Important information about the auctions

Questions about the procedure


We look forward to you attending our viewing. You can closely view the lots of interest to you at your leisure from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The viewing of unsold lots begins on Thursday after the auction and ends on Friday of the following week. You may view in your own time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On the first three days after the auction, our company remains closed to carry out extensive shipping work so it is neither possible to pic up lots or view. Thank you for your understanding.

In both cases, we recommend that you register by Phone with the secretaries. We will then keep a place for you and prepare your lots. If you are unable to view at the times mentioned above, please call us. We will try to find a joint solution.

Information on lots / scan requests / items on approval:

Are you unable to come in and view at the given times, or do you live too far away?

Our employees will be pleased to provide you with further information on our auction lots. We can also send you additional scans or images of our lots.

However, please bear in mind that the effort and expense have to be in keeping with the collections and items. We are unable to prepare dozens or even hundreds of images for a lot worth EUR 50.

Please contact us by Phone, send an e-mail to, or simply make an enquiry via WhatsApp.

Against reimbursement of costs, we are also able to ship you the original single lots. Please send us an e-mail, fax or a letter with your shipping details and the relevant lot numbers required. Telephone requests are not possible for insurance reasons. We ask for your understanding that this service is only available shortly before the viewing period, and is only possible for single lots.

Auction procedure / granting of a bid acceptance:

 In principle, our main auctions are held fully as room auctions. We are increasingly carrying out our auctions of coins and stamp collections as live auctions online as well. Should you be uncertain in which block your lots are being auctioned, please ask us.

The auction starts punctually at the specified times and the auctioning is rapid. Understandably, it is not possible give the exact time when each lot will appear, as this greatly depends on the proceedings in the auction.

The bid-lots starts at EUR 15, there will be us surcharge below and are always added to the highest bid. All other lots will be auctioned in the interests preserving. This means that even with a high bid, the bid is awarded one step above the last bid without the counterbidder even bidding. With bids of the same price, it is decided based on the order in which they came in.

All lots can also be further viewed during the auction (until these are called). After a bid is successfully accepted, the lots can be taken away against a cash or EC payment.


Telephone bidding can be deployed during the auction from a starting price of EUR 400. Please let us know in writing, for which lots you wish to bid, and give us your telephone number by 6 p.m. on the evening before the auction. However, we cannot give any guarantee that the connection will work. Telephone bids begin with the starting price, and should no other bids be made, the bid is accepted automatically.

Bidding via our online catalogue is very simple and convenient for all participants. You just look for your lots, give your maximum bid, check your shopping basket and send this to us. After is it has been successfully transmitted via the system, you receive a confirmation mail. If this does not come in, we would ask you to check the receipt of your bids with us again.

Written bidding can be done via letter, the bidding form, fax, or e-mail. If you do not use a form, please note down your address details, your lots and your highest bid. No automatic acknowledgement of receipt is issued here.

If you are unable to / do not wish to take part personally in the auction, and do not want to use the other bidding options, you may also be represented by an agent / commission agent in the auction room. This representative takes care of your bids personally for a small fee (to be paid by you) as though you were present. The following commission agents are usually in attendance at our auction:

Firma Lorenz Kirchheim

phone: ++49 (0) 40 / 64532545

fax: ++49 (0) 40 / 64532241



Firma Dr. Peter Müller 

phone: ++49 (0) 6591 / 65440 

fax: ++49 (0) 6591 / 954499



Sale of unsold lots

All lots that are not sold directly during the action can be purchased for around four weeks after the auction in the so-called “after-sale”. We usually accept bids that are up to 10% lower than the starting price here. If agreed, the bid can be accepted immediately and you can take your deal away with you straight away or have this delivered.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or e-mail.

GTC / auction terms and conditions

please note: Original German text is the authoritative text!

