A 1935 Swedish National Legistrative Assembly Medal
500th Anniversary of the Founding of the Riksdag (National Legistrative Assembly) Medal, 1435-1935: Bronze, weighing 62 grams, marked "BRONS" (bronze) and dated "1935" on the edge, obverse illustrating four men, representing the Nobility, Clergy, Burghers and Peasantry of Sweden, a shield with the three Crowns of Sweden arms and inscribed "FÖR SVERIGES LAG OCH FRIHET" (For Swedish Law and Freedom) above, inscribed "ARBOGA 1435" below the men, reverse illustrating two lions flanking the Swedish coat-of-arms, standing upon a plaque inscribed "SVERIGES RIKSDAG / ÅT MINNET AV FEM ÅRHUNDRADEN ÄGNADE VÅRDEN AV RIKE OCH FOLK 1935" (Sweden's Parliament: To the Memory of Five Centuries of Devoted Caring for the Rich and the People 1935), 56.5 mm, extremely fine. Footnote: As early as 1435, a meeting was called in the town of Arboga, to discuss and determine affairs affecting the country as a whole. The Arbogameeting is therefore sometimes referred to as Sweden’s first parliament. However, it was not until 1527 and 1544 at King Gustav Vasa’s two assemblies in Västerås that representatives of all four estates – the Nobility, the Clergy, the Burghers and the Peasantry – were called on to participate. The term “Riksdag” was first used in the 1540s.