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Successful Spring Auctions at SINCONA in Zurich

SINCONA AG

Auction 88-91

Coins

13-15 May 2024

CH-Zurich

The customers of SINCONA AG in Zurich received four auction catalogues in April. They contained the descriptions and illustrations of thousands of coins and medals from the most varied numismatic fields. According to the order of the catalogues, the overview presents itself as follows:

  • Auction 88 with part 2 of the Kian Collection was dedicated to hammer-minted coins and medals of the Persian ruling dynasty.
  • Auction 89 with the “Garrulus Collection” had the subtitle “Numismatic Rarities and Showpieces”. This subtitle was certainly not an exaggeration as the 274 coins from ancient to early modern times, especially those from the period up to the beginning of large silver coins, were of the most exquisite condition.
  • The main catalogue, Auction 90, with a weight of 1.3 kg and nearly 1800 lots dealt with world coins and medals, the traditional bullion auction as well as Swiss coins and medals.
  • And, finally, SINCONA presented Auction 91 with the first part of the Konrad Bürki Collection. Some of the more than 700 numbers were particularly sought-after, which is reflected by the impressive total result of almost CHF 1.7 million.

This brings us to important figures that sum up this auction sale: the about 3000 lots were auctioned off for almost CHF 11 million. But let us start from the beginning and go through the auctions with the help of a few outstanding examples.

Lot 159: Fath-´Ali Shah, 1212-1250 AH (1797-1834). 5 Toman, 1226 AH (1811), Tabriz Mint. Extremely rare denomination. NGC MS62. Hammer price: CHF 48,000.

Lot 159: Fath-´Ali Shah, 1212-1250 AH (1797-1834). 5 Toman, 1226 AH (1811), Tabriz Mint. Extremely rare denomination. NGC MS62. Hammer price: CHF 48,000.

Lot 163: Fath-´Ali Shah, 1212-1250 AH (1797-1834). 4 Riyal, 1227 AH (1812), Tabriz Mint. Of the highest rarity. The only known specimen, unpublished. NGC AU55. Hammer price: 55,000.

Lot 163: Fath-´Ali Shah, 1212-1250 AH (1797-1834). 4 Riyal, 1227 AH (1812), Tabriz Mint. Of the highest rarity. The only known specimen, unpublished. NGC AU55. Hammer price: 55,000.

Lot 188: Muhammad Shah, 1250-1264 AH (1834-1848). 5 Toman, 1251 AH (1835), Isfahan Mint. Commemorating his second coronation in 1251 AH. The only known specimen, unpublished. NGC XF Details. Hammer price: CHF 50,000.

Lot 188: Muhammad Shah, 1250-1264 AH (1834-1848). 5 Toman, 1251 AH (1835), Isfahan Mint. Commemorating his second coronation in 1251 AH. The only known specimen, unpublished. NGC XF Details. Hammer price: CHF 50,000.

Lot 211: Naser al-Din Shah, 1264-1313 AH (1848-1896). Toman, 1274 AH (1858), Isfahan Mint. The Shah on the Peacock Throne. Only 2 specimens known. NGC MS63. Hammer price: CHF 20,000.

Lot 211: Naser al-Din Shah, 1264-1313 AH (1848-1896). Toman, 1274 AH (1858), Isfahan Mint. The Shah on the Peacock Throne. Only 2 specimens known. NGC MS63. Hammer price: CHF 20,000.

Auction 88

We present four magnificent pieces that simply have to be highlighted from Auction 88 with part 2 of the Kian Collection.

Lot 504: Bruttium / Kroton. Stater around 380 BC. Eagle to the left, looking back, standing on a deer’s head. Reverse with tripod, to the left an ivy leaf. Very rare and of magnificent condition. Extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 11,000.

Lot 504: Bruttium / Kroton. Stater around 380 BC. Eagle to the left, looking back, standing on a deer’s head. Reverse with tripod, to the left an ivy leaf. Very rare and of magnificent condition. Extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 11,000.

Lot 562: Germany. Bavaria, Duchy. Maximilian I, 1598-1651. 5 Ducats, 1640, Munich Mint. Commemorating the refortification of the city of Munich. Rare. NGC MS64. Hammer price: CHF 67,500.

