The 2 Kronor was minted in 1932 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav (Gustaf) II Adolf. Gustav was the King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632. He led Sweden through successful military campaigns during the Thirty Year War against the Holy Roman Empire and founded of the start of the Swedish Empire.
Gustav’s military prowess transformed Sweden from a regional military to one of Europe’s most powerful armies. Unfortunately it was also military campaigns that led to his death when he died at the battle of Lützen on November 6, 1932. His successors would continue on with the empire until 1721. At its peak, the Swedish Empire encompassed the modern countries of Finland and Estonia as well as areas of Latvia, Russia, Poland, Germany, and colonies located in Afica & North America.
Designed by Eric Lindberg the obverse design features a bust image of Gustav II facing right. Located behind the neck and just above the shoulder is the Mint Official’s initial “G” and a privy mark (a king facing forward symbol).
The reverse design features the inscription “TREHUNDRA ARSMINNE AV KUNUNG GUSTAF II ADOLFS DÖD VID LÜTZEN 6 NOV. 1632” or as translated into English 300th Remembrance of King Gustav II Adolf Death at Lützen 6 Nov. 1932. On the outer periphery is the phrase “GUSTAF V SVERIGES KONUNG” or “GUSTAF V SWEDEN KING”. On the lower outer periphery is the denomination “2 KR” and year of issue.
With a small mintage of only 253,770 coins one would expect these to be expensive but to the contrary they are affordable. Remarkably, many coins were saved in high grades and survived through World War II.