An 1835 silver Family ruble of Russia set a record for highest
price achieved by any single coin sold at auction in Germany.
German auction firm Fritz Rudolf Künker, based in Osnabrück, sold
the Family ruble struck honoring Czar Nicholas I and his family for a
record €747,500 (about $980,460 U.S.) including the 15 percent buyer’s fee.
The coin (which is denominated 1.5 rubles or 10 zlotych) is one of
five variants of the famed rarity, each represented by an example
offered in the auction of “High quality Russian coins.” The Type I
example in the auction is one of 36 coins of the type, struck in the
effort to honor the czar and his family upon the 10th anniversary of
The coin broke a record that was established at the firm’s 2011
World Money Fair auction, when a 1911 Chinese silver dollar pattern
sold for €529,000 ($723,921 in U.S. funds) including the 15 percent
All five of the Family Ruble coins in the auction were accompanied
by an expert report of the State Historical Museum Moscow, and the
director of the Moscow Coin Cabinet, Igor Shiryakov, stressed the
importance of the items at the beginning of the auction.
The five Family rubles together realized €1,627,250 (about
$2,134,270 U.S.) including the buyer’s fee, against a combined
estimate of €644,000. All of the Family ruble coins were sold to
anonymous winners bidding on the telephone. Those in the crowded
auction room applauded after each of the five lots was hammered down.
A total of 188 lots from 192 lots offered, or 97.9 percent, were
sold from the Russian portion of Künker’s auction series. That portion
realized an estimated €3.35 million (about $4.4 million U.S.) with the
buyer’s fee included.
Sale No. 201, offering “Numismatic Rarities,” a wide range of
ancient and historic world coins, led the auction day at the Estrel
Convention Center. A total of 798 lots from the 806 offered (or 99
percent) were sold as this auction realized an estimated €7.5 million
(about $9.8 million U.S.) including the buyer’s fee.
The Friedrich Popken collection of coins and medals from Salzburg
composed the 196 lots in sale No. 202. The catalog listed the history
of the region, providing a list and biography of all the archbishops
ranging from Pilgrim II von Puchheim from the mid-14th century through
Ferdinand in the early 19th century.
All lots were sold for an estimated €1.8 million (about $2.3
million U.S.), including the buyer’s fee.
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.
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