102160 | BELGIUM. Cathedral of Sts. Michael and Gudula bronze Shells.
102160 | BELGIUM. Brussels. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula bronze Shells. Original issued 1845. Belgian Cathedrals series. By J. Wiener. Cf. Ross M16; cf. von Hoydonck 15; cf. Reinecke 6.
(1): Incuse, reverted version of original medal's obverse (50mm, 21.80 g).
(2): Incuse, reverted version of original medal's reverse (50mm, 20.95 g).
Mint State Details. Some spotting, a few scratches on the reverses, and an inked number (477) upon the reverse of each, but otherwise essentially as made.
Considered one of the finest examples of Brabantine Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is dedicated to the two patron saints of Brussels. Begun with the groundbreaking for the chapel in the 9th century, it continued to be augmented during the 11th-15th centuries, with even more modifications made to the interior through the later centuries. It was elevated to cathedral status in 1962, and now serves as the national church of Belgium.
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 Jacob (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.
Upload: 1 February 2023.