EAST GERMANY 20 mark 1968 Karl Marx commemorative


GERMANY, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, 20 mark, 1968, Obverse: head L, KARL MARX 1818 – 1883,Reverse: national emblem, DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK 1968 20 MARK, silver, 32mm, 0.5375 ozT, KM21, Unc

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Karl Marx, the founder of modern socialism, was a national cultural hero in East Germany.

Germany was supposed to be governed as a unitary territory by the victorious Allies after World War II, but it didn’t work out that way, and the eastern Soviet zone and the western “capitalist” zone were established. The communist countries fell apart as soon as the Russian gave up on their force everyone to do something in particular project.

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.