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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 35, August 27, 2023, Article 17


Here's the third and final part of the press release detailing highlights of Künker's four auction sales in September.. -Editor

Coins and Medals from Trier: The Prof. Alois Matthias Memmesheimer Collection
From the Netherlands we travel to Trier, the old archbishopric on the Moselle River. Prof. Alois Matthias Memmesheimer has also assembled a collection of almost 100 lots on the subject of Trier. After Künker auctioned off the Memmesheimer Collection of Mainz issues in March 2023, now it is Trier's turn in Künker's auction 394. The time frame ranges from the 11th to the late 18th centuries. In addition, there are a few ancient coins.

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No. 5227: Trier. Eberhard, 1047-1066. Pfennig. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 1,000 euros

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No. 5265: Trier. Richard von Greiffenklau-Vollrads, 1511-1531. 1523 gold medal with the weight of three gold guldens. Extremely rare (just one gold specimen under Vienna in the Habich catalog, Baron L. von Rothschild Coll.). Traces of mounting. Fields chased. Very fine. Estimate: 5,000 euros

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No. 5270: Trier. Lothar von Metternich, 1599-1623. 1607 reichstaler, Trier. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros

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No. 5307: Trier. Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony, 1768-1794. 1773 conventionstaler, Koblenz. First strike. About FDC. Estimate: 5,000 euros

Large Series and Individual Pieces
As if this were not enough, experts will discover many spectacular individual pieces and numerous extensive series in auctions 391 and 394. Let us start with a small run of Danish coins, distributed among both catalogs 391 and 394. Lovers of Italian gold coins will also be spoilt for choice: which one of the many rare 100-lire pieces should they add to their collection? The same problem arises for all those interested in US gold coins. About 60 lots are on offer in this section.

Of course, auction 391 will also offer Habsburg tenfold-ducats of the kind that the emperors had produced for diplomatic purposes. Another rarity, however, is only seldomly seen on the market: the portrait denarius of Charlemagne. Only about 40 specimens are known of this historically and numismatically important coin.

What other lots should we mention? There is, for example, the really rare 1707 ruble minted on behalf of Peter the Great at the Moscow Kadashevsky Mint. It is from the Hutten-Czapski Collection, as the conspicuous collector punch proves. Or are you interested in the first Brandenburg taler? Joachim I had it minted in 1521 in Frankfurt an der Oder. Künker offers a very fine specimen of the piece.

Of course, auction catalog 394 also includes numerous coins of the German Empire, for example the rarest type among all imperial gold coins: the 20-mark piece from 1872 with the portrait of Ernest II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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No. 29: Denmark. Christian V, 1670-1699. 1692 ducat, Copenhagen. Very rare, especially in this quality. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 20,000 euros

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No. 257: Greece / Corfu. Under Venetian administration. Gold medal of 15 ducats commemorating the defense of Corfu from 25 July to 20 August 1716, by P. H. Müller. Extremely rare. Minimally worked at the edge. Extremely fine. Estimate: 30,000 euros

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No. 383: Italy. Victor Emanuel III, 1900-1946. 100 lire 1903, Rome. Only 966 specimens minted. NGC MS62. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 7,500 euros

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No. 639: USA. 20 dollars 1907, Philadelphia. NGC MS62. Very rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 10,000 euros

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No. 683: HRE. Ferdinand III, 1625-1637-1657. 10 ducats 1640, Prague. Very rare. With small incised face value 10 in the field on the obverse. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 60,000 euros

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No. 890: German states / Münster. Ferdinand of Bavaria, 1612-1650. 4 ducats n.d., Münster. NGC AU58. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 35,000 euros

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No. 959: German states / Schwarzenberg. Johann Nepomuk, 1782-1789. 10 ducats 1783, Vienna. Extremely rare. NGC MS65*. Minor adjustment marks on the obverse. About FDC. Estimate: 175,000 euros

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No. 4534: France / Carolingians. Charlemagne, 768-814. Denarius, 813/4 or a little later, Aachen. Of the highest rarity and great historical and numismatic importance. Very fine. Estimate: 40,000 euros

By the way, Künker's auction year does not end with this September sale! From 13 until 15 November 2023, ancient coins as well as orders and decorations from across the world will be on offer in Osnabrück.

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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