In the last post, we covered selected ancient coins from Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung, taking place November 14 and 15, 2017. Today we move on to selected coins from foreign countries. This part of the auction offers many interesting specimens, among these a small series of English, French, and Flemish gold coins dating from the late Middle Ages and early modern times. A gorgeous example is the rare double souverain d’or of Albert and Isabella of Tournai, which was minted between 1598 and 1621 (724, VF-EF, estimate: 3,000 euros). This era is also represented by an English crown that was struck between 1601 and 1602. It shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth wearing a high ruff.
More than 150 lots of French coins — with roughly half of it consisting of what numismatics call “féodal” — are offered in catalog 73. Whether a pfennig from the High Middle Ages, a Baroque medal, or gold from the 19th century — every collector of French coins is presented with a broad range of offers. Many specimens deserve special mentioning; we restrict ourselves to a double schautaler from the city of Besançon featuring the half-length portrait of Emperor Ferdinand I wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece on his ceremonial armor.
It goes without saying that at Grün the coins from the foreign countries include a large number of extremely rare pieces in the most magnificent grade. One is a 1746 gold medal in the weight of 6 ducats of Swedish King Friedrich I. This unique specimen was minted from the gold of the Västra Silvberg mine and commemorates the birth of Prince Gustav.
Another is a ducat of the ‘Bündner Herrschaft’ Haldenstein and is also extremely rare. It was minted in 1642 at the behest of Julius Otto I von Schauenstein.