SERBIA, 10 para, 1917


SERBIA, 10 para, 1917, copper-nickel, KM19, Unc

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Coins were struck within the territory of modern Serbia all the way back to pre-Roman times, and continued sporadically until now. Medieval Serbia was conquered by the Ottomans and incorporated in that system for three centuries. Moves toward independence over several decades resulted in the emergence of the Kingdom of Serbia in 1887. The nation did some local conquering of Ottoman territory, arousing the suspicions of the Habsburgs, who had interests in the region. It was to Serbia that Austro-Hungary delivered the ultimatum that started World War I. After the war Serbia disappeared into a federal kingdom that came to be called Yugoslavia, which fell apart in the 1990s, and Serbia reemerged as a separate 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.