World Coins

German states coins part of Gorny & Mosch auction

Perhaps no country has as wide an array of coin designs, types and denominations as Germany. The center of European history, German coins have been influenced and issued by numerous rulers, states and tribes.

A range of Germanic coins were offered in Gorny & Mosch’s auction No. 221 on March 12, one of three auctions the firm conducted over three days.

Highlights included a gold pattern from Nuremberg, a silver conventiontaler from Mainz and two silver klippes from Saxe-Weissengen.

The gold pattern 5-ducat coin carries the design used for a silver taler in 1698 celebrating the Treaty of Ryswick, which settled the War of the League of Augsburg, where France was pitted against the Grand Alliance of England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the United Provinces.

The “very rare” pattern, in Extremely Fine to Fleur de Coin (Uncirculated) condition, according to the auction house, realized €33,488 (about $46,431 U.S.) against an estimate of €18,000 ($24,955 U.S.).

All results include the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee, but not the value-added tax, which varies depending on buyer location.

The taler was the major silver coin of Europe for about four centuries, and numerous types were issued.

One type is the conventiontaler, which weighs about 27 grams. They appeared beginning in the middle of the 18th century and were used for several decades before a lighter coin replaced them.

A 1795 silver conventiontaler with a view of the city of Mainz — one of two pieces known for the coin issue — was offered in the sale. The coin was issued under Friedrich Karl Josef von Erthal, prince-elector and bishop of Mainz from 1774 to 1802. 

In Fleur de Coin condition, the example realized €19,975 (about $27,715 U.S.), against an estimate of €15,000 ($20,796 U.S.).

Two coins from the state of Saxe-Weissenfels commemorate a bird shooting contest.

Christian, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, had klippes with the same weight as a thaler minted to commemorate the contest in Weissenfels. The “extremely rare” square pieces date to 1717 and 1718.

The 1717 example is graded EF by the auction firm and the 1718 piece is graded Good EF. Both were estimated at €10,000 (about $13,864 U.S.) and realized €11,750 and €12,925 ($16,290, and $17,919 U.S.), respectively.

The German coins were among thousands of offerings over three days.

Auction No. 219 offered “high quality ancient coins,” with auction No. 220 featuring ancient coins and lots. The final auction, No. 221, focused on coins of medieval and modern times. A full list of prices realized can be viewed at the firm’s website,

Gorny & Mosch are now soliciting consignments for its October auctions, with lots accepted through July 25.

For more information about the firm or to consign, telephone it at (011) 49 89 2422 6430 or visit its website. 

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