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5kop1764СМ - mint mark altered from СПМ


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On this 1764СМ 5 kopek the mint mark is not placed harmoniously. The "С" should be closer to the dragon's tail. "CM" (Sestroretsk Mint) was a branch mint of St.Petersburg (СПМ) mint. It is believed that Sestroretsk was supplied with dies from St.Petersburg. Taking into account the rough surrounding of the "С" together with its misplacement, it is in my opinion pretty safe to assume that on this coin an "СПМ" mint mark was modified and altered into "СМ".





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