Lot 562: Germany. Bavaria, Duchy. Maximilian I, 1598-1651. 5 Ducats, 1640, Munich Mint. Commemorating the refortification of the city of Munich. Rare. NGC MS64. Hammer price: CHF 67,500.

Lot 641: Great Britain, Richard II 1377-1399. Ducat n.d., Calais Mint. Type IIB. Mint mark “Cross pattée”. Magnificent condition. NGC MS66. Hammer price: CHF 34,000.

Lot 641: Great Britain, Richard II 1377-1399. Ducat n.d., Calais Mint. Type IIB. Mint mark “Cross pattée”. Magnificent condition. NGC MS66. Hammer price: CHF 34,000.

Auction 89

Let us move on to Auction 89, the Garrulus Collection, with wonderful issues from ancient times to the period of large silver coins. It speaks for itself that these excellent pieces doubled their estimate and fetched a total result of CHF 767,600.

Lot 1020: Germany. Esslingen, city. 5 Ducats, 1717, Augsburg Mint. Commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the Reformation. Of the highest rarity, only 3 specimens known. NGC MS63. Hammer price: CHF 40,000.

Lot 1020: Germany. Esslingen, city. 5 Ducats, 1717, Augsburg Mint. Commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the Reformation. Of the highest rarity, only 3 specimens known. NGC MS63. Hammer price: CHF 40,000.

Lot 1267: Great Britain. George III 1760-1820. Pattern Crown in Gold, 1817, London Mint. Dies by W. Wyon. Of the highest rarity. Only 7 known specimens known. NGC PF63+ ULTRA CAMEO. Hammer price: CHF 360,000.

Lot 1267: Great Britain. George III 1760-1820. Pattern Crown in Gold, 1817, London Mint. Dies by W. Wyon. Of the highest rarity. Only 7 known specimens known. NGC PF63+ ULTRA CAMEO. Hammer price: CHF 360,000.

Lot 1318: India. Jalal al-Din Muhammad Akbar, 963-1014 AH (1555-1605). ½ Mohur, Year 48 (1603/04), Lahore Mint. Magnificent condition, NGC MS67. Hammer price: CHF 28,000.

Lot 1318: India. Jalal al-Din Muhammad Akbar, 963-1014 AH (1555-1605). ½ Mohur, Year 48 (1603/04), Lahore Mint. Magnificent condition, NGC MS67. Hammer price: CHF 28,000.

Auction 90

In Auction 90, SINCONA presented several large chapters on various countries; for example Germany with 119 lots, Great Britain with 74 lots, India with 37 lots, the Holy Roman Empire / Austria and Austrian princes with 291 lots and Czechia/Czechoslovakia with 117 lots.

Lot 1560: HRE/Austria. Ferdinand I 1521-1564. 10 gold Gulden, 1531/1550 commemorating the brotherly peace of Ferdinand as Holy Roman King and Emperor Charles V, for the 20th anniversary of his coronation. Of the highest rarity. Hammer price: CHF 180,000.

Lot 1560: HRE/Austria. Ferdinand I 1521-1564. 10 gold Gulden, 1531/1550 commemorating the brotherly peace of Ferdinand as Holy Roman King and Emperor Charles V, for the 20th anniversary of his coronation. Of the highest rarity. Hammer price: CHF 180,000.

Lot 1943: Czechia. Bohemia. Louis II. Jagiello 1516-1526. Ducat n.d., Prague Mint. Louis was crowned at the age of three by his father Vladislaus II as King of Bohemia. Very rare. About extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 26,000.

Lot 1943: Czechia. Bohemia. Louis II. Jagiello 1516-1526. Ducat n.d., Prague Mint. Louis was crowned at the age of three by his father Vladislaus II as King of Bohemia. Very rare. About extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 26,000.

Lot 1980: Czechoslovakia. Republic, 1918-1939, 1945-1960. 5 Sokol, 1920, Kremnica Mint. Silver pattern. Dies by O. Spaniel. Extremely rare. NGC MS62. Hammer price: CHF 80,000.

Lot 1980: Czechoslovakia. Republic, 1918-1939, 1945-1960. 5 Sokol, 1920, Kremnica Mint. Silver pattern. Dies by O. Spaniel. Extremely rare. NGC MS62. Hammer price: CHF 80,000.

