Mark and Lottie Salton Collection: The Kampen Rose Noble

Started by chrisild, March 29, 2022, 05:50:02 PM

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A few days ago, a gold coin from Kampen (NL) fetched €700,000 at a Künker auction; you may have read about that. Today the FAZ newspaper has an article (in German) about the background of the piece, and about the collection that Künker had offered in cooperation with Stack's & Bowers.

This particular coin, a rare Kampen Rose Noble, has a weight af about 60 grams and a diameter of 44 mm. It used to be in the collection of Felix Schlessinger, a coin dealer in Frankfurt (where he worked with Leo Hamburger) and Berlin. He was Jewish and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1936. But when the Germans occupied the country, he was deported and then killed in Auschwitz. His sons Max and Paul survived; Max Schlessinger moved to the US after WW2 and became Mark Salton.

He had decided that after his death his coin collection should be auctioned in both the US and Germany, and the proceeds should be given to the American Society for Yad Vashem, the Anti Defamation League, and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Interestingly, the Rose Noble had been purchased (during the nazi years) by the Dutch coin dealer Jacques Schulman. He was able to hide the piece, and after WW2 Schulman informed Mark Salton so that the coin was returned to the family.

(The links in this post take you to German language pages/documents. For material in English, see the reply.)

FAZ article (single page view):

YouTube "movie" (audio with some images):

Booklet about the Salton Collection and the family history:

This image is an embedded link (FAZ); hope it works ...


€700.000 ... that's 3X the estimate !!

Interesting story and video. (the German version was easier to listen to than the "English" one  ;D )