Circulating coins reflect the character of the nations that issued them. For example, the grandeur of classical Greek coins. Or the dreary coins of Nazi Germany or the USSR, which show little more than a denomination on one side and a national symbol on the other. Or the multi-lingual coins of Yugoslavia and Palestine, countries now torn apart due to civil wars.
Coins witness the birth and death of nations. Now is a
to collect coins and paper money due to the breakup of the Soviet Union
and Yugoslavia, creating numerous new nations, and the potential
of the economies of Western Europe and the creation of a common