With an auction Sept. 24, the German auction firm Gerhard Hirsch
Nachfolger recently reached a milestone. That sale was the firm’s
300th since 1953.
In 1878, Otto Helbig, the great-great-uncle of Francisca Bernheimer,
the owner of the present business, founded a company that was an
ancestor of today’s Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger.
Sale No. 300 was one of five different auctions in Munich, from
Sept. 23 to 27. A highlight from Sale No. 300 included a famous
ancient Greek coin signed by one of the greatest of early coin designers.
The silver decadrachm of Syracuse in Sicily that are signed by the
famous die maker (celator) Kimon are legendary. The circa 405 to 400
B.C. coins’ obverse features a victorious charioteer driving a
quadriga (four-horse chariot), with Nike floating above, reaching out
to crown the driver, while on the reverse the water nymph Arethusa
faces the viewers’ left, surrounded by four dolphins.
The Kimon Syracusan decadrachm in the auction, graded “About
Extremely Fine” according to the auction house, realized a hammer
price of €15,000 ($19,291 in U.S. funds). The buyer’s fee ranges from
17 percent to 23 percent, with a 2.5 percent fee for Internet bids.
For more information, telephone the firm at (011) 49 8929 2150, email it,
or visit its website.