GERMANY FRIEDBERG Johann Eberhard von Cronenberg 1577-1617 half batzen 1590 Reichsburg mint


GERMANY, FRIEDBERG, Johann Eberhard von Cronenberg, 1577-1617, half batzen, 1590, Reichsburg mint, Obverse: arms, CAST IMP FRIDB WETTERA, 90, Reverse: double headed eagle, 2 on breast, crown above, RVDOL 2 IMP AVG P F DEC, silver, 19mm, 0.98g, S2365, VG

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Friedberg is a town in the Wetterau, a tract of exceptionally fine farmland north of Frankfurt in western Germany. It has been considered strategic since neolithic times. In the medieval period several cities were prosperous, and powerful families grew.

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.