Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #442


WBCC Newsmail 442, Volume 10, January 29, 2005

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 2 Euro Martin Peeters, Netherlands
Strong increase counterfeiting Eurocoins
The 2 Euro is the most falsified coin with 64,600 pieces found, most of them German. Not included in this survey were 80.000 false coins that were detected before being brought into circulation. Strong increase counterfeiting Eurocoins
A survey of the European anti-fraud agency OLAF reveals that 74,500 false Eurocoins were found in the twelve Euro-countries last year. This is a strong increase compared to 2003, when 26,000 falsified coins were detected.
Source: Newspaper,Telegraaf
2. Bi-metallics at the WMF in Martin Peeters, Netherlands
At the World Money Fair in Basel, held from february 11 till 13, there will be several Mints who will show their new Bi-metallics. According the WMF catalog the following countries will have new Bi-metallics:
* Canada, 8 Dollars 2005, 120th Anniversary of Canadian Pacific Railway
* GB 2 Pounds 2005
* Latvia 2004 1 lats
* Netherlands, Beneluxset with the 1 and 2 Euro 2005 from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg
* Netherlands, the special WMF set with the 1 and 2 Bi-metallic from the Netherlands
* Russia, 10 Rouble 2005, several issues
* Switserland, 10 Franken 2005 commemorate Mountain Jungrau, available in UNC and Proof
* Turkey, 50 Kurus 2005 and 1YTL 2005
* Ukraine 20 hryvnias 2005, commemorate 60th Anniversary of the UN, 6 different pieces
3. Bi-metallic off-centre from Frans Woons, Canada
Last week I was able again to buy on eBay an off-centre toony. However, this coin is of a type unlike all the other off-centre toonies I had in my collection. Both types are known among coin collectors. See this website by Patrick Glassford created in 2000:
The most common of the two varieties is called "misaligned core" by Patrick. I call it "Type 1". The other one Patrick calls "misaligned ring hole". I call it "Type 2". The first variety is created when the yellow plug is either partially under or partially on top of the white ring when the coin is struck. The second variety is created when the hole in the ring is eccentric. The plug is perfectly in the hole. I have attached images of both types of errors; both obverse and reverse. In both images Type 1 is to the left. Patrick Glassford shows a Type 2 error dated 1998 on his webpage. He mentions such an error dated 1996 in the text. Concerning the scarcity of the two types: Lately I have seen about 6 to 8 Type 1 errors per month on eBay. The Type 2 error coin I bought was only the second specimen of this type on eBay during the last few years. In the Type 1 variety there is too much yellow on one side and not enough on the other. In the Type 2 variety the plug is perfectly round. And there is no gap between ring and plug which is sometimes the case in the Type 1 error (when the plug is sufficiently far off-centre). Of course combinations of Type 1 and Type 2 errors are possible as I discussed in a previous article

4. Bi-metallic Car Wash Michael Ayrapetov, USA
I found in eBay Auction new bimetallic Car Wash token of USA in the Lot of 27 Different Car Wash Tokens: "HIGH CAR WASH  H  TRADE TOKEN". The URL is:

5. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The country of Georgia issued two Bi-metallic coins in the year 2000.
One coin has the image of an eagle and what other animal? 
a.  Bear.
b.  Horse.
c.  Lion.
d.  Dragon.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website;
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #441:
A bear appears in the design of a Russian Bi-metallic 50 Roubles dated 1993. The name of the bear is inscribed on the coin. What kind of bear is this? 
a.  Brown Bear.
b.  Siberian Bear.
c.  Himalayan Bear.
d.  Polar Bear.
Answer to Question #441 is Himalayan Bear or Asian Black Bear.  The coin translation for this question was provided by WBCC Member, Martin Purdy.

6. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the WBCC Quiz Game this week. If more than one member gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. There were 15 players in game #440 and the winner was Leandro Del Vecchio (WBCC member #336).

7. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
8. WBCC Auction 71 excepting Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
You only have 6 days to list your lots.  The auction starts in one week on the 5th February 2005 with newsmail 443.
The lots listed so far can be seen at:
Please email me with any lots you wish to list.  There is a maximum of 20 lots per member. My email is

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
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