SWEDEN, 5 öre, 1857


SWEDEN, 5 öre, 1857, Reverse: curved top 5, bronze, KM690, F

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This coin was part of the last reform of the formerly chaotic monetary system before full decimalization.

Sweden issued its first coins in the 10th century. Mostly it has been a poor country, but found itself controlling the Baltic sea as an imperial power during the 17th and 18th centuries. It adopted the principles of social democracy early in the 20th century and became prosperous.