Bi-metallic Composition


various foreign bimetallic coins

Speaking of coins, I have noticed since before my trip to Hong Kong that I rather like bi-metallic coins,. Especially since receiving a collection of shiny new Canadian coins from a friend who lives there. I don't necessarily know why, but together the gold and silver have an effect greater than the sum of its parts.

A silver coin is normal — just shrapnel to our eyes. A gold coin is better since it's worth more, but still not all that special.

coins from hong kong and macau

A bi-metallic coin, however. Whether the silver is on the inside or the outside, it hardly matters. I could hardly bring myself to spend them in Hong Kong, where the $10 coins are bi-metallic. Usually without the bright lustre we see in some images though, since they haven't been minted since 1997, and banknotes were reissued in 2002 instead (which admittedly blend in with the other notes poorly).

The same effect happened in Macau, where the 10 Patacas coin is also bi-metallic. I clutched them tight since they appeared in my hands so rarely. They aren't given as change often, as we (and most people) paid with Hong Kong dollars there more often than not — meaning our change would generally be in HKD unless we asked otherwise (HKD is worth more, but used 1 = 1 in Macau).

Who knows? If I got my hands on some of those shiny new Latvian euros while with Ruben and Mr. Vadim someday, be sure I'd stow some away for safekeeping! In the meantime, I shall be on the lookout once again for my dad's perfectly pressed 1 cent Hong Kong bill.