UKRAINE 5 hryvnia 2007


UKRAINE, 5 hryvnia, 2007, Reverse: Parliament, bimetal: brass and copper-nickel, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Safety and Cooperation, KM455, Prooflike

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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 big player in East Asia is China, of course. Then there is Japan and Korea, throw in Mongolia. South of China and east of India, but not including, for the most part, the islands to the east, is what we call Southeast Asia. From Burma to Malaya there have been a series of local kingdoms for about 2000 years. Russia, with its Asian Siberia, doesn’t count. We consider it part of Europe.

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.