Our summer auctions: A Wealth of Special Collections

11. June 2020 09:39

From 22 to 26 June 2020, Künker’s two Summer Auction Sales take place. From Monday to Friday, more than 3,600 lots with a total estimate of 5.2 million euros will be offered. The Summer Auction Sales will be held as in-room auction, and obviously all hygiene requirements of the authorities will be met. For those who cannot or do not wish to be there in person, live bidding is possible at kuenker.auex.de without additional fees. And, of course, there are the usual options of bidding via e-mail or phone.

Viewing takes place in the premises of Künker by prior appointment only – also during the auction. For all those who can’t attend the viewing, Kuenker has developed a completely new feature: selected lots can be examined in detail in a video. You will see the lots just like you were taking a look at them while viewing. All videos are available at www.kuenker.de.

Several special collections will be auctioned off in the Summer Auction Sales, namely the Dr. Hergen Boyksen Collection with coins and medals from Schleswig-Holstein, a comprehensive collection with the coins and medals of the counts and princes of the House of Lippe, the Dr. Werner Oschmann Collection of mining and yield coins, a special collection Bavaria and the collection of Russian coins and medals of a “lawyer from the North”.

Moreover, there are many different series and individual pieces of coins from Germany and world coins. Thus, there’s something for everyone.

Coins and Medals from Schleswig-Holstein: The Boyksen Collection

Auction 337 begins with the 303 lots of the Boyksen Collection. From medieval pfennigs of the Viking Age settlement of Haithabu to double Friedrichs d’or minted in Altona for the Danish king Frederick VII: notary Dr. Hergen Boyksen collected coins and medals related to Schleswig-Holstein. He paid attention to outstanding quality and rarity, which means that his collection contains both many spectacular rarities as well as pieces affordable to normal collectors. The estimates range from 25 euros to 150.000 euros.

Lovers of medieval coinage will find half bracteates from Haithabu, denarii of the Danish kings, bracteates of the Counts of Schauenburg as well as wittes of the “Wendischer Münzverein”. Next are issues of the Danish kings as Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein, including a first highlight: the Husum taler of 1522. The piece estimated at 50,000 euros is one of the earliest talers of northern Europe.

Even rarer is the group at the beginning of the chapter on coins of the duchies of Schleswig-Holstein: a portugaleser issued in Eutin by Johann Adolf von Holstein-Gottorp (estimate: 150,000 euros) is on sale as well as two half portugalesers of the same prince (estimate: 50,000 euros each).

Extensive series of coins and medals from the Dioceses of Lübeck and Ratzeburg, of the collateral lines of the House of Holstein and the County of Rantzau round off the offer.

No. 32: Schleswig-Holstein. Frederick I, Danish king, 1490-1523-1533. Taler 1522, Husum. So-called Husum taler. Extremely rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

No. 124: Holstein-Gottorp. Johann Adolf, 1590-1616, as bishop of Lübeck. Portugaleser (10 ducats) n.d., Eutin. Extremely rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 150,000 euros

No. 200: Holstein-Sonderburg. John the Younger, 1564-1622. Double reichstaler 1622, Reinfeld, commemorating John’s death. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

No. 240: Holstein-Schauenburg. Adolf XIII, 1581-1601. Broad triple reichstaler 1592, Altona. Extremely rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 60,000 euros

No. 272: Holstein-Schauenburg. Justus Hermann, 1622-1635. Off-metal strike in gold of 4 ducats from the dies of the reichstaler from 1624. 2nd known specimen. Very fine. Estimate: 75,000 euros

Coins and Medals of the Counts and Princes of the House of Lippe

The special collection “Lippe” comprises 86 lots with coins and medals from medieval times to the German Empire. The rarest piece of the auction is the so-called “Köterberg taler” struck in 1528. There exist only four specimens of this rarity. This piece comes from the Köhlmoos Collection, and is the only one available on the market.

Other rarities are a pattern for a taler of Simon Henry, minted in 1672 in Detmold (estimate: 30,000 euros) and a broad 5-ducat off-strike from the dies of the ducat of 1673 (estimate: 40,000 euros).

No. 311: Lippe. Simon V, 1511-1536. Guldengroschen (taler) 1628, Lippstadt. So-called Köterberg taler. The only specimen on the market. Extremely fine. Estimate: 100,000 euros

No. 334: Lippe. Simon Henry, 1666-1697. Reichstaler 1672, Detmold. Extremely rare. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 30,000 euros

No. 337: Lippe. Simon Henry, 1666-1697. 5 ducats made with the dies of the ducat of 1673, Detmold. Extremely rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 40,000 euros

Mining and Yield Issues from the Dr. Werner Oschmann Collection

Attentive readers will spot pieces from the Dr. Werner Oschmann Collection of mining and yield coins and medals in different parts of auction 337. Those interested in the history of technology will find exciting pieces: Many die engravers crafted wonderful depictions of the various production steps of silver ore mining and the necessary technical equipment. The collection obviously focuses on the most important mining districts of the German States as Brunswick, Henneberg, Hesse, Hohnstein, Saxony and Stolberg.

