Sweden 1544 daler Dav-8698

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30256
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30256 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[1] noted, "Gustav Vasa Daler 1544, Svartsjo mint, XF Details (Graffiti) NGC. Variety with obverse legend as SVE and without CI. The obverse of this extremely popular type features a half bust of the King with sword and orb, and the reverse depicts an image of Christ with graphic wounds from the crucifixion. A pleasing coin with original toning, the initials Z W have been scratched on either side of the Christ figure, possibly early collector's marks. Gustav was born as Gustav Eriksson of the powerful Vasa family. He became King in 1523 after defeating Christian II of Denmark and is recognized as the Father of modern Sweden." Davenport lists this for 1544-50. The first Swedish daler is dated 1534.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: SM-157b, dated as "44", Davenport-8698.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [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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