German auction house Fritz Rudolf Künker offers a wide array of
material during three auctions Feb. 2 in Berlin.
A total of about 1,200 lots with a combined estimate of €7 million
(about $9.2 million in U.S. funds) will cross the block in the Estrel
Convention Center preceding the World Money Fair.
Sale No. 201 offers 806 lots of “Numismatic Rarities,” including
more than one dozen unique pieces. One of the highlights is a gold
10-ducat medal of the “Great Elector” Frederick William I, minted in
1681 on the homage of the city of Magdeburg.
In Nearly Extremely Fine condition, the coin has an estimate of
€75,000 ($98,269 U.S.).
Sale No. 202 features the Friedrich Popken Collection of Salzburg,
a 196-lot offering led by what is believed to be a unique gold medal
of 100 ducats weight. Struck in 1747 upon the Sept. 10 election of
Archbishop Andreas Jakob of Dietrichstein as archbishop, the medal
measures 80 millimeters in diameter and weighs 350 grams. In Extremely
Fine to Brilliant Uncirculated condition, its estimate is €100,000
Another rarity that shares a €100,000 estimate is described as
“one of the most sought-after coins of early modern times,” a 1504
rübentaler (guldiner) from the Hall Mint. Only 10 examples of this
coin were minted, under mint master Leonhard of Keutschach. The coat
of arms of the family of Keutschach shows a turnip — hence the
nickname of this coin (turnip is rübe in German).
The coin, which shows one of the earliest representations of the
Salzburg cathedral, is probably the most famous coin of Salzburg. This
example is in EF condition.
The final auction scheduled for Berlin offers 192 “High Quality
Russian Rarities,” led by the collection of all five types of 1835 and
1836 “Family rubles” coins.
A separate story posted online at www.coinworld.com further explores
All lots may be viewed online and the catalogs may be downloaded
at the auction house website, www.kuenker.de. Bidding may also be
accomplished through www.sixbid.com.
All successful lots are subject to a 15 percent buyer’s fee.
For more information, email the business at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone
it at (011) 49 541 96 20. ■