Frankfurter Münzhandlung Nachf., D-Frankfurt a. M.

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Frankfurter Münzhandlung Auction 156

As part of their long-standing tradition, the auction sales of Frankfurter Münzhandlung have offered both fascinating pieces and collections from medieval and modern times as well as from antiquity.

In line with this, the auction house already auctioned off small runs of ancient numismatic items in its auction sales 154 and 155. Now Frankfurter Münzhandlung presents an interesting collection of ancient coins with 500 Greek, Roman and Byzantine specimens in the upcoming auction 156. The collection has been in private possession for decades. Therefore, it contains pieces with nice patina and well-known provenances. The focus here is certainly on the Roman Republic and the Roman imperators and emperors.


Ancient Coins

There is no need to point out to collectors of such specimens how fascinating the “classical” depictions on ancient coins are. Those who are not mainly interested in collecting this period may be encouraged too to let themselves be enchanted and convinced by this “classicism” through a detailed study of the (print or online) catalogue.

A small selection will be presented here:

  • Lot 28: Rhegion. Tetradrachm 480/462 BC. 17.31g. 26.5mm. Rutter, HN 2472. HGC 1632. Estimate: 1,500 EUR.


Lot 144
  • Lot 144: Ptolemaic Empire. Ptolemy II. Philadelphus, 285-246 BC, for Arsinoe II. Tetradrachm 263/254 BC, Alexandria, commemorating his late wife. 14.03g. 27.3mm. Svoronos 429. Lorber 376. Very rare, from the Prinz Waldeck Collection (Münzhandlung Basel auction 4, 1935). Fine toning. Scratches and punches; cut on the obverse. Very fine +. Estimate: 1,500 EUR.
  • Lot 268: Roman Empire. Commodus, 177-192. Aureus 187/188, Rome. 7.30g. 20mm. RIC 69e. Calicó 2296. Rare. From the Don I. Soler Coll., Glendining, London 1925. Very fine +. Estimate: 2,500 EUR.
  • Lot 269: Roman Empire. Commodus, 177-192. Bimetal medallion 191, Rome. 64.31g. 31.5mm. Gnecchi II, pl. 78, 1. Banti p. 11, No. 17 (this specimen). Third known specimen. Brown patina. Fine. Estimate: 2,000 EUR.
  • Lot 336: Roman Empire. Constans, 337-350. Bronze medallion 340/347, Rome. 25.69g. 34.4mm. RIC 383. Gnecchi 8. Rare. Dark green patina. Layer on the reverse. Extremely fine/Very fine. Estimate: 2,500 EUR.
  • Lot 338: Roman Empire. Constans, 337-350. Solidus 345, Augusta Treverorum (Trier). 4.53g. 22mm. RIC 135. C. 171. Depeyrot 6/3. Minor die error and a little uneven on the obverse; tiny scratch on the reverse. About extremely fine. Estimate: 1,500 EUR.
  • Lot 363: Roman Empire. Libius Severus, 461-465. Solidus 461/465, Rome. 4.35g. 20mm. RIC 2704. DOC 895. C. 8. Rare. Filed edge, dents. Very fine. Estimate: 1,000 EUR.


Lot 364
  • Lot 364: Roman Empire. (Nero). Contorniate medallion. 20.61g. 35.5mm. Alföldi 168. Rare. From the Signorelli Coll., P & P. Santamaria, Rome 1953. Green patina. Very fine. Estimate: 500 EUR.
  • Lot 369: Province of Asia. Augustus, 31 BC – AD 14. Cistophorus 25/20 BC. 11.72g. 29mm. RPC 2214. RIC 478. Fine toning – well-centred on a broad planchet. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 1,000 EUR.
  • Lot 391: Egypt. Alexandria. Gordian I Africanus, 238. Billon tetradrachm year 1 (= 238). 12.49g. 23.2mm. Geissen 2604. RPC 3639. Very rare, one of five specimens in private possession. Greyish-brown patina. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 1,000 EUR.
  • Lot 459: Byzantine. Leontius, 695-698. Solidus, Constantinople, 1st Off. 4.47g. 20mm. DOC 1. Hahn 1. Sear 1330. Rare. Minor scratch on the reverse. Extremely fine. Estimate: 1,000 EUR.


Modern Coins

The chapter on ancient numismatics is followed by more than 400 lots with modern coins. In addition to a small and fine selection of extraordinary, beautiful and rare individual pieces, the auctions of Frankfurter Münzhandlung always offer exquisite series and outstanding collections. This year there is a selection of issues form Jülich-Kleve-Berg. Whether it be goldgulden, ducats or magnificent gold medals – many pieces of this collection are very rare and beautiful and often only a few specimens of them are known.

Therefore, the preview starts with specimens from this collection followed by some magnificent individual pieces afterwards.

  • Lot 544: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Jülich, county. William II, 1361-1393. Gold gulden n.d. 3.48g. Noss 42. Fr. 1359. Extremely rare. Gem. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 30,000 EUR.
  • Lot 554: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Mörs, county. Frederick III, 1417-1448. Agnel d’or n.d. (1419). 2.47g. Imitation of the agnel d’or of the French King Charles VI (1380-1422). Noss -. Duplessy/Dhenin, Les imitations de l’agnel d’or de Charles VI, in: Proceedings of the International Numismatic Symposium, Budapest 1976, p. 129-132, pl. XXIV, 10 (this specimen). Extremely rare, probably the third known specimen. Very fine. Estimate: 4,000 EUR.
  • Lot 565: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Jülich-Berg, duchy. John William I, 1592-1609. Gold gulden 1604, Mülheim. 3.26g. So-called Münzvereinsgoldgulden. Noss 415. Fr. 1388. Very rare. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 5,000 EUR.
  • Lot 579: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Jülich-Berg, duchy. John William II, 1679-1716. 2 ducats 1707, Düsseldorf. 6.82g. Noss 818 b. Dav. 588. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 7,500 EUR.


