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Offline FosseWay

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USSR 10 kopeek 1948-1957 (KM 118 and 123)
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:34:30 AM »
In my copy of KM (2002) there are two rare mule variants listed for 1956 and 1957, where the reverse of each has been swapped - see scan.

Is there any difference in the reverse of these two issues? If so, can someone tell me what it is, as I can't see it! The obverse, on the other hand, has a clear difference - 14 vs. 15 ribbons on the national arms (as a result of the Karelian SSR being reabsorbed into the RSFSR in 1956).

Or is this just an error in KM? Do they actually mean that there is a variant with the date 1956 but the 14-ribbon obverse, and then a variant dated 1957 with the 15-ribbon obverse?

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Re: USSR 10 kopeek 1948-1957 (KM 118 and 123)
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 07:17:30 PM »
The hammer and sickle emblem is in a wreath of ears of wheat bound together by a ribbon. The number of loops the ribbon makes is different on different series. They represented the number of administrative regions in the Soviet Union. On Y 118 there are 8 loops on the left, 7 loops on the right part of the wreath. On Y 123, there are 7 loops of the ribbon on both sides. Dates 1956 and 1957 exist in both varieties, presumably due to muling. KM got its obverses reversed, or the other way around.

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Re: USSR 10 kopeek 1948-1957 (KM 118 and 123)
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 07:33:35 PM »
Yes, I realise that - as I wrote...  ;) Problem is that all the stuff with hammers, sickles and ribbons is on the obverse. KM seems to think there's some difference in the reverses of these issues, but I am inclined to think this is an error and that it is the number of ribbons on the obverse that is important. I just wanted confirmation of this.

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Re: USSR 10 kopeek 1948-1957 (KM 118 and 123)
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 11:18:37 PM »
Have I said "obverse, shmobverse" lately? ;D  After all, there is no single rule that would apply to each coin in the world. So maybe the USSR used one definition or rule while the KM catalog uses a different one. As long as the description and the images show what they mean, I am fine with that ...

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