Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #335


WBCC Newsmail 335, Volume 8, January 11, 2003 --------------------------------------------------------------------
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 really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail !!

1. My new E-mail address ... by Milorad Popovic, Serbia

Please read my new E-mail address: Milorad Popovic, Serbia (WBCC member #241) (No Longer Provided Online)

2. World Money Fair Basel Pre-report (3)... by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

As mentioned last week, now the third Re-report about the World Money Fair in Basel, from January 31 to February 2. For attending the WMF, the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club is sponsored by the Portuguese Mint and Schuler Presses from Germany. We (Frans Dubois and myself) will leave the Netherlands on Thursday January 30rd late in the evening and after a 8 hour night drive we arrive Jan. 31 8 AM at Basel, Zwitserland. After build up the WBCC booth (we will have a slideshow running on a LapTop) we will visit all the 30 Minthouses, the 200 coindealers. All WBCC members who will visit the the WBCC booth (#35) we have a nice gift for visiting the booth. So you are welcome in Basel.

3. Bi-metallic from Bahrain ... by Frans Dubois, Netherlands

In Bahrain are issued new dates of the Bi-metallic coins of 100 fils and 500 fils dated 2002 Pictures can be seen in the WBCC New Images website: New Images.

4. Bi-metallic 5 Frank 2003 from Switserland ... by Manuel González, Spain

When you take a look into the New Images section you will find scans of the new 2003 Switzerland 5 Franken.

5. Bi-metallic from Colombia ... by Bernardo González White

The new date coin $ 500 Bi-metallic Colombia 2002, the same design, "Guacarí tree" and 500 pesos. The dates: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and now 2002.

6. Bi-metallic Off-centre from Canada ... by Frans Woons, Canada

I assume that most WBCC members are familiar with the Canadian bi-metallic $2 coin struck since 1996 (nicknamed "toony") with a malformed centre. These "off-centre errors" have been discussed in several WBCC "Newsmails" and images of some of these coins can be seen on the WBCC website (e.g., Fout! Bladwijzer niet gedefinieerd.). In addition, Patrick Glassford has constructed an excellent website discussing these errors (and other error "toonies"). See: Fout! Bladwijzer niet gedefinieerd.

"Off-centre toonies" are created when, during the striking process, the centre is not completely within the ring but either partially underneath or partially on top of the ring. The resulting coin exhibits on one side too much centre material and on the other side not enough. There is too much centre material (in the form of a "moon-shaped portion of the centre on the ring") on the obverse if the centre is underneath the ring while the coin is being struck. This is because in modern Canadian coinage presses the obverse die is the bottom die, as far as coins for Canada is concerned. If the centre is on top of the ring, while the coin is struck, this "moon-shaped piece" is on the reverse.

The amount of eccentricity varies. If the moon-shaped piece reaches the middle of the letters of the legend, or farther from the coin’s centre, a gap between the ring and the centre, opposite to the moon-shaped piece, will occur. In other words, light can travel through the coin. Patrick Glassford shows a "gapped toony" with an extremely wide gap (of about 3 mm at the widest point).

During the last few years I have bought several "off-centre toonies" for the collections of some of my friends and for my own collection. In addition I received once one in change at a bank and I have seen images of other "off-centre toonies" on the internet. From this, albeit small, sample I have drawn the following conclusions. Most off-centre toonies:
A. are dated 1996;
B. have the "moon-shaped piece on the ring" on the obverse; and,
C. have the "moon-shaped piece on the ring" near the 10 o’clock or 11 o’ clock (near TH II in ELIZABETH II) position.

In December of 2002 I bought an "off-centre toony" dated 1999 (Nunavut variety). The "moon-shaped piece on the ring" is on the obverse and widest near the 7 o’clock position (between the first E of ELIZABETH and the 1 of 1999) and reaches the middle of the legend. As a result, there is a tiny gap (probably less than 0.1 mm wide) between the ring and centre. An image of this coin (obverse and reverse) will be send to Rod Sell for the WBCC library.

7. Bi-metallic 2003 Charlotte Token ... by Michael Ayrapetov, USA

I found the information with image of new Bimetallic 2003 Charlotte token, USA. URL is: Charlotte Token. I called to Department of Transportation of Charlotte, North Carolina, and they said that Bimetallic 2003 token will be issued in February, 2003.

