A set of pictures from some of Stockholm’s many magnificent museums


Display case of spurs from the Royal Armoury museum, which is sited below the Royal Palace on Slottsbacken.


One of the royal carriages from the Armoury museum.


A set of early (Anglo-Saxon) English coins from the Coin Museum, which is directly across Slottsbacken from the Armoury Museum.


Sweden lays claim to some of the worlds largest “coinage”, if you can call these huge plates coins!  Due to a shortage of silver, and an abundance of copper, silver coinage was replaced by copper plates of equivalent value, resulting in some seriously impractical currency between 1644 and 1776.  The equivalent of silver 10 daler coin was a plate of copper weighing nearly 20 kilos!


As a result of this ludicrous currency, a Swedish bank, Stockholms Banco, was the first to issue banknotes, in the form of credit notes (above), which had obvious advantages over the impractical copper currency.  However, within a few years the bank had issued notes to a value far exceeding its metallic deposits and the bank collapsed. Sounds familiar?


A collection of early French banknotes.  Note the earliest notes use livre, sol, dernier, the equivalent of the English pound, shilling and pence, both based on Roman coinage.  Note also the use of the French revolutionary calender, with its new names for the months, and dates based on the Revolution as Year Zero.




The closest I’m likely to get to a Nobel medal!


The Vasa was high prestige ship of the line built under the orders of Gustavus Adolphus that foundered and sank less than a nautical mile into her maiden voyage, owing to a poor design with too little ballast that made the vessel extremely unstable.   The ship was salvaged largely intact in 1961 and is now housed in the Vasa Museum, one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions.  The preservation techniques used on the Vasa were later applied to the English warship, the Mary Rose.


The ship was extravagantly decorated.  The models show how the original carvings probably looked.

Stockholm II – Museums