GERMANY, OETTINGEN, pfennig, 1520, Obverse: 2 shields, left is a dog head L, 1520 above, O below, Reverse: uniface, silver, 13mm, 0.38g, S1418, part weak F

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Oettingen is in the Landshut district of Bavaria. During the 16th century many towns were fiscally on their own from time to time and made their own coins.

Bavarians in southern Germany started using coins back in the BC times when the land was full of Celts before the arrival of the Romans. It was a coherent kingdom from the Middle Ages until World War I.

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.