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Jacques Wiener (1815–1899) was the oldest of three brothers who were to become famous as medalists. Born in the Rhineland to Hungarian immigrants, he was apprenticed at the age of 13 to his uncle L. Baruch, a fine engraver in his own right. The two signed some earlier medals jointly. At the age of 30 Wiener was the first to conceive the idea of engraving in precise detail the exterior and interior of a monument on the obverse and reverse of a medal. He engraved with great delicacy ten medals of famous Belgian churches. This he followed with a series of 41 medals, issued between 1850 and 1865, illustrating the most famous European buildings. He also engraved the first Belgian stamps, and for many years was head of the government plant issuing these stamps. Among the hundreds of medals of this master, there are several of Jewish interest, e.g., the 1841 opening of the Jewish Home for the Aged in The Hague and the 1861 opening of the Synagogue at Cologne. (Source: Jewish Virtual Library)
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Wiener, Jakob, 1815-1899: Commemorative medal, City Hall of Louvain, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 2012.048.
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