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Quote from: Figleaf on September 10, 2018, 10:15:50 AMIndeed, the "large date" looks professional, while the "small date" looks sloppy, with the 7 out of whack and what looks like some doubling of all four numbers. It is a bit late for a dateless die system, in which the date is punched on the die at the last moment. A more likely scenario is that the mint expected a reform for a while and made do with old dies, re-cutting the date. Another possibility is one of the infamous frugality drives. I remember elevators being stopped in ministries, so maybe this was enough reason for the mint to dust off and re-use some old dies. Peter
Quote from: Figleaf on September 12, 2018, 12:27:44 AMI'd say it's also the other way around. I wouldn't have given either coin a second glance, but your discovery inspired me to think about the final years of the Park regime. Driving around in darkened Seoul at night because the curfew didn't apply to foreigners, soldiers popping out of the dark, hitting the car with their rifle butts, corrupt, torturing police, Kisaeng, Chaebol, Kerb financing, school children working themselves into desperation but also a disciplined determination to achieve a better life, a giddy conviction that they could make anything (like those coin dies) and the economist in me seeing the progress all the time. It was then and there that the connection between wealth accumulation and longing for a stable and representative democracy dawned on me: everyone had a stake in the economy and the generals and the corruption were in the way.Peter