8. Bi-metallic Medal from Italy ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

There is a new ringed Bi-metallic medal commemorating the 750th Anniversary of the ancient coin "Fiorino of Florence" 1252-2002. It was strucked on 16.11.2002 by the Ancient Mint of Lucca (the most ancient mint in Europe), using the old method "by hammer". It is in Gold (24 KT) and Silver (999%) and it has a diameter of mm. 34. It was strucked only in 100 exemplares. Its cost is EUR 210,00.

9. Bi-metallic Neuro ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

Soon a picture can be seen in the WBCC New Images section about a NEURO Bi-metallic token. It was strucked by the Ancient Mint of Lucca. It was made in copper and it has a diameter of mm. 36. It is a joke against the new European currency, EURO.

On the obverse, we have the number 1 bent by by a revolving world hurled into it by Captain Fracassa (an Italian masquerade). NEURO in exergue with slanted stars hanging from it, and joined, twinkling stars around the edge. On the reverse, we have an ancient seal of the Carnival society founded in Lucca (Italy) in 1870.

10. Bi-metallic Overlay from Slovakia ... by Massimiliano Aiello, Italy

I send the picture of the new squared 10.000 Korun 2003 from Slovakia Republic with Gold (g. 18,8) and Palladium (g. 1,5). This Bi-metallic has an extremely high nominal value (10.000 Korun) and it was sold out the same first day of selling. Only 6,000 pieces were strucked. Pictures can be seen in the WBCC New Images section.

11. Bi-metallics in a Website ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Received a message about a website with Bi-metallics listed. The URL is: Bi-metallic Website.

12. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #335 ... by Jack Hepler, USA

Luca Pacioli is featured on the 1994 Bi-metallic 500 Lire of Italy. Pacioli’s contemporaries included such noteables as Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci with whom he had a strong tie. Luca Pacioli’s is famous in Italian history for his works in which area?
a. Art
b. Architecture
c. Medicine
d. Accounting
Please send your answer to me: Jack Hepler. Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website.

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #334 Ernesto Guevara was honored on the Five Peso Bi-metallic coin of Cuba. He is best known for his efforts to overthrow the dictatorship of Cuba but this medically trained national hero participated in the overthrow of dictators before and after he joined Fidel Castro’s forces. In which other countries was Che Guevara directly involved in revolutionary activity?
a. Argentina
b. Bolivia
c. Chile
d. Guatemala
Answer to Question #334 is "a, b, and d". Che may have been involved in other countries as well but these are the ones most well known. Summary of answers to Quiz Game Question #333: 100.0% correct, six players.

13. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Images ... by Rod Sell, Australia

The new Bi and Tri-metallic images shown at: New Images. Newly listed are:
* Canada 1999 off centre Nunavut $2 * Italy 2002 fake 1 euro

14. WBCC Auction 51 Last Day ... by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider

Auction 51 is now in it's last day. The current bids on The 40 interesting lots listed can be seen at: Auction 51.

Email your bids to me: Rod Sell, NOW don't miss out in case your email gets held up.

15. Coin World Article ... by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright 2002, reprinted by permission from the November 25, 2002, issue of Coin World.
--Quote Internet connects members
Electronic communication offers club members opportunities to share information via e-mail
By Michele Orzano
Coin World Staff
E-mail newsletters and e-groups are becoming popular ways for collectors across the country and around the world to stay in touch.

As the Internet becomes more and more of a tool for daily information gathering, many collectors are "meeting" others online on a regular basis. Collectors don't have to worry about travel availability or hotel accommodations or time differences when meeting electronically.

The World Bi-Metallic Collectors Club established its electronic newsletter in 1996, the same year the club was launched. Martin Peeters of the Netherlands publishes the group e-mail message weekly. In May, the club celebrated its 300th consecutive news e-mail. At that time the club had 256 members in 44 countries.

The club's goal is to exchange ringed bimetallic and trimetallic coins, tokens and medals as well as knowledge about such items.

Links to images are often offered. Subscribers can also participate in a weekly online auction conducted by WBCC. Often readers are referred to another Web site to further their research or buy coins.

A quiz is included in each issue. The club also sponsors a coin forum page at WBCC Forum. The WBCC Web site is located at WBCC Website. For subscription information, e-mail Martin Peeters.

"See you" next week,
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 Organisation:
WBCC Websmaster, JD White, USA.
WBCC Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
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 ANA Focal Point: Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
WBCC Website
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC is officially sponsored for the Basel World Money Fair by:
* Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint) and Schuler Presses, Germany.

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