101693 | GERMANY. New Century silver Medal.
101693 | GERMANY. New Century silver Medal. Issued 1900 (38mm, 28.36 g, 12h). By C. Starck & O. Oertel in Berlin.
Facing sphinx / ZUR / JAHR- / HUN- / DERTS – WENDE, Hora, in sheer, full-length drapery, standing slightly left, extinguishing one torch and holding another upright. Edge: 990.
Strothotte 1900-3; Marienburg 7159; Heidemann 855; GPH 5082. Gem Mint State. Deep gunmetal gray surfaces with a charming matte nature.
Offering great Neoclassical artistry, this piece was created for the dawn of the 20th century, seemingly featuring a mythological allegory for the passage of time, Hora. Here, she is depicted in a very sheer drapery, her apparent nakedness revealing the exploits of the previous century, yet her clothing at least obfuscating the events of the new century.