1821, Sweden/Norway, Charles XIV. Broad Silver Riksdaler Coin. Scarce 1-Year Type!
Mint Year: 1821
Mintage: 7,339 pcs.
Ming Master: Olaf Lidijn (O.L.)
Reference: Davenport 350, KM-610. R!
Denomination: Riksdaler - Struck in 1825 to commemorate 300 years of political and religious freedom!
Material: Silver (.878)
Obverse: Draped bust of Charles XIV as King of Sweden and Norway right
Legend: CAROLVS XIV IOH . D . G . REX SVECIAE ET NORV .
Exergue: AN . IVMIL . I82I
Reverse: Two palm-sprays above three medallions with busts of Gustav I, Gustav II & Frederick I of Sweden. Olive-sprays in saltire below.
Legend: IN MEMOR . VINDICATAE / LIBERT . AC RELIG
Comment: Mint master’s initials (C.-B.) in fields.
Charles XIV & III John, also Carl John, Swedish and Norwegian: Karl Johan (26 January 1763 – 8 March 1844) was King of Sweden (as Charles XIV John) and King of Norway (as Charles III John) from 1818 until his death. Before he became king, he was also the Sovereign Prince of Pontecorvo, in Southern Italy, between 1806 and 1810.
He was born Jean Bernadotte, distinguished from a namesake brother by the addition of Baptiste and had the full name of Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte by the time Karl also was added upon his Swedish adoption in 1810. He did not use Bernadotte in Sweden but founded the royal dynasty there by that name.
French by birth, Bernadotte served a long career in the French Army. He was appointed as a Marshal of France by Napoleon I, though the two had a turbulent relationship. His service to France ended in 1810, when he was elected the heir-presumptive to the Swedish throne because the Swedish royal family was dying out with King Charles XIII. Baron Carl Otto Mörner (22 May 1781 – 17 August 1868), who was a Swedish courtier, and obscure member of the Diet, advocated for the succession.