GERMANY HANNOVER 1 pfennig 1852 B


GERMANY, HANNOVER, Georg V, 1851-66, 1 pfennig, 1852 B, Hannover mint, copper, KM216, VF

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Hannover (Hanover) is the capital of the state of Lower Saxony in north central Germany. It was part of the domains of the Dukes of Braunschweig (Brunswick). The Dukes gathered rank through the centuries, and became Imperial Electors in 1692. The electors later became Kings of Great Britain. It became a Kingdom after the Congress of Vienna in 1815. It was annexed by Prussia in 1866.

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.