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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2372. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GERMANY, Wolgast. Under Sweden. 1633. AR 2 Thaler (57.82 gm). Commemorating the death of Gustavus II Adolphus, King of Sweden. GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS MAGNUS, DEI GRATIA, SUECOR. GOTHOR. ET VANDALOR. REX AVGVSTVS, the deceased king crowned and lying in state on battlefield while two angels carry his soul to heaven; "JEHOVAH" on sun, beam down inscribed EUGESERVE FIDELIS; VEL MORTUUM FUGIUNT above army in background / DUX GLORIOS: PRINC: PIUS: HEROS, INVICT: VICTOR INCOMPARAB. TRIUMPH: FELIX & GERM: LIBERATOR. 1633., king, holding sword and reins and being crowned by two angels, ascending to Heaven in triga drawn by winged horses; ET VITA ET MORTE/TRIUMPHO. in two lines above. Davenport, LS 274; KM M-4. VF. ($1500)

Wolgast was occupied by Sweden during the Thirty Years War and remained part of Swedish Pomerania until it was ceded to Prussia in 1815. The only coins struck under the city's Swedish authorities were in 1633. They were given as largess to the inhabitants of the city and presented as gifts to dignitaries during the funeral procession of King Gustavus II Adolphus as it passed through Wolgast.