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AardHawk

5p Varieties 1969 – 1990

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5p Varieties 1969 – 1990

At first glance there does not appear to be much of interest, just a coin with what appear to be identical obverses and reverses.

As with all coins that have boarder teeth  (bt) or in this case boarder beads (bb), its all about the “pointings”.

There are however some interesting obverse varieties concerning the shape of the truncation, which follows similar changes on all the other decimal coins, especially during the period 1985 through 1990.

It is also worth noting that the early coins were released before decimalization on 15th Feb 1971, so in both size and style at least, they truly belong to the LSD era. 

See the Summary and Details section following the pictures for precise descriptions.

 Obverse 1 1968 – 1977

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2nd portrait.

Obverse 2 1977 – 1983

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Obverse 3 1984

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Obverse 4 1985

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3rd portrait with a long pointed tip to truncation.

Obverse 5 1986 – 1987

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Obverse 6 1988

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Obverse 7 1989

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Obverse 8 1990

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Reverse A 1968 – 1980

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Reverse B 1972 – 1983

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Reverse C 1982 – 1989

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Reverse D 1990

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Summary and details.

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I seem to remember there were two distinct obverses from 1968 - 69. One had a slightly flatter appearance  and a satin finish, the other was mildly 'dished' and had a glossier finish. There were subtle differences in the portrait but I cannot now remember what they were. Both types can be found in the blue wallet sets.

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Nice work.

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