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Sigismund III Vasa of Poland - a silver ort from Danzig, 1625


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An equestrian painting of Sigismund III Vasa, by Peter Paul Rubens

During the 17th century, Poland was at her zenith of power, before the tragedy of the conquest and partition that occurred in the 18'th at the hands of Prussia, Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Sigismund III Vasa (20 June 1566 – 30 April 1632) is one of the most recognizable and influential figures of the late 16th to early 17th century.  He was central figure in the politics and wars of central Europe during this period.

This silver ort is a relatively common coin, much more so than the thalers of this ruler.  It is, in a way, a replacement for the Sigismund III Vasa thaler that I sold many years ago, never to be replaced because in the skyrocketing demand and prices for those impressive, historical coins.  This particular coin has the arms of Danzig on the reverse, making it a municipal issue.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sigismund III Vasa, AR ort (quarter thaler), Gdansk (Danzig) mint, 1625.

Kopicki 7506; KM 15.2.

6.91 grams, 29mm.



So, please post your Polish coins and anything else you please.



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  • robinjojo changed the title to Sigismund III Vasa of Poland - a silver ort from Danzig, 1625

I'm weak on the exact geography, but I think this overlaps Poland some?

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Nice coins!  That 1/2 groschen of Schweidnitz is really interesting.


Here's a 1 1/2 rubles, Warsaw mint. Purchased from Karl Stephens in the 1990s. 

Russia, Poland (under Russian rule), 1 1/2 rubles or 10 zlotych, 1835, Nicholas I, Warsaw Mint.

Gum 2550; C 129.

30.24 grams 



I have one more Polish crown that I will photograph tomorrow.

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Nice one! I have an example of an ort from the Bromberg mint:


Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sigismund III Vasa, AR Ort (¼ Taler), 1622 AD, Bromberg mint. Obv: SIGIS • III • D • G • REX • POL • M • D • LI • RVS • PRV • M; bust of Sigismund III, crowned, with ruff and in ornamented cuirass, holding sword and orb. Rev: SAM • LIV • NEC • N • SV • GOT • VAN : Q : HRI : R; crowned and quartered shield with eagles (Poland) and rider (Lithuania), central inescutcheon with Vasa withy; in fields, 16-22; mintmark: arrow and stars. 29mm, 6.83g. Ref: Kopicki 1278.

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