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Round 1 - Twentieth - Group 16


Which do you prefer?  

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  1. 1. Which do you prefer?

    • Fifty Kopeks, Russia, 1925
      18
    • Soviet Union: 1 Poltinnik 1925
      5
    • Mexico - Peso - 1943
      16


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Surely a strange competition here. I went with the first worker. The coin appears bolder and more "used" to me.

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Well the first two look like the same coin yet the descriptions are different... Is it 50 Kopeks or 1 Poltinnik?

 

Too much confusion so Mexico got my vote.

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Well the first two look like the same coin yet the descriptions are different... Is it 50 Kopeks or 1 Poltinnik?

 

Too much confusion so Mexico got my vote.

 

 

Who knows? I was as shocked as you when i put them up (based on description alone) then when i first saw the pictures it was a bit unexpected.

 

Anyhow i like the lustre on the Mexican, good enough for me.

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Who knows? I was as shocked as you when i put them up (based on description alone) then when i first saw the pictures it was a bit unexpected.

 

I'll defer to gxseries if he has information to the contrary, but from what I found on Wikipedia, as I'm no expert in this field:

 

]In the 19 and 20th centuries, the coins of kopeck denominations had individual names:

2 kop.= dvushka

3 kop.= altyn (mostly obsolete by the 1960s)

5 kop.= pyatak

10 kop.= grivennik

15 kop. = pyatialtynny (5 altyn; the usage lived longer than "altyn")

20 kop. = dvugrivenny (2 grivenniks)

50 kop. = poltina or poltinnik.

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You see, the word "pol" is a Russian equalivent of the English "half". The word for half is polovina but because of the tendency of shortening the words into a single word, it becomes a poltina or a poltinnik. Some bizarre way of naming other odd denominations like a 25 kopek would become a polupoltinik (half of half ruble, i.e. quarter although it should be a chervort) and 1.5 ruble should be poltaya ruble (if my Russian is right)

 

Example can be found here http://www.masterrussian.com/aa052701a.shtml

 

If that still doesn't make sense, I believe akdrv or Ykra Dvi will be able to explain. :ninja:

 

I mean, don't you have something similar in the US, where you can call a half dollar as 50 cents, or halves? :lol:

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You see, the word "pol" is a Russian equalivent of the English "half". The word for half is polovina but because of the tendency of shortening the words into a single word, it becomes a poltina or a poltinnik. Some bizarre way of naming other odd denominations like a 25 kopek would become a polupoltinik (half of half ruble, i.e. quarter although it should be a chervort) and 1.5 ruble should be poltaya ruble (if my Russian is right) 

I'll change the description on Omnicoin - thanks!

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