101050 | SPAIN. Burgos. Cathedral of St. Mary bronze Medal.

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    101050 | SPAIN. Burgos. Cathedral of St. Mary bronze Medal. Issued 1867. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 108.50 g, 12h). By J. & Ch. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    CATEDRAL DE BURGOS, perspective view of the cathedral exterior from the northwest / PRIMERA PIEDRA 20 DE JULIO DE 1221 / CONCLUSION EN EL SIGLO XV, view of the cathedral interior looking from the north transept towards the south. Edge: A few light marks as made, otherwise plain.

     

    Ross M282 (R1); van Hoydonck 220; Reinecke 58. Gem Mint State. Warm brown surfaces, with some underlying brilliance. Incredibly deep on the reverse, this type features some of the strongest relief—if not the strongest relief—in the entire series. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6175 (which realized a hammer of $550 [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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