Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2020 Auction Features Medals by Jacques Wiener

by CoinNews.net on March 27, 2020 · 0 comments

Stack’s Bowers Galleries (StacksBowers.com) is excited to present a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of the great conflict, and the massive opera of Karl Goetz, ranging from historical to satirical themes.

Hagia Sophia at Istanbul Bronze Medal, ND (1858)

Hagia Sophia at Istanbul Bronze Medal, ND (1858)

Starting off this incredible sale are numerous offerings from the brothers Wiener, led mostly by Jacques. During the mid-19th century, the Wieners were responsible for some of the most detailed and engaging architectural medals produced, and their craftsmanship makes them popular even today, with many collecting them serially. Highlights of this section include renditions of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, and the Cathedral Notre Dame in Strasbourg (graded PCGS SPECIMEN-65).

In the World War I section, there are numerous solemn reminders of the battles fought and the lives lost, along with a variety of interesting and unusual images. These include a medal celebrating America as avenger for the lives lost on the Lusitania, a piece reinforcing the "crusade-like" nature of the war effort with a U.S. soldier slaying a dragon while Christ casts his approval, and a well engraved, highly artistic French medal portraying a flying personification of Victory over one of the earliest depictions of a tank in numismatics.

U. S. Soldier Battling Dragon Uniface Bronze Medal, ND (1917)

U. S. Soldier Battling Dragon Uniface Bronze Medal, ND (1917)

Rounding this sale out is its largest section — an incredibly spectacular selection of the works of famed Munich-based medalist, Karl Goetz. While he is most famous for his satirical issues, his output comprises much more than merely poking fun at contemporary issues.

Works such as "Egypt Awakening" and "Germany’s Crucifixion" do satirize some of the events during and after World War I. Others are more personal, such as an oval medal commemorating his own marriage — featuring himself and his wife — and still others look at events important to Germany, either culturally or temporally, like the Oberammergau Passion Play and the XI Olympiad held in Munich in 1936.

The XI Olympic Games in Berlin Silver Medal, 1936

The XI Olympic Games in Berlin Silver Medal, 1936

One of the more unusual and moving medals, however, is from late in Goetz’s series. The "Revelations of John the Evangelist" alludes to a passage in the Book of Revelations, whereby the anti-Christ can be seen through the number 666. On the reverse of the medal, Goetz presents an alphabet table, assigning a number to each letter. It can’t be lost upon anyone that this medal, dating to 1945, achieves the "number of the beast" when adding those assigned to the letters which spell ‘Hitler,’ an obvious play by Goetz to portray contemporary sentiments toward the end of World War II.

Revelations of John the Evangelist Cast Bronze Medal, 1945

Revelations of John the Evangelist Cast Bronze Medal, 1945

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2020 Medals Only Collectors Choice Online auction is available for viewing and bidding at StacksBowers.com. For more information, contact the firm at 800-458-4646 or Info@StacksBowers.com.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block.

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