GERMANY 5 mark 1935 A


GERMANY, THIRD REICH, 5 mark, 1935 A, Berlin mint, Obverse: church, silver, 0.4016 ozT, KM83, XF

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Generally speaking the Nazis played games with money. The main thing they spent money on was preparing for World War II. They couldn’t export enough stuff to pay for those preparations therefore they had to fleece their citizens.

The Nazis are worth studying for the way they took power. What they did when they got power was essentially whatever Hitler wanted which is perhaps a less interesting aspect of their career. There have been many rulers who liked killing people and destroying infrastructure and it has never been hard to assemble an army to do that. But the techniques they used to come to power could theoretically be used by anyone.

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.