NORWAY 10 kroner 1964


NORWAY, 10 kroner, 1964, silver, 0.5787 ozT, Constitution KM413, some toned spots, Unc

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Norway, tied to Denmark, had supported Napoleon, and, upon losing, was torn from Denmark and given to Sweden. During the transition, an election of delegates (spotty participation in that election) gathered at a public building in the town of Eidsvoll and put together a Constitution that declared Norway an independent state. The Swedes tried a military action to force the issue but were unable to completely prevail. Norway, with a modified Constitution, entered a personal union with the Swedish King, an arrangement that continued until 1905.

Norway, for most of the last millennium, has been an occupied territory in thrall to Sweden. There is a patriotic element in the coin market. People might collect one country or the other, rarely or never both.

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.