SWEDEN, 1/2 skilling, 1803


SWEDEN, 1/2 skilling, 1803, copper, KM565, underdate 1730, cleaned aF

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Sweden issued its first coins in the 10th century. Mostly it has been a poor country, but found itself controlling the Baltic sea as an imperial power during the 17th and 18th centuries. It adopted the principles of social democracy early in the 20th century and became prosperous.

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.