101043 | ITALY. Siena. Duomo of Siena bronze Medal.

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    101043 | ITALY. Siena. Duomo of Siena bronze Medal. Issued 1864. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 96.34 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    DUOMO DI SIENA, exterior view of the church from a west-northwest eyepoint / DUOMO COMINCIATO DA GIO. DI NICCOLO PISANO 1243 / FACCIATA 1339–1380 / PRIMA CHIESA FONDATA INTORNO AL 1089, interior view down the nave looking toward the altar/apse. Edge: Plain.

     

    Ross M265 (R2); van Hoydonck 176; Reinecke 51. Gem Mint State. Rich chestnut brown surfaces, with an alluring glossy and lustrous nature. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6132 (which sold for a total of $460).

     

    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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