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Anno 1790

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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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This is interesting. I think I'll pursue a little theory I'm working on. Since the age of enlightenment led to a disdain of royals and by extension the church, could it be that this led to Christians fleeing to America to escape religious persecution? I know this was true of different sects of Christianity earlier than 1790 fleeing Great Britain and persecution from the king and the Church of England. Included with that number are other Europeans fleeing similar persecutions in other European countries. Could it be that the first amendment to the constitution sprung from the experiences of people fleeing religious persecution? History has a cause and effect to it that I find fascinating as it shapes the world we live in today. As for the Age of Enlightenment and the Reign of Terror, the French Revolution had the rest of the European continent shaking in its boots as it expanded beyond the borders of France causing countless others to flee for the Americas. Very interesting stuff all marked in history by the coins we collect. Gary

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