Austria-Hungary: Vienna; Salomon Mayer Rothschild 70th birthday, 1844; struck in silver; by Konrad Lange (Vienna); weight: 61.25g; size: 49mm.
Obverse depicts the Rothschild family's coat of arms, with legend around edge "Für Seine Freunde Zur Feyer Seines Siebenzigsten Geburtsfestes IX. Sept. MDCCCXLIV" ["For his friends on his seventieth birthday celebrations 9 Sept. 1844"].
On reverse: left facing bust of Salomon Rothschild with his name and birthdate along edge "S[alomon] M[ayer] Baron von Rothschild | Born 9 Sept. 1774".
Around this time the medallist, Lange, was the assistant-engraver at the Vienna mint. Salomon Mayer (1774-1855) was one of five sons of the founder of the Rothschild dynasty, and expanded the family's banking business in Austria, establishing the S.M. von Rothschild bank and financing the Nordbahn railway network; in 1843 he became the first Jew to receive honorary Austrian citizenship.
In VF-EF with mirror-like surfaces and a few traces of original luster; Forrer vol. 3 pg. 297-298; JM-55/134, JMM-38-39 and GJPM-14.
מילות מפתח: מדליות דמויות דיוקנים דיוקן יהודיים יהודים רבנים יודאיקה יוקאיכה אוסטריה הונגריה