Advice 1: How to identify mint

The first thing to learn for the novice coin collector is to determine the mint, which was produced by the coin. This skill will come in handy more than once, largely because the value of a coin depends on where it was minted and in what quantity.
How to identify mint
You will need
  • - coin
  • - magnifier
Determine the year of issue
To start, determine in what year was released the coin. Mints appeared in Russia in the 11th century, but specify your own emblems on the coins they began not at once. Quite often mentioned simply the initials of the craftsman who made the coin. So, look at your coin mintage date. If you find her you could not, but I assume that the coin was in the days of Imperial Russia, to determine the mint in most cases, can only be experienced specialist. The fact that until the beginning of XX century in Russia there were about three dozen mints, and often their letter symbols coincided. There will be difficulties in the case, if the coin is issued in the Soviet time, because until 1990 the emblem of the mint is just not indicated.
Where to look for the logo of the mint?
So, you're convinced that the coin issued in the period from 1990 to the present, the next step is to find where is specified the logo of the mint, or the abbreviation of its name. On the coins of the early 1990-ies, as well as on modern commemorative coins 10 rubles mint mark should look directly under the face value. On the coins from 1 to 50 cents the logo of the mint is indicated under the left front hoof of a horse, and coins from 1 to 10 rubles are branded under the paw of the eagle on the right side. Thus, mint can be specified on the coin in three places, them and look.
What are emblems?
Today in Russia there are two mint – St. Petersburg and Moscow, and to designate their accepted abbreviations. The Moscow mint has the following abbreviations: M (coins 1-50 cents), MMD (coins of 1 ruble). Saint Petersburg mint is indicated as s-P (1-50 cents), SPMD (on the coins of 1 ruble), L or LMD (on coins of the Soviet sample). A good look at abbreviations only with a magnifying glass, but most often it is enough just to understand the first letter.
To consider the sign of the mint will help magnifier
But if the emblem is not?
If you examined the coin from all sides and never found the coveted logo, it's a good sign. If abbreviations do not, it means marriage. Yes, this happens at the mint. But in any case, do not worry, because thanks to their rarity, these coins are valued higher than normal.

Advice 2 : How to identify mint coins

Coin courtyards appeared in Russia in the 11-12 centuries and was engaged in chasing monetary units from gold and silver. Eventually the country grew, there arose a need for new enterprises of this nature, to save on shipping coins. From that time the rule was imposed to put money on the designation of the courtyard that issued it.
How to identify mint coins
You will need
  • coins;
  • - a magnifying glass.
Today, there are two mints in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (Leningrad). These designations were returned to chasing in 1990-1991. Then the stamp was very simple: the letter M or L. change the appearance of the coins have brought a different kind of designation of the mint. Now it's intertwined a few letters.
Take a magnifying glass, because the letter denoting the mint, very small. A ten-dollar coin of the new image, turn the eagle to him. Under the right paw it is the name of the mint: letters of MMD or SPMD made weselny letter. The same symbols can be found on ten roubles of the old sample. Looking at them on the front side at the bottom, under the word "RUB" (between the letters "b" and "l").
Coin five rubles expand to his eagle. Marking the issuing of the yard is under the right paw of the eagle. It is marked by several intertwined letters: MMD (Moscow mint) or SPMD (St. Petersburg mint). In the same place, under the right paw of the eagle, see the name of the yard on the coins in two of the ruble and one ruble.
On the coins of denomination of 50, 10, 5 and 1 kopeks. designation of the yard also look for on the reverse side. Turn the money coat of arms to himself. Under the front hoof of the horse of St. George (on the right side) is a sign of the mint. Here it is shown otherwise, letters M (Moscow) or-P (Saint-Petersburg).
During the inspection of the coins of the early 1990-ies, you will find just the letters M (Moscow) or L (Leningrad). For example, 1 rouble 1992 year, the yard marked on the front side under the word "ruble" (directly below the letter "b"). All the names on the coins of that period are on the front side.
You may not find a marking of the mint in any of these locations. In this case, you are the owner of unique coins pretty solid value. It's a marriage in the manufacture of, for example, it is present on 5 cents 2002 and 2003.
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