GERMANY, NASSAU-WEILBURG, Albrecht, 1559-93, half batzen, 1591, Obverse: arms, ALBC A NS SAR SARW D I IAH, 91 (9 seems retrograde), Reverse: orb on which 2, RVDOL 2 IMP AVG P F DEC, silver, 19.5mm, 1.21g, S2401v, crude F-VF

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The rulers started out as Counts in the 12th century, were made Dukes in 1816. It was taken by Prussia in 1866.

Nassau is a region in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse in western Germany. It is also the name of a town. And it was the name of a Duchy. Descendants of the Dukes are the current royal families of Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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.