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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 414

Sweden, Karl IX (1604-1611), 2-Riksdaler or 20-Mark, 1606, Stockholm, King standing armoured and draped, holding sword and orb, VERM before Jehovah, rev. crowned shield within border of shields, 97.68g, 8h (KM A19; SM 27; Dav. 573), metal stressing to reverse, lightly cleaned with clamp marks to rim, now retoned, fine / very fine, a popular larger-than-life European issue


The Dr Frank Becker Collection of World Coins

Bruun Rasmussen, ref. 155148, no. 329 - DKK10,000

Karl IX became King of Sweden in 1604. He was the youngest son of Gustav I and the father of infamous King Gustav II Adolf. This rare 20 Mark coin was issued in the year 1606. Karl IX had been recognised as monarch by the Swedish Assembly of Estates since the beginning of the seventeenth century, however he only accepted the title four years later, and was only officially crowned in 1607 in Uppsala Cathedral alongside his second wife Christina von Holstein-Gottorp. He ensured a short reign characterised largely by constant international conflicts: Polish-Swedish War (1600-1611), Ingrian War with Russia (1610-1617) and the Kalmar War (1611-1613) with Denmark-Norway.

King Karl IX had the largest Swedish silver denomination minted, such as this one.

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