THIRD ROME, denga, 1735


RUSSIA, EMPIRE, denga, 1735, copper, KM188, porous aF

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The coinage reform of Peter the Great established the world’s first decimal currency. Anna was German, chosen by the nobles to succeed the dying Peter II, who hoped she’d be a figurehead. After only a few days, Anna dismissed the council that appointed her, installed her people, and proceeded to rule as a selfish and eccentric autocrat.

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.