John Casimir Vasa [50]

John Casimir Vasa

Subject: Treasures of King Stanislaw August
Face value: 50 pln
Alloy: 999/1000 Ag
Diameter: 45 mm
Weight: 62.2 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 5000 pcs
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2021-01-26
Issue price: 750 pln
The reverse of the coin features the bust of the king transferred from a medal (according to a painting by Marcello Bacciarelli), with the profile facing left, with a long wig, a moustache and a wispy beard, wearing a Reiter armour, a jabot tied with a ribbon, a stock tie, and an ermine coat with the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Designer: Anna Wątróbska-Wdowiarska
The obverse of the coin features the text engraved on the reverse of the medal (in translation): The second son of Sigismund III, born of Constance of Austria; having fought bravely for 20 years, with varying degrees of success, after the wars waged against the Cossacks, Tatars, Swedes, Russians, Hungarians and – alas – against the Poles, discouraged by the misfortunes – he renounced the crown. He died childless in Nevers, France, A.D. 1672, aged 61, on 16 December.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz

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John Casimir Vasa

The eighteenth coin of the series features John Casimir of the Vasa dynasty, son of Sigismund III, King of Poland and Sweden, and Constance Habsburg of Austria, half-brother of Ladislas IV. John Casimir was elected to the Polish throne in November 1648 and received the crown in Kraków in January 1649. Appointed Cardinal in 1646, he had resigned from the position before he was elected king. In 1660, he renounced his rights to the Swedish throne and remained only the titular King of Sweden. The turbulent reign of John Casimir came to an end when he abdicated in 1668 and retired to France. He is held in bad repute that has not been improved by the recognition of his military talents.

John Casimir Vasa was born in Kraków in 1609. Drilled in the art of ...

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