OLDENBURG 1 groschen 1858


GERMANY, OLDENBURG, 1 groschen, 1858 B, Obverse: square shield, billon, KM193, XF

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Oldenburg was a Duchy and later a Grand Duchy in far northwestern Germany. They warred with their neighbors. One of them was elected King of Denmark in the 15th century. He handed Oldenburg off to his brother. The descendants continued to like war until it went back to Denmark, who gave it to Russia, who the Bishop of Lubeck, who got Oldenburg raised to a Duchy again, in 1777. Annexation by Napoleon led to the war between Russia and France that led to Napoleon’s downfall. It became a state in the German Empire.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy 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.