  1. The auctioneer acts in the name and for the account of others. The auctioneer is entitled to assert the rights of the consigner from the request and from the award on behalf of the consigner. When the bid is accepted a purchase contract between the consigner and the successful bidder is concluded. The auctioneer is obligated upon request to the naming of the other party. The auctions always take place as public-auctions.
  2. The auctioneer reserves the right to combine, to separate, to offer out of sequence or withdraw any catalog numbers, while protecting the interests of the consignor, during the auction.
  3. The items which are coming up for auction can be viewed and inspected prior to the auction. The catalog descriptions made to the best knowledge and belief by the auctioneer, there is no guarantee in the legal sense. For the bulk lots the information thereon made do not refer to an agreed contractual quality of the purchase right. The auctioneer assumes no warranty for individual stamps and their qualities, if they come from bulk lots. Words such as "mint" or "completely" reproduce the impressions of spot tests but are no assurances. The descriptions of bulk lots are therefore not binding and can’t be a subject of reclamation. They have however been determined and checked in any case with great care. All bulk lots are only auctioned like they are. For single lots, the buyer can’t claim the auctioneer for material defects, if he has fulfilled his duty of care. The Auctioneer will however make his warranty claims against the consigner in case of justified objections (that appear to him no later than 3 weeks after auction closing) within a period of 12 months. In the case of a successful claim, he refunds the buyer the purchase price, including extra charge; another claim, even to reimbursement of testing and postage costs, is excluded. Only in case of counterfeiting or altering the auctioneer will reimburse the costs of a BPP-examiner.
  4. All items go to the highest bidder. The auctioneer can refuse the acceptance of a bid in duly justified cases or grant conditional acceptance. He may withdraw the surcharge and auction the item again, if a bid submitted on time has been overlooked or if the highest bidder does not want to accept his bid or if there are other doubts about the highest bid. For reservation aggregates the bidder is bound with the consigner to his bid until clarification, however at least six weeks; the same is valid for distribution of sub-bids and for acquisitions in the post auction sale.
  5. With the fall of the hammer the risk of not responsible losses or damages pass to the purchaser. Ownership of the auctioned items is only transferred with full payment by the purchaser to the auctioneer.
  6. The surcharge obligates to purchase. The items should be taken in reception immediately after the auction. If the buyer wants to get his items send per mail, it’s at his own expense. If the buyer is an entrepreneur, the risk has been transferred to him in this case already with the handover to the carrier or another other person or institution.
  7. The Auctioneer receives a commission of 22 % of the hammer price. For written bidders the postage and insurance amounts will be charged separately. The VAT by law is calculated only to the additional costs (commission, postage, etc.), because in these cases a pure mediation service is provided (this also applies to precious metals). For mediation services to foreign customers no sales tax will be calculated when it comes to business customers. The business status must be made credible by specifying the VAT identification number or by other appropriate means. Invoices issued during the auction are only subject to verification on errors.
  8. The invoice amount is due with the surcharge and payable in cash or by bank certified check. Payments of foreign buyers, who have bid in writing or by telephone, are due within 7 days after receiving of the invoice. Longer payment terms must be clarified with management before bidding and are only considered accepted after written confirmation. Payment terms for precious metals are not possible.
  9. In the case of late payment interest will be charged at the rate of 2 % per month as damage caused by delay. The auctioneer can require performance or claim damages for non-performance after a deadline; the damages can be calculated so that the items will be auctioned in an upcoming auction again and the defaulting buyer must pay for an eventual reduction in price compared with the previous auction and the specific costs of the repeated auction including the fees of the auctioneer.
  10. Written purchase bids and such via email are always discretionary carried out without guarantee. Best or highest bids will be participated at up to five times of the starting price. “Bid”-lots will be auctioned to the highest bid and can’t be included in a possible purchase price limit or bid limit. Bids on "bid"-lots will be carried out independently in these cases. The minimum bid for bid lots is 15 euros, under which there will be no acceptance. Bids with “from to” quotes are not possible and are recorded in the book with the upper limit. Customers, which want to bid via telephone during the auction, must offer at least the estimate price and enter an assignment before the auction.
  11. In case of unavailability the auctioneer will carry out the assignment for the estimate price.  For telephone bids, the auctioneer is not responsible for the establishment of the connection.
  12. Unless catalog owners, auction participants and bidders do not comment adversely, they assure that they buy the catalog and depicted items therein from the period of the 3rd Reich only for purposes of civic education, the defense of unconstitutional aspiration, the art or science, research acquire or teaching, reporting on events of current affairs or history or similar purposes (§§ 86a, 86 Strafgesetzbuch).
  13. Place of performance and jurisdiction for commercial transactions is Hildesheim. German law applies. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is excluded. Should one of the above conditions be totally or partly ineffective, the validity of the other remain unaffected. The foregoing provisions shall apply to the After-Sales. The clauses relating to distance selling do not apply.

Shipping costs

Our postage and shipping prices are transparent. As a service and customer-orientated company, we do not make any money on shipping, we only charge the cost price for postage, packaging, shipping expenses and insurance.

Our prices are therefore as follows: 


  • Individual lots under EUR 1,000 invoice value
    8,50 Euro
  • Individual lots over EUR 1,000 invoice value
    9,50 Euro
  • Per package up to 31 kg under EUR 1,000 invoice value
    11,50 Euro
  • Per package up to 31 kg over EUR 1,000 invoice value
    13,50 Euro


  • Individual lots abroad under EUR 1,000 invoice value
    9,00 Euro
  • Individual lots abroad over EUR 1,000 invoice value
    10,00 Euro


  • Per package in most EU countries
    20,00 Euro
  • Overseas depending on weight and customs charges

For insurance reasons, packages are only sent nationally via DHL (for small single lots too). The lots are therefore optimally protected and insured. We organise the shipping immediately after receipt of payment. In the week after the auction, there may sometimes be small delays due to extensive shipping requirements.

Means of payment

You may pay as follows at our auctions:

  • EC cash
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Bank transfer
  • MasterCard (with acceptance of fees)
  • VISA (with acceptance of fees)