Origin: These solidus or schilling coins date between 1632 and 1654 CE, and were struck under the Swedish queen Christina. They were produced in the Swedish territory of Livonia, which is today part of Latvia and Estonia. The coins themselves consist of a silver alloy called billon, and depict a coat of arms and a monogram of the queen's name.
Christina was crowned queen at the age of just six, when her renowned father King Gustavus Adolphus met a premature end at the Battle of Lutzen. The queen is remembered for being one of the most educated women of the 1600's, attracting scientists and other academics to Stockholm with her passion for literature, manuscripts, art, philosophy, and alchemy.
Her reign ended in a scandalous abdication of the throne in 1654, when she converted to Roman Catholicism and moved to Rome in exile. Having been the guest of five consecutive popes, Christina is one of the few women buried in the Vatican grotto today.
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