HAITI 6 centimes 1846


HAITI, 6 centimes, 1846, copper, KM37, old scratch, F

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Haiti is the only modern nation born of a slave revolt. The slaves put together an army and kicked out the French. Napoleon sent reinforcements and treacherously killed the Haitian leader who had come for negotiations. He still couldn’t defeat the Haitians. But the peace treaty imposed a reparations regime to repay the slaveowners that the Haitian government was still paying into the 20th century.

The North America category: the big three, the Central American nations, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

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.