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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 8, February 19, 2023, Article 24


Here's the first part of a press release for Künker's Spring Auctions, covering sales 382-384. -Editor

Eleven Special Collections at Künker's Spring Auction Sales

As many as eleven special collections will be sold by Künker from 16 to 24 March 2023, including ancient and modern gold coins from the Wolf Collection, denarii of the Roman Republic from the Bauss Collection, Salzburg coins and medals from the Schedel Collection, bracteates from the Fleige Collection, Mainz coins from the Memmesheimer and Beaury Collections, and many more.

Eleven extensive special collections will be sold by the Osnabrück auction house Künker in its Spring Auction Sales from 16 to 24 March 2023. The selection ranges from ancient coins to German patterns of the 20th century.

The auction week starts with auction 382. It contains ancient issues, including numerous Greek works of art with provenances that go far back, as well as denarii of the Roman Republic from the Bauss Collection. This is followed by auction 383 with the Wolf Collection of excellent gold coins from ancient times to the 19th century; the focal point is on Roman aurei and solidi as well as on rare issues from Bavaria and Saxony, Great Britain and Italy, including many multiple gold coins. Auction 384 offers the Schedel Collection of coins from the city of Salzburg; here too collectors will find a wealth of spectacular multiple-ducat and multiple-taler issues, which were once used as diplomatic gifts. Next is catalog 385 with the Bader Collection of coins, medals and orders on the subjects of Absolutism, Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Catalog 386 combines several special collections. It starts with the Peter Fleige Collection of exquisite bracteates. This is followed by the Memmesheimer and Beaury Collections of coins and medals from Mainz. The general catalog covers further collections such as the special collection Cygnus in Nummis (swans in numismatics), the Schuckmann Collection of coins and medals of Napoleon and his time, as well as a special collection on Brunswick and Lüneburg. Lovers of US coinage will find a small collection of Morgan Dollars, before the Coenen Collection with numerous patters will be on offer in the section of German coins issued after 1871. Thus, you can once again expect a colorful and exciting auction week, which clearly shows how much trust collectors place in the Künker auction house.

Catalog 382: Coins from the Ancient World

Are you excited about Greek coins of excellent quality and outstanding provenance? In this case, you should not miss out on auction 382 on Thursday, 16 March! It offers a wealth of Greek coins whose provenances date back to the first half of the 20th century. Here are just some of the great names that were among the previous owners of these coins: Sir Arthur Evans, Robert Jameson, Richard Cyrill Lockett, Hyman Montagu, Henri de Nanteuil, Theodor Prowe and Sir Hermann Weber.

There are also many rarities among the denarii of the Roman Republic and the imperatorial period, most of which come from the Fritzotto Bauss Collection.

There is something for everyone in the section of Roman coins from the Roman Imperial Period. The offer ranges from unassuming bronze coins estimated at a few euros to the rare aurei of Commodus, Septimius Severus and even Postumus.

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No. 27: Caulonia (Bruttium). Stater, 525-500. From the Dr. Rousset Collection, Bourgey auction (1908), No. 40 and the Barrachin Collection, Florange / Ciani auction (1924), No. 158 as well as Hess auction 254 (1983), No. 50. Extremely fine. Estimate: 8,000 euros

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No. 108: Delphoi. Trihemiobol, middle of the 4th century BC. From the H. Nanteuil Collection (1925), No. 883. Probably the piece of the highest quality of this rare issue. Extremely fine. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 118: Corinth. Stater, 555-515. Very rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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No. 283: Roman Republic. Faustus Cornelius Sulla. Denarius, 56. From the Fritzotto Bauss Collection. Very rare. About extremely fine / Extremely fine. Estimate: 1,250 euros

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No. 284: Roman Republic. Faustus Cornelius Sulla. Denarius, 56. From the Ernst Justus Haeberlin Collection, Cahn / Hess auction (1933), No. 2200, and the Dr. August Voirol Collection, Münzen und Medaillen AG auction 38 (1968), No. 198. Very rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 2,000 euros

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No. 405: Domitianus, 81-96. Aureus, 82/83. Very rare, especially in this quality. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 520: Postumus, 260-268. Aureus, 263/4, Cologne. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

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No. 522: Regalianus, 260. Antoninianus, Carnuntum. Very rare. Traces of overstriking, very fine + / very fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

Catalog 383: The Roger Wolf Collection – Classica et Patria

Catalog 383 contains a collection of a kind that one only gets to see on rare occasions. The lawyer, banker and entrepreneur Roger Wolf (1949-2022) loved gold coins, and he had a well though-out concept for his collection. Although he lived abroad, his family was originally from Germany, Saxony to be precise. After the Second World War, they fled to Munich, where young Roger Wolf grew up. Therefore, we can find extensive runs of Bavarian and Saxon coins in his collection, including many impressive multiple gold coins.

