Swedish Plate Money: A Weighty Matter

Claire Wikgren Schaeffer offered a presentation about Swedish currency. Boom and Bust are two economic terms that we all know. But our beloved Sweden takes the concepts to a new level, a weighty one. Swedish plate money was the result of Bust, became a national economic issue for over a hundred years, sank to new depths (several hundred feet, actually), and now is more valuable than ever.

Crister Brunnegård of Saxentours, Sweden offered a preview of the tour scheduled for next year.

Claire Wikgren Schaeffer is a native-born Denverite and a 2nd-generation American. Her Wikgren ancestors come from the far north of Sweden in the parish of Piteå in Norrbotten. In the course of researching family, she has discovered 154 soldiers (as of this writing). While looking at their families, she has uncovered what might be construed as a culture of the military among northerners. Finding what might be construed as singular among members of our group, she is interested in prompting further research into the topic of Swedish soldiers.

Handouts available here.

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