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Columbia 1970 50 Centavos

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Given the conditions of where it is coming from and the fact they probably try to get more life out of the die, I am sure these have to be a bit more common. I collect early 20th century Portuguese coins, and Josemartins advises that they usually used the die until it shattered. I have enough of the 4¢ coins that I can see the progressions of the cracks on several of them in the same lot I purchased from Portugal last year. They had been together since the time they were struck, and were uncirculated. Sometime I will image them again, it is an interesting study in the progression of a die crack from a minor blemish all the way up to a very noticeable crack.

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