Here's the press release for the Heidelberger Münzhandlung auction 84, taking place May 9-11. Some beautiful coins here!
Special Collection Franconian Circle at Heidelberger Münzhandlung
Heidelberger Münzhandlung presents rare German coins of excellent quality and, in addition,
an extensive offer of world coins from antiquity to modern times. Besides remarkable
individual lots, connoisseurs will find a special collection with specimens from the
Franconian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire.
From 9 to 11 May 2022, Heidelberger Münzhandlung will hold its auction 84. The material is
divided into two catalogues. The first one contains 429 lots with coins and medals from the
Franconian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire. The second catalogue is filled with world coins
from antiquity to present times. As always, there is an extensive offer of coins from the
German states and German issues after 1871, but collectors of coins from the Holy Roman
Empire will also find many rarities. Particularly impressive is the selection of German
multiple gold coins of magnificent quality.
Attention! Once again, the auction will be held as a live bidding event at the premises of
Heidelberger Münzhandlung. Bidders may only participate via email, phone or online.
No. 143 – Eichstätt. Sede vacante. Konventionstaler 1781, Nuremberg. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 1,500 euros.
An Interesting Local Collection from the Area of the Franconian Circle
To simplify administrative matters, the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation was
divided into circles, which grouped imperial cities, imperial knights, ecclesiastical and secular
principalities into geographical units. The Franconian Circle was one of the most prestigious
ones, which is why it was listed as circle number 1 in the course of the imperial reform of 2
The collector focused his purchases to members of the Franconian Circle, but he did not
slavishly adhere to its boundaries. And that is precisely why this collection provides an
excellent overview of the coin and medal production at the heart of Germany.
No. 174 – Henneberg. Taler 1698, yield from the mines of Ilmenau. Rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 2,000 euros.
Issues from the following regions are on offer: Bamberg, Bavaria (issues related to
Franconia), Brandenburg-Franconia, Brandenburg-Ansbach, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, the
Teutonic Order starting with the election of Maximilian as Deutschmeister in 1590, Eichstätt,
Erbach, Fulda, Henneberg, ...
No. 201 – Hohenlohe-Kirchberg. Karl August, 1737-1767. Taler 1737, Nuremberg,
commemorating the death of his father Friedrich Eberhard. About FDC. Estimate: 3,000
... Hohenlohe with its various lines, Kronach, Leuchtenberg, Löwenstein, Mainz, Nuremberg,
Öttingen, Rieneck, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Saxe-Coburg and other Saxon lines ...
No. 316 – Schwarzenberg. Johann Adolph, 1641-1683. Taler 1682, Vienna. Extremely rare.
Extremely fine. Estimate: 5,000 euros.
... Schwarzenberg, Schweinfurt, Weißenburg, Windsheim, Würzburg as well as joint issues of
the Franconian Circle and literature on the subject. On the same day, general numismatic
literature from the second part of auction 84 will be on sale.
No. 543 – Maximianus Herculius. Gold quinarius. Depeyrot 417 (only 1 specimen in the
possession of a museum). Mint state. Estimate: 20,000 euros.
Ancient and World Coins
On the morning of 10 May, the second part of auction 84 will start with ancient coins. As
always, the offer includes some rarities of splendid quality. These include three Celtic quarter
starters from the Middle Rhine and two octodrachms of Ptolemy IV. Moreover, collectors will
find a gold quinarius (!) of Maximianus Herculius – an extremely rare specimen of mint state
quality. Depeyrot only knows of one other specimen in the possession of a museum.
No. 549 – Artabasdus, 742-743. Solidus. Extremely rare. Very fine. Estimate: 20,000
At least as rare is a solidus of the Byzantine usurper Artabasdus. In his German standard work
on Byzantine coinage, Andreas Sommer writes:
Artabasdus' coins are among the rarest
issues in the entire history of Byzantine coinage. This is due to the fact that the Armenian
general, who ascended the throne as a figurehead of those who were in favour of images, was
defeated by Constantine V after only a few months.
No. 677 – Romania. Carol II, 1930-1940. 100 lei 1939, Bucharest, commemorating the
100th birthday of Charles I. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 125,000 euros.
In all likelihood, a gold 100 lei piece of 1939, minted by Carol II of Romania in this crucial
year of his reign, must be described as an unpublished and unique specimen. The impressive
denomination must probably be understood against the background of the personality cult of
Carol II. Every year, Carol had himself celebrated by his people on 10 May and 8 June. He
presented himself as the Conducator (= leader) sent by God, whose purpose in life was to
create a new Romania.
No. 950 – Augsburg. 6 ducats 1763, commemorating the Treaty of Hubertusburg. Extremely
fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros.
