02 October 2018
The collection of British and Irish milled coins formed by the Berlin-based dealer and collector Michael Gietzelt is to be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb, in London on 14 November 2018. The collection, which includes coins from the reign of Charles II through to the 20th century, is expected to fetch up to £575,000.
Michael’s Gietzelt’s fascination with British numismatics began when his mother presented him with some worn Victorian pennies and his great-grandfather gave him his first serious coin – an 1887 Five Pounds piece. Since then his collection has expanded to cover coins from Edward III to the present day as well as orders, decorations, medals and paper money from the British Isles.
With the dispersal of his milled coins he will now focus on the hammered series, including Scottish and Irish issues, while maintaining his collections of coins and tokens of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Among the highlights of the Gietzelt Collection to be auctioned at Dix Noonan Webb are:
- A Five Guineas dated 1705 from the reign of Anne (1702-1714), which is expected to fetch £24,000 to £30,000
- A George IV (1820-1830) Proof Five Pounds from 1826, estimated at £20,000 to £26,000
- A 1691 William and Mary (1688-1694) Five Guineas, which should sell for £15,000 to £20,000
Michael Gietzelt was born in Berlin in 1954, the son of a doctor. Educated at Berlin Secondary School, he performed his military service in the Medical Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant, before entering Berlin University to study medicine in 1975.
Within two years he had decided that medicine was not the career choice for him and he opened his antique shop on the Frankfurter-Alle in Berlin in 1977. Together with his wife Gisela, Michael also collects German porcelain, particularly Meissen, while their busy home life revolves around their five children and ten grandchildren.
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