Sunday, 17.11.2019


How to detect forgeries

Part 2: Cast counterfeits After having shown how to detect counterfeits from newly cut dies we will deal with those fakes that have been cast. Once again, we see here an old imitation of a Roman coin that was made during the Renaissance period. It is a free imitation of ...

The great Queen Salote Tupou III

Modern coins rarely depict rulers as whole-body figures. There are good reasons why Queen Salote Tupou of Tonga is depicted that way. She was 1.91 m tall and therefore physically a “big” queen. And taking into consideration what she achieved for her country, one can also figuratively call her a big queen.

Graspable Testimonies – Testimonies to Piety from Another Time: Part 1

On 16 October, 2014, the Werner Jaggi Collection will be sold. It is the largest collection of numismatic testimonies on religious beliefs and customs the market has ever seen. Here you will find information, why these pieces were made and what can be seen on some interesting pieces.

The Gold Coinage of Zurich

On 9 October, 2014, Künker will offer a large series of Swiss gold coins for sale. This is a good opportunity to have a closer look at the gold coinage of Zurich.

The Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called

On 4 October, 2014, auction house Künker will conduct its 10th sale of orders and decorations under #253 in Osnabrück. Part of the sale is a piece that breaks all records. The insignia of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called are estimated at 750,000 euros!

Numismatic Miniatures from the North: Part 1 – The Stolen Crowns of Strängnäs

Strängnäs, July 31, 2018. Thieves have run off with two crowns and an orb. These are unique relics of Swedish history that represent the nation’s conversion to Protestantism. Of course, we went to see them on our journey to the North.

A German Cicero

On 7 October, 2014, Künker auctions off the Horn Collection. It contains cimelia not just of the European but the German coinage as well. We would like to introduce you to a spectacular piece – the thick triple reichsthaler of Archbishop Anselm Casimir Wamboldt von Umstadt, nicknamed German Cicero.


In A. D. 107, Rome was celebrating a huge triumph. Emperor Trajan had returned from his successful campaign against the Dacians. Not only coins recall his victory but likewise a tiny emission of rare medallions one of which will be auctioned off as part of sale #224 of Gorny & Mosch to be conducted on 13 October, 2014.

The Design of the Circulation Euro Coins: Austria – 1 Cent – Mozart

Mozart is a brand, just like Coca Cola, Mercedes or Apple. With his name, everything can easily be sold: the Getreidegasse (Grain Lane) in Salzburg, the real Mozartkugeln (Mozart ball) and the country of Austria that depicts on his coins a composer who, strictly speaking isn’t of Austrian descent.

The Design of the Circulation Euro Coins: Spain – 1, 2 and 5 Cent – Santiago de Compostela

The euro coins are a splendid means for all countries in the eurozone to convey their own self-conception. What does the pilgrimage to St. James mean to Spain? And what role did the Way of St. James play for European Christians of medieval times? Here you get the backdrop of the design of the Spanish 1, 2 and 5 cent coins.

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