102407 | BELGIUM. Liège. St. Martin's Church bronze Medal.
102407 | BELGIUM. Liège. St. Martin's Church bronze Medal. Issued 1847 for the 600th anniversary of the Fête-Dieu (Corpus Christi) festival held there (74mm, 208.29 g, 12h). By L. & J. Wiener.
Interior view of the church, from a central vantage point; st martin à liége in exergue (in Gothic script); around, circular border of flowers and with the names of prior pastors and bishops // Coats-of-arms of Pope Pius IX, surmounted by tiara, and of Archbishop van Bommel, surmounted by galero, within trilobe; around, 19 coats-of-arms and names of prelates. Edge: A few scattered marks, otherwise plain; thickness: 9mm.
Ross M37; van Hoydonck 34; Reinecke 11. Choice Mint State. Deep chocolate brown surfaces, with some enchanting brilliance remaining in the fields; a minor bruise is noted near the center of the floor. Incredibly intricate, with nearly microscopic lettering populating the reverse, making this an exceptionally well rendered type. Compare to a similar example in Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 6024 (which realized $1,380).
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 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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