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Hello,

 

Have any of you noticed that there are two versions of the 1970 10 Pfennig coin with the J mint mark? One has a small J with a more pronounced upwards hook at the bottom and the other has a longer J with less of an upwards curve at the bottom. The Standard Catalog of World Coins lists this difference for 1971, but not 1970. Just wanted to know if anybody else out there has noticed this (or cares).

 

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Bruce

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Have any of you noticed that there are two versions of the 1970 10 Pfennig coin with the J mint mark? One has a small J with a more pronounced upwards hook at the bottom and the other has a longer J with less of an upwards curve at the bottom. The Standard Catalog of World Coins lists this difference for 1971, but not 1970. Just wanted to know if anybody else out there has noticed this (or cares).

Guess that people who are after errors or variants will be interested in such differences. As a collector I am not, but it's interesting nevertheless ...

 

Those pfennig coins were first minted in 1950, and after ~20 years it was time to use new minting tools ("master dies"? anyway, the models for the dies). So in 1970/71 the mints started using the new ones, but for a while, both old (A) and new (N) ones were used in the production. These are the possible combinations for 10 Pfennig 1970/1971:

 

1970 -- D: AA, AN -- F: AA -- G: AA, AN (proof only) -- J: AA

1971 -- D: NA, NN -- F: NA -- G: NA, NN -- J: NA, NN

 

This means that, for example, 1970 D exists as "old obverse/old reverse" and "old obverse/new reverse" types. In the mid-1970s those new master dies were partly replaced again because the reliefs were a little too flat. (All info from the Schön and Jaeger catalogs.) What is a little strange is that, if you have two different types of 1970 J coins, that listing should have been "AA, AN" or so.

 

In some cases the differences between old and new tools are much more obvious: The new G and J mintmarks on the 5 DM coins, for example, had no more horizontal lines ...

 

Christian

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