”Blackbirds tend to like shiny objects” ~ The Bloody Raven
The name of the ship on this coin is the Calamare Nyckel (Kalmar Nyckel , translated: Key of Colmar) the ship symbolizing the founding of the New World settlement of New Sweden in Delaware on March 1638.
But first to the silver coin!
Launched in 1625 the Kalmar Nyckel is a sailing ship class described as full-rigged Pinnace of light construction, narrow in cross section than other vessel types, and suitable in exploring, trading, and light naval duty.
In 1629 the ship was acquired by the Swedish Navy when Sweden made plans to establish a trade colony in the new world and thus avoid the English and French middle man on North American goods.
The first voyage began from Gottenberg in December 1637. The journey continued from the Netherlands in New Year’s 1938 following unexpected repairs. The ship arrives in March 1638 and the building Fort Christina at present day Wilmington Delaware.
The ship made four voyages from Sweden to North America successfully in addition to Naval transport and courier service.
In 1651 the ship was sold into the merchant service to protect Dutch fishing vessels but was sunk off the coast of Scotland by the British navy in July 12 1652.
Some Details of the Kalmar Nyckel:
- Built in 1625 Amsterdam
- Type Dutch Pinnace
- Crew of 40
- Soldiers 28
- Armament 12 Six pound Cannon
- Armament 2 Swivel Guns
The Modern Kalmar Nyckel
In 1986 an American committee was created to establish a foundation in building a working Replica of the Kalmar Nyckel. The modern Kalmar Nyckel was built at a local shipyard in Wilmington near the original site of Fort Christina and was launched on September 28, 1997
The ship currently serves as an Ambassador as the State of Delaware's Official Tall Ship functioning in roles of education, historical awareness, and serving in special events.
The modern Kalmar Nyckel and The Copeland Marine Center are open to the public for reservations for;
- Movie shoots
- Volunteer crew sailing classes
- Private bookings like Wedding Receptions and Pirate Parties
- Public Sails and field trips
- Tour packages, may include Cannon Firing. (I'm sold on the Cannon Firing!)
Basic Specs on the Modern Kalmar Nyckel:
- Lead Architects: Thomas Gillmer and Iver Franzen
- Total length 141 ft sparred
- Displacement 298 tons
- Beam width 25 ft
- Draft 12.5 ft
- Sail area: 7600 sqft.
- Engines: 2 Caterpillar 3208 @180 hp each
- Speed under power: 9.25 knots
- Builder: Allen C Rawl, Inc.
- Crew 24
- Passenger capacity 49
Oh but there’s more!
If you are unaware as I was the US Mint also commemorated the New Sweden Tercentenary with it’s own half dollar issue. Oddly, dated 1936, Minted in 1937, then Issued in 1938.
So remember this could be one tough FINAL JEOPARDY ANSWER.
And if you're thinking like I did of acquiring this US version coin as to make a nice matched set, think again. With no more than 21,000 minted and the remaining 4,000 melted down it will be an expensive endeavor. Numista estimates $267 USD and I haven’t seen many on Ebay.
The Match Game
Match the most appropriate Silver Stacking Pirate Captain of #ladiesofssg4eva of the Swedish Silver 2 Krona Kalmar/Calamare Nyckel Vessel coin. 🙄 Hint: Think Swedish…
“Et lux in tenebris to serve laboro, sum sicarius” “I work in the shadows to serve the Light, I am an Assassin”