BOHEMIA? pfennig 11-12th century imitation of Bavarian coin


BOHEMIA?, pfennig, no date (11-12th century), Obverse: small local imitation of Regensburg man-faced lion type, Reverse: incuse impression, square, silver, 11mm, 0.21g, crude, VF

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In the early medieval period Munich in Bavaria was a political and cultural center in Central Europe. Bohemia, to the north, was peripheral. They were still converting pagans and creating European feudal administrations.

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.