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Korean 1898 5 fun medium character variety


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Finally hunted down this really scarce variety. There are three different varities that was struck in 1898, noted as small, medium and large variety in most catalog. While the small variety is the easiest as well as the cheapest out of all 5 fun coins struck throughout the year, the medium and large varieties are completely different and are extremely tough.


Here is the small variety:




And this is the medium variety:




A large variety would look something similar to this:




On a side note, a medium variety 1898 5 fun coin was sold over 1500USD http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140547575727


Needless to say, I'm already very happy with what I got as it is in a rather high condition as well as what looks like scratch marks are actually planchet flaws. I was prepared to look for a low grade example but looks like I will be keeping this for a very long time. :)


Maybe you happened to have one in your collection and never noticed it?

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