100402 | GERMANY. Cologne bronze Medal.
100402 | GERMANY. Köln (Cologne) bronze Medal. Issued 1863. The Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and Cathedral Festival (50mm, 54.79, 12h). By Drentwett in Augsburg.
DER DOM ZU KÖLN IN SEINER ZUKÜNFTIGEN VOLLENDUNG (the future completion of the Cologne Cathedral), model view of the cathedral in perspective; floral scroll in exergue / MIT FROMMEM GOTTVERTRAUEN WIR SEINER VOLLENDUNG ENTGEGEN SCHAUEN (God willing, we will complete His plan), view of the uncompleted cathedral in perspective, with crane to upper left; in four lines in exergue, EINWEIHUNG DES HOHEN CHORS 1322 / UNTERBROCHENER FORTBAUB 1500 / GRUNDSTEINLEGUNG / 4 SEPT 1842. Edge: Plain, though with some scattered marks from production.
Weiler 103. Gem Mint State. Warm brown surfaces, with a brilliantly lustrous field; a few inconsequential spots are noted for completeness. Exquisite intricate detail.
Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996, the Cologne Cathedral stands as the tallest twin-spired church in the world at 515 feet high. This medal conveys the planned completion of the towers (which would finally occur in 1880), as work had been stalled since the late 15th century. The crane featured on the uncompleted side of this medal was a fixture of city's skyline during the moratorium on completion.