THIRD ROME 2 kopek 1788 MM


RUSSIA, EMPIRE, 2 kopek, 1788 MM, Moscow mint, copper, 34mm, C58.5, overstruck on 1762 4 kopek, VG

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Catherine the Great was the German wife of Peter III. She engineered a coup against her husband, who died, and proceeded to a career of reforms and military ventures, many successful. Russia became recognized as a great European power.

Even though most of Russia is actually in Asia, it is considered by everyone to be a European country.

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.