101767 | GERMANY. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe silver Medal.

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    101767  |  GERMANY. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe silver Medal. Issued 1986 (restrike) by NFG (Nationalen Forschungs- und Gedenkstätten der klassischen deutschen Literatur). (41mm, 40.15 g, 12). By H. König after A. Bovy's impressive design.

     

    J. WOLFG. GOETHE, bare head right / Janiform male and female head; above in background, eagle facing, with head right and wings spread; all within double cornucopia, with head of lion on shell below. Edge: Plain.

     

    Cf. Förschner 124 (for original); cf. J&F 1038 (same; in bronze); cf. Frede 90 (same). Gem Mint State. Deep blue toning on the obverse, with some hints of burgundy, with a mostly argent and mirrored reverse, and just some light, burnished toning at the peripheries. A rare restrike of this exceptional type, with a mintage of just 100 pieces (the original in silver being a mintage of only 10).

     

    Considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spanned many areas of the arts and public life, being a poet, playwright, and novelist, as well as scientist, literary critic, and theater director, even serving as a statesman. It is no surprise that he was commemorated, and continues to be commemorated, on numerous medals such as this rare reissue from 1986 of an issue from 1831, the reverse of which was designed by Goethe himself.

     

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