THIRD ROME, denga, 1737


RUSSIA, Anna, 1730-40, denga, 1737, Obverse: crowned double headed eagle, Reverse: denomination in floral wreath, Edge: engrailed with diamond pattern, copper, 26mm, 7.52g, KM188, grainy brown patina from earth burial, scratches, VF

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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.

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

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.” Kid will ask “How?”