Earlier this week I made a daytrip to the Swedish capital – Stockholm. Stockholm is a city with about 1 million inhabitants (1,4 million if you count the suburbs) and it spreads over two sides of Lake Mälaren and some islands in between. My favorite part of Stockholm is Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and this is where I spent most of my time. A tradition for me, when visiting Stockholm, is to visit The Royal Coin Cabinet a museum dedicated to currency and of course coins. I go there either to visit the museum or to get my hands dirty among the random coins that are for sale. I often leave the museum with a couple of new coins that I’ve found. Here are some photos from The Royal Coin Cabinet.
The entrance to The Royal Coin Cabinet. Its Swedish name is Kungliga Myntkabinettet.
The museum is located next to the Royal Palace. This is the resident of the Swedish King and Queen.
It’s in this chest that I get my hands dirty when looking for coins that I want for my collection.
Coins from the classical antiquity – ancient Greece and Rome.
A piece of Swedish plate money from the 17th century. Sweden had the largest copper production in Europe at the time. In order to have coins that matched the value of silver they were made into these huge pieces of metals with stamps showing their value. This is a 1 daler “coin”.
And this piece of plate money is considered the largest coin the world (that has actually been used to pay with). This one is also from the 17th century and it’s extremely heavy. I tried to lift one and I barely managed it.
Coins and banknotes from all over the world.
This little boy is found in a small courtyard near the coin cabinet and he’s often referred to as “Iron boy” or “Boy that looks at the moon”. It’s common for tourists and visitors to stroke him over the head and leave a coin by him (the coins are later collected for charity). This day there were a lot of rubles and euros. Someone had also put a hat on his head so he wouldn’t freeze.
If you want to know more about The Royal Coin Cabinet you can follow this link!
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Since I live in a European country (Sweden that is) my coin collection has mainly consisted of European coins. I have a lot of European coins and during May-July I posted one coin from each country on twitter. However, twitter is limited, and I would like to give much more information on the coins than I can do there. So this blog is perfect for that!
Of course not all European counties will be featured. Belarus doesn’t even use coins! Andorra has an agreement with the Eurozone, but the country doesn’t mint coins of its own. The same goes for Liechtenstein in their usage of the Swiss franc. And Montenegro and Kosovo use the euro without approval of the Eurozone.
Last but not least we have Serbia and F.Y.R. Macedonia, I don’t have any coins from these countries. Yes, I do have coins from the Yugoslavian period, but that doesn’t count. So apart from these countries you will soon be able to learn more about 39 unique European coins!
I have coins from 95 different countries. This picture, with one coin from each country, is a good way of starting off my blog. With the events of the latest decade the world finds itself once again turning to separation instead of unity. The economic crisis is closing our borders and feeding extremism, but in some countries major tragedies have instead been met with further openness. Of course I’m thinking of Norway, which continues to show us the meaning and value of true democracy.
In this collection of different coins you can find a Norwegian one in the center (with an epic moose). Here you also have one from Bosnia-Hercegovina with a pigeon of peace, one from the UK with a ring of united hands and one from Poland in memory of the victims of the holocaust. These are good examples of coins with good messages. And for the message of the entire picture:
The coins might be different, but they fit very nicely together.