GERMANY, BAVARIA, 2 mark, 1912


GERMANY, BAVARIA, Otto, 1886-1913, 2 mark, 1912, Munich mint, silver, 0.3215 ozT, KM511.1, toned Unc

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German unification came about through the agreement of the then existing states, most of them monarchies. The ruling regimes of the old states continued to have their ancient right to make coinage, specifically larger silver coins and gold, which they did to greater or lesser extents.

Bavarians, in southern Germany, started using coins back in the BC times, when the land was full of Celts, before the arrival of the Romans. It was a coherent kingdom from the Middle Ages until World War I.

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.