When Oxford was the capital of England…

For a few years during the English civil war, Oxford acted as royal capital. This article presents an extremely fine “triple unit” of Charles I from this period in time, which will be put to auction in the upcoming Künker auction on June 21, 2018.

The coins of the Channel Island of Guernsey

The Channel Island of Guernsey is a popular destination with tourists. The island doesn’t form part of Great Britain, but, as Bailiwick, has been Crown dependency of the English monarchs since the Middle Ages. The local coins still bear witness to this.

Bonnie Prince Charles

An impressive gold medal that is being put to auction on 16 March 2017 with Künker conveys the official version of a story, we are more likely to know from folk songs, novels and the cinema: On 16 April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated in the Battle of Culloden.

Poets and their income: William Shakespeare

Beyond price – no, great art has never been beyond price. Quite the opposite actually, as it had a clearly defined price. We will see, just how high that price was in this article about Shakespeare.

Great Britain’s 5 Guineas

Accidental attendees of the big English horse auctions in the 1960s were probably amazed to see that the bidding was still being done in guineas although the very last British guinea had been minted in 1813. Nevertheless, this denomination reflects the aristocratic way of life more than anything else in Great Britain.

The Faerie Queene

It is called the most beautiful of all English coins, the coin type of young Queen Victoria that depicts her as Una leading the British lion with her scepter. The motif harks back to a 16th century poem that praised yet another queen. The Künker summer auction now offers one of these rare specimens for a pre-sale estimate of 50,000 euros.

From the diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys mentions a medal made by John Roettiers by order of the King of England in 1667. This intriguing piece will be auctioned at Künker’s on June 17. Here you can learn about the historical background.

Queen of an Empire: Victoria

Under Victoria I Britain’s Empire embraced the whole world. But the Queen drew back from policy and let the politicians govern the country. That system should never change any more. By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 11.

A German on the British Throne: George I

To bar the Catholic Stuarts from the throne of England Queen Anne designated a German to become her successor: George I. But nevertheless he was a Protestant, the English were not satisfied with their new monarch.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 10.

A Glorious Revolution

Besides the fear of having no king at all the English feared always the scenario of a Catholic king. In 1688 dread of becoming re-Catholicised led the aristocrats to call a Protestant from the Netherlands to be their new king.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 9.