In 1561 Eric XIV ordered
that the orb created for his coronation should be engraved as a
terrestrial globe. The orb was cast and jeweled by Cornelius ver
Weiden, a Flemish goldsmith who had lived in Stockholm since 1551.
Franz Beijer, an engraver from Antwerp, produced the engraving. Beijer
muddled the geography of the northern hemisphere, engraving much of
the detail in reverse. For example, the whole of the Mediterranean Sea
is located in Asia, Gibraltar is in the mountains of India, the Red
Sea is oriented northeast-south west east of Arabia, the Nile River
flows into the Mediterranean in the far east, and the rivers of India
empty into northern Africa.
Walter Klinefelter, A Third
Display of Old Maps and Plans,
Sumac Press, 1973, p.35-38
The coin below shows Eric XIV holding the orb.