101044 | AUSTRIA. Wien (Vienna). St. Stephen's Cathedral bronze Medal.

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    101044 | AUSTRIA. Wien (Vienna). St. Stephen's Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1860. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 82.73 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    St. STEPHANSKIRCHE IN WIEN, perspective view of the cathedral exterior from the northeast / DAS CHOR VOLLENDET 1339 EINGEWEIHT 1340 / DER THURMBAU BEGONNEN 1359 VOLLENDET 1433 / BEGONNEN 1144 DURCH HEINRICH II JASOMIRGOTT, ERWEITERT 1276–1326, perspective view of the cathedral interior looking down the nave toward the altar from a vantage point just inside the right colonnade of the main aisle. Edge: Plain.

     

    Ross M231 (R2); van Hoydonck 190; Reinecke 54. Gem Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with an alluring glossy and lustrous nature. Compare to a somewhat inferior example in Stack's Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6147 (which sold for a total of $373.75).

     

    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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