Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 4: German States

Lot 1436. Baden-Durlach. Karl Friedrich, 1738-1811. Gold prize medal 1807 of the University of Heidelberg. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 7,000 euros.

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.

Lot 1496. Bavaria. Maximilian II Emanuel, 1679-1726. Double max d’or 1717. Extremely rare. Almost extremely fine. Estimate: 17,500 euros.

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).

Lot 1529. Bavaria. Karl Theodor, 1777-1799. Ducat 1793 from Danube river gold. Extremely rare. Extremely fine to FDC. Estimate: 15,000 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.

Lot 1840. Nassau. Friedrich August zu Usingen, 1803-1816. Konventionstaler 1815, joint coinage on the visit of the mint of Ehrenbreitstein. First strike. Almost FDC. Estimate: 45,000 euros.

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).

Lot 2074. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Ernst I, 1826-1844. Konventionstaler 1835, Gotha. First strike, almost FDC. Estimate: 12,000 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.

Lot 2114. Schwäbisch Hall. Talerklippe 1746, Nuremberg. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 17,500 euros.

Minted in Nuremberg in 1746, a talerklippe from the city of Schwäbisch-Hall is of the utmost rarity.

Lot 2125. Speyer. Franz Christoph, Freiherr von Hutten zu Stolzenberg, 1743-1770. Gold medal 1761 in the weight of 8 ducats on his elevation to cardinal. Unique(?). Extremely fine. Estimate: 12,000 euros.

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.

Lot 2148. Wallmoden-Gimborn. Johann Ludwig, 1782-1806. Ducat 1802, Hanover. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 11,000 euros.

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.

Coming up next, Part 5: Post-1871 German Coins

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