October 4, 2018 – The auction house Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger has sold the most expensive coin of the town of Lüneburg. The 10 ducat piece is an off-metal strike in gold of a jagdtaler and was made in 1620. The obverse depicts St John holding a lamb next to two palm trees. The town is shown in the background in front of water.
Lüneburg. 10 ducats n.d. (around 1620) off-metal strike in gold of a jagdtaler. From Auction Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger 333 (September 21, 2017), Lot 3192. Unique. Very fine-extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000 euros. Price realized: 110,000 euros.
Jagdtalers were made by princes and towns or cities that had the right to mint and issue coins either in celebration of the acquisition, the existence or the exercise of hunting rights or as a memento of peculiar hunting incidents. The extremely rare jagdtaler of Lüneburg is probably connected to the hunting treaty of 1562.
As experts, Dr Christoph Stadler and Oliver Koepp were asked to verify this record on October 1, 2018.
A very interesting and comprehensive book on coins of the town of Lüneburg between 1293 and 1777 was published by Herbert Mader. It is only available in German.
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