Doesn’t Case always use dots? I think they changed the way the writing looked each decade the only thing I can think of was the 80’s had very angular writing on the stamp, for us that doesn’t apply as each stamp from different makers has had different style of writing. Also now that I’m thinking about it some of the stars for us were actually dots anyway like the buck a couple years ago and I’m sure there were others. My vote would be if it saves a few bucks or something we reverse the number system and go back to 1 and if it’s a few cents we “start over” and go to 9 assuming last year was 10 even though it wasn’t “numbered”.For accurate continuous dating, like the Case stamp, wouldn't we need to switch symbols (dots instead of stars, for example), change the BF etch/stamp, or otherwise signify the start of a new decade of dates? Otherwise a 9-star from last decade will carry the same "date" as a 9-star from this decade.
I love the tang stamp dating codes and 100% agree that they should continue if possible.