GERMANY FRANKFURT goldgulden 1410-33 AD


GERMANY, FRANKFURT, goldgulden, no date (1410-33 AD), Obverse: St. John standing facing, lis-MONET*NO’-man in the moon-FRACFORD’, Reverse: imperial orb (reischsapfel) in hexalobe, +SIGISMV’D’*RO’*NORVM*REX, gold, 22.5mm, 3.43g, JuF100, Fr937, VF

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Frankfurt am Main is a large city in the state of Hesse, in west central Germany. Charlemagne held an Imperial Assembly there in 794. It was made a Free City of the Empire in 1372. Napoleon made it into a Duchy. After the Congress of Vienna it became a sovereign state until it was annexed by Prussia in 1866.

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.