Here's a press release with highlights from the upcoming Künker auction sale 373.
Catalog 373: Gold Issues
If you are interested in gold coins, you should not miss out on taking a close look at auction catalog 373. The collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur contains many interesting pieces of above-average quality from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The offer covers the entire world, although the collector had a special preference for Nordic countries and the Habsburg hereditary lands. The price spectrum of this auction sale contains everything from estimates at the current gold price to estimates in the five- and six-digit range. Let us mention two tenfold ducats as an example for the upper price segment, both of them from the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. The first is from the city of Danzig and features the portrait of Sigismund III. The second was minted in Prague in 1629 by Ferdinand II and presents the ruler in full armor with crown, scepter, orb and cross on the obverse.
Another outstanding rarity comes from Great Britain. It is the third known specimen of a highly rare medal with the image of young Charles I, created by the Dutch copper engraver Simon de Passe. For this purpose, de Passe developed a completely new method in the years after 1615, by means of which the depiction was not produced by a coin press striking the metal to form a relief, but was engraved by a machine as in the case of copper engravings.
Speaking of rarities, this auction, too, comprises an extensive offer of coins from the Czechoslovak Republic, including duplicates from the Dr. Pavel Liska Collection, whose sale in June was a major success.
However, also the section of Hungarian issues offers a wealth of rarities that were created in the early modern period, including several single and multiple ducats from Transylvania.
No. 338: England. Charles I, 1625-1649. Oval gold medal n.d. (engraved around 1616), unsigned, by Simon de Passe. 3rd known specimen. Extremely fine. Estimate: 75,000 euros
No. 439: Poland / Danzig. 10 ducats 1613/4 with title and portrait of Sigismund III. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Extremely rare. NGC MS60. Extremely fine. Estimate: 100,000 euros
No. 521: Sweden. Gustavus III, 1771-1792. Gold medal of 30 ducats 1772 by G. Ljungberger commemorating the coronation on 29 May. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 25,000 euros
No. 646: Hungary / Transylvania. Christoph Báthory, 1576-1581. Ducat 1580, Hermannstadt. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Very rare. FDC. Estimate: 6,000 euros
No. 722: HRE. Ferdinand II, 1592-1618-1637. 10 ducats 1629, Prague. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Very rare. NGC AU58. Extremely fine. Estimate: 60,000 euros
No. 804: Austria. Gold medal of 15 ducats, 1867 commemorating the coronation of Elisabeth (Sisi) as Queen of Hungary. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 25,000 euros
No. 861: Bavaria. Ferdinand Maria, 1651-1679. 2 ducats 1673, gift of the Bavarian
Landesstände (regional estates) for the birth of Princess Violenta Beatrix. From Kreß auction 108 (1958), No. 1145. Slightly bent. Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros
No. 929: Breslau / Diocese. Franz Ludwig von Neuburg, 1683-1732. 6 ducats 1730, Neisse. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Extremely rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros
No. 993: Nuremberg. 6 ducats 1698, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Very rare. NGC MS63. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 60,000 euros
No. 1022: Saxony. Frederick Augustus, 1694-1733. 5 ducats 1733, Dresden. Off-metal strike in gold from the dies of the half reichstaler. From the collection of a Swedish-Swiss entrepreneur. Extremely fine / Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 25,000 euros
Catalog 373: Kingdom of Holland / Dutch Medals – The Collection of the Verschoor Brothers
It's quite telling collectors aren't the only ones to trust Künker to sell their unique collections – colleagues who have been closely following market activities for decades do so, too. The twin brothers Dingeman (Dim) and Hendrik (Henk) Verschoor are internationally well-known and have an excellent network. The Dutchmen ran their coin shop very successfully since 1984. Their love and their very special expertise was for Dutch medals, and they significantly expanded the market for these issues. They had so much passion for the field that they also built up a private collection of particularly important medals, which will now enter the market as part of Künker's auction 373.
What's almost more fascinating is the small selection of coins from the short-lived Kingdom of Holland, which existed under the rule of a brother of Napoleon from 1806 to 1810. Dim Verschoor, who passed away in 2020, had researched this field and built up one, if not the most important collection on this subject.
No. 1085: Kingdom of Holland. Lodewijk Napoleon, 1806-1810. Reichstaler 1809, Utrecht. Very rare. Showpiece with fine patina. FDC. Estimate: 15,000 euros
No. 1088: Kingdom of Holland. Lodewijk Napoleon, 1806-1810. 50 stuiver 1807. Bronze pattern. Gem with fine copper toning. About FDC. Estimate: 10,000 euros
No. 1130: Dutch medals. 1747 gold medal for M. Holtzhey commemorating the appointment of William IV Friso (1747-1751) as Governor-General of the Netherlands. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 40,000 euros
No. 1139: Dutch medals. 1760 gold medal of 17 ducats by J. G. Holtzhey commemorating Jacob Mossel, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros
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