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101031 | FRANCE. Rouen. Church of St. Ouen bronze Medal.

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    101031 | FRANCE. Rouen. Church of St. Ouen bronze Medal. Issued 1859. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 100.01 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.


    ST OUEN À ROUEN / GRAND PORTAIL ET LES 2 FLÈCHES PAR L'ARCHIT: GREGOIRE 1847–1850, exterior view of the church from the southwest / COMMENCÉE 1318 PAR L'ABBÉ JEAN ROUSSEL / ROSES DU TRANSSEPT 1439. LA NEF ACHEVÉE 1491. GRANDE ROSE DE LA FAÇADE 1515, interior view down the nave looking eastward toward the altar/apse. Edge: Plain.


    Ross M223 (R1); van Hoydonck 171; Reinecke 44. Gem Mint State. Rich glossy brown surfaces, with some lustrous brilliance. Compare to somewhat inferior examples in Stack's Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6127 & 6128 (which each sold for totals of $402.50) and a vastly inferior example in Stack's Bowers most recent CCO (22 April 2020), lot 30018 (which sold for a total of $408).


    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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