Sweden 1861 5 ore

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31825
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31825 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $282. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carl XV 5 Ore 1861/57-LA, MS62 Brown NGC. Highly attractive with medium brown surfaces and abundant mint luster. Scarce overdate variety, not yet listed in most Scandinavian references. This denomination is elusive in mint state. 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. In 1855, the skilling was dropped and 400 öre = 4 riksdaler riksmynt = 1 riksdaler species (the riksdaler species remained unchanged). In 1873, the riksdaler species was dropped and 100 öre = 1 krona (the krona, at 7.5 g, .800 fine silver, was slightly smaller than the old riksdaler riksmynt). This type is listed for 1860-72 and is common compared to the prior type (KM 690). The overdate shown here is priced about two-thirds higher than the regular date.

Recorded mintage: 343,000.

Specification: 8.5 g, bronze, 28.9 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 707.


  • 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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