Lot 1991: Czechoslovakia. Republic, 1918-1939, 1945-1960. Ducat, 1923, Kremnica Mint. Numbered specimen “2”, awarded by President Mazaryk to the family of Finance Minister Alois Rasin, who had been assassinated on 18 February 1923. Of the highest rarity. NGC MS66. Hammer price: CHF 360,000.

Lot 1991: Czechoslovakia. Republic, 1918-1939, 1945-1960. Ducat, 1923, Kremnica Mint. Numbered specimen “2”, awarded by President Mazaryk to the family of Finance Minister Alois Rasin, who had been assassinated on 18 February 1923. Of the highest rarity. NGC MS66. Hammer price: CHF 360,000.

We cannot do without showing the cover page of catalogue 90, the representative coin of Ferdinand I of 10 gold Gulden. It is the only known specimen.

Lot 2662: Switzerland. Swiss Confederation. 5 Francs, 1896 B, Bern Mint. Extremely rare, only 10-20 specimens known. NGC SP63. Hammer price: CHF 120,000.

Lot 2662: Switzerland. Swiss Confederation. 5 Francs, 1896 B, Bern Mint. Extremely rare, only 10-20 specimens known. NGC SP63. Hammer price: CHF 120,000.

As usual, Switzerland is an important chapter in SINCONA’s main catalogue. The offer also included a great rarity of modern Swiss numismatics, which must be mentioned at this point. In 1896, only 20-Rappen pieces as well as gold coins of 20 Francs were minted in large quantities. Of all other denominations, only very few pieces were created on the occasion of the 1896 Swiss National Exposition in Geneva.

Lot 3076: Switzerland. Basel. Double Ducat, 1743, with city view. Extremely rare and of exceptional condition. About FDC. Hammer price: CHF 26,000.

Lot 3076: Switzerland. Basel. Double Ducat, 1743, with city view. Extremely rare and of exceptional condition. About FDC. Hammer price: CHF 26,000.

Lot 3151: Switzerland. Bern. 10 Ducats, n.d. (ca. 1772), Bern Mint. Dies by Mörikofer. Of the highest rarity and magnificent condition. About FDC. Hammer price: CHF 100,000.

Lot 3151: Switzerland. Bern. 10 Ducats, n.d. (ca. 1772), Bern Mint. Dies by Mörikofer. Of the highest rarity and magnificent condition. About FDC. Hammer price: CHF 100,000.

Lot 3236: Switzerland. Geneva. Half Dicken (Demi-Teston), 1562, Geneva Mint. Of high rarity and with excellent provenance. Very fine. Hammer price: CHF 11,000.

Lot 3236: Switzerland. Geneva. Half Dicken (Demi-Teston), 1562, Geneva Mint. Of high rarity and with excellent provenance. Very fine. Hammer price: CHF 11,000.

Lot 3352: Switzerland. Lucerne. 4 Ducats, 1741, Lucerne Mint. Dies by Jonas Thiébaud. Very rare. Good extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 32,000.

Lot 3352: Switzerland. Lucerne. 4 Ducats, 1741, Lucerne Mint. Dies by Jonas Thiébaud. Very rare. Good extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 32,000.

Lot 3563: Switzerland. Zug. Taler, 1565, so-called Engeltaler (angel Taler), Zug Mint. Very rare, especially in this condition. Good extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 28,000.

Lot 3563: Switzerland. Zug. Taler, 1565, so-called Engeltaler (angel Taler), Zug Mint. Very rare, especially in this condition. Good extremely fine. Hammer price: CHF 28,000.

Auction 91

SINCONA’s catalogue 91 presented the first part of the important Konrad Bürki Collection with coins from the Swiss cantons – 738 lots, which fetched a total of almost CHF 1.7 million. SINCONA is already looking forward to offering other parts of this collection every six months. Auctioneer Jürg Richter promised that there will be other exciting sales of the Bürki Collection.

From highly rare cantonal gold coins to one-sided fractionals – this collection contains it all. Beginning with Basel and ending in Zug.

The SINCONA team is already busy describing coins and medals for the auction sales in late October 2024. Highlights will be: the Kian Collection, Part 3; a collection of Islamic gold coins; the Konrad Bürki Collection, Part 2; and, of course, the “General Catalogue” with world coins and medals. SINCONA will be delighted to welcome you in Zurich once again in autumn.