Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #410


WBCC Newsmail 410, Volume 9, June 19, 2004

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,

Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. I really hope you enjoy reading this weeks WBCC Newsmail.

1. Bi-metallic Frans Woons, Canada
Off-centre Bi-metallic coins. I believe we can recognize three types of off-centre bi-metallic coins:
Type 1: A perfect planchet that was not completely between the dies when it was struck resulting in an off-centre coin.  The planchet shows a moon-shaped unstruck portion.  Here an example of such a coin.
Type 2: A coin with a hole in the ring that is off-centre.  The insert was completely in the hole and the planchet was perfectly between the dies when the coin was struck. Note that the insert is still a perfect circle.
Type 3: The hole in the ring is perfectly centered and the planchet was perfectly centered between the dies but the insert was either partially below (Type 3a; or partially on top of (Type 3b; the ring when the coin was struck.  The insert is no longer a perfect circle. [In modern Canadian coin presses the bottom die is the obverse die (at least for domestic coins)].  Note that in Types 3a and 3b there is too much insert material on one side and too little on the other.
Sometimes the insert was so much off-centre when the coin was struck that a moon-shaped gap appears between the ring and insert.  In the example below near the D× G× REGINA on the obverse and near 2 D and CAN on the reverse.  In this particular case the gap is about 1.5 mm wide at its widest point.
In theory it is possible that a bi-metallic off-centre coin is a combination of two of the three types and even all three types in one coin.
Here is a coin that, I believe is a combination of Types 2 and 3a.
In the first place the hole in the ring is off-centre (Type 2) as can be seen by the “white” material inside the central circles above 1996 (on the obverse) and above DOLLARS (on the reverse).  Secondly the insert was not perfectly in the hole when the coin was struck as the insert is no longer a perfect circle on the obverse and the reverse.  I think, in this case, the insert was partially under the ring (Type 3a) as the obverse shows a large moon-shaped piece of “yellow” outside the central circle under the maple leaf.  There is also a moon-shaped piece of “yellow” outside the central circle on the reverse (near AN in CANADA) but it is not as large as on the obverse.
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2. Bi-metallic 1 and 2 euro 2003 of the Frans Dubois, Netherlands
According to the year-rapport 2003 of the Royal Dutch Mint, there were struck 1,4 million coins of Bi-metallic 1 euro and 1,2  million coins
of 2 euro. Compared with the mintage of the other 14 countries, this number is very small.
This year the mintage is even smaller. Only 5000 rolls are issued of the 1 and 2 euro (each roll contains 25 coins) which means that each coin has a mintage of 125.000. Coins in sets are not included in thes numbers.
3. Bi-metallic token from the Frans Dubois, Netherlands
Part of the city of Utrecht called "Lombok" issued a Bi-metalic token to commemorate the fact that the renovation of this area is finished. One side shows the building of the Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht, the reverse shows a portrait of an old woman and a baby and the text reads:"Weer als nieuw na honderd jaar "  ("After a hundred years as new again") The mintage of the Bi-metallic version is 100 tokens, all tokens were sold in a week!
4. Coin World Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Copyright 2004, reprinted by permission from the Juny 15, 2004, issue of Coin World.
Reagan $2 coin would unite us 
posted 6/15/04
By Beth Deisher
Before the nation could finish mourning the death of its 40th president, zealot Republican lawmakers were racing to introduce legislation to place Ronald Reagan's likeness on coins and paper money.
June 8, three days after Reagan died, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and 11 of his colleagues dropped H.R. 4525 into the hopper calling for Reagan's likeness on the half dollar. And Rep. Mark Sounder, R-Ind., immediately resurrected his proposal to place the "Great Communicator's" portrait on the dime. Then Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif, a speechwriter in the Reagan White House, announced he would introduce a bill to put Reagan's likeness on the $20 Federal Reserve note. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would pursue the idea of placing Reagan on the $10 bill.
There is a common thread to most of these initiatives. They seek to remove Democrats: John F. Kennedy from the half dollar, Franklin D. Roosevelt from the dime and Andrew Jackson from the $20. (Alexander Hamilton, on the $10 note, was the nation's first Treasury secretary, decades before the birth of the Democratic Party.)
Sensing a partisan battle of epic proportions in an election year, conservative lobbyists were taking to the airwaves even before the sun set on Reagan's burial June 11 at his hilltop presidential library in California.
Spokesmen for the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, which has the goal of seeing a Reagan memorial in every American county, said the organization would throw its muscle behind getting Reagan's portrait on the $10 bill.
Some cautious Republicans were floating a trial balloon suggesting that Reagan could be put on the $10 spot and Hamilton could be moved up to the $50. Their suggestion came only hours after New York Sen. Charles Schumer vowed during an interview on NBC's Today Show June 10 that he would fight efforts to remove Hamilton, a New Yorker.
One Washington source shared the prevailing logic. "We could put Reagan on the $10, move Hamilton to the $50 and bump Grant," the source said.
To which we responded: "So you think voters who hail from Ohio (the key to winning the presidency in 2004) wouldn't mind their native son - the general who won the war that saved the Union - being demoted from the $50?
"Ohhhhhh!" he answered. Then, dead silence.
We share this to make the point that changing portraits on U.S. coins and paper money in the current environment will lead to more vile partisan politics, legislative gridlock and divide the nation even more than it already is split.
We suggest that President Bush, Treasury Secretary John Snow and members of Congress (on both sides of the aisle) step back and take a page from "the Gipper's" playbook.
President Reagan was a uniter, not a divider. He was a visionary who taught us to look for better and more efficient ways to solve problems.
If, after thoughtful deliberation, most Americans believe it would be fitting to honor President Reagan on our currency, we have a suggestion: Place his portrait on a new, ringed bimetallic $2 coin. Since the $2 note (with Jefferson's portrait) doesn't circulate widely, a coin of that denomination would have an excellent chance of wide circulation. A higher denomination circulating coin is long overdue and much needed in our coinage system. Use of ringed-bimetallic technology would allow the coin to be the size of the Sacagawea dollar, yet be easily distinguished from it.
We can hear President Reagan nodding affirmatively and saying, "Let's get on with it."

