101049 | PORTUGAL. Belém. Hieronymites Monastery of St. Mary bronze Medal.
101049 | PORTUGAL. Belém. Hieronymites Monastery of St. Mary bronze Medal. Issued 1867. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 88.18 g, 12h). By J. & Ch. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
Ste MARIE À BELEM (LISBONNE), perspective view of the church exterior from the southwest with the ornate south portal as the focal point / PAR LE ROI EMANUEL-LE-GRAND / FONDÉE EN 1499, view of the church interior looking down the nave toward the east. Edge: A few light marks as made, otherwise plain.
Ross M281 (R1); van Hoydonck 219; Reinecke 56. Gem Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with a good deal of underlying brilliance radiating in the fields. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6174 (which sold for a total of $575) and a somewhat inferior example in Stack's Bowers most recent CCO (22 April 2020), lot 30024 (which sold for a total of $600)..
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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