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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 40, October 2, 2022, Article 20


Here's a press release with highlights from the upcoming Künker auction sales 377 and 378. -Editor

Auction 377 / e- Live Premium 378: The Salton Collection Part 4: Roman and Byzantine Coins

1,940 lots with Roman and Byzantine coins from the Salton Collection will be sold on 20 and 21 October 2022. They once belonged to Mark and Lottie Salton. There is a very special story behind these issues that cannot be told too often.

Mark Salton, née Max Schlessinger, was born into an old German coin dealer dynasty: his father Felix Schlessinger was one of the most renowned German coin dealers when the Nazis drove him out of his country. Felix Schlessinger was the second cousin of Leo Hamburger, who founded the most important German coin shop in Frankfurt am Main in the 19th century.

At this point, we would like to draw your attention to the brochure we published, in which Ursula Kampmann recreated the fate of the Hamburger / Schlessinger coin dealer dynasty. Her findings are based on vivid descriptions of the Hamburger and Schlessinger family members and reveal many details of the day-to-day business of a 19th-century coin shop. You can download the brochure at or order a print version from our customer services. We also produced a film about the family's history, which is available on YouTube at

Mark and Lottie Salton were among the people who were expelled from Germany due to their Jewish faith, whose families suffered persecution, even death at the hands of German officials. Mark and Lottie Salton lost all their possessions to the Nazi regime and had to start all over in the United States. Nevertheless, they decided to give their coin collection to a German and a US auction house to sell it. The proceeds will benefit three non-profit organizations that work to document and publish the history of Jewish persecutions to fight discrimination against Jews.

Following Künker's highly successful auction of European coins from the Salton Collection in the spring, Roman and Byzantine coins will now be on offer as the 4th part of the collection. The collection's design is typical for the 20th century and it was built up starting in the 1950. At the time, a coin's quality wasn't as important as it is today. Collectors rather focused on rarity, style, motifs and perfectly centered pieces, paying less attention to whether it was the best-preserved specimen out there. Therefore, the material is very mixed. There are FDC coins but also very fine items. Künker takes today's market habits into account by splitting the material into an on-site public auction, which will be held on Thursday 20 October, and an e-Live Premium Auction, taking place on the following day starting at 3 p.m. in the digital space. Both auction parts – auction 377 and e-Live Premium Auction 378 – are published in one auction catalog.

To order a catalog contact Künker, Nobbenburger Straße 4a, 49076 Osnabrück; phone: +49 541 / 962020; fax: +49 541 / 9620222; or via e-mail: You can access the auction catalogs online at If you want to submit your bid from your computer at home, please remember to register for this service in good time.

  05521a00 05521r00

No. 5521: Roman Republic. C. Numitorius. Denarius, 133 BC. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 2,500 euros

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No. 5621: Roman Republic. C. Iulius Caesar. Denarius, 41 posthumous, 41 BC. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 3,000 euros

  05657a00 05657r00

No. 5657: Roman Republic. Octavian / C. Iulius Caesar. Dupondius, 38 BC, Italian mint. About extremely fine. Estimate: 1,250 euros

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No. 5721: Claudius, 41-54. Cistophorus, 51, Ephesus. Rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 2,000 euros

  05752a00 05752r00

No. 5752: Vespasianus, 69-79. Aureus, 69/70. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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No. 5830: Hadrian, 117-138. Aureus, 124/5. From the Ryan Collection, Glendining auction (1951), No. 1761. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

  05885a00 05885r00

No. 5885: Lucius Verus, 161-169. Aureus, 163/4. From the Lambros Collection, Hirsch auction XXIX (1910), No. 1105. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 12,500 euros

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No. 5892: Commodus, 177-192. Aureus, 178. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 12,500 euros

  05902a00 05902r00

No. 5902: Pertinax, 193. Sestertius. Very rare. Fields slightly smoothed, otherwise extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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No. 5916: Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus, 202-210. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 12,500 euros

  05953a00 05953r00

No. 5953: Diva Iulia Domna. Denarius, 218. Very rare. Very fine / About extremely fine. Estimate: 750 euros

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No. 5967: Maximinus Thrax I, 235-238. Quinarius, 236/7. From Cahn auction 35 (1913), No. 493. Very rare. Extremely fine / About extremely fine. Estimate: 2,500 euros

  06898a00 06898r00

No. 6898: Burgundy. Sigismund, 516-524. Solidus on behalf of Iustinus I, after 518. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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