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1 Solidus - Gustav II Adolf

Features

Country Swedish Livonia (Occupation of Riga)
(Livonia)
Type Common coin
Years 1621-1634
Value 1 Schilling = 1/48 Thaler (1/48)
Metal Silver
Weight 0.56 g
Diameter 15 mm
Thickness 0.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes
References Ahlström# 14, Haljak# 1465, Fed# 725, Neum# 50, KM# 9
Sveriges besittningsmynt - Die Münzen schwedischen Besitzungen - Coins of the Swedish possessions
by Bjarne Ahlström
(Ahlström mynthandel)
Livlandische Munzen aus der Ordenszeit 13.-16. Jahrhundert
by Gunnar Haljak
(Tallinn, 2010)
Coins of the Baltic States of XII-XVIII centuries: coins identifier.
by D. Fedorov
(Valgus, Tallinn, 1966.)
Die Münzen der westpreußischen und baltischen Städte unter polnischer bzw. schwedischer Oberhoheit.
by Erich Neumann
(Köln 1997)
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Crowned monogram surrounded by legend.

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

Translation:
Gustav Adolf Dei Gratia Rex Sveciae
Gustav II 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

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.

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.

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

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND  17th century forgery
1621 
1621  (16)21
ND (1621-1634)  Illegible year
ND (1621-1634)  No date
1622  (16)22
1623  (16)23
1624  (16)24
1625  (16)25
1626  (16)26
1627 
1627  (16)27
1628  (16)28
1629 
1630  (16)30
1631  (16)31
1632  (16)3Z
1633  (16)33; Posthumous issue
1634  (16)34; Posthumous issue

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