In 1952, Sweden’s monarch (Gustav VI Adolf) turned 70 years old. To celebrate the occasion a special circulating 5 Kronor commemorative was issued in honor of Gustav VI Adolf’s birthday.
The special 5 Kronor was issued with a silver composition of .2919 ounces and a diameter of 36mm. Yet what makes this special besides the birthday commemoration is the fact that it was the last true large silver crown sized coin to be issued for circulation by Sweden. All subsequent 5 Kronor coins would see their overall diameter shrink to 34mm with no circulating coin exceeding this size.
Designed by Leo Holmgren the obverse design features a bust image of Gustav VI facing left. On the outer periphery (in Swedish) is the phrase “GUSTAF VI ADOLF SVERIGES KONUNG” or “GUSTAV VI ADOLF SWEDEN KING”. Located just below the bust (near the base of the neck) are the designer's initials.
The reverse design features a crown monogram separating the denomination value “5 KR”. On the outer periphery is the phrase “SVENSK ODLINGS BEFRAMJARE” or “SWEDISH CULTURAL PROMOTERS”, year of issue, and birthdate of Gustav “11 XI” for 11th November (Gustav was born on November 11, 1882).
With a small mintage of only 219,237 coins one would expect these to be expensive but to the contrary they are affordable. Many coins were saved in high grades making these readily available & affordable in higher grades of AU to BU.