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1859 commemorative ruble variety


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Was looking up about the 1859 ruble and found that there are two different varieties - convex and normal coinage. The convex type is apparently scarcer.

Looked up on m-dv.ru and found it hard to tell the differences. Maybe it's easier to tell on hand...? Any tips to tell the differences?

 

Thanks!

 

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I think it´s very hard to say this not having those 2 different types in your hands. Or you should at least must see a lot of them in the past to be able to see the difference between convex and normal coinage.  There are few other such coins with hard to see differences.  

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On 4/3/2020 at 2:23 PM, gxseries said:

Any tips to tell the differences?

Check here and here

To my opinion, easiest way to distinguish is to look at lower front edge of the neck:

- "convex die" - with sharp edge and usually at same level as the top of letter "H"

- "flat die" - with rounded edge and usually below the top of letter "H"

There are more smaller die varieties, so actual position of neck edge may vary for both types - that's why I used word "usually"

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