Prussia 1534 6 groschen

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Künker sale 293, lot 444
This specimen was lot 444 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €3,200 (about US$4,313 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"PREUSSEN, KÖNIGREICH Albrecht von Brandenburg, 1525-1568. 6-Gröscher 1534, Königsberg. Von größter Seltenheit. Leichte Prägeschwäche, sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Albrecht of Brandenburg, 1525-68, six groschen of 1534, Konigsberg mint. Very rare, slightly weak strike, very 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.

According to Wikipedia, "Albert of Prussia (17 May 1490 – 20 March 1568) was the last Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, who after converting to Lutheranism, became the first monarch of the Duchy of Prussia, the secularized state that emerged from the former Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights. Albert was the first European ruler to establish Protestantism as the official state religion of his lands. He proved instrumental in the political spread of Protestantism in its early stage, ruling the Prussian lands for nearly six decades (1510–1568)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Neumann 41; Kopicki 3816 (R6).


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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