Sweden 1670 8 mark Dav-4536

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30266
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30266 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,993.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Impressively Detailed for the Type Carl XI 8 Mark 1670, Stockholm mint, UNC Details (Hair Tooled) NGC. Deeply struck design features with an appealing blend of luster and aged patina, very rare grade for this series. The obverse features a laureate bust of the King while the reverse displays the Three Crowns of Sweden with interlocking reversed C's for Carl. Carl XI was the only son of Carl X Gustaf and father to Carl XII. He was crowned at the age of 17 and managed to secure peace for Sweden for twenty years while reforming many aspects of the Swedish government." The catalogs note that the minting of riksdalers dwindled in the 1650's and ceased in the 1670's in favor of the eight mark but does not note why. The striking of riksdalers resumed in the eighteenth century after the Great Northern War (1700-21). The eight mark had about 14% more silver than the riksdaler of 28.77 g.

Recorded mintage: 4,223 (including Dav-4535).

Specification: 31.34 g, .922 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 276, SM-59a (plain edge), Dav-4536.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [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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