E-Auction 12

22. Januar 2022

Ancient - medieval - modern coins 


For our e-auction 12 we have put together a nice selection of ancient coins from a wide variety of areas. Particularly noteworthy are the perfectly centered and well struck tetradrachm from Syracuse (no. 9) with cabinet toning, the finely toned tetradrachm of Kassandros (no. 22) as well as the electrontrite from the Mermnad dynasty (no. 29). The final part of the Greek coins is, among others, a series of nice Sasanian coinage from the bequest of the arthistorian and orientalist Dr. Kurt Erdmann (1901-1964). The group of oriental coins also comes from the same estate. The Roman coins start with an offering of attractive Republic denarii. As with the imperial coinage, there is a special focus on ship depictions. Highlights among the late Roman coins are the solidus of Magnentius from Trier (no. 106) and the solidus of Theodosius I, also from the collection of Dr. Erdmann.

In the field of world coins, this year's focus of the e-auction is on German coins after 1871. Especially the extensive series of proofs of the GDR commemorative coins, some of them minted only in quantities of a few 1000 pieces, should be observed by collectors. Also, the coins of the German Empire with colonies and the rare Euro gold coins of the Vatican must be mentioned in the brevity of the preview. Otherwise, the opportunity is given in all areas, even for small money to supplement a collection with pretty individual pieces. In between, of course, you will find as always, some beautiful rarities from every era and the whole world.

Auction 429

3 - 4, November, 2021

Ancient - medieval - modern coins - Numismatic literature 


Our autumn auction this year with, as usual, a wide range from antiquity to modern paper money, met with great interest again. The Trinakria collection marked the start in the field of Greek coins. The collection, which has been carefully compiled and then preserved for almost 30 years, comprised pieces for those with a large or small budget interested in Sicilian numismatics and once again showed that particularly high-quality coins with a meaningful provenance and small coins in beautiful condition bring good prices. The top runners were the signed Tetradrachm of Eumenes (no. 69), which was sold for € 17,000, the almost extremely fine tetradrachm from Messana (no. 47) was hammered for € 7,000, and the pretty tetradrachm from Akragas (no. 23) went for € 9,000. Among the small coins, the rare litra from Motya (no. 51) with a hammer of € 800 and the litra from Syracuse (no. 68) with a result of € 1,500 should be emphasized here.
Ancient gold and electrum coins are still popular, from the Celts to the Byzantine emperors. In addition to high-quality pieces, rarities are also of interest. The excellent gold stater of Philip III from Pella (no.111) found a new owner at a hammer price of € 5,000, the extremely rare hecte from Kyzikos (no.125) fetched € 1,150, and the unedited Ephesian hemi-hecte (no.137) was knocked down for € 900. Among the Roman coins, the result of the very rare aureus with the portraits of Octavianus and Julius Caesar (no. 282) should be particularly emphasized (€ 28,000). Finally, the very rare thick solidus of Byzantine emperor Constantine IV (no. 391) should not go unmentioned with a hammer price of € 2,400.

The coins and medals of the modern era already showed by the high pre-bids that the generally increased price level on the coin market is not a flash in the pan. Collectors and dealers had already taken into account the high hammer prices of the recent past in these bids, so that the call in most cases was already well above the estimate. Internet bidders also seemed prepared for this and readily took up the fight for the hammer. In addition to the consistently good results for coins in the lower-priced segment (here, the coins of the European Middle Ages deserve special mention, which all found new expert owners) the bidding for Chinese coins in particular was very competitive. The 20 cents specimen struck in silver (lot 1017) increased from 25,000 to a proud 50,000 euros in the result. Gold remained in demand in all segments.
Among the feudal German coins, the results for the excellently preserved Vereinstalers were particularly striking. Here, even more common types were consistently hammered at mid-three-digit prices. Visitors had already convinced themselves in advance that the company Busso Peus Nachf. is still not inclined to exaggerate their grading opinion. In the case of the central collection of Hessian coins, its estimate was outbid by a whopping 46%.