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Offline boldreporter

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Spanish coin dates
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:54:33 PM »
I noticed in the file for Spanish coins that most seem to use one date to represent several dates, ie, the 50 centavos piece is dated 1949 but has six dates in parenthesis. Does anyone have any clue how to differentiate between the different dates when they all have the same year on them?

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Re: Spanish coin dates
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 10:04:08 PM »
Between 1868 and 1982 most Spanish coins displayed two dates.  The larger date was the year that coin type was authorized while the actual year of mintage is displayed in small font on one or two stars included in the design.  This 100 Peseta coin was authorized in 1975 but was actually minted in 1976.

For more info, see http://www.exactchange.info/POTW5.htm

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Re: Spanish coin dates
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 04:36:44 PM »
Thanks a lot, some of these coins are so worn and old that it may very well be impossible to date them. Any idea why they did this, it seems rather unusual.

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Re: Spanish coin dates
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 05:05:22 PM »
The Series date (the large date) is in relief while the mintage date (in the stars) is incuse.  Iím not certain, but I imagine this was seen as a way to get greater mileage out of the dies as the master die would not need to be replaced each year.