Thank you for all the information thats really interesting. I really went on a gut feeling it looked in good nick and thought looking at the numbers it was close to my birth date so went with it, i havn't picked it up as yet but all payed for which in your money was $250 so I am pleasently suprised and hope she shoots ok but looking at it it has a nice patina so aged quite well, atb wayneNice rifle! I remember that model. It think it was called the "antique" model, or something along that line.
It was one of the few 94's that they produced with a case hardened receiver with the stamp engraved scroll work. I also seem to remember that it was different from the standard models in that it had a saddle ring.
However, it was not a commemorative, but more of premium version of the 94, which sold for a bit more. There were limited runs of this model for maybe 2 or 3 years in the early 70's. Consequently, in good shape, they are usually valued a bit more than the standard models of the same period.
I remember admiring one at the time, but already having the standard version and limited funds, I had to let it pass.