Denmark 1620-RFP krone Dav-3517

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 591
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 591 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "DENMARK. Krone (4 Mark), 1620. Christian IV (1588-1648). NGC AU Details--Rim Damage. Bird mintmark. Small edge nick at 12 o'clock. Well struck and attractively toned." Danish crowns of the seventeenth century range from the scarce to the obscenely rare. Either they were melted extensively or the poverty of the king prevented large issues or both. This type of 1619-22 is not the most expensive but still runs twice the price of a contemporary thaler from Brunswick or Saxony. It is on the light side to be considered a thaler but we include it as a nod to Davenport. Three mintmarks are recorded for 1620; the bird shown here is the scarcest.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 18.9 g, .859 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-59a; Sieg-84.3; H-106c; Dav-3517.


  • 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.
  • Siegs Møntcatalog 2016: Danmark med Omrader, 48 ed., Frederikssund, Siegs Forlag ApS, 2015.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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