101032 | FRANCE. Chartres. Chartres Cathedral bronze Medal.

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    101032 | FRANCE. Chartres. Chartres Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1861. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 90.04 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    CATHEDRALE DE CHARTRES, perspective view of the exterior of the cathedral from the northwest / COMMENCÉE VERS 1040 INAUGURÉE 1260, perspective view of the cathedral interior looking down the nave toward the apse, from a point slightly left of the nave centerline. Edge: Plain.

     

    Ross M238 (R1); van Hoydonck 184; Reinecke 39. Choice Mint State. Pleasing brown surfaces with some hints of brilliance. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6141 (which realized a hammer of $500 [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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