101472 | GREAT BRITAIN. Winchester Cathedral bronze Medal.

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    101472  |  GREAT BRITAIN. Winchester Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1855. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 87.89 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels & Elkington and Co., and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    Exterior view of the cathedral from the northwest; in seven lines in exergue, WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL / FOUNDED AT THE EPOCH OF THE SAXON KINGS / THE PRESENT CATHEDRAL BUILT / 1079-1093 / THE NAVES AND THE AISLES / CONSTRUCTED BY WYKEHAM / 1370-1400 / Interior view of the cathedral looking down the extensive nave toward the altar screen. Edge: A few light marks, otherwise plain.

     

    Ross M188; van Hoydonck 141; Reinecke 36; Taylor 11b; BHM 2593; Eimer 1507. Gem Mint State. Rich and glossy red-brown surfaces, with great radiating brilliance. Compare to a similar example, though far less lustrous, in Stack's Coin Galleries 18 August 2009 auction, lot 6102 (which realized a hammer of $300 [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 Jacob, 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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