After all this, we are finally arriving at the true specialty of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung: German coins. Anybody looking for perfection is well-advised to pay a very close look, for there is much to discover at Grün. For instance, there is a small series of coins from Baden, including a gold prize medal of the University of Heidelberg featuring a portrait of Karl Friedrich rich in detail.
More than 140 lots comprising Bavarian coins will be called out, among these many gold coins of the greatest rarity. For example, a double ducat dating from 1685 (1489, EF, estimate: 9,000 euros), a double max d’or from 1717, or an extremely rare 1792 ducat on the vicariate of Karl Theodor (1528, EF, estimate: 12,500 euros).
Whether Baden, Bavaria, or the Palatinate — on offer are coins made from river gold in such a variety and quality that they leave nothing to be desired. Whether the Rhine River, the Danube, the Isar, or the Inn — specialized collectors find everything the heart could wish for. To single out just one telling example: a 1793 ducat made from Danube gold that was fully struck from a fresh die and, additionally, comes in a perfect grade. This is by no means the only specimen in this wonderful grade either.
The unchallenged highlight is a konventionstaler of the two rulers Friedrich August Herzog von Nassau and Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst von Nassau, in commemoration of their visit to the mint of Ehrenbreitstein in 1815. The first strike in the best grade imaginable is estimated at 45,000 euros.
A rarity of another kind is offered under lot 1921 and lot 1922. These are the remaining pieces from the treasure trove discovered in Landstuhl in 1878. The treasure trove was analyzed by several distinguished numismatists but never published in its entirety. The Heidelberger Münzhandlung offers the find divided into the pfennigs produced by the royal mint of Kaiserslautern (144 specimens; estimate: 3,000 euros) and the diocese of Metz (111 specimens; estimate: 1,250 euros).
The nearly 70 lots from Saxony include a very special piece representing the small Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The obverse features Ernst I, known to history as the father of English Prince-consort Albert. What we see is a perfectly preserved first strike of the 1835 konventionstaler that renders the portrait and the coat of arms down to the smallest detail. The way it is struck virtually recalls modern Proof minting technology.
Minted in Nuremberg in 1746, a talerklippe from the city of Schwäbisch-Hall is of the utmost rarity.
Small but impressive, a selection of gold coins from Speyer also deserves mentioning. It includes a 1761 gold medal in the weight of 8 ducats. In commemoration of the elevation of Franz Christoph, Freiherr von Hutten zu Stolzenberg, to cardinal, the coin’s reverse features Saint Christopher in front of the Speyer Cathedral, carrying the infant Christ across the Rhine River.
Let us conclude with an extraordinarily rare 1802 ducat of Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn. The coin was struck at the Hanover Mint where the Imperial Count (‘Reichsgraf’) made his living as commander-in-chief of the army. Johann Ludwig was an illegitimate son of British King George II and became famous for his large collection of antiquities that, as a permanent loan, is still on display at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Göttingen.