URUGUAY 1000 pesos 1969 FAO in copper


URUGUAY, 1000 pesos, 1969, copper, FAO KM55a, Unc

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This coin was produced in silver, copper, and gold versions.

The Food and Agriculture Organization coins were issued by many countries in the 1960s and 70s.

The indigenous people were known as the Charrua. Europeans (Portuguese) didn’t get to the region until 1680. It emerged as independent as a result of a set of wars between Spain and Portugal, and then between Argentina and Brazil.

In 1494, when Portugal and Spain were getting ready to seize land in the Western Hemisphere they asked the Pope to sort out the disagreements between them rather than fighting over everything. The Pope pointed to a longitude on a map and gave Portugal everything on one side and Spain everything on the other. Worked out well for Spain. Portugal got Brazil. Spain got everything else.

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.