ANDORRA 10 diners 1992 squirrel


ANDORRA, 10 diners, 1992, Reverse: squirrel, silver, 0.925 ozT, KM74, pvc residue, Proof

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There seem to have been no coins of Andorra until the 19th century, when a few patterns were made. Starting in the 1960s it began issuing coins for collectors, and has continued doing so until modern times.

Andorra is a principality between France and Spain in the Pyrennees mountains. Apparently, it was first recognized by Charlemagne. The charter of 1278 made the Bishop of Urgell and the King of France co-rulers. The charter is still in effect. The Bishop and the French President are now the co-rulers.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.