100568 | ITALY. Duomo di Milano (Milan) bronze Medal.

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    100568  |  ITALY. Duomo di Milano (Milan) bronze Medal. Issued 1860. Architectural series: The Duomo in Milano (59mm, 89.30 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels.

     

    Perspective frontal view of the cathedral; CATEDRALE / DI MILANO in two lines in exergue / Ornate perspective interior view of the gallery; in three lines in exergue, PRINCIPIATA 1586 / DA GIO : GALEAZZO VISCONTI / FACCIATA DEL PELLEGRINI. Edge: Plain.

     

    Van Hoydonck 177. Choice Mint State. Rich chocolate brown surfaces, with a high degree of underlying luster. Highly pleasing architectural type. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6133 (which realized a hammer of $400 [plus buyer's fee]).

     

    Construction of the original building which would become known simply as the Duomo began in 1386 under Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo, cousin to  Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the new head (and later the first duke) of Milan. Over the ensuing centuries, numerous additions would augment the cathedral, with some plans seemingly never being completed. Finally, in January 1965, the various building projects were finished, concluding the construction process of this iconic edifice after nearly 600 years.

     

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