28 - 29, April, 2021
Ancient - medieval - modern coins - Papermoney
The 428th auction of our house puts a significant focus on Greek numismatics in the area of ancient coins. This part consists of four private collections, the most important being the Graeculus collection, of which the first part was already sold extremely successful in auction 427.
Among the selection of over 400 Greek coins, there are exquisite pedigrees: The Consul Weber, Kokoschka, Jameson, Niggeler and von Aulock collections are represented with specimens, some of which have not been on the market for many decades. Special mention deserves the first published example of a drachm from Argos, which was followed by just five more in the following hundred years.
Also significant is the Terone tetradrachm, the best example of a very rare series. Sicily is represented with two particularly magnificent tetradrachms of Gela and Messana. Lovers of Hellenistic coin art will appreciate the excellent gold stater, which was minted in Colophon in the name of Philip III, and whose portrait of Apollo bears the features of Alexander the Great. Especially in Hellenism there are some exquisite pieces on offer, such as the drachma of the Pontic king Pharnakes from the Jameson collection. A special focus of the Graeculus Collection is, as the name suggests, on small coins. Among those of Asia Minor there are some excellently preserved small works of art.
The Hrycyna Collection has been compiled with great care and dedication over almost 40 years and has its focus in southern Italy and Sicily. The didrachms from Akragas with the beautifully pronounced and well-centered crab on reverse and the Carthaginian tetradrachms from Lilybaion are particularly noteworthy. The stater from Olympia stands out from the coins of the Greek motherland. In addition, a selection extending from Asia Minor to Egypt and Carthage of rather common pieces but in beautiful quality is offered. The pretty tetradrachm of Ptolemy II and the Carthaginian electrum shekel should not be left unmentioned in this context.
As always, the following world coins begin with a wide selection of foreign coins and medals and a noteworthy highlight. The 10-fold ducat of the first Czechoslovak Republic from 1930 was minted 394 times only. An almost complete series of US commemorative 1/2 dollars should be mentioned here in anticipation of the auction finale. The Habsburg dynasty’s coins are followed by coins and medals, made of gold and silver, from the numerous states of the Holy Roman Empire. Among them, there are some beautiful thalers from Brandenburg-Prussia and scattered highlights such as the extremely rare gold-gulden of the Mainz-Rhenisch coin union of 1572, which was struck in the Frankfurt mint in 1626, for the Wurzburg episcopate to redeem the town of Kitzingen, which was pledged to Brandenburg-Ansbach. A rare overlap of collection fields! As usual, the Imperial German coins follow with beautiful Proofs among them. Another part of a collection of minting tools completes the field of coin.
As already indicated, there will be a further highlight of this auction. A series of 45 lots with US banknotes, many of them in nice conditions, should definitely be noted.
As usual, the auction closes with lowly estimated combined lots, which, like all other objects in the auction, can be viewed in our business premises after prior notification.
Consignments for forthcoming auctions are requested from now on.