UKRAINE 2 hryvni 1999


UKRAINE, 2 hryvni, 1999, Reverse: nationhood – woman and 2 shields, copper-nickel-zinc, KM75, tiny spots, Unc

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A Ukrainian dealer describes the subject of this coins as “Declaration of Catholicity and Integrity of Ukraine.”

Ukraine would be thought of as a large country were it not right next to Russia. Because of the georgraphy it is easy to invade from any direction. A Ukrainian guy was talking at me once about Ukraine. “We are the original Rus!. Do you know what we call Russians? Muscovites! They totally did not buy that “friend to all the Slavic Peoples” stuff that the Russian Tsars used to throw at them while they were brutalizing around. Today, well.

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.