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Among the coins of 3 kopecks of 1980 there are simple and very rare varieties. If for the usual coinage they give a symbolic price, then for a couple of other options you can get quite a decent jackpot. Let's figure out today which three-kopeck coins are valued by collectors, and which ones can still lie in your wallet. The price range, it should be noted, is decent, so it’s definitely worth sorting out the issue.
The 3 kopeck coin (1980) is also called the "ordinary denomination", which was produced by the Leningrad Mint. It is known that the circulation of the coin is quite decent, but the exact number is not indicated in any catalog. The monetary unit weighs about 3 g (there are possible and permissible errors in weight from minus 0.28 to plus 0.15 g). There is a prominent edging on both sides. The color of the 3 kopeck coin of 1980 is golden or yellow. No magnetic properties.
Topcoin disk is an image of the number "3". The denomination of the coin is printed almost in capital letters, has some rounding and even a partial monogram at the top. Just below the three is the inscription "kopecks", which is already printed in block type. At the very bottom are numbers that indicate the year of production of the monetary unit.
There is a 1980 3 kopeck coin and decorative elements on the reverse. Along the edges of the coin disc are beautiful curls of oak leaves and wheat spikelets. They start at the bottom of the disk, in the shell, which is formed by oak leaves. The number of leaves is three (on later "later" coins, the number will be reduced to two leaves).
As on all other coins of this period, most of the disk is occupied by the image of the allied coat of arms. In the very center of the 1980 3 kopeck coin there is an image of the planet Earth with a coordinate grid. The hammer and sickle come to the fore, overlapping each other and occupying most of the pattern of the globe.
Below is the image of the rising sun, which pulls its long and thin rays to the Earth. The coat of arms is framed with bundles of wheat ears, which are tied with a ribbon. One coil is located at the bottom, seven on the left and seven on the right side. In total, fifteen turns are obtained, each of which shows the union republic, inextricably linked with the state.
The ears in the upper part of the picture are approaching, but do not touch each other. In the center, where they couldtouch, there is a five-pointed star. It is smooth, not cut, the tips (beams) are soft and rounded.
Under the drawing of the Soviet coat of arms is the inscription "USSR". Without decorative dots, which were inherent in the money of earlier coinage. All letters are printed in block type, all even, have the same height.
Varieties by obverse
There are two types of coins 3 kopecks 1980 (USSR) with the same reverse, but different obverse. For the manufacture of the first stamp 3.1 was used, the second ones were minted with the stamp 3.2.
In the first variant, there is a clear flattening of the ribbons that go around the wheat ears. The ear, which is located on the left side of the Earth, has five awns. If you look closely at the third and second spikelets, then between them an awn will be clearly visible, peeking out from under the ribbon sling. The image of the Gulf of Guinea on the map of Africa is quite noticeable.
The second variety of 1980 3 kopecks also has flattened ribbons. There is also the absence of the Gulf of Guinea in the figure of the planet. The left ear will have only three awns instead of five (in the first case with stamp 3.1). Another difference is the absence of an awn between the third and second spikelets. If in the first variety it was clearly visible between the ribbons, then in the second version this is not the case. If we compare the image of the allied coat of arms, then the coins that are printed with the stamp 3.2 cannot boast of a three-dimensional image. The coat of arms on such specimens is smaller and slightly shifteddown.
There are also coins of improved minting this year. These are the options for monetary units that did not go into people's wallets, but settled in the catalogs and albums of numismatists. They were made exclusively for sets of the State Bank. They are not freely available and never have been.
As for the defective 3 kopeck coins of 1980, only a few sale options are known:
- preparations for coins without images;
- collision (close connection) of stamps;
- various splits;
Coins in standard coinage will cost the buyer at a price of only seven to eighty-three rubles. Monetary units with various types of marriage can be sold for a thousand rubles and more. Everything will depend on the defect itself and the safety of the coin.
More expensive are coins that were made according to a standard stamp, but on blanks of 20 kopecks in 1973. For such coins, you can get from two hundred to several tens of thousands of rubles.
Coins with a technological breakdown are especially popular with collectors. They are the owners of a perfectly smooth edge in the same smooth ring. The price for such varieties varies from forty to fifty thousand rubles or more.