Myntkompaniet/AB Philea
Coin Auction 22  12 Mar 2022
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Lot 386

Starting price: 4695 EUR
Price realized: 52 000 EUR
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Sweden, Karl XIV Johan MIS 1 riksdaler 1820 28.50 g. Stockholm. Obverse portrait of Karl XIII. This very interesting and highly sought after riksdaler is unique in the history of Swedish coinage! The obverse is depicting the Late King as opposed to the ruling monarch, which is very surprising, especially as the reverse legend and monogram is that of King Karl Johan! This variety appears to first be mentioned by Oldenburg in his description of his collection from 1883 - he writes: (free translation) "Likely this obv. has by mistake been used together with reverse of Carl XIV Johan riksdaler of above date [1820, our note]. (Unique?).". However there are strikes of this variety in copper with the same die combination see e.g. Misab auction 14, lot 125, we can safely dismiss Oldenburgs theory of a mistake. Particularly as multiple strikes on uncut strips are known e.g. Mynthuset auction 2, lot 403, where a strip of eight (!) strikes was sold. Oldenburg clearly did not know of other examples at the time of his comments, but today we know of about 10 examples in silver in private hands, in addition to the copper strikes. Lightly cleaned, insignificant scratches. RR. Ex Ahlström auction 54, lot 874. SM 41c. SMB 6. 1+/01
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