10.4M Euros for 772 Lots at Künker: We Present the Top Five

On 26 January 2022 Künker held its January Auction Sales. Eight lots achieved results in the six-digit range. We present the five lots with the highest results.

by Fritz Rudolf Kuenker GmbH and Co. KG l Published on February 8, 2022

On 26 January 2022 Künker held its January Auction Sales. Eight lots achieved results in the six-digit range. We present the five lots with the highest results.

It was not until 10 p.m. that the two auction sales 358 and 359 held by auction house Künker in Osnabrück on 26 January 2022 came to an end. Both auctions were a tremendous success. Instead of their estimate of 7 million euros, the 772 lots realized the impressive sum of 10.4 million euros.

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No.182: Saxony. Frederick III the Wise, Albert and John, 1486-1500. Taler n. d., Annaberg or Wittenberg. First klappmützentaler. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 20,000 euros. Hammer price: 75,000 euros.

The Köhlmoos Collection played a major role in the success of the auction sale: it realized a total result of 2.8 million euros, which is an increase of 40% compared to its estimate. The highest price within this collection was achieved by a specimen of the earliest klappmützentaler type featuring the authentic portrait of Frederick the Wise. The iconic piece climbed from an estimate of 20,000 euros to a hammer price of 75,000 euros – and still did not make Künker’s Top Five.

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No. 375: Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Augustus the Younger, 1635-1666. Löser of 4 reichstalers commemorating his death in 1666, Zellerfeld. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 25,000 euros. Hammer price: 80,000 euros.

The selection of rare lösers of excellent quality from the Friedrich Popken Collection also realized a total result that was far more than satisfactory. The estimate had been 310,000 euros, the total result was 560,000 euros. The most expensive piece was a löser of 4 reichstalers minted in 1666 to commemorate the death of Augustus the Younger. Its new owner did not pay 25,000 but 80,000 euros for this specimen – and yet, the löser did not make Künker’s Top Five.

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No. 305: Bavaria. Maximilian I, 1598-1651. 5 ducats 1640 commemorating the refortification of the city of Munich. About FDC. Estimate: 10,000 euros. Hammer price: 90,000 euros.

Even though these are truly remarkable results, there is no denying the fact that gold coins are currently realizing even higher prices. A good example for this is the Upper Bavarian collection from Staffelsee with about 60 Bavarian gold coins. The estimate had been 300,000 euros, the hammer price added up to two and a half times resp. 250% this figure: 750,000 euros! The highest result was achieved by a quintuple ducat by Maximilian I from 1640 commemorating the refortification of the city of Munich. Due to its extraordinary quality, the price increased from 10,000 to 90,000 euros – and still did not make Künker’s Top Five.

For a total of eight lots achieved results in the six-digit range, including one order but not a single silver coin!

So, who made it into Künker’s Top Five? Here are the most expensive pieces of auction 358 and 359:

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No. 804: Prussia. Order of the Black Eagle. Golden chain without jewel, 2nd edition, 2nd version (1847). II-III. Estimate: 100,000 euros. Hammer price: 120,000 euros.


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No. 683: Great Britain. Victoria, 1837-1901. 5 Pounds 1839, London. Una and the Lion. Very rare. Proof. Estimate: 80,000 euros. Hammer price: 130,000 euros.

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No. 625: HRE. Ferdinand III, 1625-1637-1657. 10 ducats 1657, Breslau. Extremely rare. NGC MS62. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 150,000 euros. Hammer price: 165,000 euros.

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No. 550: Saxony. John George I, 1615-1656. 18 ducats 1627, Dresden. Minted with the dies of the double reichstaler. Only known specimen. Graffiti with face value XVIII on the obverse. Extremely fine +. Estimate: 125,000 euros. Hammer price: 240,000 euros.

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No. 450: Brunswick-Lüneburg-Celle. Christian, 1611-1633. Gold löser of 20 ducats n.d. (1611-1633), Winsen. Extremely rare, probably unique. NGC AU55. About extremely fine. Estimate: 300,000 euros. Hammer price: 400,000 euros.

All results can be found at www.kuenker.de/en.

Künker’s spring auction sales will take place from March 21 to March 24 and from April 4 to April 6, 2022. The corresponding catalogue can be ordered at Künker, Nobbenburgerstr. 4a, 49 076 Osnabrück; phone: +49 541 / 96 20 20; fax: +49 541 / 96 20 222; or via e-mail: service@kuenker.de. By calling this number you can also arrange a meeting if you are interested in a consignment.

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Source: Fritz Rudolf Kuenker GmbH and Co. KG

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