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1 Solidus - Gustav II Adolf

Features

Country City of Riga (Swedish occupation)
(Swedish Livonia)
King Gustav II Adolf (1621-1632)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1621-1634
Value 1 Schilling (Solidus / Silins) = 1/48 Thaler (1/48)
Currency Thaler (1621-1710)
Composition Billon
Weight 0.56 g
Diameter 15 mm
Thickness 0.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References Ahlström# 14,
Bjarne Ahlström; Sveriges besittningsmynt - Die Münzen schwedischen Besitzungen - Coins of the Swedish possessions. Ahlström mynthandel.
Haljak II# 1465,
Gunnar Haljak; 2010. Livlandische Munzen aus der Ordenszeit 13.-16. Jahrhundert. Tallinn.
Fed# 725,
D. Fedorov; 1966. Coins of the Baltic States of XII-XVIII centuries: coins identifier.. Valgus, Tallinn.
Neum# 50,
Erich Neumann; 1997. Die Münzen der westpreußischen und baltischen Städte unter polnischer bzw. schwedischer Oberhoheit. self-published, Cologne, Germany.
KM# 9
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Crowned monogram surrounded by legend.

Lettering:
GVSTA : ADO - L : D : G : REX · S :
GA

Translation:
Gustav Adolf Dei Gratia Rex Sveciae
Gustav Adolf, with God's grace, King of Sweden

Reverse

Crossed keys in ornamented shield surrounded by legend.

Lettering: SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 25 :

Translation:
Solidus Civitatis Rigensis
Schilling of the city of Riga

Edge

Smooth.

Comments

Coin from 1631 to 1634 have the two last digits of their dates at the very top of the reverse in a slightly smaller font.

The exact lettering of the surrounding legend may vary.

No date (with a flag-like symbol on obverse):
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS

1621:
1) GVST · AD - OL · D · G · REX / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 21

1622:
1) GVST · AD - OL · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENS · 22

1624:
1) GVSTA : AD - OL · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 24

1625:
1) GVSTA : ADO - L : D : G : REX · S : / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 25 :
2) GVSTA : AD - OL · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 25
3) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 25
4) GVST · AD - OL · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 25

1626:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 26

1627:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 27

1630:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 30

1631:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 31

1632:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 3Z

1633:
1) GVST · ADO - L · D · G · REX · S / SOLIDVS · CIVI · RIGENSIS · 33

Counterfeit pieces made at the Suceava mint in Romania exist. These coins were made some time in the 17th century, and for many forgeries, the coins have fictitious dates, including: "3" and "40". Forgeries of coins with actual dates also exist, including: "28". While the crudeness of the counterfeits may vary, they have a much more coppery appearance than the real ones. Even so, the forgeries are still very collectable, and sometimes worth more than the real pieces.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1621  3%
1621  9% (16)21
ND (1621-1634)  15% Illegible year
ND (1621-1634)  21% No date
1622  1.3% (16)22
1623  1.3% (16)23
1624  6% (16)24
1625  11% (16)25
1626  7% (16)26
1627  2.0%
1627  8% (16)27
1628  8% (16)28
1629  2.0%
1630  6% (16)30
1631  7% (16)31
1632  12% (16)3Z
1633  9% (16)33; Posthumous issue
1634  7% (16)34; Posthumous issue

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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