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Offline aristonazir

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Solidus of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland (1610)
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:12:30 PM »
Solidus being strucked in 1610 at Riga, during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, king of Poland. It's diameter is 17 mm, and its weight 0.70 g.
Obverse: S SIG III D G REX P M D
Reverse: SOLIDVS CIVI RIGE 10
"Η πενία πολλών εστιν ενδεής, η δ’ απληστία πάντων".
"Poverty is lack of many things and greed of all"

Aristotle

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Re: Solidus of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland (1610)
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 01:47:49 PM »
There are two things this coin tells you. First, the denomination solidus is of course much older than this coin. In fact, not counting derived denominations like schilling, this may be the last of the solidi. Conservative, anyone?

The second message is about Polish politics. Polish kings were "elected", usually with the weakest party or the highest bribing party winning. Poland was big, rich, weak and surrounded by powerful enemies. A Swedish Wasa on the throne would turn out to be an alliance with its weakest neighbour, as Russia regained strength after ending its civil strife. The coin shows Poland at its best, right before its fall.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Solidus of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland (1610)
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 09:25:09 PM »
Nice map Peter. This coin must have low content in silver. When i bought it, i thought it could be fake, because it looked that it was made of aluminum! Poor silver...
"Η πενία πολλών εστιν ενδεής, η δ’ απληστία πάντων".
"Poverty is lack of many things and greed of all"

Aristotle