102425 | GERMANY. Köln Glockengasse Synagogue bronze Medal.
102425 | GERMANY. Köln (Cologne) Glockengasse Synagogue bronze Medal. Issued 1861. Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe series (59mm, 98.11 g, 12h). By J. Wiener in Brussels and struck at the Geerts mint in Ixelles.
SYNAGOGUE ZU COELN EINGEWEIHT AM 29 AUGUST 1861, exterior perspective view of the synagogue building; E. F. ZWIRNER, ARCHIT in exergue / Interior perspective view of the synagogue; legend in two lines in Hebrew in outer left and right margins. Edge: Plain.
Ross M239 (R3); van Hoydonck 182; Reinecke 28. Choice Mint State. Rich red-brown surfaces, with a good deal of glossiness in the fields. One of the rarest and most elusive types in the series, and one with immense interest due to its crossover Judaica appeal.
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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