Following up on this earlier post, today we checkout the difference in the dates between the two coins. The two types are respectively, ‘Roman 1 in date’, or, ‘Arabic 1 in date’!
There’s also an ‘inverted 1 for I in VICTORIA’ in 1888 examples only, which I think is quite a bit harder to come by (and not shown!).
Toned vs With lustre
Anyway, in addition to the date, the coins in the pictures also share similar levels of wear – they’re roughly the same but with the large difference of toning or lustre. I have a feeling that probably most people would prefer the shiny example – I know I do!
To be fair this pair shows a pretty heavily toned coin, but it’s a variety and not all that bad…