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Seppi
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Gowen Militaria
1404 Ragsdale Road
Greenville, NC 27858
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HOW TO READ EAST GERMAN DATE CODES

Determining when East German tunics, overcoats, hats and other collectibles were manufactured is not difficult if you know what to look for.

Two dating systems were used: Digital and Letter Code. The Digital System was used in the early years of the DDR; the Letter Code System replaced it beginning in 1968.

Digital System:
In the Digital System, the year of manufacture is shown either by its last 2 digits following a slash mark (example: /61= 1961), or by all four digits (example: 1961).

Letter Code System:
Beginning in 1968, letters were used in place of numbers to show the year of manufacture. The chart below shows the year each letter represents. Note that by an oversight the letter "L" was used twice: 1973 and 1987.

K 1968
Z 1969
M 1970
X 1971
B 1972
L 1973 (also 1987)
O 1974
S 1975
R 1976
A 1977
U 1978
F 1979
E 1980
G 1981
I 1982
C 1983
H 1984
T 1985
P 1986
L 1987 (also 1973)
Y 1988
N 1989
D 1990

Examples:

1966-dated Hat

1856 = Inventory/Stock #
1966 = Year of Manufacture
NVA = Armed Forces
52 = Size

1972-dated Tunic

1862 = Inventory/Stock #
K52 = Size
IV/B = 4th Quarter, 1972
        ("B" = 1972)

1984-dated Overcoat

NVA = Armed Forces
H/1 = 1st Quarter, 1984
        ("H" =1984)
SG52 = Size

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