Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 1: Ancient coins

From November 14 to 15, 2017, Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung will take place. Herbert Grün has again assembled a catalog that contains rarities in the best grades imaginable — ranging from ancient times to the Federal Republic of Germany. A large series consisting of more than 700 lots of ancient coins is followed up by almost 600 lots of world coins and medals. More than 100 lots from the Holy Roman Empire with mediatized princes, as well as almost 800 lots from the German states, will be included as well. Succeeding the medals, more than 800 lots of post-1871 German coins will conclude the auction.

Lot 20. Celts. Treveri. 1/4 gold stater. Very rare. Very fine. Estimate: 2,500 euros.

More than 700 lots comprising ancient coins will kick off Auction 73. These are old collector’s items with all strengths and weaknesses. In the past, rarity and the historical context were prioritized over a perfect grade. This means in turn that there is much to be discovered, including the quarter staters of the Treveri. Conservatively described as Very Fine, they are extremely rare, featuring on the obverse a stylized head and on the reverse, a human-headed horse spurred by a charioteer.

Lot 264. Claudius, 41-54. Sestertius, countermark NCAPR. Coin fine, countermark very fine. Estimate: 150 euros.

More than 40 lots with Greek coins and more than 30 lots featuring Roman Provincial coins are next, before the nearly 80 lots with coins from the Roman Republic and the 450 lots with coins from Roman Imperial times will be called out. The connoisseur will find rare material at collector-friendly estimates. A small series of coins from the Julio-Claudian dynasty, which have been countermarked, serve as a good example. Our specimen is a sestertius of Claudius that bears the abbreviation NCAPR (Nummus Caesare Augusto Probatus). ⤵️ 

Lot 458. Postumus, 260-269. Antoninianus, Cologne. Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine. Estimate: 500 euro.

The collector of Postumus can’t get past this catalog. It lists almost 170 antoniniani and double sestertii of this emperor. It is already a very special specimen that will open this series: a very rare antoninianus from Cologne featuring Diana leading a hind.

Something very special will be called out under Lot 658: A collection of 610 coins of Magnentius and Decentius that were not split up but are being offered as a whole.

Lot 672. Constantinus III, 407-411. Solidus, Trier. Rare variant. FDC. Estimate: 9,000 euros.

Struck in Trier, a solidus of Constantine III illustrates that the coins offered include many rare emperors and empresses, too.

Coming up next, Part 2: World Coins and Medals

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