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Exhibition: Plate money

The exhibition was on view 2009 - 2017

In the basic exhibition, we told the story of the importance of copper for the Swedish economy and the story of the world’s largest ever minted coin - the so-called plate money. Also displayed here was the world’s first banknote.

In the 17th century, Sweden had precious metal coins, that is, the metal content represented the value. Copper became the most important metal for coinage and in this exhibition we show the so-called plate money. The world’s biggest coin, from 1644, weighs 19.7 kg.

Heavy to move around

Specially-made sleds were used to move the heavy plate money around.

The first Swedish banks

Also presented here are Sweden’s first banks, Stockholms Banco and Rikets Ständers Bank, as well as Sweden’s first banknote. Sveriges Riksbank, founded in 1668, is today the world’s oldest central bank. The banknote, a Swedish invention of the 1660s, was first issued by Stockholms Banco. In addition to Sveriges Riksbank there were 31 private banks in Sweden that also issued banknotes. These are often richly decorated with mythological figures, kings, coats of arms, cityscapes, etc. The Riksbank did not become the sole issuer of banknotes in Sweden until 1904.

Main sponsor of the Economy Museum

Swedbank