€10,000 'Siege of Danzig' rarity leads historic coins auction


2015-06-26 11:58:26


10,000 'Siege of Danzig' rarity leads historic coins auction

Numismatic rarities from the Holy Roman Empire and elsewhere are auctioning in Germany

German auction house Teutoburger Mnzauktion's forthcoming numismatic sale promises anumber of coin rarities including specimens from the Holy Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, Byzanz and the Crusades.

Also featured will be old German coins and medals from the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.

Christ is depicted on the coin's obverse

Highlights in the sale include this uncirculated, beautiful and extremely rare coin dated to the Siege of Danzig in the year 1577.

Initiated by King Stephen Bthory of Poland, the military siege famously ended inconclusively.

The double-struck coin's surface depicts two lions holding Danzig's sign on a ball, whilst the opposite side depicts Jesus Christ holding an orb in his left hand. The words "DEFENDER" and "SALVATOR" are etched on the coin's surfaces.

Two lions are shown holding Danzig's sign

Despite some scratches and stamp errors on the coin, its rarity and historical provenance will see it auction at Teutoburger with an estimated value of 10,000.

The coin willsell with an authenticity report by Deutsche Bundesbank. Teutoburger's auction is scheduled to take place on May 28-29.

And this isn't the first time King Stephen Bthory has cropped up in a numismatic auction in recent months...

An exceptionally rare Polish coin depicting the monarch dated to 1580 - midway through Bthory's 1576-86 reign - sold at German auction house Kuenker for 80,000 in March.

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