Sweden 1844 2 skilling
This specimen was lot 31492 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "Oscar I 2 Skillings 1844 MS65 Brown PCGS, Stockholm mint. Obv. Large bust of Oscar I right. Rev. Date and value in wreath. Sparkling iridescent luster, with superbly defined devices. Only a few tiny marks are noted, with touches of original mint-red color on the reverse highlighting the glowing reddish-brown patina. A very scarce two-year type, with none certified finer and only one other piece certified in MS65 Brown by NGC." In the reform of 1830, the sixth and third riksdalers were dropped for eighth, quarter and half riksdalers. The skilling, formerly 1/48 riksdaler, became 1/128 riksdaler and new one-sixth, one-third, half, two-thirds, one, two and four skilling issued in copper. The smallest silver denomination, the 1/32 riksdaler, was four skilling. Oscar succeeded to the throne in 1844 and his bust replaced that of Carl XIV on all the denominations. This bust was modified on the two skilling in 1845 but both the large head (shown here) and small head (KM 664) are known for the date.
Recorded mintage: 89,000.
Specification: 18.9 g, copper, 33.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 660, Tingstrom-13, Ahlstrom-76.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.