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Offline bagerap

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Société Royale de Numismatique de Belgique Jeton de Présence
« on: December 03, 2019, 01:36:52 PM »
Since the middle of the 19th Century, these medals have been given to those attending the Society's annual meeting. This particular one though, posed a unique problem.

"No effigy is imaginary. The medalist has always worked on a portrait at his disposal. A problem arose when Olivier Vredius was chosen, of whom no painted or engraved effigy was found. But his bust is in the church of Our Lady of Bruges and it is a molding of this bust that allowed Frantz Vermeylen to make the token"

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Re: Société Royale de Numismatique de Belgique Jeton de Présence
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2019, 12:48:23 PM »
Well done portrait by an artist who is the key to understanding the many medallions of this period in Belgium. Portraits in metal were his specialty. Franz (not Frantz) Vermeylen was born in Leuven/Louvain, but he may well have been bi-lingual, as he worked in Paris as well as in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum, Central Station). That makes him the only - but iffy - Flemish element on this medallion. There may be a Flemish version, but I suspect there isn't. Collecting coins was a sign of wealth and wealth was dominated by Walloons at this time.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.