The E-Sylum: Volume 5, Number 37, September 15, 2002, Article 8
ESSAIS AND PROVAS
This week, Kavan Ratnatunga adds: "The non-english words
"essais" and "provas" are used in Krause without definition.
Do they have precise numismatic meaning, and are they the
same or in some way different from these terms - ?
Pattern - official design that did not go into production.
Trial - coin with some Test mark identifying them as a Test
piece. A uniface strike also indicates it obviously a Trial
OMS - off-metal-strike of a regular coin in circulation
with no other markings
I could not figure why "essais" and "provas" are Trial or OMS,
or different. Krause as usual does not seem to be consistent."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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