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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 13. Estimate CHF20000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF18000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Germany / Poland, Breslau (Wrocław). 1535. Medal in the weight of 1 1/4 ducats (Gold, 21 mm, 4.29 g 11), on Nicolas Jenkwitz, councilor of Breslau, by Ludwig Neufahrer (c. 1505-1563). NICLAS:IE.NCKWICZ:1535 Draped and bare-headed bust of Jenkwitz to right. Rev. Arms of Jenkwitz with helmet and crest; to left and right, N I. Habich 1414. Lanna 1187. Extremely rare, an original striking with a fine portrait. A lovely piece, beautifully centered and well struck, good extremely fine.

Ex Numismatica Genevensis 4, 11 December 2006, 310.

Little seems to be known about Jenkwitz save that he was an official in Breslau. While founded by Bohemians and ruled by Poles, by the time this medal was struck the city was nearly all German in population. Neufahrer was one of the most accomplished medalists of his time: he first came to notice when he began making medals during the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, and continued producing medals and working as a goldsmith until his death in 1561 in Prague.