Four catalogues present the material of the Künker summer auctions from June 18-21, 2018. Among others, the auction will entail the Genaert collection with coins from the Spanish Netherlands, the Popken collection with coins from the House of Welf, and the Gunther Wiegrebe collection with coins and medals from Lippe.
As with every other year, Künker will present its summer auctions before the summer break. This time, there are four catalogues with 4,577 lots estimated at 5.7 million euros. Three special collections will be sold. The first lots of auction 307 stem from the Genaert collection, featuring coins from the Spanish Netherlands. Auction 308 will entail coins and medals of the House of Welf from the Friedrich Popken collection. The next auction, 309, offers the Gunther Wiegrebe collection with coins from Lippe. Collectors will also find a great variety of coins and medals from the German States, Germany after 1871, and world coins. Catalogue 310 offers a large series of modern Chinese coins and Russian coins as well as world gold coins and medals.
Auction 307: The Genaert collection — Foreign Coins and Medals
Künker likes to describe itself as “The house of minted history.” The extensive Genaert collection, which concentrates on coins from the Spanish Netherlands, illustrates just what that means.
With almost 1,000 lots, the collector has documented the history of this rich but torn land which is currently divided between Belgium, Luxemburg, France, and Germany. The temporal spectrum reaches from Celtic antiquity to the French Revolution. The richness of the material will even surprise those who know that Brabant and Flanders were economic centres of Europe at the time.
We will encounter all important cities and princes from Brabant, Flanders, the Hainaut, and the surrounding territories. From Charles the Bold to Maria Theresa, from the most precious gold coins of the Hundred Year’s War to the siege money of the Eighty Years’ War. Estimates range from 50 euros to 10,000 euros.
Coins from Foreign Countries
The second part of this sale will be world coins and medals featuring great rarities. There are some great treasures from Poland and Transylvania. For instance, there is a very fine reichstaler from Bromberg 1627 of King Sigismund III from Poland. The obverse shows the king’s crowned monogram in a laurel wreath (No. 1186, estimate: 35,000 euros). Another interesting lot is a hexagonal reichstaler klippe from Transylvania by Michael Apafi from the year 1663 (No. 1267, estimate: 30,000 euros).
Let’s go to the overseas territories: We will see a reales de a ocho from 1758. The coin, which was minted under Ferdinando VI in today’s Chilean Santiago, is remarkable because it is an exceptionally well-preserved specimen that shows the entire die on the planchet (No. 1272, estimate: 25,000 euros).
The catalogue ends with about 100 lots of coins and medals from the house of Habsburg. If you are interested in this subject, you can look forward to numerous highlights, like the first guldiner from 1486 in almost Extremely Fine (No. 1289, estimate: 15,000 euros), a perfect convention taler from 1790 in FDC (No. 1351, estimate: 15,000 euros), and a rare commemorative coin by Franz Joseph on the occasion of the opening of the Carl-Ludwig-house on the Raxalpe from 1877 (No. 1364, estimate: 7,500 euros).
No. 174: Brabant. Philip the Handsome, 1482-1506. Fifth emission, 1489-1492. Quadruple patard 1489, Antwerp, featuring the title of Maximilian I. Very rare. Very Fine.
Estimate: 3,000 euros.
No. 240: Brabant. Issues of the revolt against the Spanish rule, 1577-1585. Ecu des Etats 1578, Maastricht. Extremely rare. Very few specimens known. Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 2.500 euros.
No. 247: Issues of the Republic of Brabant, 1584-1585. Ecu robustus 1584, Antwerp. Extremely rare. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 10,000 euros.
No. 527: Flanders. Albert and Isabella of Spain, 1598-1621. Third emission. Two souverain d’or 1615, Bruges. Very rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 4,000 euros.
No. 703: Rummen. Arnold of Oreye, 1355-1370. Cavalier d’or, no date, Rummen. Extremely rare. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 5,000 euros.
No. 832: Cambrai. In the course of the siege of Alexander Farnese 1581. Uniface klippe valued at one ecu. Very rare. Very Fine.
Estimate: 2,500 euros.
No. 1079: Haguenau (France / Alsace). Reichstaler 1665, featuring the title of Leopold I. Very rare. Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 15,000 euros.
No. 1186: Poland. Sigismund III, 1587-1632. Reichstaler 1627, Bromberg. Very rare. Very Fine.
Estimate: 35,000 euros.
No. 1267: Transylvania. Michael Apafi, 1661-1690. Hexagonal reichstaler klippe 1663, Arx Fogaras. Extremely rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 30,000 euros.
No. 1272: Chile. Fernando VI, 1746-1760. Eight reales 1758, Santiago. Extremely rare. Outstanding, well-struck specimen. Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 25,000 euros.
No. 1351: Holy Roman Empire. Leopold II, 1790-1792. Konventionstaler 1790 Wien, für Ungarn. Königstaler. Äußerst selten in dieser Erhaltung. Stempelglanz.
Estimate: 15,000 euros.
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