The Most Expensive: Shares and Bonds

Every year Franky Leeuwerck and other passionate scripophilists monitor auctions with bonds and shares, calculate the results and find the top lot of the year. Franky Leeuwerck sends us every year a more detailed article on each of these top lot items. To learn more about the story behind these shares and bonds, and why they achieved these sums, read his thrilling stories:

The Most Beautiful: Roman Coins Selected by Yves Gunzenreiner

Here I present my personal highlights of the Roman coins that I came across over the course of all the years that I’ve been working as numismatist. Almost all of them are of extraordinary quality and – as I mention in the descriptions – they are of great importance for history and monetary history for various reasons.

The Most Beautiful: Talers from the City of Zurich, selected by Ruedi Kunzmann

Zurich’s talers have a centuries-old history behind them; the earliest guldiners were struck way back in 1512 and the last Zurich taler of 40 batzen was struck in 1813. Each and every coin selected is a little piece of history and, if they could talk, they would no doubt astonish us with tales of everything they experienced and what they were used for. This selection therefore focusses less on physical beauty and more on historical value.

The Most Beautiful: Chinese Coins After 1970 Selected by Werner Höpker

Teutoburger Münzauktion has been an expert of Far Eastern means of payment for many years. During this time, Werner Höpker gained a comprehensive overview of the coins of modern China and presents here the most beautiful and most interesting pieces that he came across. For additional information, or in case you would like to contact […]

The Most Beautiful: Coins of Bremen Selected by Claus Müller

Since medieval times, the term “Bremen coinage” has been used to refer to the coins of both the archbishops of Bremen and the city of Bremen. The production of coins of the archbishops ended in 1643, the city of Bremen issued coins until 1871. During the time of the German Empire, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen issued coins with face values of 2, 5, 10 and 20 marks at a rather low mintage between 1904 and 1907. The design of the city’s coins was dominated by the city’s coat of arms held by lions featuring a key referring to the city’s patron Saint Peter. Until 1806, the imperial eagle with the title of the respective emperor of the Holy Roman Empire was shown on the reverse. During the time of the German Empire, this depiction was replaced by the usual reverse design of circulation coins featuring the imperial eagle. When selecting the pieces, I attached great importance to rarity and quality.

The Most Beautiful: Coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Selected by Frédérique Duyrat

The Coin cabinet in the Bibliothèque nationale de France retains the former collection of the kings of France, enlarged after the Revolution to reach the current number of 450,000 coins and tokens (of which 55% are online), 150,000 medals and 42,000 objects: engraved gems, Greek vases, bronze sculptures, ancient and modern.

The Most Beautiful: Hellenistic Royal Coins. Selected by Peter van Alfen

ANS-Chief Curator Peter van Alfen presents his choice for the 10 most beautiful Hellenistic Royal Coins:

The Most Beautiful: Coins in Vienna. Selected by Curators of the Coin Collection

The Coin Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna presents itself as a giant iceberg – only the “tip” of its about 600,000 objects can be seen online. Of all the visible and not visible exhibits, we asked curators Anna Fabiankowitsch, Johannes Hartner and Klaus Vondrovec what their favourite pieces are. To be among the selected objects, a coin doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive – it has to be unique, of historic importance etc.

The Most Beautiful: Coins and Medals in the WeltenMuseum Hannover

Curator Dr Sebastian Steinbach: “This piece is one of my favourite objects because…”

The Most Beautiful: Papal Medals. Selected by Kay Ehling

There is hardly a more subjective question than that of the most beautiful coin. We asked Kay Ehling, senior keeper at the Munich State Coin Collection. He selected several medals which will be on display at the exhibition “Glänzende Propaganda. Die metallene Stimme des Papstes” [Shining Propaganda. The Metallic Voice of the Pope.] from 5 May 2020 to 17 January 2021, whose curator he is, too.