FRANCE 10 euros 2016 Year of the Monkey


FRANCE, 10 euros, 2016, Oberse: monkey, Reverse: La Fontaine, silver, 37mm, 22.2g, Year of the Monkey, KM2359, case and certificate, Proof

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Many countries have made Chinese New Year coins for sale to the Chinese collector market. In the 21st century national mints have seen themselves needing to support themselves as their main product coins for circulation have become increasingly unnecessary. Some of them have tried to survive by making art objects of various kinds for sale to collectors.

France was ancient Gaul. The Romans were active then the Merovingian kings maintained a vassal relationship with the Byzantine Empire until the advent of Charlemagne. France diverged from Germany thereafter going through a period of feudal decentralization. A series of powerful kings gradually brought into being the modern country.

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.