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Fake krona coin mocks ‘whorer’ Swedish king

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and his rumoured womanizing are the subject of an apparent prank played out on the face of at least one forged one-krona coin that has left Swedes baffled and coin experts impressed.

Fake krona coin mocks 'whorer' Swedish king

On Tuesday, 72-year-old Karin Mattsson from Piteå in northern Sweden discovered a small change in her small change.

“At first I thought my eyes were deceiving me,” Mattsson said to the local Piteå Tidningen after the discovery.

Instead of the usual “Carl XVI Gustaf Sveriges Konung” (‘Carl XVI Gustaf Sweden’s King’), the text written around the image of the King’s head on Mattson’s coin read “Vår horkarl till Kung”, which translates roughly into English as “Our whorer of a King”.

The coin’s royal insult is an apparent reference to the King’s rumoured infidelities detailed in a tell-all biography of the king published in late 2010.

The book, entitled “Carl XVI Gustaf – Den motvillige monarken” (‘Carl XVI Gustaf – The reluctant monarch’), included a rare and detailed look into the King’s private life, including details of love affairs, wild parties with Swedish models, and connections to the underworld.

While Mattsson is unsure of who is behind the prank and can’t remember which shop she picked up the change, she has her suspicions.

“Maybe it’s from someone who doesn’t like the King,” said the 72-year-old, adding that she plans to keep the coin as a memento.

“If this is just a prank, then someone has gone really far.”

Meanwhile, Mårten Gomer, technical expert of notes and coins at the Riksbanken, is also surprised at the news.

“We’ve never come across this before. It’s really rare that you find counterfeit coins in Sweden,” he told the paper.

“My immediate impression is that it’s from a normal one-krona coin. Someone has put a lot of time into it, and it was done incredibly well.”

The find has also left local police scratching their heads.

“I’ve never heard of something like this happening,” said Lars-Göran Johanssonof the Piteå police to the paper, adding that it’s become more unusual to see counterfeit money.

The one-krona coin is worth $0.14 and is the smallest denomination in the Swedish currency.

Following reports of the forged krona coin in Piteå, a similar coin was reportedly discovered in the Stockholm area, according to the Expressen newspaper.

“It looks almost exactly like a regular one-krona coin. Maybe it’s a hair lighter, but the portrait is almost exactly alike and it says 2012 on it,” Stockholm resident Ann-Marie told the newspaper about the coin, which she believes she received as change after purchasing mineral water at Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården on June 6th.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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