101025 | BELGIUM. Bruxelles. Cathedral of Sts. Michel & Gudule bronze Medal.
101025 | BELGIUM. Bruxelles. Cathedral of Sts. Michel & Gudule bronze Medal. Issued 1851. Churches of Belgium series (50mm, 52.24 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Bruxelles and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
PORTAIL LATÉRAL DE L'ÉGLISE DES S.S. MICHEL ET GUDULE / RESTAURÉ EN 1851, perspective view of the cathedral from the southwest / INTÉRIEUR / DE STE GUDULE, perspective interior view of the choir, from a point just left of center. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Ross M83/M16 (for obv./rev.); van Hoydonck –; Reinecke –. Gem Mint State. Rich brown surfaces, with stunning, exceptional brilliance and radiance. Very rare type.
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 Jacques, 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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