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Künker Summer Auctions – The Friedrich Popken Collection

Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts,

There are only very few dynasties whose offspring are still ruling today. The House of Welfs is one of them. Members of this house served as the Duke of Bavaria, the Duke of Saxony and the Duke of Brunswick. Since George I, the British monarch has been from the House of Welf. Elizabeth II is a descendant, too, although the ruling dynasty started to call itself Saxe-Coburg and Gotha after the death of Victoria and renamed itself Windsor after 1917. Today, Ernst August von Hannover, spouse of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is the supreme head of the House of Welf.

The collector Friedrich Popken concentrated on the duchies of Brunswick. In Auction 308 you will find 461 coins and medals from his collection, all of which are in prefect grade and of great historical interest.

This newsletter offers some information about these duchies, which are so difficult to tell apart.

Best regards from Osnabrück,

Your Künker Team

If you want to know what rarities the upcoming four auction sales have in store for you, make sure to read our auction preview.

The Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg

The various family lines of the Welfs who ruled parts of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg are very difficult to keep apart. This is a crash course about how to do it. It is illustrated using fabulous specimens from the Popken collection.

Highlights from the Friedrich Popken Collection

Lot number 2013
Heinrich der Lange, 1195-1227.
Extremely rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 3,000 euros

Lot number 2076
Christian, Bishop of Halberstadt, 1617-1626.
Gold gulden 1622, Lippstadt.
Very rare. Very fine +.
Estimate: 15,000 euros

Lot number 2112
Rudolf Augustus, 1666-1685.
Ducat 1680, Zellerfeld.
Very rare. Extremely fine +.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2127
Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich, 1685-1704.
Reichstaler 1702, Goslar.
Very rare. Nearly FDC.
Estimate: 10,000 euros

Lot number 2133
Anton Ulrich, 1704-1714.
1 1/2 reichstaler no date (1710), Zellerfeld.
Very rare. Nearly extremely fine.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2235
Karl II, 1815-1830.
Speciestaler 1821.
Very rare. FDC.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2288
Friedrich, 1636-1648.
Gold medal worth 10 ducats 1646.
By J. Blum.
Very rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2306
Georg, 1636-1641.
Double reichstaler 1641, Zellerfeld.
Extremely fine to FDC.
Estimate: 20,000 euros

Lot number 2340
Ernst August, 1679-1698.
Gold offstrike worth 14 ducats no date (1691), Zellerfeld.
Extremely rare. Nearly FDC.
Estimate: 25,000 euros

Lot number 2367
Ernst August, 1679-1698.
Gold medal no date (1684).
By A. Karlsteen.
Very rare. Nearly extremely fine.
Estimate: 15,000 euros

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