Poland 3 Groschen 1587 to 1632
King Zygmunt (Sigismund) III Vasa ruled Poland and neighboring territories from 1587 to 1632. One of his famous portraits shows a very pronounced ruffled collar, and this portrait appears on many of the coins he issued.
The coin that Andrew has emphasizes Sigismund's position as monarch of a united Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth, indicated by a Polish eagle to the left and a Lithuanian mounted knight to the right. The III on the coin indicates its denominiation: 3 groschen. There are several variations of the inscriptions, and in a few issues the king faces right instead of left.
For value, these coins generally follow these catalog values:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $500
Pristine examples of these coins have sold at auction for well over $1000, so if you have a nice-look specimen, take it to a knowledgeable collector or reliable coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.
Factors affecting value are discussed on our Important Terminology page. If you have not read it, please do!
, Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Andrew, Mon, 09-Sep-2013 14:59:25 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 10-Sep-2013 02:23:06 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 11-Sep-2015 22:20:38 GMT
Requester description: 1623 SIG:III:REX:POL:M:D GROS.ARGE IRIP.REGN POLONZ(I) Man with beard facing right, wearing a crown and a ruffled collar. Shield with star and III above. Polish two headed eagle to the left and (what looks like) a knight on horseback with sword.
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