101700 | UNITED STATES & SWEDEN. 300th Anniversary of New Sweden silver Medal.

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    101700  |  UNITED STATES & SWEDEN. 300th Anniversary of the Founding of New Sweden along the Delaware River silver Medal. Issued 1966 (31mm, 15.10 gms, 12h). By A. & E. Lindberg at the Royal Swedish mint.

     

    GUSTAVUS • V • REX • SVECIAE, bare head left / SUECIAE / NOVAE / IN • MEMORIAM / 1638–1938 in four lines; star above, three crowns below. Edge: MJV SILVER 1966.

     

    Barac 43; Ehrensvärd 374. Gem Mint State. Deeply toned, with hues of cobalt and violet, along with a good deal of prooflike brilliance. A very rare issue, with only around 500 pieces struck and awarded by the king to those with ties to the settlement in 1938, with this being an equally rare, or even more so, later issue. Note: The crown suspension and ribbon has been cropped from some images for focus upon the medal. Please refer to the images with the full view of the suspension and ribbon for complete appearance.

     

    Established during the Thirty Years' War, the colony of New Sweden along the Delaware River lasted for nearly two decades, and served as a Scandinavian outpost in colonial America. Encompassing what is now modern-day Southeast Pennsylvania, Southwest New Jersey, and Northern Delaware, numerous locales convey this Swedish history, such as Fort Christina, Fort Casimir, and Swedesboro.

     

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