102315 | ITALY. Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica bronze Medal.
102315 | ITALY. Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica bronze Medal. Issued 1857. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (60mm, 80.82 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
BASILICA DI S. PIETRO A ROMA, perspective view of the eastern façade of the exterior of the Basilica, from a viewpoint just to the left of center / Perspective view of the interior looking down the nave toward the baldacchino; in four lines in exergue, DA GIULIO II INCOMINCIATA / NEL MDVI / DA PAOLO V COMPIUTA / NEL MDCXII. Edge: Plain.
Ross M201 (R1); von Hoydonck 152; Reinecke 50. Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with some underlying brilliance in the fields; a few spots are noted on the obverse. Compare to an inferior example from the Q. David Bowers Collection in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (16 August 2021), lot 45187 (which sold for a total of $480).
Located in what is now the Vatican City—the Papal enclave situated entirely within Rome—St. Peter's Basilica was planned by then-Popes Nicholaus V and Julius II to replace the old St. Peter's Basilica. Begun in 1506 and completed in 1626, it is the largest church in the world, with respect to its interior, and is the most renowned structure of Renaissance architecture. An iconic site for pilgrimages, its famous dome still features rater prominently in any skyline of Rome.
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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