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. In the previous article, we covered foreign coins and medals. In this one, we will be discussing German coinage before 1871.
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 308: Coins and Medals from the House of Welf of the Friedrich Popken Collection — German Coins and Medals from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era
461 lots with coins and medals from the House of Welf from the Friedrich Popken collection kick off auction 308. Many coin enthusiasts will be familiar with this collector’s name. His name stands for high quality combined with a great love for history. Consequently, this part of the collection also provides an overview of the fortune of the House of Welf, a ruling dynasty that influences British and German history even today.
The temporal span of the auction ranges from the High Middle Ages until the death of William in the year 1884, when the Prussians made sure that the emperor’s brother would rule the rich territory henceforth.
There are a lot of numismatic highlights like a “Pfaffenfeind” gold gulden from Lippstadt in 1622 in Very Fine (No. 2076, estimate: 15,000 euros); a reichstaler from 1702, almost FDC, featuring the famous physical experiment of Otto of Guericke (No. 2127, estimate: 10,000 euros); a double reichstaler minted in Zellerfeld in 1641 on the demise of George, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (No. 2306, estimate: 20,000 euros); or a wonderful, perfectly preserved gold medal at 50 ducats for the widowed Wilhelmine Amalia.
Coins and Medals from the German States
The afternoon of June 19 is devoted to coins and medals from the German States. Künker certainly has a lot of rarities to offer. One series of rare talers is especially beautiful. Among others, there are talers from Bremen from the year 1602 (No. 2762, estimate: 15,000 euros); Erfurt from the year 1633 with a view of the city (No. 2779, estimate: 10,000 euros); Freiburg (no date) for the occasion of the Treaty of Rastatt in the year 1714 (No. 2789, estimate: 10,000 euros); Henneberg from 1696 from the yield of the Ilmenau Mine (No. 2812, estimate: 15,000 euros); Öttingen from the year 1624 (No. 2954, estimate: 10,000 euros); Albrecht von Wallenstein from the year 1627 (No. 3187, estimate: 15,000 euros; and Württemberg from the year 1631 (No. 3210, estimate: 12,500 euros).
You will find a large selection of double and triple talers: A double reichstaler from Halberstadt 1663 (No. 2799, estimate: 10,000 euros) with only two known specimens; a double Hesse wilhelmstaler from 1789 from Kassel (No. 2812, estimate: 12,500 euros); a whole series of unique and extremely rare double and triple talers by Philip II, Duke of Pomerania, from the years 1613 and 1617 (No. 2977-279, estimates: 30,000 / 15,000 / 10,000 euros); and last, but not least, a 1663 double reichstaler from the county of Regenstein (No. 3022, estimate: 17,500 euros).
The most expensive piece from the German States is a double convention taler from Saxony in 1780, which was meant as a token of diligence. Only 20 specimens were minted (No. 3062, estimate: 35,000 euros).
No. 2013: Brunswick-Lüneburg. Heinrich der Lange, 1195-1227. Bracteate. Extremely rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 3,000 euros.
No. 2076: Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Christian, Bishop of Halberstadt, 1617-1626. Gold gulden 1622, Lippstadt “Pfaffenfeindgoldgulden.” Very rare. Very Fine +.
Estimate: 15,000 euros.
No. 2127: Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich, 1685-1704. Reichstaler 1702, Goslar. On the breakup of the fraternal unity. Very rare. Nearly FDC.
Estimate: 10,000 euros.
No. 2306: Brunswick-Calenberg-Hannover. George, 1636-1641. Double reichstaler 1641, Zellerfeld, on his death. Extremely fine to FDC.
Estimate: 20,000 euros.
No. 2340: Brunswick-Calenberg-Hannover. Ernst August, 1679-1698. Gold off strike of the taler die, no date (1691), Zellerfeld. Extremely rare. Nearly FDC.
Estimate: 25,000 euros.
No. 2379: Brunswick-Calenberg-Hannover. Wilhelmine Amalie, daughter of Johann Friedrich, spouse of Emperor Joseph I. Gold medal in the weight of 50 ducats, no date (1713), of A. di Gennaro. Extremely rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 25,000 euros.
No. 2762: Bremen. Reichstaler 1602. Very rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimate: 15,000 euros.
No. 2977: Pomerania-Stettin. Philip II, 1606-1618. Triple reichstaler 1613, Stettin. Unique. Very Fine.
Estimate: 30,000 euros.
No. 3062: Saxony. Friedrich August III (I), 1763-1806-1827. Double konventionstaler 1780, Dresden. Only 20 specimens struck. Extremely Fine to FDC.
Estimate: 35,000 euros.
Press release courtesy of the Fritz Rudolf Künker Company.