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DDR Commemorative Coins [solved]

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Raindance
Joined: 14-Jan-2014
Posts: 2
So lately I've been looking into picking up some commemorative coins from the German Democratic Republic (DDR). I've seen several examples, often in the original plastic cases featuring concentric circles around the coin. These cases appear to come in two kinds: a blue one with two 'buttons' on one side with 'DDR' and the mintmark ('A' for Berlin) on them; and a clear plastic case with a what looks like a wax seal holding the case together. What I want to know is: what is the significance of the two types of case?

My suspicion is that the blue plastic case is for the 'business strike' coins and the clear ones are for the proofs but as coins in both cases are often described as 'PP' (polierte platte; essentially German for 'proof') onlineĀ I just can't be sure!

If anyone knows what the different cases signify I'd be really grateful.
DonChori
Joined: 8-May-2012
Posts: 819
You speak German, so this discussion could be interesting for you:
http://www.numismatikforum.de/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3589
Raindance
Joined: 14-Jan-2014
Posts: 2
That's excellent, thank you very much! That thread confirms my suspicions so it's nice to have that cleared up.

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