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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 35, August 27, 2023, Article 15


Künker will hold four auction sales in September. Here's the first part of the press release detailing highlights. -Editor

Hesse, Trier, France, the Netherlands and Multiple Portraits: Some Remarks on the Upcoming Künker Sales

From 25 to 29 September 2023, Künker will hold four auction sales. Collectors can look forward to several special collections. Some catalogs focus on coins from Hesse and the Netherlands. In addition, there is a large section with European gold coins, a collection of Trier issues and a special collection focusing on multiple portraits .

Four catalogs with more than 4,000 lot numbers – that is what you can expect from Künker's Fall Auction Sales, which will be held from 25 to 29 September 2023 at the Vienna House Remarque in Osnabrück. As always, experts will find an interesting mix of selected individual pieces and extensive special collections. Two collections were honored with a separate catalog: catalog 392 contains the second part of the Dr. Hans-Jürgen Loos Collection with coins from Hesse and the Hesse region. Catalog 393 presents the first part of the Lodewijk S. Beuth Collection with coins from the Netherlands and the Dutch overseas territories minted after 1795. Catalogs 391 and 394 include many outstanding individual pieces and more special collections. At this point, we limit this list to the comprehensive collection of rare European gold coins of excellent quality from the estate of the Luxembourg notary Robert Schuman, the Trier special collection assembled by Prof. Dr. Alois Memmesheimer and – last but not least – an outstanding collection of Multiple Portraits from a private collection in Westphalia.

The Maître Robert Schuman Collection
Once again, a coin collection will be auctioned off for a good cause. The Luxembourg notary Robert Schuman (1953-2022) determined in his will, that the proceeds from his collection of rare gold coins of excellent quality will benefit the Luxembourg Red Cross. So, submitting bids for coins from the Schuman Collection is a twofold pleasure: you will not only acquire a magnificent treasure from an exquisite ensemble but also support the Red Cross to fulfill its many humanitarian missions.

Maître Robert Schuman collected for many decades. His main focus was on royal France. His collection of French issues dates from Philippe VI (1328-1350) to Napoleon III and also contains some coins from the following three republics. The last coin was issued in 1986 to honor his name twin.

But the collection also covers other areas. It contains some great rarities, for example the extremely fine and very rare 5-guinea piece from 1692 with the double portrait of the British rulers William III and Mary. By the way, the two pieces from this collection with the highest estimates are not made of gold but of platinum: the extremely rare 12-ruble pieces created for Tsar Nicholas I of Russia in 1830 and 1841.

  00021a00 00021r00

No. 21: Ghent / Belgium. 1583 Noble. Minted during the city's uprising against Philippe II (1581-1584). Very rare. PCGS MS62 (Top Pop). Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 5,000 euros

  00088a00 00088r00

No. 88: France. Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Double louis d'or à la mèche longue 1648, N, Montpellier. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

  00264a00 00264r00

No. 264: Great Britain. William III and Mary, 1688-1694. 5 guineas 1692, London. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros

  00458a00 00458r00

No. 458: Russia. Nicholas I, 1825-1855. 12 rubles, platinum, 1841, St. Petersburg. Only 75 specimens minted. NGC MS61. Extremely fine to FDC (Prooflike). Estimate: 50,000 euros

Multiple Portraits from a Private Collection in Westphalia
When assembling a collection, there are a myriad of subjects to choose from. A Westphalian collector was fascinated by a particular topic: he focused on coins and medals that not only show the portrait of one but of several rulers. This very special collection is distributed among both catalogs 391 and 394 due to the many countries and territories where such coins and medals were created. Keep your eyes open! It is a rare pleasure to discover so many double portraits in one of our catalogs.

  00961a00 00961r00

No. 961: Westphalia. Hieronymus Napoleon, 1807-1813. Gold medal of 12 ducats, commemorating the visit of the royal couple to the Clausthal mines in 1811, by W. Körner. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 7,500 euros

  04825a00 04825r00

No. 4825: HRE. Leopold I, 1657-1705. Silver pedigree medallion n.d. (1690), commemorating the coronation of his son Joseph as King of Germany in Augsburg, by M. Brunner. Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 4,000 euros

  05777a00 05777r00

No. 5777: German Empire / Mecklenburg-Schwerin. 1915 pattern of 5 marks. Extremely rare. Proof. Estimate: 5,000 euros

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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