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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 52, December 25, 2022, Article 18


Here is the press release for the upcoming Künker February sale 379. -Editor

730 Lots Estimated at 6M Euros – Künker's Berlin Auction Sales

Künker's sales on 2 February 2023 are auctions of superlatives. Special highlights: the Widegren Collection with Swedish coins and the second part of the Liska Collection with rare coins from Czechoslovakia, not to forget 100 rarities from the Salton Collection.

On 2 February 2023, Künker will hold its traditional Berlin auction sale during the World Money Fair. One cannot help but look forward to this sale as the wealth of rarities and unique pieces will most likely attract coin collectors as well as dealers from all over the world to gather at the auction venue. The 730 lots – divided into two auction catalogs – have a total estimate of 6 million euros. The total result might be even higher – especially regarding the 100 rarities from the Salton Collection, which are on offer in auction catalog 379. After all, the lots are estimated rather modestly.

If you're thinking now that all of this is way off your price range, you're wrong. In these high-class auction sales, several special collections and runs are on offer. At this point, we will only mention the Widegren Collection with Swedish coins and the second part of the Liska Collection. As is typical for collections, they contain both extremely rare and common pieces. Therefore, estimates start at 100 euros. In general, if you love gold coins you should take a close look at auction 380. You will find a rich selection.

And since after the auction is before the auction, we already want to draw your attention to the next sale. The Dr. Eberhard Werther Collection will probably be sold on 7 February 2023 as an eLive Premium Auction.

Catalog 379: The Salton Collection – 100 Rarities of European Minted History

By now, probably anyone who's interested in coins is familiar with the name Salton. That's how young Max Schlessinger called himself after he had escaped the terror of the Holocaust and found a new home in the United States of America. It is an incredible sign of reconciliation that his widow Lottie Salton, also a victim of the persecution of Jews, decided to have their collection sold in Germany and the USA. Künker is highly honored by her trust. It was a matter close to the heart of the management to thoroughly investigate the fate of the Hamburger-Schlessinger coin dealer dynasty, whose last coin dealing descendant was Max Schlessinger aka Mark Salton, and to publish the story in a comprehensive brochure. Subject to availability, this publication can be obtained free of charge from Künker's customer service.

For their Berlin Auction, Künker selected exactly 100 rarities from the extensive collection. These are exclusively extremely rare pieces, characterized by both excellent quality and provenance. After all, most of the coins were part of the Salton Collection for more than half a century. Let's not talk too much and let the pictures of the coins speak for themselves.

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No. 12: Brunswick-Calenberg-Hanover. John Frederick, 1665-1679. Löser of 6 reichstalers 1679, Zellerfeld. Minted and distributed on the occasion of John Frederick's funeral. From the Salton and Meyerhof Collections, Schulman auction 171 (1930), No. 156. Extremely rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 24: Leiningen-Westerburg. Ludwig, 1597-1622. Broad double reichstaler 1610, Grünstadt. Extremely rare, probably unique. From the Salton Collection and Schlessinger auction 10 (1933), No. 967. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

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No. 36: Saxony. Friedrich III the Wise, 1486-1525. Guldengroschen n.d. (1513), Nuremberg, commemorating him becoming Governor General. From the Salton Collection. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 56: Wallenstein, Albrecht, 1623-1634, Duke of Friedland. Double reichstaler 1627, Jitschin. From the Salton Collection. Extremely rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 64: HRE. Ferdinand I, 1522-1558-1564. Representative taler 1528, Hall. Dies by Ulrich Ursentaler. From the Salton Collection. Extremely rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 25,000 euros

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No. 67: HRE. Matthias, 1608-1612-1619. Quadruple reichstaler 1614, Vienna. From the Salton Collection. Extremely rare. Very fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros

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No. 81: Denmark. Christian VII, 1766-1808. Piastre 1771 (minted in 1774), Copenhagen. Minted by the Danish Asia Company. So-called Greenland Pillar Dollar. From the Salton and Ragoczy Collections (1961), No. 670. Very rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 20,000 euros

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No. 100: Bohemia and Moravia. Wenceslaus IV, 1378-1419. Prague groschen n.d., Prague. Broad off-metal strike of 15 Prague groschen. From the Salton and Donebauer Collections, Hess auction (1889), No. 850 and the Wunderly von Muralt Collection, L+L Hamburger auction (1899), No. 61. Extremely rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

We want to emphasize that it's also possible to acquire rarities from this collection that are not as expensive. We picked out some particularly beautiful pieces with estimates of less than 3,000 euros.

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No. 13: Brunswick-Calenberg-Hanover. Ernest Augustus, 1679-1698. Reichstaler 1682, Clausthal. From the Salton Collection. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 2,000 euros

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No. 19: Henneberg. Reichstaler 1698, yield from the mines of Ilmenau. From the Salton Collection. Rare. Showpiece. About FDC. Estimate: 2,500 euros

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No. 33: Osnabrück / Bishopric. Sede vacante 1698. Reichstaler 1698, Hanover. From the Salton Collection. Very rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 1,000 euros

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No. 82: Strassbourg / City (France). Reichstaler 1679, commemorating the Treaties of Nijmegen. From the Salton Collection. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 1,500 euros

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.

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