Riga 1645 5 ducats Fr-37
"Riga. Swedish Occupation - Karl X Gustav gold Coronation 5 Ducat 1645 (1654) MS62 NGC, by engraver Sebastian Dadler, who mistakenly made the date 1645 instead of the correct 1654, Obv. Crowned and armored bust of Karl X Gustav right. Rev. City view of Riga with boats on the Daugava (or Western Dvina) river, above clouds with two lions holding the crest of Riga. The strike is bold and the surfaces lustrous, with light contact marks, and hairlines, on both sides. The flan is somewhat wavy and an edge bump is noted at 12 o'clock. A visually striking piece and an extreme rarity for this area with ties to both Sweden and Poland. Ex. Hess-Leu Auction 34, Lucerne November 1967, Lot 211.
Karl X Gustav was the actual fourth King Karl of Sweden. He came to his numbering in an interesting way. King Karl IX chose his number (IX) after studying a fictitious history of Sweden, and the next King Karl therefore assumed to be Karl X. During his brief reign, Karl spent most of his time waging wars with Poland, Denmark, Brandenburg, etc. He died in 1660 at the young age of 37."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 17.50 grams, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-16 (Rare), Ahlstrom-75a, Wiecek-147, HCZ-6350.
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- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.