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Fun For History Buffs: "When This Coin Was Made..."

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 Posted 07/31/2017  2:33 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Should be pretty self explanatory; post a coin minted any year between 700 BC and 2017, and give a fun piece of history trivia about the year (or general time frame) of its minting. The coin does not have to relate directly to history, but that's an added bonus.

I'll start with a recent upload because I'm lazy:

British Essequebo & Demarary
1/2 Stiver
1813




When this coin was made, Antarctica was nothing but a (widely discredited) theory. The southernmost continent would not be discovered for another seven years.
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nice coin and excellent topic idea!
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March 4th, 1913 Woodrow Wilson becomes 28th US president.




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When this coin was made, Antarctica was nothing but a (widely discredited) theory. The southernmost continent would not be discovered for another seven years.
And now flat earth wing nuts think is is a wall of ice at the edge of the earth.
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When this coin was made, the Cubs would win the World Series that year...

1908-S Indian Head Cent



Same can be said for this medal...



Not as single coin or metal minted between these two years can say this.

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England - Elizabeth I Penny
Sixth issue, mm crescent, 1587-1589
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1st February 1587

Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the death warrant of her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, after Mary is implicated in a plot to murder Elizabeth. Seven days later, on the orders of Elizabeth's privy council, Mary is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
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1825 British shilling:

On 27 September 1825 the World's first public railroad to use steam locomotives opened between the towns of Stockton and Darlington in the North-East of England. Railways had existed prior to this, but they had generally been short lines serving collieries. The Stockton & Darlington was a public line open to general freight and passengers, and was the start of a revolution in world transportation.

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Nice additions!

Here is a favorite Ancient of mine:

Peroz I, Shah of the Sassanid Empire
R. 459-484



He is a fascinating historical figure at the center of one of the greatest general upheavals in recorded history.

Timeline of Peroz's rule:
457-459 - Death of Peroz's father Yazdegerd II. His older brother Hormizd III ascends to the throne. Peroz seeks thr throne and takes refuge with Hepthalite Hun king Kushnavaz, who aids him in the civil war to gain power.
464-471 - Seven year famine nearly topples the Sassanian empire
460s - Kidarite Huns stop paying tribute; Peroz responds with military action, but is desperately short on funds and unable to organize a campaign. Byzantine emperor Leo refuses financial aid. Peroz is forced to sue for peace, then turns to Kushnavaz for aid in another campaign against the Kidarites. They succeed by 467.
469 - Kushnavaz betrays Peroz and seizes the former Kidarite capital for himself. Peroz launches a campaign, but is captured and forced to ransom himself. Emperor Leo assists in the ransom.
470s - Peroz launches another campaign to punish the Hepthalites. He is defeated again and this time forced to ransom his children and chief priest.
484 - Peroz amasses a huge army to topple Kushnavaz, but once again is defeated and dies in battle. The Huns invade and plunder the empire.

Lasting impact:
- Ransoms and plunder make the Hepthalite empire one of the most powerful entities in the world
- Huge influx of silver coins lead to their establishment as de facto silk road currency; Peroz imitations persist in Central Asia until the 8th century, and in India until the 13th century.

Meanwhile in the world:
450s-476 - Rome is sacked by Vandals in 455; rapid succession of weak puppet-emperors lead to fall of the Western Roman Empire to Odoacer in 476. Former Roman territory is now controlled mainly by Vandals, Visigoths, and Ostrogoths.
460s - Gupta empire begins rapid decline in face of aggressive invasions from "white huns", probably Hepthalites. Skandagupta dies in 467 and is succeeded rapidly by a series of ineffectual rulers. Gupta empire fractures.
464 - Buddhism reaches China for the first time under the monk Batua
474-476 - Death of Leo I and his grandson Leo II. Zeno rises to power, but is ousted briefly by usurper Basiliscus. Byzantine empire is unable to intervene in the fall of the West.
480 - Death of Julius Nepos, last legitimate Western Roman emperor in exile.
481 - Rise of Clovis, king of the Franks.
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Great idea for a topic. I'll have to think about what I can contribute. In the meanwhile, I'm enjoying the posts so far.
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A lot of history packed behind one little coin.
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England - Henry III cut 1/2d
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Wilton Mint, unknown moneyer
1249-1250



Spring 1249 - University College, the first College at Oxford, is founded with money from the estate of William of Durham


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When this coin was made, Antarctica was nothing but a (widely discredited) theory. The southernmost continent would not be discovered for another seven years.


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I am gonna like this thread! Great idea. I'll find something to add.
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The year this coin was minted, Millard Fillmore was president of the US and Franklin Pierce was elected. Pierce was a Democrat, his opponents were a Whig (Gen. Winfield Scott) and a Free Soil (John P. Hale). There were 31 States and slavery was common. Fredrick Douglass delivered his most famous anti-slavery speech on July 4, 1852. This was also the year that Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.

On a personal note, this is also the year my gggrandfather immigrated from Arran, Scotland.




Edit: forgot to mention, when I found this coin it was wrapped in Scotch tape
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1586 Hungary Denar. In July of that year Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia and his protege - Sir Thomas Harriot - is credited with introducing potatoes.

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September 21 1877



Prospector Edward Schieffelin files his first mining claim after discovering silver ore on a high plateau between
the San Pedro River and the Dragoon Mountains in southeastern
Arizona Territory.

He names his stake "Tombstone".



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