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Kunker Sale Brings $10.2 Mil
By World Coin News
March 17, 2014

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A $10.2 million turnover on a single auction day, seven lots achieving hammer prices in the six-figure range, hundreds of collectors and dealers from all over the world: Künker Berlin auction once again exceeded all expectations.

Visitors to the auction floor at Berlin Estrel Hotel on Feb. 6 had to search for a seat that wasn’t already taken.

The 335 lots of Germany included an extremely rare Brandenburg thaler of John of Küstrin, minted in Krossen in 1545 obtained a hammer price of $75,900.

A double thaler of the Archbishopric of Bremen from 1562 rose from its estimate of 8,000 euros to 40,000 euros, and for a 1/2 Hamburg portugalöser of 5 ducats, minted between 1668 and 1673, the new owner had to pay $75,900 plus buyer’s premium.

It was something of a surprise that the 1/2 reichsthalerklippe bearing the portrait of Albrecht of Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland, minted in Sagan in 1630, became the most expensive coin of the German section. The extremely rare piece shows the well-known half-length portrait of the Duke with the large collar in just the same way as the controversial politician is depicted in contemporary prints. The pre-sale estimate was $27,600, but the hammer fell at $179,400.

A triple ducat of Leopold I, minted in Klausenburg in Transylvania in 1698 that had been estimated at $13,800 changed hands for $44,160 in the end.

An about extremely fine 100 drachmae piece of George I from 1876, in contrast, was expected from the start to yield an impressive result. Only 76 specimens are known to exist. The one offered at Künker changed hands for $75,900.

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Everyone wondered what the Italian rarities would bring. And they didn’t disappoint. A tallero of Antonio Maria Tizzone (1598-1641), Count of Desana brought $62,100. The extremely rare 10 zecchini piece of Antonio Teodoro Trivulzio went for for $158,700.

A rare 4 baht piece from Thailand that had been produced on the occasion of the 60th birthday of King Mongkut realized $60,720.

Among the Russian coins and medals that realized $138,000 and more: an extremely rare test strike of a rouble 1801 of Tsar Alexander I from St. Petersburg Mint (slightly cleaned, VF, hammer price: $138,000); a 12 roubel piece in platinum of Nicholas I, of which only 53 specimens were produced in 1837 (hammer price: $138,000); an extremely rare gold medal of 60 ducats on the death of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna in 1828 (about mint state, hammer price: $248,400); an extremely rare gold medal of 50 ducats 1829 on the Treaty of Adrianople (VF-EF, hammer price: $151,800); a 37 1/2 roubel piece of Nicholas II, of which just 225 specimens were produced in St. Petersburg in 1902 (about mint state, hammer price: $179,400).

You can find all results on the website of Künker’s at

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