Additionally, Dr. Werner Oschmann also collected yield coins; his collection of river gold ducats can be found in catalogue 338.

No. 1138: Henneberg. Reichstaler 1698, Ilmenau. Yield from the mine of Ilmenau. Very rare in this quality. Almost FDC. Estimate: 2,500 euros

No. 1499: Saxony. Xavier, 1763-1768. Conventionsthaler 1765, Dresden. Award medal of the Freiberg mining academy. Rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 2,000 euros

No. 1533: Saxony. Frederick Augustus II, 1836-1854. Vereinsdoppelthaler 1841 G. Diligence medal of the Freiberg mining academy. Only 200 specimens minted. Almost FDC. Estimate: 3,000 euros

No. 3400: Bavaria. Maximilian II, 1848-1864. Ducat 1850, made of Rhine river gold. Only ca. 500 specimens minted. Extremely fine. Estimate: 2,000 euros

Coins and Medals from the German States

From Tuesday morning to Wednesday afternoon, issues of the German States will be on sale. From A as in Altenburg to W for Würzburg, the numismatic journey contains numerous highlights. For example a double reichstaler of the city of Brunswick made in 1624, probably the second known specimen (estimate: 30,000 euros), a Lübeck reichstaler of 32 schillings made in 1712 (estimate: 35,000 euros) and a reichstaler of the Paderborn bishop Franz Arnold von Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, minted in 1716 in Neuhaus (estimate: 30,000 euros).

No. 753: Brunswick / City. Double reichstaler 1624. 2nd known specimen. Very fine +. Estimate: 30,000 euros

No. 1270: Lübeck / City. Reichstaler (32 schillings) 1712. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros

No. 1332: Paderborn / Diocese. Franz Arnold von Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, 1704-1718. Reichstaler 1716, Neuhaus. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 30,000 euros

Special Collection Bavaria

On Tuesday, another special collection will be on offer. 255 lots with coins and medals from Bavaria are waiting for new owners. The time frame ranges from the issues of the duchy under Albert V (1550-1579) to the legendary Prince Regent Luitpold (1886-1912).

Many collectors will be pleased that, for once, high-priced rarities are not at the centre of attention but a wealth of interesting pieces in the mid-price segment. However, especially regarding rare issues of extraordinarily well quality the estimated price might well be surpassed in the auction. Let’s take the example of an extremely rare half reichstaler from 1694, minted in Munich, featuring the detailed image of the Patrona Bavariae on the reverse – without the usual adjustment marks. It’s estimated at 2,500 euros. We’ll see what the result will be.

There are also historically interesting medals on offer, for example a medal of elector Charles Theodore, who was quite unpopular in Bavaria, commemorating his deceased predecessor Maximilian III Joseph, who had died on 30 December 1777.

Lovers of the commemorative coins of Louis I (“geschichtstaler”) will find a rich selection of different types of great quality in auction 337.

For Bavarian gold coins, you have to open catalogue 338. 42 lots from Louis the Bavarian to Ludwig II, from 250 euros up to 60,000 euros can be spotted here. The highlight is a 10 ducats piece from 1739 featuring the skyline of Munich on the reverse (estimate: 60,000 euros).

No. 475: Bavaria. Maximilian II Emanuel, 1679-1726. 1/2 reichstaler 1694, Munich. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 2,500 euros

No. 511: Bavaria. Charles Theodore, 1777-1799. Silver medal by A. Schäffer commemorating his predecessor, the deceased Elector Maximilian III Joseph. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 3,000 euros

No. 638: Bavaria. Ludwig I, 1825-1848. Vereinsdoppelthaler 1848. Handing over the reign to his son Maximilian. The rarest of Bavaria’s “geschichtstaler” (commemorative coins of Ludwig I). Extremely fine +. Estimate: 1,500 euros

No. 3380: Bavaria. Charles Albert, 1726-1745. 10 ducats 1739, Munich. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 60,000 euros

Gold Coins and Medals from the German States

And now we arrived at auction catalogue 338 containing exactly 250 lots with gold issues from the German States. In addition to the already mentioned yield coins, the small series of 20 rare gold coins from Mecklenburg is definitely a highlight. It includes a gem, a double taler in gold minted in 1830 in Schwerin with an estimate of 25,000 euros.

