Gustav I coronation coin brings $240,000 in Kuenker’s auction

By Paul Fraser Collectibles

Kuenker coins has completed its stunning series of sales offering Ancient, Medieval, German, Swedish, Russian and Chinese rare coins through the last week of September.

Two sections of major private collections were on offer: the first part of the Franz Josef collection and the second section of The Julius Hagander Collection of Sweden and its Possessions.

We focused in on one piece in particular from the Hagander Collection: lot 1, from the reign of Gustav I of Sweden, also known as Gustav Vasa (1521-1560).

Gustav coronation Gustav I coronation coin brings $240,000 in Kuenkers auction In Swedish history Gustav has been labeled the founder of modern Sweden, and the “father of the nation”, though the nickname belies his ruthlessness.

The coin, minted in Stockholm, marks his 1528 coronation at the Cathedral of Uppsala. The triumphant and armoured king faces outwards with a folded down coat. In his right hand is an uplifted sword and in his left hand the orb.

Between his feet is a shield with the emblem of a grain sheaf. The coin is of the utmost rarity – a very attractive specimen with a beautiful patina.

Gustav had been king for five years before his coronation, putting it off because of the cost given Sweden parlous finances at the time. His great successes were based on his building of those finances to make his regime one of the richest in Europe.

The coronation coin had been expected to sell for up to €50,000 ($72,100), but numismatic passion and Swedish nationalism kicked in and easily tripled the price, resulting in a final bid of €180,000 ($239,700).

In total the Hagander brought 111% more than its total estimate (that is, it more than doubled expectations) reaching €1.7m ($2.26m).

About the Author:

Paul Fraser has been passionately involved in a wide spectrum of investment grade collectibles spanning over 35 years. He recently stepped down as Chairman (and owner) at Stanley Gibbons, the London Stock Market listed Collecting Company, which he helped to build from a $5 million Company to one worth over $100 million. Paul is a world renowned Beatles memorabilia expert and handled the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection, complete with his earliest known signature, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Paul has also been heavily involved in the rare stamp investing market and was responsible for the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Paul has been involved with many of the collecting areas featured on this website, and has been responsible for over $300m of investment grade collectibles sales through various collectible companies.

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