100876 | GERMANY. Braunschweig-Calenberg-Hannover. Silver Medal.
100876 | GERMANY. Braunschweig-Calenberg-Hannover. Silver Medal. Issued 1983 by Preussag AG. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession (43mm, 26.45 g, 12h). After the 1730 original by R. P. Wahl.
ECCLESIA HERCINIAE D XXV IVN 1730 SECVNDA VICE IVBILANS, steep mountain, at the base of which countless people gather; at its summit, agnus Dei (lamb of God) standing left, cradling cruciform banner; above, angel flying right, holding open Gospels and proclaiming "TIMETE DEVM ET DATE EI GLORIAM" (fear God and give unto Him your glory); in five lines in exergue, ET CANEBANT QS CANTICVM NOVUM / QVOD NEMO POTERAT DISCERE / NISI QVI REDEMTI SVNT / DE TERRA / APOC•XIV•1•7 (Revelations 14.1-7, recounting the lamb on Mt. Zion and the 144,000) / OB EVANGELIVM AVGVSTANA CONFESSIONE RESTITVTVM, another steep mountain; at its summit, church between markers indicating the mints of Clausthal and Zellerfeld; other city names of the principality down each side of the mountain, all denoted by various scenes of civilization; radiant tetragrammaton above; in three lines in exergue, QVAM DECORI ST IN MONTIB' / PEDES EVANGELI ZANTIVM / IESAIA 52.7 (Isaiah 52.7–how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news...). Edge: PREUSSAG numerous times.
Cf. Brozatus 1115 (for prototype); cf. Müseler 10.6.2/14 (same); Whiting –. Choice Gem Mint State. Exceedingly prooflike and mirrored surfaces, with a light glden-cobalt nature throughout. One of the rare restrikes of famous mining-related medals issued by Preussag AG—originally formed as a Prussian mining company in 1923. Compare to another Preussag restrike—a 1990 issue copying a 1690 silver medal from Freiberg—in Höhn 81 (23 October 2014), lot 2784, which realized a hammer of €620.
During the 1970's and into the very early 1990's, the firm Preussag AG commissioned the restriking of various historical medals from the region, many of which featured mining scenes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Though exact mintages haven't been discovered by this cataloger, nearly all of the issues appear to be rather rare. Additionally, they offer a chance to acquire pieces that, in terms of the originals, do not appear for sale very often, and, when they do, are not in the greatest states of preservation.
This type commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession—a reformation-related piece—and references Revelations 14.1-7, the passage concerning Mt. Zion, the lamb of God, and the 144,000 who had their name and the name of their Father written on their foreheads. The reverse offers another mountain scene, highlighting the Claisthal and Zellerfeld mints as well as other bounteous cities in the principality.
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