Sweden 1562 3 mark Dav-8703

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Kunker sale 264, lot 2018
This specimen was lot 2018 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €7,500 (about US$9,689 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Erik XIV. 1560-1568. 3 Mark 1562, Stockholm. Gekröntes, ovales, vierfeldiges Wappen: Drei Kronen (Tre kronor) / Folkunger-Löwe (Folkungar) mit Mittelschild Korngarbe (Vasa)//Stadtansicht mit Schärengarten, oben Zepter in Wolken und Strahlen. RR Attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Tönung, fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of Sweden, Eric XIV, 1560-68, three mark of 1562, Stockholm mint. Obverse: crowned, oval arms with the three crowns quartered with the Swedish lion; reverse: city view on islands, scepter in clouds and sun rays above. Rare, attractive example with fine toning, choice extremely fine.)"
This one year type is rare. It may actually be largesse, money thrown to the populace at major occasions such as coronations and funerals. In Sweden, special types were produced which weren't officially coins but circulated extensively, probably because of a shortage of coinage of good silver

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 30.86 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8703; Ahlström 15.

Sources:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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