MYANMAR quarter pe 1240 CS (1878 AD)


MYANMAR, Thibaw, 1878-85, quarter pe, 1240 CS (1878 AD), Obverse: lion L, Reverse: rosette with top petal pointing up above legend, copper, KM25.1, crude, corrosion, aG/VF

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Thibaw came to power as a result of a plot by his mother, who ordered the execution of all possible heirs other than her son while his father, Mindon Min, father of 60 sons, was on his death bed. He commenced a policy of annoying the British and preparing to liberate southern Burma. The end game was the British invaded northern Burma and took him and his family to India, where they lived in opulent “retirement.”

Myanmar is pronounced “Burma.” It is a large country in the shadow of giant neighbors. It is filled with people of various ethnicities who have never gotten along. The currently ascendant Burmese conquered the inhabitants several centuries ago. Some noteworthy acts of mass violence have occurred. My favorite is when a certain king had 9000 of his subjects (no citizens, just subjects) murdered so their hearts could be burned to make a magic potion to bring him luck.

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.