Russian coins at Munich auctions

Medal for the abolition of serfdom. Saint -Petersburg. 1861. Gold. Estimate €60 000. Gorny & Mosch. Auction 173. Munich, October 17

On October 13 – 17, the Gorny & Mosch German auction house will hold a series of large auctions in Munich having exposed on sale the large collection of coins and medals of all epochs from every corner of the globe. Within the limits of five auctions the following thematic collections will be represented: Antique Coins, World Coins, Coins of Eastern Middle Ages, Turkish Medals and Russian coins. The sale of the last one should take place on October 16 and 17, in the main showroom of the firm. Gorny & Mosch in this section will expose on sale 1421 lots estimated in total at €1 600 000.

The top lot of the Russian section is to be a very rare gold medal for the abolition of serfdom. It was made by the order of Emperor Alexander II in February, 1861. In a year of historical reform some kinds of this medal were made. The most part of them was minted in silver. This golden sample is one of the most rare that, together with excellent safety determined also its high estimate − €60 000. The obverse of the medal depicts the image of all-seeing eye and date: on February 19, 1861. The traditional inscription “Not for us, not for us, in for Your Name” is made on the backspace.

The extremely rare silver rouble of an epoch of Peter III reign, minted in 1762 is estimated at €50 000. It was minted by the masters of the Petersburg mint. The Catherine’s gold medal for awarding of committee-men on working out of the new civil legislation is of the same estimate. It was minted in limited circulation in 1766. The medal has the unusual oval form. The obverse depicts the pyramid topped with an imperial crown and an inscription “Bliss of everyone and everybody” while it’s backspacing is decorated with the monogram of the empress.

Except coins and medals the Gorny & Mosch catalogue features interesting objects of applied art including works by the Karl Faberge workshop. Among its highlights is the sculpture of monkey created by Henry Wingstrem in about 1903. The figurine is made of obsidian, has diamond eyes and is placed on a malachite pedestal. The lot is estimated at €10 000.

Three days before, on October 13, Gorny & Mosch will open the auction week, having exposed on the auctions a unique collection of antique coins where 502 lots estimated in total at more than €880 000 will be represented. The coin – Roman denarius of the epoch of Empress Annia Faustina reign is especially interesting. The lot in satisfactory condition is estimated at €25 000. According to the annotation of the auction house the coin of such kind is in the open market for the first time for many years.

Extremely rare Austro-Hungarian gold coin is the top lot of the World Coins catalogue. It was minted in about 1649. The coin is estimated at €40 000.

Within the limits of the auction week Gorny & Mosch will put up for sale more than 7000 lots estimated in total at €4 400 000.

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