Sweden 1620 6 mark

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30968
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30968 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Gustaf II Adolf 6 Mark 1620 Largesse, AU58 NGC. Lightly toned and very appealing with well-struck details on both sides. This rare presentation coinage was distributed at the coronation of the Queen. The 6 Mark denomination was equal to 1/2 Riksdaler. Highly elusive in this size and a choice example." Largesse referred to the coin 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. The last largesse coin is dated 1873.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KMX-M13, SM-87.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Unusual World Coins, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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