Year 1628 

The mint in Christiania (Oslo)

In 1623, silver ore was discovered in Sandsvær (in the area that was to become Kongsberg). In 1628 a mint workshop was established in Christiania, west of the old, gutted city of Oslo. Some of the silver from Sandsvær was minted here. The goldsmith Anders Pedersen was appointed mint-master on 28 April the same year. The mint workshop in Christiania was shut down in 1695.

The principal coin was now the species taler. A large number of monetary units were coined in addition to the splendid taler piece and the small skilling. These were related either to the species taler as multiples or fractions of the taler a double (rarely, triple and quadruple), half, quarter or eighth species taler or to the skilling as multiples of the skilling.  Norway now had a more wide-ranging coin series than ever before.

Christian IV's successors, Frederik III and Christian V, issued large quantities of silver coins in Christiania. On rare occasions they also issued gold ducats. Norwegian gold was usually minted in Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen mint was suspicious of Norwegian gold deposits. Coins minted from Norwegian gold in 1647 carried a pair of spectacles as their motif, accompanied by the inscription VIDE MIRA DOMI, "See the wonders at home". The coining at the Christiania mint slowed down when the mint at Kongsberg was established in 1686, but the production was continued in Christiania until 1695.

To the left: A gold ducat from Frederick III (obverse and reverse).

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