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The 1981 20 kopeck coin is considered one of the most variable. Collectors have about nine varieties of this currency. The value of each type will, of course, depend on the safety of the coin, as well as on the frequency of occurrence. Today we will figure out why some coins are more expensive, while others cannot be sold even for a ruble. Let's try to understand how the five varieties of these coins differ, and for which collectors are willing to pay a tidy sum.
A coin with this denomination was first minted back in 1961. But since then, little has changed in her appearance. In some ways, it resembles a three-kopeck coin from 1961. Possibly due to the use of the same stamp. This money continued to be issued until 1991.
For the production of coins, an alloy was used, which included: 12 parts of nickel, 58 parts of copper and 30 parts of zinc. It was also called the composition of Neusilber. Despite the fact that the appearance of the coin has remained virtually unchanged for many decades, its composition has changed. Last years 20 kopecks 1981were already produced from a whitish copper-nickel alloy (cupronickel).
No magnetic properties, of course, are observed. The weight of the coin is almost 3.5 grams. Production was launched at the Leningrad Mint.
Compared to earlier coins, the 1981 20 kopeck was rather modest in appearance. The medalist placed only two large images on the obverse of the coin. The main place, of course, was occupied by the coat of arms of the Soviet Union, followed by the inscription "USSR". No more details.
The coat of arms is an image of the Earth, on which a sickle and a hammer are minted. below is the fourth part (visible) of the sun with rays that reach the "foot" of the Earth. On the sides is a wreath, which consists of wheat ears and ribbons wrapped around them. Ribbons converge at the bottom. Above is a five-pointed star. It has even rounded tips, not split.
The appearance of the coin 20 kopecks 1981 from the reverse side has not changed since 1961. There are five main elements here. At the very edge of the edge there is an indication of the year of minting the coin. In the very center is the inscription "kopeks". The entire main part is occupied by a number indicating the face value of the coin. These are large numbers, the font is quite sharp, the borders of the numbers are slightly rounded. Along the walls of the coin are stalks of wheat, originating from a bunch of oak leaves. The ears have three main awns.
There are severalvarieties of coins 20 kopecks 1981. Let's talk a little more about some of the specimens that experienced numismatists distinguish:
- Ф140. The gaps that exist between the ears are quite narrow. This distinguishes this coinage from others. In addition, spikes numbered "2" do not have awns. There is no ledge on the right side of the five-pointed star.
- Ф141. The spikes have fairly long awns. The star differs from other images in its sharper tips.
- Ф142. The coat of arms is slightly raised. The awns on the spikes are long. If you look closely, the ear, which is located near the coat of arms (on the inside) has five awns.
- Ф143. Unlike the previous one, in this version there are not five, but only three awns. If on other coins in the image of the Earth you can see the Gulf of Guinea, then on this variety of coins it will not be. Compared with F142, you can see that the design of the coat of arms is slightly lowered.
- Ф144. At the ear on the inside of the coat of arms there are three ears, as in the previous version, and not five, as with the variety "142". In addition, coins of this type do not have a noticeable awn, which on variants "142" and "143" will be visible between the third and second spikelets. The image of the Gulf of Guinea is present here, but it is made in the form of an arc.
1981 20 kopeck coins are very cheap. "Walker", as they say in numismatic circles, can be sold for 1-5 rubles. If the condition is perfect, then you can help out anda little more (up to 40 rubles).
Coins that belong to the varieties can cost a little more: f141, f142, f143, f144. The most expensive coins f140. Their cost varies from three thousand rubles and more.
Advice. If you want to make money by selling a coin of 20 kopecks in 1981, then try to find a monetary unit that was produced in 1990. This is the most expensive copy, the cost of which starts at auctions from 25,000 rubles. A little cheaper (up to 13,000 rubles) will cost coins minted in 1981.