Danzig 1538 groschen

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3790
This specimen was lot 3790 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 70 CHF (about US$84 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN | Danzig, Stadt, Groschen 1538. Titel Sigismund I. Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of Poland, city of Danzig, grosz of 1538, struck in the name of Sigismund, About extremely fine.)"
The kingdom of Poland came under the rule of the king of Sweden, Sigismund III, in 1587. He converted to Roman Catholicism to accept the Polish crown, which caused the Swedish diet to depose him. He invaded Sweden in an attempt to reclaim his throne but was unsuccessful. The expenses of the war damaged and weakened the Polish monarchy, but the main source of Polish weakness was the greed and selfishness of the Polish nobility.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 1.82 g.

Catalog reference: Gumowski 564.


  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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