German auction house Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger will conduct a
series of two numismatic auctions in early February.
Auction 279 features a collection of ancient Roman coins, which
was begun in the 1870s by the unnamed Berlin surgeon and personal
physician of Prince Karl von Preussen, brother of Kaiser Wilhelm I. In
this function the physician accompanied the prince on several trips
including some to Italy, where his interest and love for the ancient
world and for numismatics was awakened.
The coins remained in the physician’s family after his death in
1895, and many of the gold coins were melted during World War I. The
original owner’s grandson did not add to the collection, passing the
remaining portion in the 1960s to his daughter, who with her husband
began adding to the collection.
The firm offered its first auction of items from the collection,
featuring Greek issues, in September.
The portion of the collection offered in February provides an
overview of Roman coinage from the early Republic to the early
Byzantine Empire, with a special focus on acquiring, if possible, at
least one coin of each emperor in gold, silver and bronze.
Auction 280 features ancient, medieval and modern coins and
medals, as well as numismatic literature.
A collection of Hessian coins is highlighted by an undated gold
10-ducat coin of Regensburg, Germany, struck for an April 11, 1793,
tribute to the emperor Franz II. The coin was designed by Johann
Nikolaus Koernlein. It is one of just two coins from Regensburg for
The number of examples minted and extant is unknown, but the piece
is cataloged as Friedberg 2570 in Gold Coins of the World by
Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, which notes that it is “very rare.”
An example sold for 48,000 Swiss francs in 2004; the example in
the February auction, in Uncirculated condition, has an estimate of
€30,000 (about $39,470 in U.S. funds).
Regensburg was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, and Franz II was
the last Holy Roman Emperor.
For more information about the auction, telephone the auction
house at (011) 49 8929 2150, email it at email@example.com or
visit its website, www.coinhirsch.de. ■