102302 | FRANCE. Strasbourg Cathedral bronze Medal.
102302 | FRANCE. Strasbourg Cathedral bronze Medal. Issued 1861. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 91.00 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
CATHEDRALE DE STRASBOURG, perspective view of the cathedral exterior from the northwest, highlighting its ubiquitous single northern tower / LA 1e PIERRE POSÉE 1015. TOUR & PORTAIL COMMENCÉS 1276. TERMINÉE 1439, perspective view of the interior, looking down the nave toward the west from a vantage point just to the right of center; the western rose window is at the focal point. Edge: Plain.
Ross M237 (R2); van Hoydonck 185; Reinecke 45. Choice Mint State. Glossy brown surfaces, with some great brilliance in the fields. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Bowers February 2023 CCO, lot 71224 (graded "Almost Uncirculated," which sold for a total of $552).
Described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel," Strasbourg Cathedral in the Alsace region of France was begun near the start of the 11th century and completed in 1439. Though many aspects are built in the Romanesque style, it also features some of the best examples of the Rayonnant Gothic style. For over 200 years, from 1647 to 1874, it served as the world's tallest building at 466 feet. Now, it is the world's sixth tallest church, and still serves as the tallest extant church constructed in the middle ages.
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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