101913 | UNITED STATES & SWEDEN. 300th Ann'y New Sweden Colony bronze Medal.
101913 | UNITED STATES & SWEDEN. 300th Anniversary of the Founding of New Sweden along the Delaware River bronze Medal. Issued 1938 (56mm, 75.80 g, 12h). By Sv. Nilsson; struck by Sporrong & Co.
CALMARE NYCKEL, ship (Kalmar Nyckel) under sail left upon the waters; below, two inward facing dolphins / + IN • MEMORIAM • NOVÆ • SVECIÆ • A • D • MDCXXXVIII • CONDITÆ • POST • TRIA • SÆCVLA • REVOCATAM, highly detailed and decorative map of New Sweden along the Delaware River, with trees, stags, colonists, Native Americans, forts, and a ship; crowned cartouche inscribed NOVA SVECIA to lower right. Edge: SPORRONG & Co.
Cf. Rulau Q4. Mint State. Warm brown surfaces. An extremely interesting colonial American commemorative, with numerous locations referenced, such as Philadelphia, Ft. Nassau, North Wasa, Lapland, Ft. Christina, Ft. Casimir, and Ft. Elfsborg. Compare to a similar example, also of the same, rarer reverse variant (reverse legend starting at the bottom as opposed to the top, the cartouche reading 1638•1938 as opposed to 1638•1655), in Stack's Bowers recent June 2021 CCO (lot 73350), that realized a total of $528.
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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