101475 | PORTUGAL. Batalha Monastery bronze Medal.

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    101475  |  PORTUGAL. Batalha Monastery bronze Medal. Issued 1853. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 90.95 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.

     

    Three-quarter view of the convent from an eyepoint off the southwest corner of the Founder's Chapel; in four lines in exergue, CONVENTO DE BATALHA / EDIFICADO POR VOTO DE DOM JOÃO I / REI DE PORTUGAL / NOS FINS DO XIV SECULO / Interior view of the church with a sightline down the center nave aisle towards the apse from an eyepoint left of the centerline. Edge: A few light marks, otherwise plain.

     

    Ross M119 (R1); van Hoydonck 103; Reinecke 55. Choice Mint State. Rich glossy brown surfaces, with incredible brilliance. The reverse in particular makes great use of the canvas, covering nearly the entire diameter.

     

    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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