More than 3,600 lots of ancient, medieval, oriental and modern
coins, as well as paper money, are offered in Busso Peus Nachf.’s
auction No. 404, scheduled for Nov. 2 to 4. The auction is scheduled
to be held at the nh-Hotel Frankfurt City in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany.
Highlighting the auction is a 1556 silver tallero of Savoy. The
tallero, issued under Emanuele Filiberto, is one of the great rarities
in the Italian series.
Filiberto issued the coins in imitation of silver talers of the
notorious warlord Markgraf Albrecht von Brandenburg, who issued
coinage to finance raids in different territories of the German empire
in 16th century Germany. Because of the warlord’s exploits, the talers
proliferated and became targets of imitation, including the issues by
Filiberto, one of several princes who borrowed the general pattern of
this well known coinage with the image of the ruler on one side and
four coats of arms in a floral cross on the other.
The silver content of Filiberto’s imitations was, however,
significantly lower than the content of the original coins of Albrecht
von Brandenburg. And although the legends as well as coats of arms on
the pieces in the name of Filiberto identify correctly the Savoyan
origin of this currency, the mostly illiterate contemporaries were
fooled often enough into confounding them with the similar looking but
more valuable coins from Brandenburg-Kulmbach, according to the
In Very Fine condition, the coin has an estimate of €15,000 (about
Auction No. 404 also features the Alexander Persijn Collection of
Paper Money, Part I.
The auction is joined by the firm’s 405th auction, which comprises
the Dr. Eckhart Pick Collection of coins from Mainz. That sale is
scheduled for Nov. 3, at the same venue as auction No. 404.
For more information about the auctions, write to the firm at
Bornwiesenweg 34, D-60322 Frankfurt / Main, Germany, telephone it at
(011) 49 69 959 66 20, email it at email@example.com or visit
its website, www.bussopeus.de. ■