Germany > Frankfurt: Börneplatz Synagogue enlargement commemorative medal, 1901; struck in aluminum; not maker or artist-marked; size: 39.5mm; weight: 6.75g.
Obverse depicts two detailed images of the Synagogue's street-facing façade (above) and the newly contructed expansion (below), with legend in Hebrew around edge (except from Prophet Hagai verse 2), "Great will be the glory of the last house over the first" ["...because it shall be the final house which will never be destroyed and in its place I will grant peace"].
On reverse, 4 lines of text (mostly Hebrew - an except from Exodus 4 verse 11) in center, "Frankfurt A[m] M[ain] | Every Temple Which is in Heaven's Name is Destined to be Established", and German legend (with Hebrew dates) around edge: "Israel[itische] Gemeinde Synagoge * Erbaut 5642 (1882) - Vergrössert 5661 (1901)" (Jewish Community Synagogue built 1882 - enlarged 1901").
The original structure had room in the nave hall for 520 seats for men, and on the surrounding gallery, 360 places for women. With the 1901 expansion an additional 400 seats were added. In Au-Unc with original luster: the outer edges (with text) have a matte finish while the base on obverse and reverse has a mirror-like surface; probably issued in a proof-like state.
מילות מפתח: מדליה מדליות בתי כנסת כנסיות יהודיות יודאיקה יודאיכה גרמניה