Sweden 1851 4 skilling

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31006
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31006 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Oscar I 4 Skilling 1851, MS64 Red Brown NGC. A gorgeous copper type with lightly toned red-orange mint brilliance. These large denominations are highly popular and rarely encountered in this superb quality. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." 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 used on the only four skilling struck, this type of 1849-55.

Recorded mintage: 38,000.

Specification: 25.2 g, copper, 37.2 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 672.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [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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