101030 | FRANCE. Strasbourg. Strasbourg Cathedral bronze Medal.
101030 | FRANCE. Strasbourg. Strasbourg Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1861. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 87.57 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
CATHEDRALE DE STRASBOURG, perspective view of the cathedral exterior from the northwest, highlighting its ubiquitous single northern tower / LA 1e PIERRE POSÉE 1015. TOUR & PORTAIL COMMENCÉS 1276. TERMINÉE 1439, perspective view of the interior, looking down the nave toward the west from a vantage point just to the right of center; the western rose window is at the focal point. Edge: Plain.
Ross M237 (R2); van Hoydonck 185; Reinecke 45. Choice Mint State. Pleasing brown surfaces with some hints of brilliance; a few marks as made on the rims are noted. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6142 (which realized a hammer of $300 [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 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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