Sweden 1544 1/2 mark
This specimen was lot 30959 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Gustaf Vasa 1/2 Mark 1544, Svartsjo mint, MS62 NGC. Nicely toned with flashes of original mint brilliance, a sharply struck example of this very scarce type. The obverse features a classic half bust of the King with sword and royal orb. A most appealing coin and certainly rare in Mint State. Variety with stars in the reverse legends."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: SM-191 (Rare).
- 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.