Giesen Collection at Frankfurter Münzhandlung Nachf.
The second auction of Frankfurter Münzhandlung Nachf. GmbH, which has the number 154 for the sake of tradition, presents once again many interesting fields and collections. Comprising almost 1250 lot numbers with a total estimate of 1 million euros, the auction will be held on a single day, on 6 November, in the context of the auction of Germany’s oldest coin dealership, Dr. Busso Peus at Fleming’s Selection Hotel Frankfurt City.
The auction day will start with 100 ancient coins with an emphasis on issues of the Roman Empire.
- Lot No. 56: Roman Empire. Marcus Aurelius. Aureus 166, Rome. Very fine – extremely fine. Estimate € 3,000.
- Lot No. 69: Roman Empire. Severus Alexander. Aureus 232, Rome. Traces of mounting and slightly worked. Estimate € 6,000.
What follows is the first part of the Klaus Giesen Col. with coins from the Ottonian and Salian dynasties. For decades, no other collection of such size focusing on this time period, which is of high numismatic interest, has been offered on the market. Part 1 containing 238 coins – for all of them there are large-scale images, detailed descriptions and, whenever necessary, scholarly commentaries – covers the areas of Upper Lorraine, Lower Lorraine, Friesland and Saxony. Let us take you back to the beginnings of German numismatic history and inspire you with extraordinary issues and portraits!
- Lot No. 141: Upper Lorraine/Trier. Archbishop Eberhard (1047-1066). Denarius. Very rare and almost extremely fine. Estimate € 1,500.
- Lot No. 162: Lower Lorraine/Liège. Otto III (983-1002). Denarius. Very rare. Estimate € 800.
- Lot No. 191: Lower Lorraine/Utrecht area. Deventer. Henry II, emperor. Denarius. Probably the only known specimen with the emperor’s complete title HEINRICVSIMPERATOR. Splendid, extremely fine quality. Estimate € 400.
- Lot No. 204: Lower Lorraine/Utrecht area. The county’s mint in Hamaland. Countess Adela (967-after 1017). Denarius. Very rare and very fine – extremely fine. Estimate € 1,000.
- Lot No. 271: Lower Lorraine/Cologne area. Duisburg. Henry IV (1056-1106). Denarius. From the Schulte Col. and very rare. About extremely fine. Estimate € 1,500.
- Lot No. 305: Friesland. Brunonids, Dokkum area. Count Egbert II (1068-1090). Denarius. Extremely fine. Estimate € 150.
The offer of coins and medals from German modern times amounts to 859 lot numbers and includes the following collections and selections:
Brandenburg-Prussia with 120 gold coins, including a collection “Soldatenkönig” (Soldier King) with 74 numbers.
- Lot No. 398: Germany. Brandenburg-Prussia. Frederick William I. Ducat 1713 CG. Königsberg. Very rare in this extremely fine quality. Estimate € 6,500.
- Lot No. 413: Germany. Brandenburg-Prussia. Frederick William I. Ducat 1717 IFS. Berlin. Extremely rare. Minor rim nicks, otherwise extremely fine – FDC. Estimate € 7,500.
- Lot No. 455: Germany. Brandenburg-Prussia. Frederick William I. Pattern of ½ Wilhelms d’or 1739 EGN. Berlin. Neither mentioned in the literature nor included in other collections! About extremely fine. Estimate € 8,000.
- Lot No. 465: Germany. Brandenburg-Prussia. Frederick William I. Wilhelms d’or 1740 EGN. Berlin. A great rarity of extremely fine quality. Estimate € 12,500.
Coins of smaller denominations and talers from Brunswick-Lüneburg account for 213 lot numbers, a collection that was built up over several years containing coins of partly beautiful quality and with old collection patina.
- Lot No. 535: Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel. Christian, bishop of Halberstadt. Taler 1622, Lippstadt. So-called “Pfaffenfeindtaler”. Very fine. Estimate € 800.
- Lot No. 727: Brunswick-Lüneburg-Celle. Frederick II. Taler 1648 LW. Clausthal. Commemorating his death. Very fine – extremely fine with beautiful patina. Estimate € 600.
Gold coins from the 19th century.
- Lot No. 345: Germany. Baden-Durlach. Grand Duke Ludwig. 10 guldens 1821. Mannheim. Only 812 specimens minted. Extremely fine – FDC. Estimate € 6,000.
