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This page includes various examples of medals commemorating Swedish people and events.
The following are a few medals of Queen Christina. The first three are Italian. The other three are by prominant Swedish medalists.
Bronze medal by Guglielmada
Christina bronze Medal ND (late 17th Century, Italy, Giovanni Battista Guglielmada) UNC, 62mm, 83.0 gm. Struck anonymously in Italy after Giovanni Battista Guglielmada. Auction catalog stated, "A superb example without any hint of the reverse die break that ended the production of this issue."
Silver Dea Roma medal by Soldani-Benzi(?)
Christina silver cast medal ND (Italy, late 17th Century, likely Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi) UNC, 61mm, 119.9 gm, Hildebrand pg 303 88b, Obv. REGINA CHRISTINA , Breast portrait, draped ribbon with five point clasp, center broach winged head of medusa. Rev, POSSIS. NIHIL. VRBE ROMA. VISERE MAIVS (may you never look upon a city greater than Rome). Dea Roma, seated on a cuirass of shields, weapons, cornucopia, holding in his right hand a globe, on whom hovers a victoriola, handing a laurel wreath to the her, in her hand a pointless lance. Notes: Same medal in Kunker Auction 145, Lot 7186, sold for 600 Euro in 2008, which was attributed to Guglielmada but does not say if cast or struck. That example weighed 89 gm which would put it in similar thickness to the struck example above. This example is much heavier leading me to believe it was cast. It has some appearance of casting also. Guglielmada cut dies for Soldani's cast medals. Obv is same as Uppsala Univ cabinet #201669 (bronze, Hildebrand 303 89 but they list as 88b) and the Rev. is the same as #201670 (bronze, Hildebrand 303 88).
Bronze medal in the style of Guglielmada
The medalist (I.H.F.) is unknown by me. 37 mm, 28.2 gm. There is a medal in the Uppsala University collection with the same obverse that is attributed to Hamerani. The I and H could be Iohannes Hamerani but what then would be the F? The medal is dated 1680 long after she had abdicated and had exiled herself to Rome.
Obv: The Queen, right. “REGINA CHRISTINA”. Signed: “I.H.F.” on the truncation.
Rev: A globe showing a map of the World. “NE MI BISOGNA NE MI BASTA (I do not need it, it is not enough for me) 1680”
Bronze medal by Karlsteen, Ascention to throne at age 18 (1644)
Christina bronze Medal ND (c.1690?) UNC, 40 mm, 24.7 gm. By Arfvid Karlsteen (1647-1718).
Karlsteen was very prolific and was Swedens first native medalist.
Bronze medal by Karlsteen, Battle of Fehmarn (1644)
Christina bronze Medal ND (c.1690?) UNC, 28 mm, 11.8 gm. By Arfvid Karlsteen (1647-1718).
Medal commemorating the Battle of Fehmarn, 1644
There is an example in the Royal Greenwich Museum collection, that description below.
A counter. Obverse: Bust of Queen Christina, draped, curls (right). Pearled border. Legend: 'REGINA CHRISTINA.' Reverse: Within a pearl border and laurel wreath tied with a bow. Inscription: 'X . ARMATIS DANOR . NAVIB . DVCTORE . WRANGELIO . CAPTIS . A . 1644.' (Ten Danish armed ships captured under the leadership of Wrangel in the year 1644.)
In 1718, Baron Goertz enticed the Swiss born Hedlinger to travel to Sweden and show Charles XII his works. He was then appointed Chief Engraver at the Stockholm Mint. Fehrman, his apprentice, eventually occupied this position also.
The Regents of Sweden medalets were produced during the period of 1745-1760. It began with works by Hedlinger and was continued by Fehrman. In total, there were 55 medals. They number 1 through 56 with no 5 or 55 and a title medal.
#50 - Queen Christina
Bronze, 33 mm, 14.2 gm. By Hedlinger.
Obv: CHRISTINA D(ei).G(ratia).REGINA SVECIAE. I.C.H. below bust.
Rev: 50. GVSTAVO M. | PATRE NON MINOR | FILIA NATA 1626. | C. 1650. | MVLTIS IN CIVES | ORBEMQVE LITER. | MERITIS CLARISS. | PLACIDAM VITAM | REG.PRAEFERT 1654 | M.ROM.1689.
#47 - King Sigismund of Sweden and Poland
Bronze, 32.5 mm, 14.2 gm. By Hedlinger.
Obv: SIGISMVND. D.G.REX.SVEC.ET.POL. I.C.H. below bust.
Rev: 47.F. | NAT.1566. | C.1594. | QVOD PONTIF. | DOCTORIBVS | ET EXTERNO MILITE | PVBLICAM TVRBARET | TRANQVILLITATEM | A CAROLO DVCE SVDERM | CONSENT.CIVIBVS | EXCLVSVS. | M.1632.
#14 - Kings Philip and Ingo
Bronze, 33 mm, 12.4 gm. By Fehrman.
