1889 Large Copper Portrait Medal Zurich Switzerland Gottfried Keller Obverse Orpheus on the Reverse Arnold Böcklin Design Nice Uncirculated
Description: A nice large and heavy copper portrait medal from Zurich Switzerland. This portrait medal depicts the bust of Gottfried Keller the famous Swiss poet of the 19th century. The medal shows his bust facing left on the obverse with his name along the edge and the date 1889 below it. There is also the mark "A. BOCKLIN INV. A. SCHARFF REC." below the bust. The reverse shows the legend of Orpheus with Orpheus playing the lyre and having lions at his feet. There is also a rabbit enchanted by his music. The reverse has the legend "ORPHEUS" along the bottom. The medal has a plain edge. A great artistic design for a beautiful medal. A great looking and very interesting medal to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The medal is dated 1889.
Origin: Unknown, but most likely Switzerland.
Artist: Arnold Böcklin.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~164 grams, is ~70 millimeters in diameter, and ~4.5 millimeters thick at the edge.
Marks: Marked "A. BOCKLIN INV. A. SCHARFF REC." on the obverse below the bust.
Condition: For international buyers, please note that the new US postal rates for overseas shipping are very high and we are unable to change them. Additional charges will be incurred depending on the value of the item. Please check the cost of shipping before bidding. The medal is in excellent condition and if it was a coin I would grade it as about uncirculated or much better (possibly almost mint state). The medal has minimum observable wear if any with minimum surface marks or scratches. It nicely tones and is problem free. A great medal to add to your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.
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