Roger Wolf's true passion was the Roman Imperial Period. He wanted to own one gold coin each of perfect quality from every emperor. After some time, the collector realized that he would have to wait too long before potential pieces for his collection might come on the market. Therefore, he diversified his collecting interests: first to include coins from ancient Greece, then coins from Great Britain and Italy.

But no matter what coin he bought, he always focused on two aspects. We do not need to talk about the grade of his pieces – every item is of outstanding quality. In addition, Roger Wolf attached great importance to an excellent provenance right from the beginning. He loved to be able to trace back the existence of his pieces on the coin market as far as possible. Therefore, connoisseurs will not only discover excellent rarities in this collection but excellent rarities with impressive provenances that reach far back.

To emphasize this fact, Künker included the picture of the respective piece's first appearance in the coin trade in this catalog – if possible. This enables collectors to easily check the provenance of the coin even if they do not own an extensive library.

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No. 2025: Panticapaeum (Scythia). Stater, 380-370. Hoover 17 (this specimen). MacDonald 31 (this specimen). From Leu auction 50 (1990), No. 80. Very rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 2110: Uranius Antoninus, 253-254. Aureus, Emesa. Calicó 3397 (this specimen). RPC 1945.2 (this specimen). First photographed in 1937 by Henry Seyrig. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 2121: Julian of Pannonia, 284-285. Aureus, Siscia. Calicó 4416 (this specimen). From NFA auction XIV (1984), No. 542. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros

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No. 2209: Great Britain. George IV, 1820-1830. 2 pounds 1823, London. Only 150 specimens minted. Extremely fine, Proof. NGC PF 60. Estimate: 25,000 euros

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No. 2223: Sardinia. Victor Amadeus III, 1773-1796. Carlino da 5 doppie 1786, Turin. Very rare. Extremely fine. NGC AU 53. Estimate: 15,000 euros

  02321a00 02321r00

No. 2321: Bavaria. Maximilian II, 1848-1864. Ducat 1855, later issue to commemorate the yield of Goldkronach. Divo / p. 36 (this specimen). Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 2363: Saxony. Frederick Augustus I, 1694-1733. 4 ducats 1696, Dresden. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. NGC MS 63. Estimate: 50,000 euros

Catalog 384: Coins, Medals and Tokens of Salzburg – The Professor Dr. Franz Schedel Collection

Together with Mages GmbH, the Künker auction house will offer what is probably one of the most important collections of Salzburg coins and medals that have come onto the market in recent years. It was compiled by the surgeon Professor Dr. Franz Schedel, who had a lasting influence on the medical care of many people in the Munich and Passau area. Under his leadership, the small hospital in Passau became the Klinikum Passau, which is now the most important specialized hospital in Lower Bavaria. In 1960, Prof. Schedel also founded his family-led sanatorium, one of the largest oncological rehabilitation facilities in Bavaria. In order to unwind from his demanding work, Prof. Schedel collected coins and medals of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, whose history and coinage he studied throughout his life.

Therefore, the Schedel Collection was assembled with great knowledge and abundant resources. It is a unique ensemble that combines an impressive number of multiple gold and silver coins of the kind that the rich Salzburg bishops had produced for diplomatic purposes and to be used as gifts. However, like any truly great collection, the Schedel Collection contains not only high-priced coins but also small, inconspicuous pfennigs, which were used by ordinary citizens on a daily basis. Therefore, estimates range from 75 euros to 75,000 euros. In other words: everyone, really everyone, who is interested in Salzburg should take a close look at this extensive collection. The accompanying catalog with the biographies of all bishops of Salzburg will certainly become a new standard work.

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No. 2522: Salzburg. Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, 1519-1540. 4 ducats 1522. Very rare. NGC MS63. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 2667: Salzburg. Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, 1587-1612. 10 ducats 1594, tower issue (Turmprägung). From Helbing auction 60 (1930), No. 853. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 2671: Salzburg. Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, 1587-1612. 10 ducats 1587. Extremely rare. NGC AU58. Extremely fine. Estimate: 40,000 euros

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No. 2807: Salzburg. Paris von Lodron, 1619-1653. Sixfold reichstalerklippe, 1628, commemorating the inauguration of the cathedral. From Partin auction 33 (1991), No. 1234a. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 2854: Salzburg. Guidobald von Thun und Hohenstein, 1654-1668. 15 ducats 1654, commemorating the erection of the salvator sculpture on the pediment of the cathedral's façade in 1654. Purchased in 1984 from Partin Bank, Bad Mergentheim. Extremely rare. 2 x incised face value XV on the reverse. Extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 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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Wayne Homren, Editor

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