5. Bi-metallic 25 Euro 2005 from Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
The coin program of the Austrian mint for 2005 is out. On 9 march 2005 a new Bi-metallic 25 euro will be released commemorating 50 years television

6. Bi-metallic in Frans Woons, Canada
An Italy 500 Lire 1994 Bi-metallic error coin. One of the dies rotated about 90° in relation to the other.

7. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
An image of the Phocoenidae is incorporated into the design of a Bi-metallic coin of two countries. Russia is one. Which is the other?
a. Portugal.
b. Jamaica.
c. Taiwan.
d. Cape Verde.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website at

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #409.
Bi-metallic coins were issued in 1994 showing the image of a Calahandra do Ilheu Raso bird. The outer ring was multi-sided and two versions; red and yellow, were released. Which country issued these beautiful coins?
a. Algeria.
b. Austria.
c. Bolivia.
d. Cape Verde.
Answer to Question #409 is "d"; Cape Verde.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #408: 12 players.

8. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic Argentine One Peso, 1995B (error) will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week (#410). If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner of the Bi-metallic Prize (WBCC Newsmail #408) is Bob Vanoost, (WBCC member #341)

9. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, Australia
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
New listed are:
* Medal in the Netherlands 2004 Euro Mint set
* 2500K of the Czech Republick
* Poland 2004 Athens 10 zlotych
* Vatican Puis IX medal
10. WBCC Auction 67 accepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
Auction 67 will open on the 3rd July. You only have 2 weeks to list your lots. Lots have to be received 24 hours before the auction starts to be listed, so send them now.
The lots listed so far can be seen at.
Please email your lot to me at
The auction closes at 11.30 pm on the 10th July Sydney time , which is early morning in the USA and late morning in Europe

"See you" in next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club

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