100731 | FRANCE. Panthéon (Église Sainte-Geneviève) de Paris bronze Medal.

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    100731 | FRANCE. Panthéon (Église Sainte-Geneviève) de Paris bronze Medal. Issued 1858. Ecclesiastical Architectural series: The Pantheon in Paris (59mm, 88.79 g, 12h). By J. Wiener.

     

    ÉGLISE Ste GENEVIÈVE (PANTHÉON) À PARIS / COMMENCÉE EN 1758 J. G. SOUFFLOT ARCHIT, frontal view of the edifice / Ornate perspective view of the interior. Edge: Pain.

     

    Van Hoydonck 159; Reinecke 41. Choice Mint State. Attractive red-brown surfaces, with a high degree of underlying luster; a light mark between the S and E in ÉGLISE is noted for completeness. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6119 (which realized a hammer of $425 [plus buyer's fee]).

     

    From what is today eastern Netherlands and western Germany, the Wieners were a Jewish family of exceptional medalists, especially known for numerous numismatic works throughout the Kingdom of Belgium. Eldest brother Jacob, along with younger brothers Leopold and Charles, created some of the finest works of medallic art of the 19th century, and all are particularly noted for their work in the highly detailed and intricate work of architectural renderings.

     

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