100873 | OTTOMAN EMPIRE. Hagia Sophia at Constantinople bronze Medal.
100873 | OTTOMAN EMPIRE. Santa Sophia at Constantinople (Hagia Sophia) bronze Medal. Issued 1864. Ecclesiastical Architectural series: The Mosque in Constantinople (59mm, 86.92 g, 12h). By J. Wiener.
Ornate perspective interior view of the mosque, featuring columns and roof decorated with stars; in six lines in exergue, STE SOPHIE À CONSTANTINOPLE / BATIE PAR L'EMPEREUR JUSTINIEN 532-537 / CONVERTIE IN MOSQUÉE 1453 / RESTAURÉE SOUS LE RÈGNE DU SULTAN / ABDUL MEDJID 1847-1849 / PAR G. FOSSATI / Ornate perspective interior view, featuring the domes. Edge: Plain.
Van Hoydonck 206; Reinecke 60. Choice Mint State. Rich, glossy brown surfaces, with a good deal of brilliance; inconsequential rim bruise on the obverse noted merely for completeness. Compare to similar examples in Gorny & Mosch 172 (2008) & 197 (2011), lots 6525 & 7106 (which realized hammers of €1,400 and €1,100 [plus buyer's fee], respectively).
Ex Sincona 33 (25 October 2016), lot 3308.
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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