Poland 1588-ID 3 groschen

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3785
This specimen was lot 3785 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$330 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, Sigismund III. 1587-1632 3 Groschen 1588. Olkusz Signatur I-D des Kronschatzmeisters Johann Dulski über dem Wappen von Ostoja. Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of Poland, Sigismund III, 1587-1632, three groschen of 1588, Olkusz mint, with the initials of mintmaster John Dulski over the arms. 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 2.32 g.

Catalog reference: Iger O.88.6d (R3).

Source:

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

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