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Hello everyone !

 

I'm looking right now at Bitkin catalog of 2003, Volume II. I'm very surprised to see copper coins from 1895 & 1902-1914 (First type), 1899-1901 (Second type) and 1896-1898 (third type) in three distinctive categories. :blink: Does anyone knows what's the difference between each other ? :confus: All three types have same weight, diameter et edge type.

 

Also, I'm surprised to see 1902 kopek as R (rare) while its mintage estimated at 20,000,000 and 1902 20 kopeks also as R. Do you think is it really rare ?

 

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Hello everyone !

 

I'm looking right now at Bitkin catalog of 2003, Volume II. I'm very surprised to see copper coins from 1895 & 1902-1914 (First type), 1899-1901 (Second type) and 1896-1898 (third type) in three distinctive categories. Does anyone knows what's the difference between each other ? All three types have same weight, diameter et edge type.

 

Also, I'm surprised to see 1902 kopek as R (rare) while its mintage estimated at 20,000,000 and 1902 20 kopeks also as R. Do you think is it really rare ?

It took me several years to find the 1902 one kopeck. The 20 million mintage figure is misleading as

this is a fiscal-year number, not calendar year.

 

The 1902 20 kopecks is not, to my knowledge, a rare coin. There were no coins of this denomination

struck during the fiscal-year 1902, leading to a mistaken belief of rarity. There were 10 million pieces

coined in the fiscal-year 1903, however, which would have included the 1902 coinage in the last months

of 1902.

 

RWJ

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Hello everyone !

 

I'm looking right now at Bitkin catalog of 2003, Volume II. I'm very surprised to see copper coins from 1895 & 1902-1914 (First type), 1899-1901 (Second type) and 1896-1898 (third type) in three distinctive categories. :blink: Does anyone knows what's the difference between each other ? :confus: All three types have same weight, diameter et edge type.

If you look at the top of each page in Bitkin, you will see where the coins were minted.

The different 'types' you list correspond to the different places they were produced.

 

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Also, I'm surprised to see 1902 kopek as R (rare) while its mintage estimated at 20,000,000...Do you think is it really rare ?

 

The 1902 1K is the most difficult to find of the Nicholas II 1K...I've seen 29.

The 1907 is the second-most scarce with 42 seen.

The most common are the 1915 1K (328) and 1914 (316).

 

If anyone is interest in my full table for this series Year | Number Seen

send me a PM.

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