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, and a 1691 William and Mary (1688-1694) Five Guineas, which should sell for £15,000 to £20,000.
The collection also includes a number of Proof Sets, including a George V one from 1911, estimated at £10,000 to £12,000, and a George VI set dated 1937, expected to sell for £8,000 to £10,000. A 30-lot section of Irish coins includes a Wood’s coinage Proof Farthing dated 1723, estimated at £4,000 to £6,000, and a George IV Proof Farthing from 1822 which carries an estimate of £1,500 to £2,000.
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.
Dix Noonan Webb – from strength to strength since 1991
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000. Two years later it opened a coins department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens and in 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar. This year it has set up a stand-alone banknotes department.
In 2017 DNW achieved a total hammer price of £12,713,000, a big increase from the 2016 total of £8,961,000. The total number of lots across all departments in 2017 was 20,583. To date the company has sold in excess of 300,000 lots totalling £143 million.
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