Poland 1584 3 groschen

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3782
This specimen was lot 3782 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, Stephan Bathory, 1576-1586 3 Groschen 1584. Riga. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of Poland, Stephen Bathory, 1576-86, three groschen of 1584, Riga mint. Very fine-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 2.13 g.

Catalog reference: Gumowski 813.


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

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