In Part 4 of its extraordinary British Collection, SINCONA will be presenting several extremely rare patterns, some of which are the best-preserved specimens available on the market. In this article, we tell their story.
1740: a magnificent medal of the Archbishop of Mainz stresses his steady political course. But then came 20 October 1740, triggering consequences at the European level that put Mainz in an extremely difficult position.
On Friday, 24 March 2023, auction house Künker will offer a gold medal that was minted for the wedding of Philip II of Spain and Mary of England. Their marriage could have turned world history in another direction had Mary given birth to an heir to the throne.
On 17 March 2023, the Künker auction house will offer the Roger Wolf Collection, which contains a particularly extensive offer of coins with outstanding provenances. This article presents the fascinating biographies of some of the best-known collectors of ancient coins and shows examples of the coins they collected from Künker’s auctions 382 and 383.
The Roman Emperor in captivity! Marauding tribes in the heart of Italy! And a quarter of the Roman Empire declaring independence under a usurper. The year 260 is considered the peak of the Roman Imperial Crisis. Coins tell of this terrible time.
The Zurich goldsmith Jakob Stampfer revolutionized coin production – not only in Switzerland but in the whole known world of his time. A triple taler klippe of 1559, which will be offered by Künker on 2 February 2023, illustrates how he did it.
On 18 November 1593, Johann Konrad von Gemmingen was elected Coadjutor of the Bishopric of Eichstätt. On 2 July 1595 he received the order of Episcopacy. But his coins minted as donativa bear the year 1596. We explain why.
There are vanishingly few early modern coins that depict a peasant. The great exception is the so-called 1528 huldigungstaler (“homage taler”) of Habsburg Ferdinand I. We ask why, of all things, peasants feature so prominently on this representative coin.
On 14 November 2022, Numismatica Genevensis will auction off a 20-fold Basel ducat of 1741 with the exceptional grade of MS65PL. It depicts the most beautiful Basel city view one could imagine. The estimate is CHF 600,000.
The Belgian 1 franc coins of 1917 and 1918: several millions of them were minted, but only a few specimens have survived. In its upcoming auction, Numismatica Genevensis will be offering four extremely rare pieces. Read on to discover their story.