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Argentia 50 Centavos 1994 varities

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bjherbison
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https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces2297.html
The listing for 1994 say "fine letter" and "bold letters" but don't say where. Krause says 111.2 has bold letters on the obverse.

In the two coins I have there is a difference in the font of the word "centavos" on the Reverse, but no obvious difference on the Obverse. Is Krause correct about the bold/fine location or is this another variation?
Coin one:

Coin two:
Camerinvs
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Good observation. In Krause, it looks like the obverse has bold or fine lettering, but they obviously inverted the pictures.

They don't say anything about the reverse, but it is clear there's a difference. Beside the differences in CENTAVOS, you'll note in your two coins that the space between the 5 and the 0 is different, being narrower in the bottom picture.
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ZacUK Numista team, Moderator
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There is this from six years ago ...
https://en.numista.com/forum/topic25718.html
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bjherbison
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Thank you for pointing out the old thread.
Essor Prof
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Quote: "Camerinvs"In Krause ... they obviously inverted the pictures.

​They don't say anything about the reverse, but it is clear there's a difference. Beside the differences in CENTAVOS, you'll note in your two coins that the space between the 5 and the 0 is different, being narrower in the bottom picture.

​Yes, the pictures in Krause or wrong. The pictures for the fine lettering are with the bold lettering and vice versa.
And to be honest, I don't see a difference on the obverse, all the differences are on the reverse:


1994 fine 1994 bold

Like Camerinvs said, there is a difference in the distance between 5 and 0, but also:
- the angle in the middle part of the 5 (the yellow lines)
- the length of the lower part of the 5 (the green arrows)
- the angle of the upper part of the 5: the vertical line and the horizontal line of the top of the 5 make a perfect 90° angle for the bold lettering coin, at the fine lettering coin the angle is less sharp (the orange arrows)
- 96 beads versus 72 beads
- the shape of the inner part of the 0: mostly a straight line for the fine lettering coin, oval for the bold lettering coin
By the way, the arrows and lines on the left and right picture are copy/paste, so they are identical.


1994 fine (upper picture)
1994 bold (lower picture)

Almost every letter is different but the easiest ones for determination whether it's bold are fine lettering are the v (one thin and one thick leg versus two thick legs), the o (inner part straight or oval) and the s (the shape: the ends hardly curled versus completely curled) (orange arrows).

ATTENTION:

It's often dangerous two compare coins with different dates when you want to determine varieties:



The 1994 fine lettering has a straight inner 0 in 50 but the 1993 fine lettering hasn't.
The 1993 bold lettering is extremely bold but the 1994 bold lettering isn't.

In fact, look here:



The 1993 fine lettering is almost identical as the 1994 bold lettering. So again: ALWAYS compare coins with the same date to be sure of the right determination.
bjherbison
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Essor Prof, thank you for the wealth of images and text.

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