Sweden 1665 8 mark Dav-4530
This specimen was lot 30265 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $14,100. The catalog description noted, "Likely the Finest Known for the Type Carl XI 8 Marks 1665, Stockholm mint, MS63 NGC. An absolutely incredible example with aged silvery-gray patina and flashes of luster in the legends. The obverse features a laureate bust of the King with long flowing wig while the reverse displays the crowned coat of arms and the denomination in Roman numerals. An exciting offering which should appeal to collectors of Sweden and world crowns. We doubt that a finer piece could exist." The catalogs note that the minting of riksdalers dwindled in the 1650's and ceased in the 1670's in favor of the eight mark but do not note why. The striking of riksdalers resumed in the eighteenth century after the Great Northern War (1700-21). The eight mark had about 14% more silver than the riksdaler of 28.77 g.
Recorded mintage: 1,801.
Specification: 31.34 g, .922 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 252, SM-54 (Rare), Dav-4530.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.