Antiquity & Orders – Künker’s Public Auctions in November
13-15 November 2023
Orders and medals from the estate of the Silesian line of the House of Württemberg as well as a spectacular private collection of Prussian orders and decorations – this is the offer that awaits phaleristic enthusiasts at Künker’s order auction on 13 November 2023. Lovers of ancient issues can, among other things, look forward to 1st-century Roman Republican coinage as well as early imperial issues from the Dr. W. R. Collection. Part 7 and 8 focus on great rarities of the Roman imperators and provincial Roman coinage. Next is auction 397 with a wide scope of ancient coins, including pieces from the Dr. Kurt Conzen Collection and gold coins from the collection of the Luxembourg notary Maître Robert Schuman.
Auction 396 – The Dr. W. R. Collection Part 7 and 8
Two more parts of the Dr. W. R. Collection will be on sale at auction 396 on 13 and 14 November 2023 in Osnabrück. The sale starts with a spectacular series of Roman provincial coinage with the names of Roman officials. As these pieces are of great scientific importance, Johannes Nollé wrote a detailed commentary about the matter. Those who are interested in more than the usual Roman emperors will encounter Roman officials such as Proconsul Q. Hortensius Hortalus and Proconsul M. Tullius Cicero – the sons of much more famous politicians of the same names– or the Roman self-made man Vedius Pollio. But there are also better-known personalities on offer such as Publius Quinctilius Varus or the Praefectus of Judaea, Pontius Pilate.
Part 8 of the Dr. W. R. Collection is a perfect opportunity for all those who want to add coins of the imperators and especially of relatives of the Twelve Caesars to their collections. The ensemble includes eleven coins of the family of Pompey, namely of all three politically active members, Pompey Magnus and his two sons. 17 coins related to Caesar are on offer as well as the issues of his assassins, including a denarius with the extremely rare portrait of Brutus.
Are you looking for a portrait of the early deceased grandsons of Augustus, Caius and Lucius? Auction 396 offers many pieces to choose from, in addition to coins from the notorious sisters of Caligula, Drusilla and Livilla. Or would you like a portrait of Britannicus, the early deceased son of Claudius who should have come to power instead of Nero? The Dr. W. R. Collection contains as many as five pieces with his portrait. And it should also be mentioned that, in addition, there are interesting denarii and bronze issues on offer, including some aurei of the classic Twelve Caesars.
By supporting Rome in the Third Punic War, Achulla gained the status of a free city. On its coins, the city fathers not only depicted the emperor but also Roman governors. One of them is Publius Quinctilius Varus, who became famous due to his failure in the Teutoburg Forest.
Quintus Hortensius Hortalus was the son of the famous public speaker of the same name, to whom Cicero dedicated a tract. Young Hortalus was a partisan of Caesar and among the first to cross the Rubicon. For his efforts, he was rewarded with the position as governor of the province of Macedonia. After Caesar’s death, Octavian and Marcus Antonius planned to take it away from him. As a result, Hortalus joined Caesar’s assassins. In this way, he could remain a proconsul while Brutus was the de facto ruler. However, Hortalus backed the wrong horse. After the defeat of Caesar’s assassins in the Battle of Philippi, Hortalus was executed.
Lucius Aelius Sejanus was a prefect of the Praetorian Guard under Tiberius, who had withdrawn to the island of Capri. Since the emperor was not around, Sejanus virtually became the most powerful man in Rome. He was brought down in 31. It is impossible to verify whether he actually planned to murder Caligula and wanted the imperial throne for himself. The sources are too biased and do not allow us to objectively assess the situation. Sejanus fell victim to the damnatio memoriae after he died. Therefore, his name was erased from coins. Regarding this piece, his name is still visible.
Auction 397: Coins from the Ancient World
A journey through the entire ancient world – this experience is made possible by auction 397 on 14 and 15 November. No matter what field you are interested in, auction 397 has something on offer that fits your collection perfectly. Many small and two large collections will be sold. The first one is the Dr. Kurt Conzen Collection, which was mainly acquired in the 1970s and 1980s from major auction houses. The second large ensemble is from the estate of Maître Robert Schuman. It consists of gold coins of excellent quality and covers both Greek as well as Roman and Byzantine gold issues.
A highlight of the sale is a necklace and a bracelet, probably made for Pauline Borghese, Napoleon Bonaparte’s little sister. The necklace was among the great showpieces at the then very important Art and Antiques Fair in Delft in June 1966.
Orders and Decorations from Important Private Collections
Künker will kick off its Winter auction week with a spectacular sale of spectacular objects. On 13 November, auction 395 offers orders and decorations from several important special collections in addition to some outstanding individual pieces.
The auction will begin with a major collection of Prussian orders and decorations from the Rhineland. It contains a total of 287 lots, including numerous particularly rare objects, some of which have not been seen on the market for decades. The focal point is on the Prussian Order of the Red Eagle prior to 1918. With the help of the expertise of the doyen of Prussian phaleristics, Dr. Peter Sauerwald (1936-2022), the collector built up a systematic collection of these decorations and also gathered documents that testify to their bestowal of a kind that can hardly be found on the market.
The second part of the auction consists of the estates of offshoots of the ducal House of Württemberg and the royal house of Bulgaria. The offer goes beyond impressive orders such as a great cross set of the Bulgarian “St. Alexander” Order with jewels and a neck decoration of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece to also include numerous medals such as a gold medal, of which only two specimens were created on the occasion of the completion of the railroad line from Yambol to Burgas in 1890 – one for the Prince of Bulgaria and one for his mother. The latter has been lost.
The third part of the sale presents an ensemble of world orders and decorations that were awarded to members of the French family de Fauque de Jonquières.
The fourth part of the auction contains orders and decorations from various estates with a focal point on the German states. But there are also extremely rare pieces from the Russian Empire on offer.
Following Künker’s Winter public sales, on 17 and 18 November 2023 the two eLive Premiums Auctions 398 and 399 will be held.
All these coins will be available for purchase at Künker auction 393, held in collaboration with Laurens Schulman B.V. If you would like to order a catalogue, please contact Künker at Nobbenburger Straße 4a, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany; Tel: 0541 / 962020; Fax: 0541 / 9620222; or via email.