100425 | TURKEY. Bosphorus Bridge bronze Medal.
100425 | TURKEY. Bronze Medal. Dated 1973. Commemorating the Opening of the Boğaziçi Köprüsü (Bosphorus Bridge) and the 50th Anniversary of the Republic (75mm, 165.90 g, 12h). By A. Kumuk.
BAYINDIRLIK B KARAYOLLARI G MD 17 BÖLGE BOǦAZIÇI KÖPRÜSÜ AÇILIŠ HATIRASI, view of the suspension bridge with the Hagia Sophia below in foreground; star and crescent in sky / CUMHURIYETIN 50 YILINDA / ASYADAN AVRUPAYA, view of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa, with an inset zoom view of the Turkish Straits; star, polylobe, and floral scrolls in exergue. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Sincona 13 (16 October 2013), lot 3034 (for a similar, yet inferior, example which realized a total of ChF 360 [after buyer's fee]). As Issued. Enchanting bronzing, with layered hues. Very rare.
Officially known as the 15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü (15 July Martyrs Bridge), the Bosphorus Bridge is the first of three suspension bridges crossing the Bosphorus Strait, and was opened for traffic on 30 October 1973, one day after the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. It's construction marked the first such bridge to cross the Bosphorus since the time of the Persians, some 2,400 years prior.
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