Back before streaming became so popular, one of my local cable channels would broadcast a great selection of international television content in the original language with English subtitles. My favorites were the detective shows such as Inspector Montalbano, Commissario Brunetti, Blood of the Vine (aka the Wine Detective), Beck and Wallander, all set in contemporary time, and the period shows Nicolas Le Floch and Anno 1790. I highly recommend all of these, which can be streamed from various services in addition to the novels that many of these were based on.
I found the show Anno 1790 to be particularly fascinating because the time period matches that of many of the coins that I have chosen to collect. In this series, which is unfortunately limited to one season of 10 episodes, the viewer gets to experience a bit of late 18th Century Sweden through the eyes of a police commissioner of Stockholm. Sweden, like many European counties at this time, experienced a shifting balance of political power between monarch and parliament. The ideas and ambitions that led to the French Revolution in 1789 were present here as well. King Gustav III, reigned from 1771 to 1792 and died in a politically motivated assassination.
Needless to say, acquiring a nice silver crown of Sweden of the date 1790 was a collecting goal that I finally achieved earlier this year.
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