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GERMANY. POMMERN-WOLGAST. Gustavus Adolphus, posthumous, 1631-32.
4 Taler, 1633. Wolgast. Mint master Hinrich Martens. GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS MAGNUS; DEI GRATIA; SUECOR GOTHOR ET VANDALOR REX AUGUSTUS. The King lies in full ornament at the side of the battle field, his soul carried by two angels towards Jehova, bright rays surrounding and extending beyond the holy name in hebrew, between two rays EUGE SERVE FIDELISI ('Well done, faithful servant'). In the background dispersing troops of the Holy Roman Empire, above VEL MORTUUM FUGIUNT ('They fled before him, even after death). // Rev. DUX GLORIOS � PRINC : PIUS : HEROS INVICT : VICTOR INCOMPARAB : TRIUMPH : FELIX & GERM : LIBERATOR : A[nno] 1633. Gustavus Adolphus sits in the Chariot of Triumph, facing left, pulled by three Pegasi while crowned by the personifications of religion and justice, above ET VITA ET MORTE / TRIUMPHO ('In life as in death I triumph'). Struck to commemorate the departure of the King's body to Sweden for the funeral. Gustavus Adolphus died at the battle of Lutzen on 6 December 1632. During the time his body was kept at the city of Wolgast, in preparation to the crossing back to Sweden, the mint at Wolgast struck a number of multiple talers. , VF.
Reference: Ahlstr�m 8 (R); Dav. 272 (Erfurt)
Diameter: 75 mm.
Weight: 115 g.