WEST GERMANY 10 deutschemark 1987 J


GERMANY, FEDERAL REPUBLIC, 10 deutschemark, 1987 J, Hamburg mint, Obverse: Berlin, silver, 0.3114 ozT, KM166, in the original plastic, which was trimmed to fit in a 2×2″ sandwich holder, which was then stapled shut, so there are staple holes in the plastic, Proof

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After World War II the conquered German territory was adjusted (some eastern territories awarded to Poland and Russia) and split into eastern and western zones. West Germany organized as a democratic-capitalist Federal Republic in 1949. In 1990 the communist East German government disbanded and joined the Federal Republic.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of local autonomy 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.