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Coins and the Climate

More dimes would have been struck in New Orleans during 1838 had it not been for the Yellow Fever. Stack’s Bowers

Over the past thousand years, there have been swings in the climate directly aThecting daily life. However, it has only been in rare instances that the climate has directly affected the coinage of nations, especially that of the United States and Europe. Beginning in A.D. 900, there was distinct warming of Earth, resulting, for example, in Eric the Red advertising Greenland as an ideal place for Scandinavian settlers. A offer 1300, however, the Earth grew colder and was a critical factor in the destruction of that colony. From 1300 to 1800, the world cooled down, and during the 1500s, Europe and America were increasingly cold, making it difficult in some years to grow enough food. Since 1800, we have been experiencing gradual warming, with the year 2000 perhaps at the height of this latest swing in climate.

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