Denmark’s most expensive coin is actually from Norway.
Auction house Bruun Rasmussen sold the 1658 silver 2-speciedaler
coin Nov. 3 in Copenhagen to a floor bidder who lives in Norway.
The coin was struck in Norway, but under the Danish King Frederik
III. It realized 1,150,000 Danish kroners, about $170,000 U.S. Adding
the 24 percent buyer’s fee pushes the sales total to about $210,800 U.S.
The unique coin was previously unknown to the numismatic community,
according to the auction house. The consignor discovered the coin in a
box of otherwise common material that he had inherited in 1982, the
firm said. The coin came to light during a valuation session in
Aarhus, Denmark. The consignor had inherited it from a family member
with Norwegian roots, and the piece had been hidden away in a box with
other heirlooms until this autumn when he had some of the material evaluated.
The coin was designed by German medallist John Blum, who had
produced a medal for King Frederik III as well as many other pieces,
according to the Biographical Dictionary of Medallists by
Leonard Forrer. After years of questionable quality production from
the Christiania Mint, Danish authorities commissioned Blum to create
The unique coin was probably intended as a presentation piece for
Frederick III’s cabinet of Curiosities in Copenhagen, but – possibly
as a result of the wars with Sweden at the time – it never reached the city.
"It is a beautiful coin, which is destined to become the most
expensive coin ever sold at auction in Denmark – both because of its
rarity, aesthetic appeal, quality and historical significance. The
coin is undoubtedly the most spectacular coin, which Bruun Rasmussen
has ever had up for auction," said Michael Fornitz, chief
numismatist for Bruun Rasmussen's coin auctions.
The coin was described by the auction house as Very Fine to
Extremely Fine. The hammer price was slightly less than the pre-sale
estimate of €160,000.
For full details about the auction, visit the Bruun Rasmussen website.