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USSR: 20 kopeks vs. 3 kopeks


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Would someone please explain the difference between 20 kopek obverse and 3 kopek obverse (modern USSR 1961-1991). They are of identical size but I just can't see the difference!

Also, is typical for 1 year only or they were messing up dies all those 30 years?

 

Thanks

 

P.S. There is a buzz about mules with obverse being reversed between those 2 coins

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Would someone please explain the difference between 20 kopek obverse and 3 kopek obverse (modern USSR 1961-1991). They are of identical size but I just can't see the difference!

Also, is typical for 1 year only or they were messing up dies all those 30 years?

 

Thanks

 

P.S. There is a buzz about mules with obverse being reversed between those 2 coins

 

 

I’m not savvy on the topic of soviet coins. But from what I know it was a fairly common practice (not a mix up) to swap 20 and 3 kop dies, and probably 2 and 10.

 

On some years it is fairly easy to spot the difference. The 3 kop ribbons are more incuse, and the crest is a bit more elevated. But (imho) you’ll need a good die variety catalogue and a loupe to figure out more.

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