- Lot No. 505: Germany. Brandenburg-Prussia. William I. Krone 1864 A. Berlin. Only 792 specimens minted. NGC MS61. Estimate € 7,500.
- Lot No. 625: Germany. Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel. Duke William. 10 talers 1853 B. Hannover. Gem, almost FDC. Estimate € 3,000.
- Lot No. 1019: Germany. Saxony, Albertine branch. Frederick Augustus II. 10 talers 1848 F. Dresden. Only 4761 specimens minted. NGC MS62+PL. Estimate € 12,000.
Selections of issues from Landau, Münster and Rothenburg ob der Tauber as well as rare individual pieces.
- Lot No. 791: Germany. Isny. Taler 1554. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate € 20,000.
- Lot No. 807: Germany. Landau. Siege klippe of 2 livres and 2 sous 1702. Very rare and very fine – extremely fine. Estimate € 2,500.
- Lot No. 843: Germany. Diocese of Münster. Christoph Bernhard von Galen. 6 ducats 1661. Münster. Commemorating the capture of the city. Very rare. Estimate € 8,000.
- Lot No. 985: Germany. Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Ducat 1717. Nuremberg. Celebrating the 2nd jubilee of the Reformation. Very rare. Extremely fine – FDC. Estimate € 2,000.
- Lot No. 1031: Germany. Schleswig-Holstein-Schauenburg. Count Ernest III. Taler n.d. Altona. So-called “biblical taler”. Extremely rare. Estimate € 12,500.
- Lot No. 1038: Germany. Saint Blaise Abbey. Franz II von Schlechtelein. Silver medal 1740. Commemorating the expansion of the monastery. Very rare and extremely fine. Estimate € 1,000.
The section of Nuremberg coins (100 issues) is characterised by the rarity and the extraordinary quality of these coins.
- Lot No. 877: Germany. City of Nuremberg. Twenties (“Zwanziger”) / Double knacken 1527. Extremely rare. Very fine. Estimate € 4,000.
- Lot No. 887: Germany. City of Nuremberg. Taler n.d. (1581/82). Very rare. The first taler of the city. Very fine +. Estimate € 2,000.
- Lot No. 891: Germany. City of Nuremberg. Gold gulden 1612. Extremely fine gem. Estimate € 2,500.
- Lot No. 929: Germany. City of Nuremberg. ⅓ taler 1658. Very rare. FDC. Estimate € 10,000.
- Lot No. 949: Germany. City of Nuremberg. 2 talers n.d. (1711). Very rare. Extremely fine gem with beautiful patina. Estimate € 7,500.
- Lot No. 969: Germany. City of Nuremberg. Ducat 1806. Commemorating the Peace of Pressburg. Rare and almost FDC. Estimate € 3,500.
Gold and silver coins of the German Empire, including very rare patterns and mint error coins.
- Lot No. 1144: Germany. German Empire. 1 mark 1919 G. Karlsruhe. Copper pattern. No official issues were minted in that year. Almost FDC. Estimate € 5,000.
- Lot No. 1145: Germany. German Empire. 2 marks 1876. Pattern in silver. Very rare specimen with gorgeous patina. NGC PF67 CAMEO. Estimate € 400.
This year, the auction day is rounded off by a small selection of coins from other countries.
- Lot No. 1210: Great Britain. James I. Laurel (unite/20 shillings) n.d. (1624). London. Extremely fine. Estimate € 4,500.
- Lot No. 1216: City of Danzig. Ducat 1586. Title of St. Bathory. Extremely fine. Estimate € 2,500.
- Lot No. 1218: Holy Roman Empire. Ferdinand I. Taler 1559. Joachimsthal. Wonderful portrait on an extremely fine specimen. Estimate € 1,000.
- Lot No. 1241: Hungary. Transylvania. George Rákóczi II. Ducat 1657 AI. Weißenburg. Very rare. Very fine – extremely fine. Estimate € 2,500.
This year, the auction will be hold once again in the context of the autumn sales of the Peus auction house. The catalogues were shipped at the beginning of October. Of course, all pieces are available to see online, and you can view them on site in Frankfurt, Bornwiesenweg 34. If you have any questions regarding this auction or future sales, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or via phone at +49 (0)69-95518226.