Lot 580
  • Lot 580: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Jülich-Berg, duchy. John William II, 1679-1716. Gold medal n.d. (1708-1716). 61.71g. Commemorating the Elector’s services to the Catholic religion. Die by F. de Saint Urbain. 45.9mm. Stemper 402. Very rare, probably the only gold specimen on the market. Common minor die error on the obverse. Extremely fine to FDC gem. Estimate: 20,000 EUR.
  • Lot 604: Jülich-Kleve-Berg Collection. Jülich-Berg, duchy. Charles Theodore of Palatinate-Neuburg, 1742-1799. Gold medal of 15 ducats, n.d. (1771). 52.16g. Probably commemorating his wife’s journey to the Netherlands and Düsseldorf. Die by A. Schäfer 41.5mm. Stemper 526 (silver). Memmesheimer Coll. 2438 (silver). Very rare, probably the only known gold specimen. Gem. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 15,000 EUR.

And here a selection of beautiful pieces from Germany, Europe and overseas:

  • Lot 512: Bavaria. Maximilian I, 1598-1651. 5 ducats 1640, Munich. 17.50g. Commemorating the refortification of the city of Munich. Wittelsbach 807. Fr. 196. Miniscule scratch, scratched-in face value. Extremely fine. Estimate: 10,000 EUR.
  • Lot 522: Brandenburg-Prussia. John George. 1571-1598. Taler 1580, Berlin. 29.04g. Mint master Conrad Schreck. Bahrfeldt 502 a. Dav. 8959. Very rare. Very fine +. Estimate: 15,000 EUR.
  • Lot 524: Brunswick-Lüneburg. Julius, 1568-1589. Löser of 3 talers 1578, Heinrichstadt (Wolfenbüttel). 03g. Welter 557. Duve 3. Dav. 11. Very rare. Some minor traces of smoothing. Very fine. Estimate: 15,000 EUR.


Lot 535
  • Lot 535: Hanau-Münzenberg. Friedrich Casimir, 1641-1685. Ducat 1647. 3.45g. Suchier 471. Engel / Lehr 123. 1148 (4 known). Extremely rare, in addition to the four known specimens in the coin trade, according to Suchier, there is only one specimen each to be found in the museums of Kassel, Vienna and Berlin. Slightly bent, minor weak strike and blank error. Extremely fine. Estimate: 30,000 EUR.
  • Lot 612: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. Karl Thomas, 1735-1789. Konventionstaler 1754, Nuremberg. Wibel 230. Dav. 2401. Gem. Very rare in this quality. Splendid patina. NGC MS65. Estimate: 25,000 EUR.
  • Lot 621: MONTFORT. Anton the Younger 1693-1733. 1/2 ducat 1722, Langenargen. 1.71g. Derschka/Rutishauser 299. 553. Extremely rare, probably the second specimen in private possession. From the Stroehlin II Coll., Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge auction, London 1910. NGC AU50. Estimate: 6,500 EUR.
  • Lot 667: Sayn-Wittgenstein. Johann von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein 1634-1657. Taler 1656, Minden. 28.66g. M.-J./V. 102. Dav. 7670. Very rare. Fine toning. Extremely fine. Estimate: 12,000 EUR.
  • Lot 811: Haiti. Henri Christophe as King of Northern Haiti, 1811-1820. Crown 1811 / An 8. 30.67g. Silver pattern / Essai en argent. KM X11. Original strike, very rare. Splendid patina. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 3,500 EUR.
  • Lot 854: Poland. Stanisław August Poniatowski, 1764-1795. Taler 1785, Warsaw. 27.94g. Kopicki 2480. 1620. Very rare in this quality. Wonderful quality with splendid patina. FDC. Estimate: 5,000 EUR.
  • Lot 858: Poland. First Republic, 1918-1939. 100 zlotych 1925, Warsaw. Silver pattern. Copernicus. Edge inscription: SALUS REIPBLICAE SUPREMA LEX. Parchimowicz 167 A. KM Pn282. Very rare, only 100 specimens minted. NGC MS62*. Estimate: 5,000 EUR.
  • Lot 902: Russia. Peter I, 1682-1725. Ducat (Chervonets) 1710, Moscow, Kadashevsky Mint. 3.43g. Diakov 331 (R4). Bitkin 14 (R3). Fr. 89. Very rare. 300 roubles according to Petrov. With collector punch “C” (Hutten-Czapski). Very fine. Estimate: 25,000 EUR.


The printed catalogue 156 of Frankfurter Münzhandlung with its 900 lots and a total estimate of 800,000 euros was sent to customers at the beginning of October. All pieces can also be found online, where you can also benefit from larger-scale depictions.

The auction sale will again take place following the auctions of Münzenhandlung Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. The venue for both sales – the auctions of Peus and of Frankfurter Münzhandlung – is the Flemings Selection Hotel, Frankfurt-City, Eschenheimer Tor 2, 60318 Frankfurt am Main.

Viewing is possible until October 31 at the premises at Bornwiesenweg 34 in Frankfurt a. M. and from November 1 on at the auction venue.


All lots can be found in the catalog of auction 156.

For further information, visit the Frankfurter Münzhandlung website.