WBCC Newsmail 484 Volume
10, November 19, 2005
Composed with help from
members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors
and weekly published by: Martin Peeters,
Netherlands, Focal Point of the
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,
Welcome into the World Of Bi-metallics. I hope you find
this week's WBCC Newsmail informative and interesting.
1. Tri-metallics from Somalia...by Jose Luis Ramirez Monleon,
Please see my Tr-imetallic collection from Somalia. I have made a webpage
with better images for all WBCC members. http://ret001qm.eresmas.net/somalia_wbcc.htm
--Remark WBCC Focal Point: Well done Jose !! Thanks !!
2. Bi-metallic 2 Pound 2005 from the Great Britain......by Fran
We can buy at the royal mint the 2 new Bi-mrtallic 2 Pound 2006 dedicated
2 Pound 2006, Brunel, Engeneering and 2 Pound 2006, Life of Brunel
and for the 2006 Proof set look at:
3. Bi-metallic Off-centre toonies..some statistics..by Frans Woons,
For about a year (November 2004 to October 2005) I kept track what kind of
off-centre toonies (bi-metallic Canadian $ 2 coins struck since 1996) were
offered for sale on eBay. My record keeping was somewhat poor during
August and September; partially due to the fact that I was on vacation. I
recorded about 57 different auctions. Not 57 different coins. Some coins
were put on eBay for a second (and sometimes even a third time) if the coin
was not sold the first (or second) time. So, my statistics are somewhat incorrect.
The reason I kept track of these auctions was to discover the relative scarcity
of the different types of off-centre toonies and to get an idea of the value
of off-centre toonies. I recognize three types of off-centre toonies:
* Type 1: The yellow plug is not completely in the ring hole, but either
partially under or partially on top of the ring, when the coin is struck.
This results in too much "yellow" on one side of the coin and not enough
on the other side. If the plug was under the ring when the coin was struck
there is too much yellow on the obverse of the coin (Type 1a). Was
the plug on top of the ring, then there is too much yellow on the obverse
(Type 1b). If the yellow on the side with too much yellow extends beyond
the middle of the lettering, a moon-shaped gap will be found in the coin
between the ring and the centre.
* Type 2: The plug is perfectly in the ring hole but the hole is not
centered within the ring.
* Type 3: The planchet is perfect but is not completely between the dies
when the coin was struck. This forces the collar down and the coin is totally
or partially outside the collar when struck.
Off-centre toonies dated 1996 are much more common than those with a later
date. For two reasons:
a) the 1996 toonies were struck in a massive amount: 375.000.000 pieces,
b) minting equipment was adjusted to reduce the chance for an off-centre
However, off-centre toonies dated other than 1996 do exist. I've seen
off-centre toonies (either in photographs or in reality) dated 1997, 1998,
1999 (the Nunavut variety), 2001, and 2002.
Now the statistics...
Frequency of the different types of off-centre toonies:
Type 1: 93 %.
Type 2: 5 %
Type 3: 2%
Of all the Type 1 errors, about 66 % are the Type 1a variety and 33 % of
the Type 1b variety.
Frequency by date:
1996: 77 %
1998: 7 %
1999 Nunavut: 12 %
1999 one bear: 2 %
2000 one bear: 2 %
It should be noted that 1999 one bear and 2000 one bear "off-centre toonies"
offered for sale on eBay were very, very little off-centre; just like most
All the off-centre Nunavut toonies I've seen had too much yellow on the obverse
(Type 1a) and the moon-shaped yellow on the ring is always near the 7 o'clock
About the values of off-centre toonies: prices ranged from US $ 1.69
to US $ 350.00. This last price is an anomaly. It was paid for an off-centre
toony with the yellow extending to almost the edge of the coin. However the
centre had fallen out and had disappeared. The seller marketed the
piece quite well. He advertised the coin as being more valuable because the
centre was gone... In fact, any centre can be pushed out of the ring
(whether the coin is an off-centre coin or not). Taking the coin apart and
throwing a piece away should not make the coin more valuable... A reasonable
value for an off-centre toony is about US $ 50. The greater the eccentricity,
the greater the value. Obviously toonies dated other than 1996 are more valuable
than those dated 1996. And Type 2 and Type 3 off-centre toonies are more
valuable than Type 1 off-centre toonies.
4. Bi-metallics from Micronesia......by Wolfgang Schuster, Austria
Here are the Micronesia Bi-metallic 1$, 6 Types USA Presidents Series 2 and
5. Bi-metallic Fantasy Euros....by Jose Luis Ramirez Monleon, Spain
INA have minted new euro fantasy sets. This time the countries are Bi-metallic
Fantasy Euros from Guadalouoe and French Polinesia. The reverses of the coins
are the same used in the Vatican City test dated 2005. There are more data
about thes coins in my webpage in english. http://ret001qm.eresmas.net/eu-ingle.htm
6. Encased Farthing.........by Paul Baker, UK
I saw an interesting encased British Farthing on Ebay this week at:
The seller's description said:
This dance hall token has a 1938 farthing set into a broad aluminium surround.
The embossed wording on the surround reads:- Ritz Dance Hall Whitworth Street
West Manchester. On the reverse side it reads:- Keep me and you'll never
be broke. This is printed in a horse shoe shape. The token measures just
under 1ins across and is in good condition.
I do not recall having seen this type before.
7. Bi-metallics Euros on interesting webpage......by Wolfgang Schuster,
For info, interesting site, shows also all patterns pseudos Euros etc.http://www.eurocoins.liesemeijer.com/Commemoratives2euro2005.html
8. Bi-metallic London trade token....by Cliff Anderson, USA
There is another Bi-metallic trade token from London, like others we have
This one is marked "Covent Garden / George Shuter" on the obverse, and the
reverse shows "2/", meaning it is worth two shillings. It is an unusual
design, possibly resembling a hat or crown. The brass body is inset
with a copper "S", apparently for Shuter, which shows through both sides.
The piece's manufacturer seems to be shown twice: R. Neal on "Percival
StR", on the obverse, and C. Neal at "East Finchley, N.12" on the reverse.
9. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game #484..........by Jack Hepler,
The Italian Bi-metallic 500 Lire of 1997 commemorates the 50th anniversary
of the National Police Code. A mythological figure appears in the design
above the coat of arms. This figure includes the torso of a man and a winged
animal. What is the animal with wings?
Please send your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: See this coin and many others by visiting the WBCC website; http://www.wbcc-online.com
Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #483
The Federated States of Micronesia issued a Bi-metallic One Dollar coin dated
2004. On one side is the protrait of Joseph J. Urusemal. The other side shows
four stars representing the four major island or island groups of the nation.
What is the plant in the center of the design?
a. Date Palm
d. Coconut Palm
The answer to Question #483 is "d"; Coconut Palm.
10. WBCC Quiz Game Prize...by 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 nineplayers
in game #482 and the winner was Meir Sapir, WBCC member #.296.
11. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images.......by Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images shown at:
* Mexico 2005 100 peso commemoratives from the first 3 States
* GB The Birmingham Mint advertising medals 25 to 44 mm
* GB 2006 2pound Brunel chanel tunnel
* GB George Shuter 2 shilling token
* Kazakhstan 2005 inlay 500 tehre
* Toronto Jet Kleen car wash token
* Micronesia 2004 US Presidents
* French Polynesia fantasy 1 & 2 euros
* Guardeloupe fantasy 1 & 2 euros.
12. WBCC Auction 76 .....by Rod Sell, WBCC Auction Provider
I an accepting lots for WBCC Auction 76. The lots listed so far can be seen
Please email your lots to me now at email@example.com
"See you" next week
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic
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