Poland 1601-M 6 groszy

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Sincona sale 57, lot 3099
This specimen was lot 3099 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,190 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, Sigismund III. 1587-1632. 6 Gröscher 1601, Marienburg. Portrait des Königs mit Krone nach rechts. Rv. Drei Wappen unter Krone, dazwischen Münzzeichen M (anstelle der Wertzahl VI). Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Poland, Sigismund III, 1587-1632, six groschen of 1601, Marienburg mint. Obverse: crowned bust right; reverse: three shields under a crown, mintmark "M" and value. Rare in this condition, Extremely fine.)"
Marienburg is today known as Malbork Castle. It was constructed by the Teutonic Knights in the thirteenth century and is the largest brick castle in Europe. It passed to the kings of Poland in the sixteenth century and was held by them until the partition of the late eighteenth century, when it was annexed by Frederick the Great of Prussia. This coin was struck there in 1601 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 4.49 g.

Catalog reference: KM 7.2, Gumowski 1158. Kopicki 910 (R3).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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