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obverse and reverse axes of a 1899 rouble


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I have recently bought an ordinary rouble (1899, ФЗ). However, what seems unusual about it is that the obverse axis and the reverse axis are not parallel. I know that some rouble coins of that year have a coaxiality like in US coins (at 180 degrees), but this is clearly not the case here with the angle between the axes being rather small (I guess about 20 degrees). I would appreciate knowing experts' opinions about this case.

 

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I have recently bought an ordinary rouble (1899, ФЗ). However, what seems unusual about it is that the obverse axis and the reverse axis are not parallel. I know that some rouble coins of that year have a coaxiality like in US coins (at 180 degrees), but this is clearly not the case here with the angle between the axes being rather small (I guess about 20 degrees). I would appreciate knowing experts' opinions about this case.

 

It's a mint error. Dies were misaligned. Not sure how rare this type of error is on late 19th century roubles. I understand that this error was very common on early soviet coinage - 1920's and 30's.

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