100616 | ITALY. Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta bronze Medal.

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    100616 | ITALY. Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta bronze Medal. Issued 1855. Architectural series: The Duomo in Pisa (59mm, 83.65 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels.

     

    Perspective frontal view of the cathedral; DUOMO DI PISA in exergue / Ornate perspective interior view of the gallery; in three lines in exergue, FONDATO NEL 1063 / CONSACRATO NEL 1119 / ARCHIT BUSCHETTO. Edge: A few marks, otherwise plain.

     

    Van Hoydonck 123. Mint State. Green-brown surfaces, with some underlying luster and brilliance; a few inconsequential marks are noted for completeness. Attractive architectural type. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6088 (which realized a hammer of $425 [plus buyer's fee]).

     

    Designed in the Romanesque architectural style by Buscheto, the cathedral at Pisa saw its initial construction in 1063. A little over 100 years later, the edifice was completed. Similar to other cathedrals of its time, some modifications would continue during the ensuing centuries, a number of which were necessitated due to a fire in 1595. Today, it acts as an excellent tourist attraction, as its location is adjacent to that of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the groundbreaking of which began in 1173, just a few years before the cathedral was completed.

     

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