The late 16th through early 17th centuries was a period of great turmoil throughout Europe, both political and religious. It was a period of complex political alliances, religious conflicts and global expansion of trade, all of which drew in the major powers of Western Europe. An interesting series of jetons was struck in the Spanish Netherlands at the time which document in numismatic form the course of the Eighty Years’ War - a major conflict between Spain and the Dutch of
Queen Victoria had a very long reign – over 63 years, the longest of any British monarch, until our present Queen Elizabeth II. This meant that there is a variety of different types to collect. In his fascinating narrative of the Victorian coinage, Desi revisits the chronology of main events of the period and development of the coinage system in terms of minting technology and artistry. Read the full article here..