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102585 | GERMANY. Moses/4th Commandment silver Medal.

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    102585  |  GERMANY. Moses/4th Commandment silver Medal. Issued circa 1800-1830. Parabolical series: honor thy father and thy mother (30mm, 8.66 g, 12h). By J. V. Döll for the Loos workshop in Berlin.


    DU SOLLST VATER UND MUTTER EHREN (thou shall honor thy father and thy mother...), Moses seated right on rocks, holding two tablets representing the Fourth Commandment (in Catholic and Lutheran tradition) // AUF DASS DIR'S WOHL GEHE ( that thou art well), cornucopia overflowing with coins and jewels atop table with basket of fruits. Edge: Plain.


    Sommer B-19; Bruhn 85; GPH 1145. PCGS SP-64. Incredibly brilliant and mirrored, with some alluring iridescence spread throughout. Tied with just one other example for the top spot in the PCGS census, though that example is rather inferior given its lack of color and noticeable hairlines.


    Part of a series of religious-themed medals issued by the Loos workshop around this time, the present medal touches upon the Fourth Commandment (especially within Lutheran traditions), which is "to honor thy father and thy mother." Interestingly, in other traditions, the Fourth Commandment is "to remember the Sabbath day, and to keep it holy." In Loos's Lutheran-dominated area in and around Berlin, the connection to the former is rather clear, especially given the obverse legend.


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