Numismatic Miniatures from the North (2018/2019)

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In this series, we will present impressions of Ursula Kampmann’s journey to Europe’s Far North. There was much to marvel at in Sweden and Norway: from Viking treasures to stolen crowns to cashless payments. You can find all episodes here.

Part 1: The Stolen Crowns of Strängnäs
Strängnäs, July 31, 2018. Thieves have run off with two crowns and an orb. These are unique relics of Swedish history that represent the nation’s conversion to Protestantism. Of course, we went to see them on our journey to the North. Read Part 1 here.

Part 2: Why cashless could work in Sweden
Sweden is different. The mentality of its inhabitants is characterized by an incredible willingness to act rationally at the expense of one’s personal comfort. And as to what is rational, people are quite ready to let themselves be influenced. Here are some thoughts on why the concept of the cashless society might actually work in Sweden. Read Part 2 here.

Part 3 – Treasure Island. The history
If you’re looking for the island where the most treasures have been found, you don’t need to sail to the Caribbean, far from it. The highest concentration of treasure finds is in the North, more specifically on the island of Gotland, which used to be a central trading post in the Baltic Sea. Read Part 3 here.

Part 4 – Treasure Island. Treasures, treasures and even more treasures
More than 700 treasure cases with around 180,000 coins have been discovered on the island of Gotland. The trader-peasants buried the earnings from their adventurous travels in the ground, where they were found by their descendants. Read Part 4 here.