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    Visually Impressive 3 Taler Minted for Distribution During the King's Funeral Procession

    Wolgast - Swedish Occupation. Gustav Adolf II Medallic Largesse 3 Taler (3 Riksdaler) 1633 AU55 NGC, KM-M5, Dav-LS273 (under Erfurt), AAJ-10 (R), Hagander Collection-Unl. 85.78gm. Hinrich Martens as mintmaster. Struck upon the death of King Gustav Adolf II (Gustavus Adolphus) of Sweden at the Battle of Lützen in 1632. Simply a masterful presentation, and one of enormous historic importance for collectors of German and Swedish coinage-particularly enthusiasts of the Thirty Years' War. This denomination was altogether missing from Künker's 2012 sale of the Hagander Collection, as well as Spink's 1992 sale of the Milas Collection. One of the most beloved figures in the opposition to the Imperial forces of Ferdinand II, Gustav Adolph's body was embalmed in Weissenfels after his death and arrived in Wolgast, Pomerania in January 1633. In the procession of the royal corpse to the Baltic coast from the city for transportation back to Sweden, Jürgen Hornbostell was commissioned to the briefly reopened mint under Hinrich Martens to design new coins to be distributed (quite literally thrown) from behind the Queen Dowager Maria Eleonora's chariot. With costs for the procession quite high, attaining the necessary resources proved very difficult, requiring even the Queen's sink and a silver jug to be repurposed for the metal. Nevertheless, Lagerqvist records that 16 4 ducats, 20 4 talers, 60 2 talers, 240 1/2 talers, and 700 1/4 talers were so distributed. Through the constellation of their production and distribution factors, then, it is astonishing that such a specimen could have survived at all, let alone so close to Mint State.

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