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German auctions bring over $10 million in bids

Künker’s March 9-13 sales realized 9.6 million euros ($10.56 million) in total hammer prices.

A Siculo-Punic issue of Sicily, tetradrachm, 320-310 B.C.E., mobile mint, extremely fine sold for 180,000 euros at the Künker sale.

A Siculo-Punic issue of Sicily, tetradrachm, 320-310 B.C.E., mobile mint, extremely fine sold for 180,000 euros at the Künker sale.

That result exceeded the Osnabrück firm’s estimate by about 50 percent, for auctions 259-262.

Among the highlights of the sales, a Siculo-Punic tetradrachm from Sicily went for 180,000 euros.

Among the Russian and British coins and German coins after 1871 there were a number of highlights.

Despite the crisis in the Ukraine and the weak ruble exchange rate, the firm noted that there were still some surprises among Russian pieces.

An Empress Elizabeth silver ruble of 1741 struck at St. Petersburg in very fine sold for 12,000 euros on a 3,000 euros estimate.

The firm noted that coins from Great Britain are highly popular at the moment. An about EF half sovereign of Edward VI sold for 12,000  euros, four times estimate.

The rarest gold coin of the German Empire, the 20-mark piece of Ernest II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha struck in 1872, was hammered down at 100,000 euros on an estimate of 60,000. It was graded about FDC.

Two coins for German New Guinea featuring birds of paradise on the reverse, estimated at 20,000 euros each, brought 40,000 euros for the 10-mark piece and 39,000 euros for the 20-mark piece. Both are dated 1895.

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From China, a pattern in silver 1 dollar year 3 (1911), Tientsin, graded SP62 by the Professional Coin Grading Service went for 75,000.

Orders and Decorations numbered 780 lots and brought 770,000 euros.

Germany’s Pour le mérite that had been awarded to Admiral Reinhard Scheer on June 5, 1916 fetched 32,000 euros.

All results can be found at the Künker website at https://www.kuenker.de/Unsere_Auctionen.Kuenker.

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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