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Need Help Identifying 1981 Wales Minted Australian 20 Cent Coin

 
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 Posted 05/15/2022  12:04 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am having all sorts of trouble distinguishing between the 3 different mint varieties of the 1981 20 cent coin.

The Canadian minted coin has 3 and a half claws, but how can you tell the difference between the Canberra and Llantrisant coins?

I have noticed on some 1981 20 cent coins that the text on the obverse is closer to the rim than others. This is easily noticable in the scan below - AUSTRALIA is closer to the rim on the two coins on the right.



Top left is 4 claw
Top right coin is a 3.5 claw (shows up very clearly under my magnifying lens, not so clearly in this scan)
Bottom left coin may have tapering claw (definitely not 3.5 claws)
Bottom right coin is 4 claw (has thicker rim, maybe misstruck)



I have not seen any reference to closeness of text to rim being identifying factor in determining which mint a 1981 20 cent comes from.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by MachinMachinMan
05/15/2022 02:06 am
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 Posted 05/15/2022  12:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This thread may be of some help http://goccf.com/t/116204
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 Posted 05/15/2022  01:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks coaster.

Still confused.

Sounds great in theory but drives you insane trying to conclusively identify the coins in hand.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  06:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mr T to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The text being close to or far from the rim is real way to determine Canadian-struck coins as the claw can fill on all coins.
I don't think there is any good easy way to differentiate Canberra and Llantrisant coins.
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