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In cooperation with Künker, Heidelberg Münzhandlung is auctioning off an almost complete type collection of German talers, double guldens and double talers, minted between 1800 and 1872 and in best grades

Heidelberg Münzhandlung Herbert Grün produced two auction catalogs for its spring-auction. Auction 67 contains what we are used to from Grün: world coins, from antiquity to modern times, with a special focus on Germany.

Virtually spectacular is the content of auction catalog 68. The type collection of German talers, double guldens and double talers was put together by a specialized collector. It is almost complete. A few pieces are missing, but only due to the fact, that these pieces haven’t appeared on the market in the last 40 years. All lots are characterized by their exquisite preservation. In fact, many pieces are most likely the best pieces on the market, and sometimes the only ones.

Auction 68: German talers, double guldens and double talers

On the morning of May 13, 2016, 476 lots – from Anhalt-Bernburg to Württemberg – will be auctioned off in the Pfalzgrafensaal of the Europäische Hof Hotel in Heidelberg. They belong to a collection, which can only rarely be found. Curated by the Frankfurt coin dealer Herbert Spreitzer, it took the collector over 40 years to assemble all types of German talers, double guldens and double talers, which were minted in Germany between 1800 and 1872. He always chose the best quality available. And if he found a better specimen of a certain type, he would swap it for the inferior one.

The collection, therefore, is an ensemble only rarely seen on the market nowadays. Rarity linked to exquisite grades! Make a reservation now, in order to personally place your bids at the auction.

In the following, we can only mention a selection of a few especially outstanding pieces. A nearly proof first strike of a convention double taler of Louis II of Bavaria (estimate: 12,500 euros), an 1807 cassa taler of Joachim Murat, Grand Duke of Berg, extremely fine to proof (estimate: 10,000 euros), an 1801 extremely fine to proof convention taler of Charles William Ferdinand, Prince of Brunswick, minted shortly before the French annexation of Brunswick-Lüneburg in 1803 (estimate: 12,500 euros).

The Frankfurt coins are especially characterized by their connection to the 1848 revolution. The extremely rare, nearly proof, 1848 double gulden on the counsel of the founding of a German parliament is a first strike (estimate: 17,500 euros). The AKS states the price of it with “LP”, which stands for collector’s price.

There is only a single specimen of an 1811 double taler with a reeded edge of Charles, Prince of Isenburg (estimate: 35,000 euros) on the market, just as a convention taler from Frederick William, Prince of Nassau, showing his youthful portrait (estimate: 50,000 euros).

“LP” for collector’s price can also be read in the AKS about the freshly minted Nassau co-striking, which Frederick William, Prince of Nassau, emitted together with Frederick August, Duke of Nassau, to commemorate the visit of the mint of Ehrenbreitstein (estimate: 50,000 euros).

Let us close with a very rare 1832 convention taler of Ernst I of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, of which only 304 were minted. This proof specimen comes as a first strike and shows all details of the fresh die (estimate: 25,000 euros).

Anyone who is interested in the last strikings of pre-1871 Germany, before the beginning of the German Empire, should be aware, that an opportunity like this only comes along once in a collector’s life time: to buy the most rare pieces in the best of quality. This catalog will certainly become a standard reference and shouldn’t be missing in any numismatic library.

Both catalogs may be purchased for 12.50 euros at Heidelberg Münzhandlung Herbert Grün, Gaisbergstr. 40, 69115 Heidelberg; tel: : ++49 / 6221 / 65 297-0; fax: ++49 / 6221 / 65 297-29; email: kontakt@hdmhg.de or viewed online at http://www.hdmhg.de/pgs/Katalog/_Katalog.html.

Highlights

Lot 104: BAVARIA. Louis II, 1864-1886. Vereinsdoppeltaler 1865. Thun 101. AKS 172. J. 106. Beautiful patina. First Strike. Nearly FDC. Estimate: 12,500,- euros

Lot 116: BERG. Joachim Murat, 1806-1808. Cassataler 1807. Thun 112. AKS 11. J. 172. Very rare in this grade! Beautiful patina. Extremely fine to mint state. Estimate: 10,000.- euros

Lot 117: BRUNSWICK. Charles William Ferdinand, 1780-1806. Konventionstaler 1801. Thun 113. Dav. 630A. Of greatest rarity. Small planchet error. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 12,500,- euros

Lot 140: FRANKFURT. Double gulden 1848, “BERATHUNG Ü. GRÜNDUNG E. DEUTSCHEN PARLAMENTS”. Thun 134A. AKS 37var. J. p. 72. Of great rarity! Beautiful patina. First Strike. Nearly FDC. Estimate: 17,500,- euros

Lot 168: HANOVER. Ernest August, 1837-1851. Taler 1840A. Thun 159. AKS 101. J. 66. Of greatest rarity! Small scratch. Extremely fine / Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 15,000,- euros

Lot 221: ISENBURG. Charles Frederick, 1806-1813. Double taler 1811, with milled edge. Thun 211. AKS -. J. 3b. Of utmost rarity, being the only specimen available on the market! Beautiful patina. Extremely fine / Very fine. Estimate: 35,000,- euros

Lot 235: NASSAU. Frederick William of Weilburg, 1788-1816. Konventionstaler 1815, younger head. Thun 224. AKS -. J. -. Of greatest rarity, being the only specimen available on the market! Extremely fine. Estimate: 50,000,- euros

Lot 236: NASSAU. Frederick William of Weilburg, 1788-1816. Konventionstaler 1815. Joint coinage on the visit of the mint of Ehrenbreitstein, smooth edge.Thun 225. AKS -. J. -. Showpiece of greatest rarity and fine grade. Mint state. Estimate: 50,000,- euros

Lot 344: SAXONY. Anthony, 1827-1836. Prämientaler 1830. “K. S. FORSTINSTITUT ZU THARANT”. Thun 312. AKS 82. J. 64. Extremely rare, only 25 specimens struck. Beautiful patina. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 17,500,- euros

Lot 400: SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA. Ernest I, 1826-1844. Konventionstaler 1832, Gotha. Thun 360. AKS 72. J. 255. Very rare, only 304 specimens struck! First strike. Tiny hairlines. FDC. Estimate: 25,000,- euros

Lot 444: WALDECK-PYRMONT. Georges, 1805-1813. Kronentaler 1813, with edge lettering X EINE MARK FEIN surrounded by rosettes and leaves. Thun 404. Kahnt 547d. AKS 13. J. 13. Gorgeous patina. Mint state. Estimate: 6,500,- euros

Lot 457: WUERTTEMBERG. Frederick II (I), 1797-1816. Konventionstaler 1809. Thun 419. AKS 41. J. 17. Kl.-R. 35. Extremely rare splendid specimen with beautiful patina. Mint state. Estimate: 8,000,- euros
 

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