CZECHOSLOVAKIA silver 10 korun 1965 Jan Hus


CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 10 korun, 1965, Obverse: Jan Hus, silver, 0.1929 ozT, KM58, Unc

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Jan Hus was a Catholic priest and preacher who spoke against some of the practices of the church. He was in trouble for several decades, then was invited to attend a council. When he arrived he was ordered to recant his views. He refused, was arrested, later burned at the stake. His followers formed their own church and defeated five crusades against them before succumbing to the Habsburgs. Their lands were incorporated in the Catholic Holy Roman Empire, and they were forcibly converted back to Catholicism. He is considered a saint in certain sects today.

Czechoslovakia was an independent nation between 1918 and 1992 with time out for World War II. Previously it had been several regions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and before that it had independent feudal states such as the Kingdom of Bohemia. After 1992 ethnic differences of opinion caused the breakup of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of local autonomy 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.