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1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:51:07 AM »
Does anyone know the difference in the 1998 1/2oz Panda Thick or Thin branch ?
It seems that this is recognized by PCGS but not NGC ??

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Re: 1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 12:26:15 PM »
I believe PCGS recognizes the 1998 S5Y panda varieties mentioned in Peter's book, 2nd edition.  Page 239, PAN313A vs PAN313B.  My own study of NGC's file photos showed a spectrum or progressive range of frosting differences.  It is not easy to group them into just "Thick" or "Thin".  The features circled in red are areas of differences.

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Re: 1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 12:32:10 PM »
Would this mean that the 2 varieties were manufactured in 2 different mints?
Or would this just be a wearing of the die?

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Re: 1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 05:32:00 AM »
Or would this just be a wearing of the die?
I'm not the expert but die wear seems logical.
I think PCGS jumped the gun labeling these and missed the shift date which would be a different die and a true variety.
I see dealers pumping the thick branch for outrageous prices now (161255335483) and wonder who the whales are that bite this bait.
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Re: 1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 12:15:52 PM »
Sorry
Send images not work for me straight .
Here is the link where I have the images also posted.
http://forum.silber.de/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=15977&start=3480

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Re: 1998 1/2oz Thick / Thin Branch
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 05:48:24 PM »
Hi Rene,

Should be thin branch with the lower mintage.