101474 | GERMANY. Aachen Cathedral bronze Medal.
101474 | GERMANY. Aachen Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1856. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 85.86 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels (after T. Stein) and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
Exterior view of the cathedral from the southeast; in three lines in exergue, MÜNSTERKIRCHE ZU AACHEN / NACH IHRER / WIEDERHERSTELLUNG / Interior view of the cathedral looking into the Palatine Chapel; in six lines in exergue, INNERS DER MÜNSTERKIRCHE ZU AACHEN / DAS OCTOGON ERBAUT / VON CARL DEM GROSSEN 796-804 / DAS HOHE CHOR GEGRÜNDET / DURCH GERHARD CHORUS 1353 / BEENDET 1414. Edge: Plain.
Ross M190 (R3); cf. van Hoydonck 46; cf. Reinecke 20-21. Gem Mint State. Rich glossy brown surfaces, with incredible brilliance. A very rare variant of the type.
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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