||Gustav Vasa Daler 1544, Svartsjo mint, SM-157b, dated as "44", Davenport-8698, XF Details (Graffiti) NGC. Variety with obverse legend as SVE and without CI. The obverse of this extremely popular type features a half bust of the King with sword and orb, and the reverse depicts an image of Christ with graphic wounds from the crucifixion. A pleasing coin with original toning, the initials Z W have been scratched on either side of the Christ figure, possibly early collector's marks. Gustav was born as Gustav Eriksson of the powerful Vasa family. He became King in 1523 after defeating Christian II of Denmark and is recognized as the Father of modern Sweden.
Realized $3,290.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.