101119 | GREAT BRITAIN. London. St. Paul's Cathedral bronze Medal.
101119 | GREAT BRITAIN. London. St. Paul's Cathedral/Sir Christopher Wren bronze Medal. Issued 1849/50. Art Union of London series (57mm, 127.14 g, 12h). By B. Wyon.
WREN, draped bust right / CHRISTOPHER WREN ARCHITECT – MDCCX / SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE (if you seek his monument, look around, –Wren's epitaph at St. Paul's), façade of St. Paul's Cathedral. Edge: ART–UNION OF LONDON 1846.
Taylor 39h; BHM 2232; Eimer 1411. Choice Mint State. Intense glossy chocolate brown surfaces, with a great deal of vibrancy and incredible relief. A fairly scarce type with architectural significance.
A true Renaissance man, Sir Christopher Wren was an anatomist, physicist, astronomer, and architect, as well as a founder of the Royal Society. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, he was commissioned with rebuilding some 52 churches throughout the city, the keystone of which was St. Paul's Cathedral, completed in 1710.