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The below 80 ore denomination shows a graceful, older type steamer leaving Stockholm harbour. These white ships which serve the Stockholm archipelago, when passing the Royal Palace as the stamp depicts, form a classic part of the Stockholm seascape. They got their white colour at the end of the 19th century when this type of ship reached its highest stage of development. In Swedish they are called "Waxholmsbåtar," after the small summer town now spelled "Vaxholm," which is a central point in the archipelago. 

The stamp shows the SS "Storskar" (former "S.S. Strängnäs Express"), one of the big, steam-powered archipelago ships still in operation. She was built in Gothenburg in 1908 and has a speed of 15 knots. Printed in coil format with vertical perforations the stamp. 

These ships are the object of great affection and represent monuments of a period covering more than one hundred years in the history of the Stockholm archipelago. During the golden age of steamer traffic a whole fleet of the white ships called regularly at no less than 600 landing stages in the area. 

The below 4k stamp reproduces both sides of a coin which bears the intriguing name of "Blood-money Coin." They were minted by rebels during a civil war in Sweden which broke out in July 1568. Dukes Johan and Carl raised the banner of rebellion against their brother King Erik XIV. The rising started in Vadstena, where the four-sided coins were minted to provide ready cash. The denominations were half, 1, 2, 4, and 8 marks. The background to their strange name was the political event of the previous year in Uppsala, the so-called Sture murders, in which several leaders of the Swedish nobility were put to death. Among the victims were three members of the Sture family, Count Svante  (the son of Regent Sten Sture the Younger), and two of his sons. King Erik himself took part in the murder of Nils Sture. 
Their mother, Countess Marta, received one thousand marks (about 420 pounds silver) in compensation: "Silver with the curse of misfortune," as she called it. In the summer of 1568 she put this money at the disposal of the Dukes who were her nephews. The coins are beautifully designed with the initials of Johan (Johannes) and Carl, and a vase surmounted by a crown - the family coat of arms. The man who designed them was the goldsmith Mikael Hansson. 


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