SWEDEN half öre 1858 8 over 7


SWEDEN, half öre, 1858 8 over 7, Obverse: L.A.,bronze, KM686, XF-AU

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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.

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.