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German Numismatic Prepositions Relating To Dates

 
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 Posted 05/23/2020  1:19 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi. I have a little German, but am struggling with some of the subtleties some prepositions relating to numbers (specifically dates). I see von, ab, and bis used frequently with respect to dates.

1. If a coin is dated "von 1999", does this mean "1999 and later"? Or does it actually mean "2000 and later"?
2. Similarly, if a coin is dated "bis 1999", does this mean "1999 and earlier"? Or does it actually mean "1998 and earlier"?
3. Are ab and von synonyms or are there specific situations where one used over the other?

Vielen Dank to our native German speakers for your assistance!
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 Posted 05/24/2020  9:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add retiredkper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Without knowing the context I would say "von 1999" means dated 1999. "ab" means from and "bis " means until.
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 Posted 05/24/2020  10:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
'von' or 'van'-(Dutch) is used in family surnames.
Both translate to 'of'

With a coin, 'von 1999' would mean "of 1999".
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 Posted 05/25/2020  02:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add redlock to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
von 1999: of 1999
bis 1999: xxxx until and including 1999
ab 1999: starting 1999
von 1999 bis 2002: 1999 until (and including) 2002
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05/25/2020 02:17 am
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Ok super--this is exactly what I needed. Thx!
"If you climb a good tree, you get a push."
-----Ghanaian proverb

"The danger we all now face is distinguishing between what is authentic and what is performed."
-----King Adz

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