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The 1 euro coin is bi-metallic: the inner part of cupronickel, the outer part of nickel brass

Bi-metallic coins are coins consisting of more than one metal or alloy, generally arranged with an outer ring around a contrasting center. Common circulating examples include the €1, €2, British £2, Canadian $2, South African R5, and Turkish lira.

Bi-metallic coins have been issued for a long time, with examples known dating from the 1600s, while the Roman Empire issued special occasion, large medallions with a center of bronze or copper and an outer ring of orichalcum, starting with the reign of Hadrian. The silver-center cent pattern produced by the United States in 1792 is another example. In recent times, the first circulating bi-metallic coin was the 500 Italian lire, first issued in 1982. France, with a 10 franc coin and Thailand, with a 10 baht, issued bi-metallic coins for circiraulation in 1988. India has released 10 Rupee bimetallic coins in 2009 that contains dateline of 2006 (minted at Noida)

Indian Rs 10 Bi-Metallic Coin

As well as circulating coins, where they are generally restricted to high denomination coins, bi-metallic coins are often used in commemorative issues, they are used as a way of securing against coin counterfeiting.

The manufacturing process is similar to that of ordinary coins, except that two blanks (the inner and the outer) are struck at the same time, deforming the separate blanks sufficiently to hold them together.


Countries with bimetallic coins in circulation. Green denotes more than one bimetallic coin in use.

External links


The worlds largest free comprehensive collection of Bi-metallic coin information on the internet. Est. Sept. 14, 1996 the WBCC was the worlds very first website devoted entirely to collectors, in this case Bi-metallics.



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