Sweden 1805-OL riksdaler specie Dav-346
This specimen was lot 1696 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $834. The catalog description noted, "SWEDEN. Riksdaler, 1805-OL. NGC MS-61. Lightly toned." This type was issued 1801-07 and is scarce in nice condition. Collecting Swedish coins is complicated by the multiple currency reforms the country underwent during the period. In 1798, 48 skilling = 1 riksdaler species and 2 riksdaler species = 1 ducat (the riksdaler species was 29.36 g, .878 fine silver). In 1830, 32 skilling banco = 1 riksdaler riksgald and 4 riksdaler riksgalds = 1 riksdaler species (the riksdaler species became 34 g, .750 fine silver). In 1855, the skilling was dropped and 100 ore = 4 riksdaler riksmynt = 1 riksdaler species (the riksdaler species remained unchanged). In 1873, the riksdaler species was dropped and 100 ore = 1 krona (the krona, at 7.5 g, .800 fine silver, was slightly smaller than the old riksdaler riksmynt). The system adopted in 1873 is still in use today, the Swedes having recently declined to adopt the euro.
Recorded mintage: 150,000.
Specification: 29.36 g, .878 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-561; AAH-28, Dav-346.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.