SWITZERLAND BERN 5 batzen 1826


SWITZERLAND, BERN, 5 batzen, 1826, Reverse: cross in quadrilobe, letters of legend are 2mm tall, silver, 26mm, 4.36g, KM196.1, aXF

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Bern seems to have begun as a settlement in the 13th century. Early on it became an Imperial Free City. Today it is the “Federal City,” where most of the national business is done.

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.