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From Celts to Habsburgs: Solidus’ Auction 117

In the current Auction 117, Solidus presents 531 attractive lots with some rarities, e.g. very rare Russian coins and an extremely rare thaler of the Habsburg Joseph II. At the end of the auction, interesting groups of coins with very moderate estimates and a selection of numismatic literature are offered.

The auction will be held as a live auction on the auction platform AUEX on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. CEST. Pre-bids can already be submitted. Customers with a Sixbid account can also take part in the auction live via Sixbid.

Lot 1051: Chalcidian League. Tetradrachm. 356 BC. Estimate: 2,300 EUR.

The auction begins with Celtic coins, mostly from Eastern Celtic tribes, and imitations of ancient coins by cultures at the periphery of the Ancient World. A selection of Greek coins follows, from Magna Graecia and the Greek motherland to the Greek colonies in the Black Sea region and Asia Minor and the Hellenistic kingdoms. Tetradrachms from the Chalcidian League (Lots 1050 and 1051), from Athens (Lot 1076) and a stater from Aegina (Lot 1077) are particularly beautiful silver coins. The offer is rounded off with coins from the Sasanids.

Selected Roman provincial coins follow, including rare coins of Antoninus Pius from Magnesia on the Meander depicting Themistocles (Lot 1124) and from Thermessos (Lot 133, pseudo-autonomous, 3rd century) as well as some pretty denarii of the Roman Republic (Lots 1138 – 1217) and coinage of the Roman Empire. Among the latter are an aureus of Trajanus Decius (Lot 1240) and a sestertius of Aemilianus (Lot 1242). Some Byzantine coins conclude  the antiquity part of the auction.

There are many German Pfennigs from the Middle Ages, some of which are rare, some gold coins from the Kingdom of Sicily (Lots 1267 – 1271), a series of late medieval coins from the principality of Wallachia (Lots 1274 – 1283) and nice denarii from the Principality of Achaia from the Crusader period (1284 – 1300).

Lot 1316: German New Guinea. 2 Mark 1894. Estimate: 450 EUR.

Some thalers can be found among the German coins. Noteworthy is a 2 Mark coin for German New Guinea in uncirculated condition (Lot 1316). Among the coins of the Habsburgs, a thaler of Joseph II from the year 1768 (from 1767) stands out, an exceptionally rare piece, especially in this condition (Lot 1319).

Lot 1319: Habsburgs. Joseph II. Taler 1768 (from 1767) Vienna. Estimate: 7,000 EUR.

Among the European coin two Russian coins are particularly noteworthy. An extremely rare novodel of a Sestroretsk ruble from 1845, in the hardly obtainable, wide variant (Lot 1334), also a trial strike of a 6 ruble piece from 1838 made of copper (Lot 1335).

Lot 1334: Russia. Copper Ruble 1771 Sestroretsk. Novodel from 1845. Estimate: 7,500 EUR.

An impressive series of attractive medals, mainly from Austria with various rarities, is followed by coins from the Islamic world. The last section of the auction consists of interesting groups of coins with very moderate estimates and a selection of numismatic literature.


You can access the auction via AUEX.

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