100284 | GREAT BRITAIN. George Frideric Handel bronze Medal.
100284 | GREAT BRITAIN. George Frideric Handel bronze Medal. Dated 1857. Commemorating the 'Handelfest' and Preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Death of the Composer (41mm, 36.34 g, 12h). By Pinches in London.
HANDEL, draped bust left, wearing cap / + HANDEL • FESTIVAL + JUNE • 1857 + CRYSTAL • PALACE, lyre. Edge: (engraved) J. V. SHAW. STEWARD.
Niggl 801. Choice Mint State. Rich chocolate brown surfaces, with a pleasing underlying luster.
Though born in the Duchy of Magdeburg in Germany, George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel, 1685-1759) became better known as a Baroque composer in England, spending the bulk of his career in London. Some of his more famous works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks, along with Zadok the Priest, which has been performed for each British coronation starting with George II.
From the Kyle Ponterio Collection of Music Medals.