Duchy of Courland

Friedrich, (1587-1642) &
Wilhelm (1587-1616), Kettlers

The mint in Jelgava (Mittau) was renewed during the reign of Friedrich and Wilhelm. The only denominations, schillings and 3 groschen coins were struck in accordance with monetary system of Poland. Because of the missing proper legends and portraits, it is not possible to divide schillings into "Friedrich's" mintage and "Wilhelm's" mintage. Therefore schillings are cataloged as one common mintage. Only 3 groschen have the respective portraits of Friedrich and Wilhelm and are cataloged separately.

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SCHILLING

Schilling, 1600
Data: Billon, 0.80-0.90 g, 18.0 mm
Description: Obv: Crowned S (monogram of Sigismund III Vasa).
Legend around: SOLIDVS.NOV.CVR.ET.SE.1600
Rev: The small coat of arms of Courland (standing lion facing left).
Legend around: MONETA.DV.CVRLAND.ET.SEM.
Coinage: 1596, 1600, 1602, 1604-1607, 1610, 1611
References: Fed.1004, 1009-1012, 1014-1018, 1022, 1027, 1029, 1031; KM.3

3 GROSCHEN

Friedrich Kettler

3 Groschen, 1596
Data: Ag, 2.15-2.35 g, 21.0-21.5 mm
Description: Obv: Bust of Friedrich right.
Legend around: MON.ARG.DVCVM.CV.E.SE.
Rev: The symbols of Poland & Lithuania (eagle at left, horseman at right).
Legend in lines: III/GROS:AR:TRI/DVCVM:CV/.ET SE./*9 6*
Coinage: ND, 1596-1600, 1604, 1606
References: Fed.1002, 1003, 1005-1008, 1013

Wilhelm Kettler

3 Groschen, 1598
Data: Ag, 2.15-2.35 g, 21.0-21.5 mm
Description: Obv: Bust of Wilhelm right.
Legend around: *MON.AR..CVR.E.SE*
Rev: The symbols of Poland & Lithuania (eagle at left, horseman at right).
Legend in lines: III/GROS.AR.TR/DVCVM CV/.ET*SE./98
Coinage: 1598-1600, 1604, 1606
References: Fed.1019-1021, 1024, 1028; KM.4

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