Coins from the German States
If you know Heidelberger Münzhandlung, you know that especially collectors of coins from
the German States will find a wealth of interesting objects. In addition to interesting talers of
exceptional quality, this auction also offers many multiple gold coins, such as this splendid
1763 Nuremberg issue that was minted to commemorate the Treaty of Hubertusburg.
No. 1067– Bavaria. Gold medal of 12 ducats, 1842, commemorating the wedding of Max II
Joseph and Marie of Prussia. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros.
Of interest for collectors of Bavarian and Prussian coins is a gold medal of 12 ducats issued in
1842 on the occasion of the wedding of Max II Joseph, heir to the throne, and the Prussian
Princess Marie Friederike. By the way, this unconventional queen was the first female
mountaineer of the Bavarian royal house.
No. 1120 – Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Rudolph August, 1666-1685. Löser of 4 talers with
value mark, 1679, Zellerfeld. From the Friedrich Wielandt Collection. Very rare. Extremely
fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros.
A 1679 löser of the Brunswick Duke Rudolph August comes from the collection of the well-
known numismatist Prof Dr Friedrich Wielandt (1906-1996). However, the great scholar was
rather known for other research focuses. The former head of the Baden Coin Cabinet was
obviously of utmost importance for Baden numismatics. Moreover, he wrote numerous
standard works on the coinage of various Swiss cantons which are still used as references
No. 1336 – Münster. Christoph Bernhard von Galen, 1650-1678. 6 ducats 1661,
commemorating the caption of the city. From the Friedrich Wielandt Collection. Very rare.
Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros.
Another piece from the Wielandt Collection is a magnificent 6 ducat coin from 1661 that was
minted to commemorate the capture of the city of Münster by its Prince-Bishop Bernhard von
Galen. The variety of this weight, by the way, is extremely rare. The coin features a detailed
city view of Münster with all fortifications and the towers of the major churches.
No. 1268 – Kempten. Half taler 1623. Very rare. Extremely fine to mint state. Estimate:
This 1623 half taler of the imperial city of Kempten is an example for the splendid quality that
connoisseurs can find in Heidelberger Münzhandlung's catalogue. The very rare specimen is
extremely fine to mint state.
No. 1388 – Prussia. Frederick II, 1740-1786. Taler 1781, Breslau.
commemorating the 42th birthday of minister Karl Georg Heinrich von Hoym. Extremely
rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros.
Another specimen of outstanding quality is the so-called
Hoym taler featuring the portrait
of Frederick the Great. The piece, which was minted in Breslau and gives the date of the 42th
birthday of Karl Georg Heinrich von Hoym – the minister ruling in Silesia – was reprimanded
by the king. The Berlin government forced the Breslau mint master to withdraw all coins of
this issue, which is why the Hoym taler is now one of the great rarities of Prussian
No. 1660 – German Empire. 1 mark 1881 G. Extremely rare in this quality. FDC. Estimate:
German Coins After 1871
Customers of Heidelberg Münzhandlung are already used to it: Herbert Grün's catalogue
offers an extensive selection of coins from the German Empire. Although the estimates of
individual, extremely rare pieces – such as this FDC 1 mark piece of 1881 from the Karlsruhe
mint – are in the upper four-digit range, this area still offers many highly interesting coins of
splendid quality for rather modest prices. The estimates of fractional coins from the German
Empire start in the lower two-digit range!
No. 1740 – German Empire. Baden. 5 marks 1876. Extremely rare in this quality. Specimen
from the Paproth Collection! First strike in proof quality. Estimate: 12,000 euros.
Of course, Heidelberger Münzhandlung also offers great rarities – and presents specimens of
a quality that leave nothing to be desired. A great example is this 5 marks piece from Baden
of 1876 that also has an exquisite provenance: it is from the Paproth Collection.
No. 2307 – German Empire. Saxe-Meiningen. 20 marks 1914. Very rare, only 1001
specimens minted. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 16,000 euros.
Of course, there is a comprehensive selection for collectors of coins from the German Empire
too. As an example, we show you a 20 marks piece of 1914 from Saxe-Meiningen. A coin
type of which only 1001 specimens were minted and a high number was probably melted
No. 2618 – Postage Stamp Token of the Carl Squires company with a stamp of 10 pfennigs
numeral. Extremely fine. Estimate: 50 euros.
The auction closes with a collection of postage stamp tokens – a category between
numismatics and philately. It is emergency money that uses a stamp as a substitute for small
change. To protect the stamp, it was enclosed in a capsule that was often adorned with
advertising slogans of the issuing institution. In other words: these items are virtually the
descendants of English tokens.
The auction catalogue of Heidelberger Münzhandlung can be purchased for the nominal fee of
12.50 euros at Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün, Gaisbergstr. 40, 69115 Heidelberg,
Germany; phone: +49 / 6221 / 65 2970; fax: +49 / 6221 / 65 297-29; email:
email@example.com. Of course, the catalogue is also available online: on Sixbid, biddr.com
For more information, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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