102095 | GERMANY. New Century silver Medal.
102095 | GERMANY. New Century silver Medal. Issued 1900 (38mm, 29.68 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: Plain.
Strothotte 1900-3; Marienburg 7159; Heidemann 855; GPH 5082. About Uncirculated. Gunmetal gray surfaces, with some scattered marks and rub upon the high points.
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.
Upload: 2 October 2023.