101029 | FRANCE. Paris. Church of St. Geneviève (Panthéon) bronze Medal.
101029 | FRANCE. Paris. Church of St. Geneviève (Panthéon) bronze Medal. Issued 1858. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 97.01 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
ÉGLISE Ste GENEVIÈVE (PANTHÉON) À PARIS / COMMENCÉE EN 1758 J. G. SOUFFLOT ARCHIT, centered, exterior view of the (then) church building as viewed from the west / Interior view of the (then) church looking east down the nave from just left of the center aisle centerline. Edge: Plain.
Ross M211 (R1); van Hoydonck 159; Reinecke 41. Gem Mint State. Rich glossy brown surfaces, with some lustrous brilliance; a few light marks noted merely for completeness. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6119 (which sold for a total of $488.75) and a somewhat inferior example in Stack's Bowers most recent CCO (22 April 2020), lot 30016 (which sold for a total of $480).
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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