ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, 2 reales, 1860, copper, KM11, crude VF

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There were humans living in Argentina in Paleolithic times. The hunter gatherer style of culture persisted into historical times. The Incas, with their centralized Imperial government, were beginning to expand into northern Argentina when the Spanish arrived and changed everything. They too were slow to develop the far south of South America. The Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata was only organized in 1776. It was said that silver was so common at one point that horseshoes were made from it. During the Independence War factions developed who continued to fight each other through several decades until the modern governmental scheme was inaugurated in 1861. Instability has remained a problem. There have been dictators, coups, episodes of hyperinflation. Argentinian governance problems have continued to be in the news in the third millennium.

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.