Poland 1595 6 groszy
This specimen was lot 31294 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Sigismund III 6 Groszy (Szostak) 1595 XF45 NGC, Lublin mint, Jan Firlej as Crown Treasurer. A very rare type, more so when found without problems. A bit of weakness may be found here in the legends, but the centers are well-detailed and the toning quite pleasant." 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.
Catalog reference: Kop-1237.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.