Netherlands, the Hague/Maastricht; mule of New Synagogue of Maastrict / Moses Jacobus van Gigch medal of honor, 1841 (Polak-26); struck in silvered bronze; by Jewish medallist Jacques Wiener (Belgium); weight: 28.85g; size: 41mm.
Obverse depicts the obverse of Polak-24 (1841), the facade of the New Synagogue of Maastricht, with legend in Hebrew at top "For [the sake of] the House of G-d I Will Ask for Good Fortune for You:", and inauguration date below, 21 August 1840.
On reverse is the reverse of Polak-25 (1841), which is a 10-line dedication with additional legend around the edge: "Hulde der Dankbare Israëliten Te's, Gravenhage Aan Mr. M.J. Van Gigch | Voor Zyne | Menschlievende | Bemoeyingen | Tot Oprigting | En Inwyding | Van Het Israëlitisch | Oude Mannen | En | Vrouwenhuis | Aldaar" ("Tribute of Gratitude by the Jews of the Hague to Mr. M. J. Van Gigch | His Philanthropic Support for the Erection and Inauguration of the Jewish Old Men and Womens Home".
The Maastricht Synagogue medal produced of a Synagogue delegation's audience with King William II, in June 1841. Mr. van Gigch (1793-1858), the person honored by the second medal, was a student of King Louis Napoleon, and distinguished himself as a successful lawyer in the Hague, in the Supreme Court and at the High Council of the Netherlands. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Order of Lawyers, as chairman of the Jewish Community's school committee, and as the president and regent of the Jewish old age home he helped found.
This medal is also in the Royal Medals Collection in the Hague. In VF, with a series of knock-marks around the rim, probably from a minter's tool; JMM-49.
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