102300 | GREAT BRITAIN. Lincoln Cathedral bronze Medal.
102300 | GREAT BRITAIN. Lincoln Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1856. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 85.62 g, 12h). By J. Wiener & Elkington and Co., and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
LINCOLN CATHEDRAL, perspective view of the cathedral / Ornate perspective view of the interior; in three lines in exergue, FOUNDED 1085. BUILT 1141. OFTEN REBUILT 1195-1250. SOUTH TRANSEPT 1306. Edge: Minor edge mark, as made.
Ross M199 (R1); van Hoydonck 150; Reinecke 33; Taylor 7b; BHM 2591 (under 1856); Eimer 1504. Mint State. Glossy brown surfaces, with some great brilliance in the fields. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Bowers recent CCO (14 November 2022), lot 74582 (which sold for a total of $780[!]).
Consecrated in 1092 and completed over a century later, Lincoln Cathedral was billed as the tallest building in the world for a period, with its high spire reaching a height of 525 feet. For hundreds of years, it housed one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Built in the Early Gothic style, noted author John Ruskin declared "...I have always held ... that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have."
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.
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