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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 669

The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection | NGC MS63 | *Top Pop* | German States, Münster, Sede Vacante, AR Medal, 1801, by Loos, CAPITULUM CATHEDRALE MONASTERIENSE SEDE VACANTE 1801, Saint Paul standing, holding sword, within border of 21 shields, rev. S. CAROLUS MAGNUS FUNDATOR *, Charlemagne standing, holding shield and orb, within border of 20 shields, plain edge, 56mm, 41.95g, 12h (Schulze 269; Zepernick 228), some friction marking and haziness in otherwise brilliant fields, arrestingly cameo, good extremely fine and much as struck, in NGC holder, graded MS63 (Cert. #2147021-003) [*Joint Finest Certified*]


The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection of European Coins and Medals

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Sede Vacante medals, Thalers and fractional Thalers were struck by a number of German states as a means to commemorate the death of Bishops and Prince Bishops. The majority of which were produced between the 16th and 18th centuries.

This 1801 issue commemorates the death of Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria who was the last functioning Elector of Cologne and the patron on young Ludwig van Beethoven.

As a lover of music, Maximilian Francis held a court musical establishment where Beethoven's father was a tenor and where the court organist, Christian Gottlob Neefe, was Beethoven's early mentor and teacher. Both Neefe and Maximilian recognised the extraordinary talent of the young pupil and in 1787 the Archduke granted him leave to travel to Vienna and be a pupil of Mozart, although any evidence for extensive contact with the composer is lacking. Even though Beethoven was subsequently kept away from Bonn as a result of politics and war, he had planned to dedicate his first symphony to his former patron, Maximilian, but he died before it was finished.

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