102304 | FRANCE. Reims. Cathedral of Reims bronze Medal.
102304 | FRANCE. Reims. Cathedral of Reims bronze Medal. Issued 1859. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 82.95 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
CATHEDRALE DE REIMS, perspective view of the cathedral exterior from a vantage point to the cathedral's northwest / Perspective view of the cathedral interior looking down the nave toward the apse; in three lines exergue, LAYING OF THE FIRST STONE 1212 / CONSECRATION OF THE CHOIR 1241 / COMPLETED AROUND 1430. Edge: Plain.
Ross M224 (R1); van Hoydonck 170; Reinecke 43. 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 71222 (a PCGS SP-64, which sold for a total of $780).
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, 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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