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Netherlands: Levyssohn & Lavino 50th jubilee bronze medal by Wiener, 1842
Item code: 0130595

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Netherlands, Laeken/Rotterdam; Henry Levyssohn and Elizabeth Lavino marriage 50th jubilee medal, 1842; struck in bronze; by Jewish engraver Jacques Wiener (Belgium); weight: 29.65g; size: 38.75mm; thickness: 4mm.

On obverse 6-lined legend in center (with a tiny dot in between) "Aan | Hun Tal Ryk | Bemind | en | Teeder Lievend | Kroost" ["They are rich with many loved and tenderly loving offspring"], with legend around edge "Ter Herinnering Aan Hunne Gouden Bruiloft | Gevierd Te Laeken I January MDCCCXLII" ["In memory of their golden wedding | Celebrated in Laeken January 1842"].

On reverse 4-lined legend in center "Aan God Is | Onze Dankbaarheid, | Deez' Penning | Ons Geslacht Gewyd!" ["Our gratitude to G-d is on this medal"] with Henry and Elizabeth's names the date of the wedding in Rotterdam, 1 January 1792.

Lavino's original surname may have been Levy, and changed later to the Sephardic-sounding name Lavino. Friedenberg considers Jacques Wiener and his brothers to have been "the foremost Jewish medallists of the 19th Century" (JMM-52); of interest here is that this piece is one of Jacques' first works, as he began engraving medals at the end of 1840; Forrer vol. 6 pg. 489 and Polak-28. In AU-UNC with traces of luster; the lettering on reverse is doubled.

מילות מפתח: מדליות אירועים יהודיים דתיים אסימונים צדקה פדיון תשליך ברית מילה חתונה נישואין ראש השנה יודאיקה יודאיכה הולנד