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Someone showed this on Russian forum. What was the need for EF mark? Any ideas?

 

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Apart from grading coin as EF (extra fine) by a prototype of XVIII c. grading company (and stamping it hence there was no plastic), I can not think of anything else... ;)

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Someone showed this on Russian forum. What was the need for EF mark? Any ideas?

Apart from grading coin as EF (extra fine) by a prototype of XVIII c. grading company (and stamping it hence there was no plastic), I can not think of anything else... ;)

Perhaps Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein? He wrote an introduction to the Sincona auctions:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduard_von_Falz-Fein

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It could be a collector's mark, but it is too large and very crudely made. The fact that there are several counterstamps on the same (beat-up) coin makes me think it was used to try out the die before its real usage was attempted. Someone like the Baron would have certainly had a better stamp made (it was a joke, anyway! ;) ).

 

Maybe some ambitious young students did this?

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Agree with Bobh, just private countermark /counterstamp more like for fun or try .Letter "F" on the middle looks different from other two .

Usually I buy coins with countermarks/counterstamps for collection just for fun :yes:

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