Obv: PHILIPPUS ET INGO IUNIOR REGG.SV. D.F. below bust
Rev: 14. | FF.HALSTANI | WERMELANDIA | DEFENSA CONTRA | MAGNUM R.D. | PHILIPPUS M. 1118. | INGO M.1129.
Large die crack at 9 to center.
Bror Emil Hildebrand (22 February 1806 in Madesjö – 30 August 1884) was a Swedish archaeologist, numismatist and museum director. More info here.
Copper Medal Honoring Bror Emil Hildebrand
57 mm, 79.1 gm, Struck at the Stockholm mint, posthumously, I am guessing.
Obv translation: Bror Emil Hildebrand, Antiquarian to the King, Director of King's Coin Cabinet.
Rev translation: After 8 devoted surveys for the country in studies of antiquities, history and numismatics, 1877.
This medal was engraved by Lea Ahlborn (1826-1897). She was a prominent Swedish medalist and artist. She was the first female Swedish official due to her position as royal printmaker. She engraved the royal portraits for the Swedish coins of the middle and late 1800's. She was hired by the U.S. government for the George Washington centinary medal. More here.
Copper Medal Honoring Victory at the Battle of Lund, 1676
Karl XI (1660-97). 54.2 mm; 41.81 gms. Cast. Ref: Hildebrand I-pg.409, #52
Obv: CAROL; XI. D. G. REX. SVEC, Armored bust of Karl XI facing right.
Rev: FACILE. RVMPITER. (easily destroyed?) Sword over Gordian knot, flanked by NODVS. GORDI, battle in background, radiant name of Jehovah above. SCANIA.IV.DEC.M.DC.LXXVI in exergue.
The Battle of Lund was part of the Scanian War and was fought on December 4, 1676. This cast copper medal commemorates the victory of Karl XI of Sweden over Christian V of Denmark. It was one of the bloodiest battle in European history. Of the 14,000 combatants, approximately 9,000 were killed and 3,000 wounded. The Swedish victory was attributable to the mix of their forces, superior tactics, an element of surprise and the death of many of the Danish forces when the ice on the Kävlinge River did not hold.
Coronation of Karl XIII, June 29, 1809
Possible trial strikes or castings, 59 mm, 30.0 gm (obv.), 33.9 gm (rev.); By M. Frumerie. Tin\Lead?
This is the obverse and reverse of a medal cataloged in Hildebrand as #9 (Vol. 2, p.281).
The obverse shows the facing busts of King Charles and Queen Elisabeth Charlotta.
The reverse shows the King, in coronation attire, seated on the throne, being crowned by the Archbishop and the Registrar Prime Minister. The queen stands beside wearing a princely crown.
The backside of the reverse has a hard but waxy residue and paper that is permanently affixed. This has been almost entirely scratched off of the back of the obverse.
This link shows a similar example.
See example in Uppsala University cabinet #201302
300th Anniversary of the Birth of Gustav II Adolf, 1894
Gustav II Adolf (1594/12/9 - 1632/11/6, Reign 1611-1632). 39 mm; By A. Lindberg. Silver.
Obv: GUSTAVUS•ADOLPHUS•D(ei)•G(ratia)•SVECORUM•REX, IX•DEC•MDXCIV
Rev: CUM DEO ET VICTRICIBUS ARMIS, IX•DEC•MDCCCXCIX
"Gustav Adolf by the Grace of God, King of Sweden","Together with God, a Conquering Force"
Magnus Lagerberg Commemorated by August Brickault - 1872, Bronze, for the Société Royale de Numismatique de Belgique
31 mm., 13.2 gm.
Obv: Coat of Arms of unknown origin. Write me if you know.
Rev: A / M. LAGERBERG / GÖTEBORG / 1872 , JETON OFFERT PAR A. BRICHAUT.BRUXELLES 1872
Auguste Brichaut was Controller of the Currency in Brussels. He was also a member of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium. He caused many medals to be struck on behalf of the Society to commemorate anniversaries of Congress, the activities of the Society and people. For the latter, the M. Lagerberg – Göteborg token is one. Stuck for chevalier Magnus Lagerberg, it is one of 5 types for him.
In 1862, Magnus was curator of the small coin and medal collection in new museum of Gothenburg (Göteborg). He was adept at getting donations and adding to the collection, 9000 Riksdaler of value in the first 4 years. In 1890 Lagerberg became corresponding member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and was the twentieth honorary member of Swedish Numismatic Society. The medal is signed by Belgian engraver R.(Robert) Michaux (1824-1901). It appears his son, Alphonse (1860-1928) was chief engraver at the Brussels mint starting 1895 (noted in Spink Monthly Numismatic Circular, April 1907, Biographical Notices of Medalists). Below the crest, which is of undetermined origin, are the words “CUIQUE SUUM”. This Latin phrase translates to “To each his own”
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