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Sweden - Carl (IX) as duke (1560-1599 (1604)), 2 mark - SM 20
Obv: crowned CDS (Carolus Dux Sudermanniae), 2.M (2 mark) bellow.
Rev: the Vasa dynasty coat of arms surrounded by the year 1604.

Minted in Kalmar 1604.

This coin was struck for Carl as duke of Sodermanland (a Swedish province), a title he held between 1560-1599. After he had autmaneuvered his nephew Sigismund, the catholic king of Sweden and Poland, he was declared regent in 1600 but was not formally made king until 1604. Coins with the duke title was sporadically struck until 1604.
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Stkp  [May 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM]
Fantastic! And so different from the usual postings on here, too.
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