GERMANY BREMEN 5 mark 1906


GERMANY, BREMEN, 5 mark, 1906, silver, KM251, few light hairlines, XF-AU

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Bremen is the second largest port city in Germany. There were humans there from the late paleolithic period. Saxons were defeated by Charlemagne and forcibly converted to Christians. It started acquiring self-governing aspects in the 12th century, and was one of the first places in Europe where it was possible to become a citizen and a free person. It was a member of the Hanseatic League from 1260 and became a prosperous merchant city.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy 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.