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Experts reveal ‘whorer’ king coin mystery

Experts investigating the fake one krona coins which defame Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf have revealed the complex secrets behind the counterfeit change.

Experts reveal 'whorer' king coin mystery

In June this year, a number of coins were discovered in circulation in Sweden with an altered text.

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 each coin read “Vår horkarl till Kung”, which translates roughly into English as “Our whorer of a King”.

On the flip side, the coins were normal and seemingly untouched. Experts have explained that the forgery seems professionally done.

“Whoever made it is clearly skilled,” explained Ian Wiséhn at Sweden’s Royal Coin Cabinet (Myntkabinettet) to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD).

“The back is very well made. And the grooves on the side are also as they should be, you can’t see any difference.”

Now, the experts have revealed that the coins themselves are not fake – rather, “half fake”.

Specialist equipment has been used to hollow out one whole side of the coin all the way out to the edges, removing the image of the king’s face, SvD reported.

In the hollowed out space remaining, the forgers have inserted their own pre-cut image of the king together with the new libelous text, glued it into place, and sharpened the grooves.

The intricate handiwork is impossible to discern with the naked eye, and each fake coins weighs only 0.47 grammes more than a real 7 gramme coin.

Experts claim to be “one hundred percent sure” that this is the method the counterfeiters used.

The investigation into the counterfeit money has not yielded any results as to the identity of the forgers or their whereabouts.

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Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year’s treat

Sweden’s Royal Family have wished their subjects a Happy New Year with an album of private moments from 2016 — including a rare group picture of all thirteen family members together.

Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year's treat
“This has been a very eventful and positive year for the family,” the Royal Court’s press chief Margareta Thorgren told the Aftonbladet newspaper. “The Royal Family want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2017”. 
 
The group picture was taken during the birthday celebrations for Crown Princess Viktoria at Solliden, the royals’ summer residence on the island of Öland. 
 
It shows King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia seated with the rest of the family standing behind them.  
 
Their eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria stands in the middle holding her baby son Oscar (9 months), next to her husband Prince Daniel, who his carrying Princess Estelle (4). Prince Carl Phillip (37) stands to the right next to his wife Sofia, who is carrying Prince Alexander, who at 8 months old is the youngest Swedish royal. 
 
Princess Madeleine (34), stands to the left clutching her daughter Leonore (2), while her financier husband Christopher O'Neill holds their son Nicholas (18 months). 
 
The slide show, which was issued on Instagram and YouTube, followed a Christmas video showing Viktoria (39) and her family grilling traditional ‘pinnbröd’, or ‘stick bread’ in Tyresta national park outside Stockholm. 
 
‘Pinnbröd’, a staple of Swedish childhood forest outings, is a form of soda bread dough, which is wrapped around a stick and then roasted over a camp fire. 
 
“Merry Christmas and a New Year year,” the family, with the exception of Oscar,  declare while warming themselves by the fire. 
 
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