ISLE OF MAN penny 1813


ISLE OF MAN, penny, 1813, copper, KM11, VF

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At the start of the 19th century the British government had the idea of issuing copper coins containing their full value of copper. The coins were popular but they were too expensive to make.

Isle of Man got into the issuing of collector coins in the 1970s and rode that wave possibly farther than any other coin issuing entity.

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.