20 kopecks 1932: description, varieties, numismatic rarities
20 kopecks 1932: description, varieties, numismatic rarities

20 kopecks 1932 is one of the most interesting Soviet coins. Despite the fact that the cost of their bulk is low, they are actively collected by numismatists. Of particular value among them are the so-called crossovers and coins made from non-standard alloys for the series.

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In 1931, in order to save precious silver, it was decided to mint coins of small denominations from nickel. 10, 15 and 20 kopecks of 1932 and subsequent years until the monetary reform of 1961 were issued from this metal.

20 kopecks 1932

Today the price of a standard nickel twenty-kopek coin, preserved in good condition, ranges from 60 to 300 rubles, depending on the degree of wear. At the same time, the cost of rare varieties that differ from the main line reaches 50 thousand rubles, and in special cases even much higher.

20 cents 1932: new design and bright future

Coins from this year, in addition to the material, received a new design. The author of the innovative artistic concept was Anton Fyodorovich Vasyutinskiy. Famousartist and sculptor, he worked at the royal mint in St. Petersburg. A.F. Vasyutinskiy designed most of the Soviet coins and medals of the 1920s and 1930s. He is the author of the famous TRP sign.

The standard coin of 20 kopecks of 1932 is a yellow nickel disc weighing 3.4 grams and 21.8 millimeters in diameter. On the obverse is the classical image of the state emblem in the form of a wreath of ears tied with a ribbon. In the center is an exaggerated image of the globe with a crossed hammer and sickle. The sun rises from the lower part of the wreath, and a star is located at the top between the converging ends of the ears. The inscription on the rim "Proletarians of all countries, unite!" left, but, unlike the coins of previous years, this one lacks the abbreviation "USSR".

Reverse done in a completely new style. Instead of the traditional denomination designation with a large number and an inscription in the center of the coin, this one depicts a worker with a hammer in his hand. He holds a shield on which the value of the coin is indicated - "20 kopecks". At the top right is the year of issue - "1932". All inscriptions are shifted to the right. On the circular rim, instead of an abbreviation, there is the full name of the state: “The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”


20 kopecks produced in 1932 are interesting for their rare varieties. One of these are the famous "crossovers" - coins where, when minting, a stamp was mistakenly used from a blank for 3 kopecks in 1926.

20 kopecks 1932

On the "classic" twenty-kopek coin is not on the obverseabbreviations "USSR", however, on the "crossings" it appears in the same font and size as on 3 kopecks, issued from 1926 to 1935. The confusion arose due to the similarity in the sizes of the coins. Today these are collectible rarities, and their cost starts from 20 thousand rubles.

Marriage, non-standard blanks and other rarities

In total, there are about five varieties of "non-standard" 20 kopecks of 1932. In addition to the "crossings", there are two more variants of the stamp: on the first of the ears on the right there are two awns, on the second - one. On the reverse of the coins there are designations of the denomination in wider numbers. Among numismatists, they received an amusing name - "sausage", for the similarity of the shape of the hole "0" with a stick of doctor's sausage.

Also rare specimens are coins minted on non-standard blanks. At auctions, you can find 20 kopecks of 1932, minted on a blank for a three-kopeck coin. There are 20 kopecks of the same year of issue, made on the basis of a quarter.

20 kopeck coin 1932

Even an obvious marriage is in certain demand among numismatists - a coin of 20 kopecks with a double blow. Nickel silver coins, which are rare in themselves, are characterized by "substandard" with traces of leaf marks.

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