesting news to me. So, all you keen Bi-metallic
collectors, it looks like there's another piece to add to your wantlists !
Furthermore, if one new piece is not enough, maybe when the mint in Bulawayo
starts making the 5 Dollar coins someone might be able to find a difference
between the pieces of one mint and those of the other. Watch this space !
5. Bi-metallic mis-strike from Jordan...by Paul Baker, WBCC Research Centre
Following my mention last week, of the new bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar from Jordan
portraying the new Jordanian king, Abdullah the Second, (see WBCC Newsmail
263 Item 1) someone kindly pointed me to a site about modern Jordanian
The site appears to be that belonging to someone in the U.S.A. and the home
page is at: www.colby.edu This site
has something about all of the modern coins of Jordan. The "Circulation
Coins" section includes the new 1/2 Dinar but even more useful, to me, than
that was the "Error Coins" page in the "Interesting Items" section. The
"Error Coins" page is at:
www.colby.edu , right
at the end of this page there is an image of a 1997/1417 dated Bi-metallic
1/2 Dinar coin. It can be clearly seen that the Copper-Nickel inner part of
this coin has a small curved clip, this has resulted in there being a thin
hole right through the coin above the portrait. (Similar errors to this are
known for the Bi-metallic G.B. 2 Pounds coins which like the Jordanian
bi-metallics are made by the British Royal Mint.) Other Jordanian error
coins on this page are coins struck on undersize planchets, unstruck
planchets and a seven-sided 1/4 Dinar with a large clip from a punch of the
same size and shape. These pages are well worth a look.
6. New and third Bi-metallic WBCC token..by Frans Dubois, Netherlands
September 14th this year it's the fifth anniversary of the Worldwide
Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC). For this special occasion there is made
a special Bi-metallic token. Mintage is limited to only 100 pieces!!
The reverse is the same like the first two clubtokens but the front side has
a design that is made by Frans Dubois to commemorate the fifth anniversary
of the WBCC on September 14th.
How to order this special WBCC token:
Send US $ 7,- plus $ 1,- postage per piece to:
2802 ES Gouda
E-mail: Frans Dubois
Please write down your address on the envelope!
As soon as your letter has arrived the token will be send to you.
If you prefer registrated mail the postage is $5,- extra
7. Bi-metallics of Andorra
by Jack Hepler, USA
Andorra has issued seven Bi-metallic coins but not for circulation and in
fact, not even the official currency of the country. The Andorran
Bi-metallics have been issued in the denominations of the Diner but
official commercial business is conducted using the currency of both
France and Spain, Francs and Pesetas. Certainly the introduction of the
Euro will make life much simpler for the locals as well as tourists.
Tourism accounts for the vast majority of the outside income for Andorra,
one of the smallest and until the past few decades most inaccessible of
European countries. Andorra lies high in the Pyrenees mountains between
France and Spain. The official name of Andorra in Catalan, the native
language, is Valls d'Andorra (Valleys of Andorra). However, the name of
the country listed on UN rolls is the Principality of Andorra. No wonder
we can get confused; two official languages, neither of which is native,
coins issued that don´t circulate and are not even the official currency
and there is even some debate over whether it is really a Principality.
Fortunately, we don´t need to worry, the Bi-metallic coins are beautiful
and a definite challenge to collect.
8. WBCC Auction 29 is stiil open...by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Our 5th Anniversary Auction (Number 29) is growing nicely with 30 lots from
10 sellers. The items can be viewed at
You have less than 2 weeks to add you lots to this Auction. So please send
the details to me: Rod Sell
Since we only allow members a maximum of 5 lots per auction. Those who have
reached their limit can send me lots for Auction 30 which starts on the 22nd
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #264...by Jack Hepler, USA
The polar bear is featured on the Bi-metallic Two Dollars of Canada.
Most polar bears live in regions where the mass of sea ice surrounding
the North Pole breaks apart during the summer. Polar bears hunt seals
and other animals for food and may weigh more than 450 kilograms. Today,
there are only about 25,000 wild polar bears in the world. The United
States, Canada, and other nations have laws that protect polar bears from
hunters. A special issue of the 2000 Canadian Two Dollars shows how many
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler Next week you can
read the correct answer.
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #263.
One of the last coins issued by Hong Kong before returning to
administration by The Peoples Republic of China, was the 1997 bi-metallic
$10. This coin features a suspension bridge, internationally known and a
major Hong Kong landmark. What is the name of the bridge linking Hong
Kong´s major islands and the airport?
a. Ma Wan Viaduct
b. Tsing Ma Bridge
c. Kap Shui Mun Bridge
d. Taipa Bridge
Answer to Question #263 is "b", Tsing Ma. See Newsmail #255.
Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #262; 85.71428% correct. Seven
players. You may be able to see the answer to many future questions in
Newsmail issues dating back to #255.
10. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, Australia
The new images shown at:
The list is also available on request by e-mail or by postal mail.
"See you" in 4 weeks time,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
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 Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction Provider, Rod Sell.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: ANA Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands.
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