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Drunk Ivan double hit the 8 is my guess :) I got a 91/30 where the last digit (a 1) is double struck and has a odd "hazy" look to it, I assume double striking or over striking isn't all that uncommon as the questions come around every so often referring to them.
 

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Its just the serifed number 2. Look at the SN. Same thing.
 

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Its just the serifed number 2. Look at the SN. Same thing.
The serial number '2' looks different in natural light, but I see what you mean now. It did not stand out until lit and photo'd. From certain angles the date looks nothing like a '2', but an upside down '3'. I guess it's just one of those things, a slight imperfection in the stamp playing tricks.
 

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I am sure it's a 2, sometimes the angle at which a number is struck if not straight can look weird, i have a a Mosin which has a few 1's anda few 7's in the serial, but on one stamp i cant tell for sure if it's a 1 or a 7 since it looks different from the rest!
 

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Good god man a really decent digital camera is under a 100.00 now. They tend to have really good basic macro ability as well. And its much safer then juggling cats!
 
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