ICELAND 10 aurar 1929


ICELAND, DANISH, 10 aurar, 1929, copper-nickel, KM1.1, VF

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This is one of the scarce dates of the Iceland series.

People apparently settled in Iceland starting in the 8th or 9th century AD. Those people were either Irish-Scots or Norwegians. There is no evidence of permanent settlement by North Americans before that. A self-governing group of Norwegians. Over time internal divisions created an opening for a takeover by the Kingdom of Norway. Norway, in turn, united with Denmark and Sweden in the Kalmar Union of 1415. The Union was dissolved in 1523. From that point it went to Denmark. The Icelanders didn’t like being a Danish colony. When Denmark was occupied by the Germans in 1940 the Icelandic Parliament (Althing) took over. It invited first the British, then the Americans in to handle it’s defence. In 1943 a national vote was held, after which a Republic was established.

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.