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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 11, March 17, 2024, Article 25


Here's the second and final part of the press release with a preview of the Künker Spring Auction Sales 403-406. -Editor

Auction 406: Issues from Medieval and Modern Times
More than 1,800 lots with coins and medals from medieval and modern times are offered at Künker's auction 406. No matter what you are interested in, browsing through this catalog is a must. Be it world coins, medieval rarities, issues from the German States, the German Empire, ducats or talers. This catalog contains countless interesting offers, including several special collections.

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No. 3524: France. Philippe VI, 1328-1350. Ange d'or n.d. (1341). Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 3563: Great Britain. George II, 1727-1760. Gold medal of 25 ducats, 1732, by E. Hannibal. Very rare. With traces of mounting and re-worked fields. Very fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 3672: Czechoslovakia. Ducat, 1923, Kremnica. Only 1000 specimens minted. NGC MS62. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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No. 4687: France / Carolingians. Charlemagne, 768-814. Denarius, 813/4 or a little later, Aachen. One of two known specimens, the only one in private hands. About very fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros The portrait denarii of Charlemagne with the title of emperor IMP(erator) AVG(ustus) instead of the usual REX Fr(ancorum) are among the great rarities of medieval numismatics.

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No. 4815: Russia. Alexander II, 1855-1881. Pattern of the 1860 ruble, St. Petersburg. Extremely rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

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No. 4838: Switzerland / Sion, Bishopric. Nikolaus Schiner, 1496-1499. Guldiner, 1498. Extremely rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 20,000 euros

Talers and Ducats of the Habsburgs in Auction 406
Let us begin with the large selection of Habsburg issues that will come under the hammer in auction 406. A total of 340 lots perfectly illustrate that there are still fields of numismatic interest that allow collectors to build up large and important collections with comparably little money. The estimates for ducats of attractive quality start as low as at 500 euros and even the rarities are estimated at around 1,500 euros (of course, the hammer price might be higher). The estimates of the talers are even lower and start at 300 euros – even regarding extremely fine specimens!

Of course, this selection also includes great rarities such as the first 1486 guldiner, spectacular multiple ducats such as a quintuple 1636 ducat minted by Ferdinand II in Prague as well as a ten-fold ducat created in 1695 for Leopold I at the Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg) mint for Transylvania. This part of the catalog does not only present coins of the Habsburg imperial dynasty; connoisseurs will also find a rich selection of issues of the Austrian princes.

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No. 3815: Rudolf II, 1576-1612. Ducat, 1593, Kremnica. About FDC. Estimate: 1,500 euros

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No. 3821: Ferdinand II, 1592-1618-1637. 5 ducats, 1636, Prague. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 25,000 euros

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No. 3827: Leopold I, 1657-1705. 10 ducats, 1695, Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg) on behalf of Transylvania. Very rare. Minimal traces of mounting. Very fine. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 3834: Charles VI, 1711-1740. Ducat, 1740, Nagybanya (Frauenbach). Rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 1,500 euros

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No. 3848: Maria Theresa, 1740-1780. Ducat, 1761, Karlsburg. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 1,500 euros

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No. 4446: Tyrol. Archduke Sigismund called ‘rich in coins', 1446-1496. Guldiner, 1486, Hall. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

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No. 4495: Ferdinand II, 1592-1618-1637. Reichstaler, 1627, Graz. About FDC. Estimate: 600 euros

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No. 4535: Leopold I, 1657-1705. 1658 reichstaler, Vienna. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 3,000 euros

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No. 4675: Austrian princes / Windischgrätz. Leopold Victor Johann, 1727-1746. Reichstaler, 1732, Vienna. Rare. Extremely fine / Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 2,000 euros

Rarities from Germany
As always, Künker's focus is on coins from the German States. Excellent quality, great rarities, attractive provenances – no matter what you value most, you will find the perfect coin in Künker's upcoming auction sales.

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No. 3949: Bavaria. Ludwig I, 1825-1848. Off-metal strike in gold from the dies of the 1845 double gulden. From the Coenen Coll. and the Ferrari Coll. Extremely rare. NGC MS63+. FDC. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 4028: Münster, Bishopric. Christoph Bernhard von Galen, 1650-1678. Gold gulden, 1678, by Münster to commemorate his passing. Extremely rare. Very fine. Estimate: 12,500 euros

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No. 4054: Saxony. Frederick Augustus I, 1694-1733. 2 ducats, 1695, Dresden. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros

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No. 4144: Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Julius, 1568-1589. Löser of 10 reichstalers, 1574, Heinrichstadt, with a weight of 9 reichstalers. From Leu auction 73 (1998), No. 738. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 75,000 euros

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No. 4309: Nuremberg. 1519 bronze cast medal (engraved) by H. Schwarz commemorating the patrician and mayor of Nuremberg Martin Tucher. From a princely estate. Extremely rare. Original cast. Extremely fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

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No. 4409: Silesia. Liegnitz-Brieg. Johann Christian and Georg Rudolf, 1602-1621. Double reichstaler, 1609, Reichenstein. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

Special Collection Löwenstein-Wertheim in Auction 406
The early modern German States consisted of a variety of territories. Some of them were so tiny that their rulers were often mocked abroad. The rulers of Löwenstein-Wertheim were probably also mocked as their principality was particularly small. However, the rulers of such territories still perceived themselves as autonomous princes with high ambitions. How powerful they felt is also reflected by their sophisticated coins. The special collection Löwenstein-Wertheim offered by Künker is a perfect example of this.

In 1597, Ludwig III of Löwenstein-Wertheim adopted a law that obliged his successors to divide their inheritance into equal parts. This resulted in his territory being more and more fragmented, and numerous successors claimed the privilege of minting coins. This historical situation is highly fascinating to collectors. Most of the coins minted by the counts and later the princes of Löwenstein-Wertheim are extremely rare and show many different, often highly interesting depictions.

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No. 4018: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. Karl Thomas, 1735-1789. Ducat, 1754, Nuremberg. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

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No. 4239: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg. Eucharius Kasimir, 1681-1698. Reichstaler, 1697, Wertheim. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 1,500 euros

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No. 4242: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg. Johann Ludwig Volrad, 1730-1790. Konventionstaler, 1769, Wertheim. Rare, especially in this quality. Extremely fine. Estimate: 2,000 euros

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No. 4253: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. Maximilian Karl, 1662-1718. Reichstaler, 1711, Wertheim. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 5,000 euros

Coins of the German Empire (Auction 406)
Let us round off this preview of the upcoming Künker auction sale of modern coins with a glance at the section of issues from the German Empire. As usual, there is a rich offer of extremely rare gold and silver coins of outstanding quality. We present a few examples.

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No. 4946: German Empire. Württemberg. William II, 1891-1918. 3 marks, 1916. Anniversary of the reign. Rare. Frosted obverse. Proof. Estimate: 5,000 euros

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No. 5074: German Empire. Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Frederick William, 1860-1904. 10 marks, 1873. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros

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No. 5172: German New Guinea. 10 New Guinean marks, 1895. Only 2000 specimens minted. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 5282: German Empire. Bavaria. Ludwig III, 1913-1918. Pattern of 20 marks, 1914. From the Coenen Coll. Very rare. About FDC. Estimate: 10,000 euros

And do not forget that after the auction is before the auction! On 26 March 2024, Künker's eLive Premium Auction 407 starts at 10 a.m. featuring coins of Emperor Franz Joseph from the collection of Heinz Tursky, who passed away in 2023.

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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Wayne Homren, Editor

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