Sweden 1859-ST riksdaler specie Dav-355
This specimen was lot 1074 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,420. The catalog description noted, "SWEDEN. Oscar I. 1844–1859. AR Riksdaler Specie – 4 Riksdaler Riksmynt. Stockholm mint. Lea Ahlborn and Sebastian Tham, engravers. Dated 1859 LA ST. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Lovely bright uncirculated specimen with just a hint of iridescent patina. Superb coin and the only graded specimen. Purchased from H. Gluck, June 1970." This type was struck 1855-59 and is somewhat common. The present dynasty is descended from Charles Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's generals who defected to Sweden. Collecting Swedish coins is complicated by the multiple currency reforms the country underwent during the period.
Recorded mintage: 101,000.
Specification: 34.01 g, .750 fine silver, lettered edge, this specimen Ø39 mm, 34.09 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 689; Tingström 21, Dav-355.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.