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160-Transnistria samples

Now we come to the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries. When the various countries gained independence at the collapse of the Soviet Union, all re-plated with their own distinct styles between 1992 and 1996. Nearly all these countries suffered from an excess of mint unused plates going straight from the factory in Germany to collectors in Germany. These were then sold on as the genuine article. Just about all the mint first series after independence plates in collections are samples and they have never been to the country they represent.
There is no such thing as a correct design mint plate that has come from the actual country it is made for as the FSU countries are very strict about not letting any plates out of their hands.
Moral: Mint German made FSU plates are always samples and often of the wrong design.

Transnistria.
All plates from Transnistria (Pridnistrovia) have a hologram with the registration printed on the hologram.
This is a batch of samples and none have the correct hologram. The CA and BY plates are supposed to be official vehicle plates but BY has never been used on any genuine plates. The other, private vehicle plates all have possible registrations but are mint and with no (or an incorrect) hologram. Straight from Germany I believe.

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