No. 3431: Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Charles II, 1815-1830. Independent reign, 1823-1830. Ducat 1825. Yield of the mines in the Harz. Only 530 specimens minted. Almost FDC. Estimate: 10,000 euros

No. 3447: Wrocław  / City. Oval gold medal 1618, unsigned, commemorating champion marksman (“Vogelkönig”) Nikolaus Haunoldt, councillor of Breslau (+1622). Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

No. 3476: Hatzfeld. Sebastian I von Hatzfeld-Wildenburg-Krottdorf, 1569-1630. Ducat 1597 (minted in 1666), Nuremberg. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

No. 3506: Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Frederick Franz I, 1785-1837. 2 talers (gold) 1830, Schwerin. Extremely rare. Almost FDC. Estimate: 25,000 euros

German Coins After 1871

Of course, also this auction offers a comprehensive series of German coins minted after 1871. After all, that’s one of Künker’s specialties.

No. 4033: Hesse. Ludwig III, 1848-1877. 2 marks 1876. Proof. Estimate: 25,000 euros

No. 4242: Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Frederick William, 1860-1904. 10 marks 1873. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 30,000 euros

No. 4378: Bavaria. Ludwig III, 1913-1918. Pattern of 20 marks 1914 D, with edge inscription GOTT MIT UNS (“God with us”) and arabesques of the usual 20 mark pieces. Gold. With round O. Extremely rare. FDC. Estimate: 15,000 euros

World Issues

Even though the focus of the 2020 Summer Auction Sales is rather on German issues, a close look is also worthwhile for collectors of world coins. Coins and medals of the Habsburg hereditary lands, for example, are represented with numerous exciting pieces. Connoisseurs will spot a comprehensive series of talers and several rare gold issues, including a quadruple ducat featuring the portrait of Emperor Joseph II, minted in 1786 in Vienna (estimate: 40,000 euros).

Catalogue 338 is a must-see for everyone interested in French gold coins. From the rare gold coins of Philip the Fair to an eightfold Louis d’or of Louis XIII (estimate: 100,000 euros) and to many other gold coins of the Bourbons of magnificent quality: experts will find a wealth of great rarities of French coinage.

At this point we would like to mention a series of motif patterns issued in 1848. One encounters the tin version of these pieces rather often, and occasionally even the copper version – however, the silver series is very rare. A collector was lucky enough to find 26 specimens, which will be auctioned off individually in auction 337.

Of course, there are also numerous rarities to be found in other fields. For example a Triple Unite from 1642, minted for the English king Charles I in 1642 in Oxford (estimate: 50,000 euros).

No. 3272: Holy Roman Empire. Joseph II, 1765-1790. 4 ducats 1786 A. Extremely rare. Only few specimens minted. Extremely fine. Estimate: 40,000 euros

No. 3018: France. Philip IV le Bel, 1285-1314. Masse d’or n.d. (1296). Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 euros

No. 3032: France. Louis XIII, 1610-1643. Huit louis d’or à la tête laurée 1640, Paris. Extremely rare. Very fine. Estimate: 100,000 euros

No. 1952: France. 5 francs 1848. Pattern in silver by Gayrard. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 3,500 euros

No. 3082: Great Britain. Charles I, 1625-1649. Triple Unite 1642, Oxford. Very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

Russian Coins and Medals: The Collection of a “Lawyer from the North”

On Friday afternoon, the auction ends with Russian coins and medals, mainly from the collection of a lawyer from the North. 988 lots are on offer and, thanks to the low estimates, they will certainly find a new home. There are numerous issues with a starting price in the lower three-digit range, even though there are obviously numerous pieces in the five-digit range as well. Among them are a rouble of tsar Elizabeth from 1757, whose die was made by Swiss medallist J. Dassier (estimate: 25,000 euros), an extremely fine gold medal of tsar Paul I weighing 10 ducats featuring a cross on the reverse (estimate: 50,000 euros), a family rouble (estimate: 30,000 euros) and a platinum rouble of 1859 (estimate: 20,000 euros).

No. 4583: Russia. Elizabeth, 1741-1761. Rouble 1757, Saint Petersburg. Portrait by J. Dassier. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 25,000 euros

No. 4640: Russia. Paul I, 1796-1801. Gold medal weighing 10 ducats n.d. (1797) by C. Leberecht commemorating Paul’s coronation in Moscow. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

No. 4704: Russia. Nicholas I, 1825-1855. 1 1/2 roubles (10 zlotychs) 1836 (minted 1836/7), Saint Petersburg. Family rouble. Only 150 specimens minted. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 30,000 euros

No. 4737: Russia. Alexander II, 1855-1881. Rouble 1859, Saint Petersburg. Very rare. Proof. Estimate: 20,000 euros