The following articles consist of material from the press releases for
Künker's 2022 Summer auction sales 368-371. It's a delight to see so many interesting coins and medals coming to the market. Some of these are stunning pieces of art and workmanship.
Saxonia in Nummis, the collection of the Berlin savings bank with rarities from Brandenburg-Prussia, gold coins from the Köhlmoos Collection and the Liska Collection with
Czechoslovak gold coins – these are just a few of the private collections on offer at Künker's
Summer Auction Sales.
Four catalogs with 3,124 lots and a total estimate of 7.7 million euros – that's the material of
Künker's Summer Auction Sales, which will be held from 20 to 24 June 2022. Three of the
catalogs are dedicated to one impressive collection each. Catalog 368 contains the first part of
the Dr. Walter Kemlein Collection with Saxon coins and medals, catalog 369 is dedicated to
the collection of the Berlin savings bank including great rarities from Brandenburg-Prussia
and rare issues of the German Empire. Catalog 370 deals with German gold and silver coins
from the Köhlmoos Collection and catalog 371 combines the material of many private
collections, including the Dr. Pavel Liska Collection of Czechoslovak gold coins and a special
Catalog 368: Saxonia in Nummis – The Dr. Walter Kemlein Collection
The collection of Saxon coins, medals and decorations built by Dr. Walter Kemlein over
about half a century consists of more than 3,500 objects. The first part of this collection marks
the beginning of Künker's Summer Auction Sales 2022 as auction 368. The material covers a
time frame ranging from the bracteates of the Margraviates of Wettin and Meißen via the
Electorate and Kingdom of Saxony to the Ernestine and Albertine Duchies of Saxony, Saxe-
Altenburg, Saxe-Coburg-Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenberg, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Saxe-Coburg-
Saalfeld, Saxe-Weimar, Saxe-Weißenfels and Saxe-Zeitz. In addition, there are coins and
medals relating to Saxony and Thuringia.
The catalog contains everything a collector of Saxon coins and medals could dream of:
bracteates present wonderful Romanesque artworks, rare gold and silver coins feature
magnificent Renaissance and Baroque portraits and, not to forget, medals made by the best
European artists commemorate historical events that shaped Saxony and had a major impact
on Germany as a whole.
There are so many outstanding pieces that it is impossible to list them all in this preview.
Particularly remarkable, for example, is a specimen of the first klappmützentaler of very
attractive quality with a fine patina and a provenance that can be traced back to 1917. And
many collectors will be amazed by the impressive Renaissance portrait of Frederick III, called
the Wise. Augustus the Strong is represented by several gold coins of perfect quality and a
few extremely rare talers and klippes including the so-called butterfly coins and vicariate
The medals are particularly impressive. These artworks of high historical importance are
comparatively affordable considering their rarity. We want to mention two examples for the
wealth of material: The reverse of a 1719 silver medal depicts equestrian games organized for
the wedding of the son of the prince-elector. Another example is an impressive oval silver
medal from 1900, featuring the Jemlich organ of the Church of the Holy Cross in great detail,
an instrument that enjoys great renown among music lovers.
The Dr. Walter Kemlein Collection is a mirror of Saxon history and culture, friends of the
Free States of Saxony and Thuringia should not miss out on taking a close look at this catalog.
No. 10: Meißen. Conrad the Great of Wettin, 1127-1156. Bracteate. From the Virgil M. Brand
Coll., Leu auction 47 (1988), No. 2090. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 2,500 euros
No. 32: Saxony. Frederick III the Wise, Albert the Bold and John the Steadfast. Taler n.d.
(1486-1500), Annaberg or Wittenberg. First klappmützentaler. From the Strupp Coll. Ball
auction (1917), No. 872. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros
No. 42: Saxony. Frederick III. Broad guldengroschen n.d. (1512), Hall with the title of
Maximilian I, commemorating him becoming Governor General. Very rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 12,500 euros
No. 74: Schmalkaldic League. Joint issue by John Frederick, Elector of Saxony, Maurice,
Duke of Saxony, and Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse. Representative coin of 2 talers,
commemorating the capture of Henry, Duke of Brunswick, in 1545, Goslar. From Kölner
Münzkabinett auction 95 (1995), No. 431. Extremely rare. Very fine to extremely fine.
Estimate: 10,000 euros
No. 258: Frederick Augustus I (Augustus the Strong). Double ducat 1702, Dresden,
celebrating him receiving the Danish Order of the Elephant. From Peus auction 337 (1993),
No. 1600. Extremely rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros
No. 261: Frederick Augustus I (Augustus the Strong). Butterfly taler n.d. (1708-1710),
Dresden. From the Brand Coll., Leu auction 70 (1997), No. 7376. Very rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 20,000 euros
No. 318: Frederick Augustus I (Augustus the Strong). Silver medal 1719 by O. Wif,
commemorating the wedding of the Elector's son with Maria Josepha of Austria. Extremely
rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 4,000 euros
No. 422: Albert. Gold medal n.d. (1890-1892) by M. Baruleck for excellent artistic
achievements. Only 4 specimens minted. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 7,500 euros
No. 433: Dresden. Silver medal 1900 by R. Diller commemorating the re-dedication of the
Church of the Holy Cross in Dresden. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 750 euros
No. 447: Saxe-Coburg-Eisenach. John Casimir, 1624-1633. Broad double reichstaler 1627,
Saalfeld. From Peus auction 336 (1993), No. 1584. Estimate: 4,000 euros
Wayne Homren, Editor
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