ECUADOR 5 sucres 1943


ECUADOR, 5 sucres, 1943, silver, 0.5787 ozT, KM79, BU

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Ecuador was part of the Inca Empire before the Spanish conquest. In colonial times it was attached first to the Viceroyalty of Peru, later transferred to Nueva Granada, now mostly Colombia. During the Independence Wars it joined the new Republic of Gran Colombia, but left and struck out on its own in 1830.

In 1494, when Portugal and Spain were getting ready to seize land in the Western Hemisphere they asked the Pope to sort out the disagreements between them rather than fighting over everything. The Pope pointed to a longitude on a map and gave Portugal everything on one side and Spain everything on the other. Worked out well for Spain. Portugal got Brazil. Spain got everything else.

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.