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Lotto 655 dell’asta n. 116 organizzata dalla Morton & Eden Ltd. (19-20/7/2022):

Italy, Venice, Marco Foscarini (1762-63), ducato, undated, mintmaster zd (Zuanne Dolfin), Doge kneeling before St. Mark, rev., winged lion, 22.66g (CNI 18; Paolucci 14; Mont 2843), virtually mint state, extremely rare thus.

Foto catalogo.

The Wolff Metternich Collection of Coins and Medals

The origins of the Wolff Metternich zur Gracht noble family can be traced to well before 1440, when Godhard Wolff von Gudenberg of Hesse married Sybilla von Metternich, the only daughter of Carl II von Metternich. A century later their great-grandson Hieronymous married Katherina von Buschfeld, beside whose hereditary home near Erftstadt in Westphalia the family built Schloss Gracht, destined to remain the principal residence of the Wolff Metternichs until 1957.

Johann Adolf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht (1592-1669) was an accomplished diplomat whose services for the Electors of Köln and, later, Bavaria, were well-rewarded with grants of land and the rights to income from various taxes and duties. He was also created Baron by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II in 1637. One of his sixteen children, Hermann Werner, became Prince-Bishop of Paderborn (1683-1704), to be succeeded in the position by his nephew Franz Arnold (1704-18). From 1707 Franz Arnold was also Bishop of Münster and subsequent generations of the family continued to be closely associated with both Paderborn and Münster, as well as with the Abbey of Corvey. Coins and medals of both Wolff-Metternich Prince-Bishops, and related issues, are well represented in the collection offered here.

In 1731 Franz Joseph Wolff Metternich zur Gracht, Imperial Chamberlain and Reichshofrat (Imperial Councillor) was elevated to the status of Reichsgraf.

Around 1800 an unidentified member of the family added substantially to the coin and medal collection, contributing some significant rarities as well as a number of 18th Century pieces in mint condition. The collection itself was housed at Schloss Gracht until 1957 and, it is believed, has remained unresearched and unknown to numismatists until now. The decision has been taken to submit a selection of pieces for third-party grading and these have been placed in NGC holders with labels which include the Wolff Metternich provenance; further details will be found within the catalogue.

Later generations of the Wolff Metternich zur Gracht family have included the distinguished diplomat Paul Wolff Metternich, G.C.V.O (1853-1934), German Ambassador to the Court of St James’s between 1901 and 1912, and the art historian Professor Franz Wolff Metternich (1893-1878). Charged with implementing the Third Reich’s Kunstschutz policy in France following the Occupation of Paris in 1940, Franz Wolff Metternich famously allowed the Director of the Louvre, Jacques Jaujard, to close the museum ‘for repairs’ for three days during August 1940. The time was used by its curators to evacuate the museum’s most important treasures and after the war, on Jaujard’s recommendation, Franz Wolff Metternich received the Légion d’Honneur from President Charles de Gaulle.

Morton & Eden
June 2022

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Del Doge Foscarini che al di là della carica istituzionale era un uomo di grande cultura, si ricorda fosse grande collezionista di libri e con il pallino per i coralli. Attenzione alla cultura che emerge anche dal restauro della Sala dello Scudo a Palazzo Ducale. Allego le foto di una osella (dorata e con tracce di apicagnolo) che ricorda tale evento.

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Bella e raretta moneta. La conservazione sarebbe anche buona, peccato per le mancanze di matallo e per i segni della ribattitura su altra moneta ben visibili. Comunque resta una moneta molto interessante. Non ultimo gran bel pedegree. Complimenti. 

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1 ora fa, DOGE82 dice:

Bella e raretta moneta. La conservazione sarebbe anche buona, peccato per le mancanze di matallo e per i segni della ribattitura su altra moneta ben visibili. Comunque resta una moneta molto interessante. Non ultimo gran bel pedegree. Complimenti. 

 

CIAO!

Sono d'accordo; è un peccato che il muso del leone sia così rovinato; muso del leone che nel ducatello è, a vio avviso, totalizzante.

saluti

luciano

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1 ora fa, 417sonia dice:

CIAO!

Sono d'accordo; è un peccato che il muso del leone sia così rovinato; muso del leone che nel ducatello è, a vio avviso, totalizzante.

saluti

luciano

 

Vista la rarità però non si può essere troppo schizzinosi. Resta una buona moneta. 

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2 ore fa, DOGE82 dice:

In questa foto la moneta sembra molto più bella. 

 

Ciao!

Concordo.

Saluti

Luciano

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