A special event in world numismatics, the ANS’s 2006 Krause-Mishler Forum, was held at 6:30 on Thursday, October 12, in the Society’s lecture hall at 140 William Street. The speaker for the occasion was Ian Wiséhn, Director of the Royal Coin Cabinet at the National Museum of Economy in Stockholm, Sweden. His program, “The Story of Swedish Money from 1523 to 2006,” encompassed material of kinds dealt with in all volumes of the famous Standard Catalogs of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, published over the years by the Krause-Mishler Press of Iola, Wisconsin. The evening’s lecture was preceded by a reception and followed by a subscription dinner at the fine Harbor Lights restaurant in the nearby South Street Seaport resort area.
The Wiséhns and Dr. Ute Watenberg Kagan
Educated at the University of Stockholm and the University of Lund, Wiséhn has worked in archaeology and numismatics in both Sweden and Norway. Formerly employed by the City Museum of Stockholm, he started to work for the Royal Coin Cabinet in 1980 and has been responsible for building two numismatic museums: the new facilities of the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm and the Tumba Paper Mill Museum. His areas of specialization include Swedish tokens, medals, and paper money, as well as economic history. “The Story of Swedish Money” followed the development of the daler/thaler of the sixteenth century and contemporaneous copper coins, the introduction and use of copper-plate money, coins of the Swedish Baltic possessions, emergency issues of the Great Northern War during the reign of Charles XII, counterfeit money ordered by King Gustavus III, and the origins of the first paper-money currency of the Western world.
Wiséhn’s wife, Eva, whom the Society was also honored to receive as a guest for the occasion of the Krause-Mishler Forum, is Senior Curator at the Royal Coin Cabinet, specializing in the Cabinet’s vast holdings of Viking Age coins, exhibit preparation, and other aspects of professional museum work.
An ANS exhibit entitled “Copper Plate Money of Sweden” was presented in conjunction with the Krause-Mishler Forum. It included a selection of specimens of this fascinating series from the cabinet. Most of the pieces displayed are issues of the Avesta mint, located not far from the great open-pit copper mine at Falun—source of a vast portion of the world’s copper over a period of centuries. Other plates included a Stockholm mint production of a 1718 half daler of Carl XII, minted out of “gun-metal” obtained from melted Russian cannon captured during the Great Northern War (KM# PM 33), and a scarce 1748 half daler of Frederick I, from the Huså/Gustafsberg mint (KM# PM 67). Also on display was the impressive Avesta mint 8-daler piece of 1659, minted under Carl X, which was dredged up from the harbor of Riga, Latvia, in about 1902 (KM# PM 13), and the scarce Avesta daler of 1677, minted by Carl XI (KM# PM 16).
Group Dinner at Harbor Lights Restaurant
Ian Wiséhn and Jonathan Kagan