Largesse coin Karl XIII Funeral 1818 with globe.
Largesse coin Karl XIII Funeral 1818 with globe. The obverse has a profile portrait of the King. On the reverse there are two crowns over a globe. Rare coin from Charles XIII's funeral.
Nice details. The throw coin was struck in his memory in 1818 in two versions, where the one with globe was issued in extremely few copies and very few are known today. Cast coins are special coins that were minted for a certain occasion, eg a royal wedding, birth, or funeral, and then distributed (or thrown) to selected visitors. The mintage of these coins is often very low and has great value for collectors. Kings, emperors and their advisers recognized early on the possibility of with using coins to spread knowledge about changes of government, victories and other important events. We see this already in Roman times. For example, the emperor Vespasian in AD 70 lets mint a coin in denomination sestertius that celebrated the Roman victory in Palestine and the destruction of Jerusalem. This famous commemorative coin is called "Judea Capta", i.e. Judea conquered. Even in Sweden, the custom of throwing money out among the spectators has existed for a long time. Ever since Gustav Vasa's coronation, coins are said to have been used. During the time of Karl X Gustav, the denomination became uniform and strict regulations were followed regarding the ejection of the coins. The denomination of coins was 2 marks until Gustaf III's coronation, then 1/3 Riksdaler. The custom of throwing out coins ended after Karl XIV Johan's funeral in 1844. A total of 29 throwaway coins have been minted and all then in Stockholm. However, the last four are usually called commemorative coins because they were distributed and had no connection to the coin system.