Silver shilling of Eric XIV (1560-1568), ND, Reval mint, Kingdom of Sweden

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ERI XIV D G REX SW, Crowned letter "E" / MO NOVA REVAL, cross on a shield. 19mm, 1.02 grams. Reval (Tallinn) mint. Fyodorov "Baltic coins" #215.

Eric XIV, Swedish: Erik XIV (13 December 1533 26 February 1577) was King of Sweden from 1560 until he was deposed in 1568. Eric XIV was the son of Gustav I (14961560) and Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (151335). He was also ruler of Estonia, after its conquest by Sweden in 1561. While he has been regarded as intelligent and artistically skilled, as well as politically ambitious, early in his reign he showed signs of mental instability, a condition that eventually led to insanity. Some scholars claim that his illness began early during his reign, while others believe that he became sick after the Sture Murders.